Friday, September 19, 2014

Music Man JP comparison chart

It seems that John Petrucci doesn’t know what he wants, so he changes the specs of his signature guitar each year. There are way too many versions so far, and no single place where you can find all the specs together, so I compiled a comprehensive chart of all John Petrucci models with Ernie Ball Music Man.

Note: this chart doesn’t include the dozens of limited series that have been released, just the standard specs.

Model Year Body Neck Fingerboard Bridge PU Neck PU FB radius Frets
JP6 2000 Basswood Birdseye maple Rosewood Steve's Special Air Norton 15"
High, wide
h .047", w .104"
h 1.19, w 2.64mm
2005 D-Sonic
JP6 BFR 2007 Alder,
maple top,
mahogany block
Mahogany Rosewood or ebony
JP6 2009 Basswood Birdseye maple Rosewood Crunch Lab LiquiFire
JP6 BFR Alder,
maple top,
mahogany block
Mahogany Rosewood or ebony
JPX 2010 Chambered alder,
maple top,
mahogany block
Ebony Jumbo, wide
h .057", w .110"
h 1.45, w 2.79mm
JPXI 2011 Alder,
maple top,
mahogany block
Medium jumbo
h .051", w .108"
h 1.30, w 2.74mm
JP12 2012 Basswood,
maple top,
mahogany block
JP13 2013 Rosewood Illuminator Illuminator 17"
Majesty 2014 Mahogany, neck-thru Ebony
JP15 2015 Mahogany,
maple top
Roasted maple
JP16 2016 Basswood Roasted maple Smokey ebony Sonic Ecstasy Sonic Ecstasy

Other changes:

  • Compensated nut was introduced in early 2006.
  • Stainless steel frets debuted with the JPXI in January 2011, and later became standard on all JP models ordered since January 2012.
  • The rectangular tremolo base plate was introduced in August 2011.
  • In 2011 the piezo saddles changed for ones with lower output; because of this, the preamp was changed for one with a higher output to compensate.
  • The BFR logos (on the 12th fret) were retired from all models with the release of the JP13, in early 2013.
  • The JP16 has a Korean-made Floyd Rose bridge, and no piezo system.

The body shape changed with the BFR, and then again with the JPX, mainly on the right forearm rest and the horns, which became ever sleeker. Here are a comparison:


JV said...

great work! just what I was looking for. Appreciate the time you put into this!

Harrison Fjord said...

Very informative. I'm trying to decide which one I should buy since I can only afford one lol. There aren't any dealers around me either which makes this hard.