Maybe the Boxster Spyder comparison isn’t apt after all, as the JP16 is also about comfort as well as speed.Some players may find the placement of the pickup selector switch awkward, but if you frequently change pickup settings in the middle of a song or solo you’ll love its convenient, easily accessible placement. The Illuminators deliver fat midrange and crisply articulated attack that makes even the fastest solos sound big and aggressive.In 1975, Fender's legal restriction had expired and after a vote of the board he was named the president of Music Man. He also owned and ran a consulting firm called CLF Research (Clarence Leo Fender) in Fullerton, California.By 1976, it had built a manufacturing facility for musical instruments and was contracted to make Music Man products.
Ernie Ball Music Man describes the JP16 as “a combination of the original John Petrucci signature model and later Ball Family Reserve models,” but it also could be described as a John Petrucci model designed for players who prefer more traditional features.
The most notable difference between the JP16, which is available in six- or seven-string versions, is its black Floyd Rose 1000 Series Pro floating tremolo, which replaces the custom Music Man John Petrucci tremolo and its piezo pickup option.
As a result, the JP16 is also further streamlined by the lack of a standard/piezo/mix selector switch on the upper bout and the piezo pickup’s corresponding volume control.
• The roasted maple neck provides resonance and dynamic responsiveness similar to a well-aged vintage guitar neck.
THE BOTTOM LINE: The JP16 may be a little more stripped down than Ernie Ball Music Man’s other John Petrucci signature models, but it’s still a high-performance guitar that delivers wicked, aggressive tones and extremely luxurious playability.