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FDP Forum / Miscellaneous and Non-Fender Topics / Music Man JP6 BFR

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Vero Beach FL

Tbird Greg
Aug 11th, 2017 09:50 AM   Edit   Profile  

Went to local GC to have their tech look at an Ibanez AR620 I bought used. Couldn't quite get the action to where I wanted.

Anyway, while he's doing his thing, I spot a guitar in the used section. It was a Music Man John Petrucci signature model (2009). Now, I'm only dimly aware of Mr Petrucci, but the guitar was gorgeous - Solar Red with a quilted top. There was a "JP" inlay on first fret, and "Ball Family Reserve" inlay on the 125th. Pearloid tuner buttons on the locking tuners. Very well cared for with only a couple minor dings. Some visible fret wear, but nothing serious.

Had to check it out! The first thing I noticed was how low the action was on this guitar. The strings were hardly any higher at the 12th fret than the first fret. Plugged in, it sounded great, with the two humbuckers with coil taps. It also has a piezo system as well. Lots of options there.
Had a price tag of $1800. Too much for me.

I went home though, and couldn't stop thinking about this guitar. Next day, went back and started dickering with the manager (who knows me as a good customer). Got the price down to $1500, so out came the card.

I've had the guitar for over a week now. Changed strings, fiddled with the action to get rid of a bit of buzz (without significantly changing the low action I liked). Learning the controls and finding the best amp settings. I'm still in awe over this one! Plays so easy and the sounds are amazing. The three-way switch nearest the tone controls gives bridge or neck HB's in first and third positions, while in the center, you get parallel single coils. Pull up on the tone knob and you've got a glassy, Fender SC sound made for country music. A second 3 way switch on the upper horn selects magnetics/mag & piezo/piezo. The piezo sounds really good on its own, but really shines when you blend in the magnetics, particularly the SC.

There are two outputs for mono or stereo use. Using a TRS cable with two 1/4 out jacks, I can route the magnetic signals and the piezo signal to two different inputs. I have a Quilter Aviator Gold with clean and gain inputs that is just perfect for this. I can start off with an acoustic sound and instantly switch to a crunch electric (or combine them) using the upper selector.

Sorry to be so wordy, but this guitar really impresses me. I have had many electric guitars, and up till now, my PRS Custom 24 my favorite. This one has taken the top spot!

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Aug 11th, 2017 11:20 AM   Edit   Profile  

Congrats on the score! These are super well made guitars and sound really good.

My only issue with them is the ultra thin/slim necks which of course are just a matter of personal taste.

(This message was last edited by 5Strats at 01:20 PM, Aug 11th, 2017)

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Vero Beach FL

Tbird Greg
Aug 11th, 2017 12:21 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks! Luckily, I don't have an issue with the slim neck. Doesn't feel much different from my Custom 24.

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Aug 12th, 2017 05:44 AM   Edit   Profile  

I wonder if the necks vary on the John Petrucci Music Man guitars? There are several models in his signature line.

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Paris, France

It's just a guitar, not rocket science.
Aug 13th, 2017 11:26 AM   Edit   Profile  

The JP BFRs are amazing instruments! IIRC, Alder body, maple top, and a mahogany "tone block" under the maple from the neck pocket to the bridge.

The necks do vary from model to model but mostly just in the fingerboard radius. AFAIK, the basic JP6 and JP6 BFR were always the same 15" radius. Some of the later models went 17" and even 20".

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