New colors and a 7-String with DiMarzios
Sterling by Music Man released a couple of pictures on their Facebook page yesterday that showed new colors and versions of their John Petrucci signature models. The new models are going to bring fans of the EBMM Petrucci model closer to it, at least in terms of finishes. Especially the JP100D-MKOA totally sticks out because of it’s nicely figured Koa top. Looks a lot like BFR version, except for the chrome hardware instead of the golden Koa BFR model.
First of all, sorry for the bad photo quality, these are the compressed ones from Facebook. The two more affordable models, which would be the JP60-MGR and the 7-string version JP70-PRB, come with the stock pickups from Sterling. Those are similar voiced to the DiMarzio combination, but in an A/B contest they would not really have a chance…just my 5 cents!
Koa or Quilted Maple???
The JP100D-MKOA comes with a Mahogany body and an Hawaiian Koa top, as well as DiMarzio LiquiFire & Crunchlab humbuckers. Only difference to the US-made BFR would be the tremolo system, the tuners and the finishes of body and neck… well, and the fact that it is not US-made.
Same goes for the Sterling by Music Man JP170D, which features the Basswood/Maple wood combination. Man, I wish these guitars would come with the piezo system as well. That was something I had expected for 2015, but hey… you can’t have it all.
At this time I don’t have any info on the prices, but as soon as I do, I will update this post and notify you guys.