Review: The John Petrucci JPX-6 Signature Guitar

The Pickups

The John Petrucci Signature JPX-6 is loaded with a DiMarzio Liquifire humbucker in the neck position and a DiMarzio Crunch Lab humbucker in the bridge position and a Piezo pickup built into the tremolo bridge for both electric and acoustic guitar sounds.

A specially-wired 5-way switch gives you access to the individual pickup coils so that you can combine them in both traditional and unique ways. Traditional pickup controls include master volume and tone knobs. The acoustic Piezo pickup gets its own separate volume control. A 3-way toggle switches you from the magnetic pickups to the Piezo pickup, or combines both.

Dual output jacks give you the option of running either Piezo/Mono (output 1) or Magnetic/Stereo (output 2).

JPX-6 Electric Guitar Specs:

  • Body wood: alder with maple top and mahogany tone block
  • Body finish: high gloss polyester
  • Body colors: Barolo
  • Bridge: Custom John Petrucci Music Man Piezo floating tremolo, made of chrome plated, hardened steel with solid steel saddles. Black finish
  • Neck wood: select mahogany
  • Fingerboard: ebony
  • Fret markers: custom JP inlays
  • Neck finish: high gloss polyester
  • Neck colors: color matches body
  • Tuning machines: Schaller M6-IND locking in black finish with black 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: volume (500kohm) and tone (.022µf tone capacitor), Volume (Piezo pickup)
  • Switching: 5-way lever pickup selector; 3-way toggle Piezo/magnetic selector
  • Pickups: DiMarzio liquifire humbucker – neck; DiMarzio crunch lab humbucker – bridge; Piezo pickup (built into tremolo bridge )
  • Body weight: 7 lbs, 4 oz (3.29 kg)
  • 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 – jumbo profile, wide
  • Neck width: 1-11/16″ (43.0 mm) at nut, 2-1/4″ (57.2 mm) at last fret
  • Pickup switching: 5-Position blade:
  • Position 1. coils 1+2 (series)
  • Position 2. coils 1+4 (parallel)
  • Position 3. coils 1+2 and 3+4 (parallel)
  • Position 4. coils 2+3 (parallel)
  • Position 5. coils 3+4 (series)
  • (Bridge pickup: coils 1 & 2; Neck pickup: coils 3 & 4)
  • Pickup switching: 3-Position toggle:
  • Position 1. Piezo pickup
  • Position 3. magnetic pickups
  • Output one: Piezo/Mono
  • Output two: Magnetic/Stereo

The Low Down

The John Petrucci JPX-6 Signature guitar is a force to be reckoned with. Its aggressive tone, style, feel and versatility are superior to most in its class. It’s a bit pricey but you get a lot of usable features for the money. The great thing about this guitar is that it’s not just designed for rock and metal. The JPX-6 was designed to accommodate all styles and tones. The combination of tones the JPX-6 can create will amaze you in every way. It’s very comfortable and you will be happy that you will not need to swap anything out on this guitar. Out of the box it’s ready to go! I would definitely recommend this axe to anyone.

Pros: Great pickups, Thicker gauge strings, Piezo, Fast neck, 24 frets, Coil tapping, Locking tuners, and a Floating bridge.

Cons: Only one color, Pricey.

MSRP- $2450.00

Till next week, thanks for reading and keep on shredding!

Nick Arrietta is a staff writer at SMG. Nick is a professional Music teacher from California and has been playing the Guitar for 24 years. Along with teaching music he is a touring guitarist, studio musician and songwriter. Email: nick@sharemyguitar.com

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