Review: MusicMan JP7

MusicMan JP7 review

I’m Sergey Kasinec and I have been playing a guitar and composing music for more than 15 years now. I have had so many guitars and have reviewed a lot of guitar gear. In my introductory post on Guitar Sphere, I’ll be reviewing my MusicMan JP7. 
To begin with, let’s take a look at the specs of the guitar:

FEATURES

John Petrucci 7
Size -12-1/2» wide, 1-3/4″ thick, 37″ long (31.8 cm wide, 4.5 cm thick, 94.0 cm long)
Weight – 7 lbs, 4 oz (3.29 kg) – varies slightly
Body Wood – Basswood
Body Finish – High gloss polyester
Bridge – Standard – Custom John Petrucci Music Man® floating tremolo of chrome plated, hardened steel with solid steel saddles; Optional – Piezo bridge with solid steel saddles
Scale Length – 25-1/2» (64.8 cm)
Neck Radius – 15» (38.1 cm)
Headstock Size – Only 5-7/8″ (14.9 cm) long
Frets – 24 – High profile, wide, Stainless Steel
Neck Width – 1-11/16» (43.0 mm) at nut, 2-1/4″ (57.2 mm) at last fret
Neck Wood – Select maple neck
Fingerboard – Rosewood
Fret Markers – Custom JP Shields
Neck Finish – Gunstock oil and hand-rubbed special wax blend
Neck Colors – Standard – Natural; Optional – Matching painted headstock
Tuning Machines – Schaller M6-IND locking with pearl buttons
Truss Rod – Adjustable – no component or string removal
Neck Attachment – 5 bolts – perfect alignment with no shifting; Sculpted neck joint allows smooth access to higher frets
Electronic Shielding – Graphite acrylic resin coated body cavity and aluminum control cover
Controls – 500kohm volume and tone – .022µF tone capacitor
Switching – 3-way toggle pickup selector; 3-way toggle piezo/magnetic selector (when applicable)
Pickups – HH – 1 DiMarzio LiquiFire – neck; 1 DiMarzio Crunch Lab – bridge
Yes-Piezo only

FEEL

Feeling-wise, I had always been in love with Floyd Rose before I met Music Man® floating tremolo. They let me do all the tricks which I used to do with a Floyd Rose but in much easier way. It takes me no time now to change the strings. There’s no string lock on the neck and still the guitar is always in tune although I use Tremolo all the time. Tremolo here works unbelievably smoothly and the feeling is just amazing.

The neck is not coated and the thickness of it is just perfect. It lets my fingers fly around the fretboard and extract sound clearly and effortlessly. It’s so easy to play on higher frets and to perform any shredding with this baby!

When you take this guitar into your hands, it feels so natural because of the special recess in the body under your right arm. As comfortable as can be.



SOUND

My favorite pickups have never let me down, be it some beautiful tunes or some really hard metal riffs. The clean sound here is open, bright and warm. The sound is actually that very thing to make me fall in love with this guitar (I was listening to JP’s Suspended animation at that time). It’s very deep, it cuts through the mix both in studio and on rehearsals. So recognizable.

VERDICT



I am absolutely satisfied with this guitar. Its sound possibilities are endless and its majestic beauty mesmerizes. This guitar inspires genuine love once you have it in your hands.

Whether it’s the pickups, the wood choice or the overall build of the instrument, everything here screams about the awesomeness of this mystic beauty.

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