John Petrucci and Ernie Ball are developing an 8-string Majesty in time for the new Dream Theater album

Guitarist John Petrucci performs in concert with G3 at ACL Live on January 27, 2018 in Austin, Texas
(Image credit: Rick Kern/WireImage)

Ernie Ball Music Man recently announced its mouthwatering 2020 line of John Petrucci signature models. Now the Dream Theater electric guitar player has dropped the news that there’s something even juicier in the works – the first-ever Majesty eight-string guitar design.

In a recent interview with Japan’s Young Guitar magazine, Petrucci revealed, “One of the things I’ve talked about for a while now, there have been rumors, the rumors are correct, is the development of an eight-string model. Why not add one more string?

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.