Ernie Ball Music Man Majesty 8-string review

The king of progressive metal guitar, John Petrucci, has a new signature eight-string, and it's a typically regal work of high-end luthiery, packed with clever, player-friendly details

Ernie Ball Music Man Majesty 8-string
(Image: © Ernie Ball)

Guitar World Verdict

With its incredibly fast and comfortable playability and impressive variety of electric and acoustic tones, the Music Man Majesty 8-String makes an ideal main instrument for players seeking unlimited expressive range.


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    Harmonically complex electric tones and superb piezo tones.

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    Push/push engages an active preamp with up to +20dB boost.

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    Exceptional playing comfort.


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    No left-handed models.

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Ernie Ball Music Man Man’s long-standing collaboration with John Petrucci has resulted in the fascinating evolution of both his original JP signature guitar and the innovative Majesty model, the latter introduced in 2014. 

The new Music Man Majesty 8-String represents the pinnacle of Petrucci and Music Man’s collaboration to date, offering incredible tonal versatility, the performance advantages of a multi-scale design, refined playability and sleek, modern styling. 

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Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.