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John Petrucci is a guitarist best known as a founding member of the progressive metal band Dream Theater. He has produced (along with his bandmate Mike Portnoy) all Dream Theater albums since their 1999 release, Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory. He is also one of the band's main lyricists.

If you haven't heard John's work, go out and support him! He is an awesome guitar player.

Let's see what this guitar god uses for gear. Keep in mind his gear changes often. The following is a look at what gear and equipment has been seen in Dream Theater's John Petrucci's Guitar Rig.

John on guitar

CoolClick the gear images for more info & specs at Musician's FriendCool

 

Guitars

- Ernie Ball Music Man John Petrucci JP12

Music Man John Petrucci JP12 Electric Guitar Cherry

- Ernie Ball Musicman JP-11 guitars

- Musicman JP BFR Walnutburst and Rubyburst 7 string and Baritone guitars

Music Man John Petrucci BFR 7 Electric Guitar

- 1 Musicman JP BFR 2006 Ltd. Edition Black w/Gold Hardware

- Musicman JP BFR Blackburst, Walnutburst, Rubyburst, Tobaccoburst, Koa guitars

Music Man Ball Family Reserve BFR John Petrucci 6 Electric Guitar

- 1 Musicman JP Blue Sparkle Doubleneck

- Taylor 30th anniversary 712CE Acoustic guitar

Taylor 712ce Rosewood/Spruce Grand Concert Acoustic-Electric Guitar Vintage Sunburst

- Music Man John Petrucci 6 Electric Guitar

Music Man John Petrucci 6 Electric Guitar

- Music Man John Petrucci JPXI-6

Music Man John Petrucci JPXI-6 Electric Guitar Onyx

- Music Man John Petrucci JPXI-7

Music Man John Petrucci JPXI-7 7-String Electric Guitar Onyx

- Sterling by Musicman JP models:

Sterling by Music Man JP100D John Petrucci Signature model Electric Guitar 3 tone sunburst

 note: In the past he endorsed Ibanez guitars

 

Pickups

- Dimarzio Petrucci Crunch Lab and Liquifire pickups

DiMarzio John Petrucci Pickup Set

 

 


Amps and Cabinets
- 2 Mesa Boogie Mark IV Amplifiers

-1 Mesa Boogie Lonestar Amplifier

- Mesa Boogie 4x12 and 2x12 cabinets, all loaded with Celestion Vintage 30 speakers

Mesa Boogie Rectifier 240W 4x12 Standard Guitar Speaker Cabinet Black Straight

- Mesa Boogie Mark IIC+ head (solos on Black Clouds album)

- Mesa Boogie Mark V (Count of Tuscany outro solo. He uses it more often now too.)

DISCONTINUED - Mesa Boogie Mark V 90W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp Black

Notes: Rack Designed, Built and Programmed by Mark Snyder

 

Effects

- Fractal Audio Systems Axe-Fx II

- 1 Korg DTR-1 Tuner

- 1 Dunlop DCR-2SR rack Wah

Dunlop Cry Baby Rack Wah

- 1 DBX 166XL Compressor/Noise Gate

dbx 166xs Dual Compressor Limiter

- 1 Mesa Boogie Amp Switcher

- 1 Boss Keeley mod TR-2 Tremolo Pedal

Boss TR-2 Tremolo Pedal

- 1 MXR EVH Flanger

MXR EVH-117 Eddie Van Halen Flanger

- 1 Ibanez Keeley mod Tube Screamer TS9DX Flexi

Ibanez TS9DX Turbo Tube Screamer Effects Pedal

- 1 MXR EVH Phase 90

MXR EVH Eddie Van Halen Phase 90

- 1 Hermida Tech Zendrive

- 1 Dunlop MXR Wylde Overdrive

MXR ZW-44 Wylde Overdrive Pedal

- 1 MXR Stereo Chorus

MXR M-134 Stereo Chorus Pedal

- 1 Boss DS-1 Distortion pedal

Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal

- 1 Eventide Timefactor Delay

Eventide TimeFactor Twin Delay Guitar Effects Pedal

- 1 T.C. Electronics 2290

- TC Electronic 1210 Spatial Expander/ Stereo Chorus/ Flanger

- 1 T.C. Electronics M3000

TC Electronic M3000 Studio Reverb Processor

- 1 Eventide DSP7000 Harmonizer

Eventide H7600 Ultra-Harmonizer Effects Processor

- 1 DMC Stereo Line Mixer
- 1 Mesa Boogie Rectifier Power Amp
- 1 Furman AC Line Regulator AR-Pro

Furman AR-1215 AC Line Regulator

- 3 Axess Electronics CFX-4 Loop Switcher

- 2 Axess Electronics GRX-4 Loop Switcher

- Axess Electronics FX-1 midi foot controller pedalboard


- Shure SM57 and Sennheiser MD421 microphones placed directly on the grill cloth about 1.5 inches off the center of a speaker. Also more recently use Shure KSM313 ribbon mics along with the 57's.

Shure SM57 Instrument/Vocal Mic

- Framptone Amp Switcher box

Framptone The Amp Switcher Footswitch

- Carl Martin compressor/Limiter

Carl Martin Compressor/Limiter Pedal

- Boss PH-3 Phase Shifter

Boss PH-3 Phase Shifter Pedal

- Voodoo Lab Pedal Power

Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2+ Power Supply

- Boss Tuner pedal

Boss TU-3 Chromatic Pedal Tuner

- TC Electronic TonePrints Chorus (used on "A Dramatic Turn of Events" album)

TC Electronic Corona Chorus TonePrint Series Guitar Effects Pedal

 

 

 

Strings Picks and more

- Ernie Ball Cobalt strings

Ernie Ball 2721 Cobalt Regular Slinky Electric Guitar Strings

- John's tech said in 2011 interview they are using a custom gauge lately: 10,12,16,24,36,46 gauge string set

- Ernie Ball Earthwood Light Acoustic guitar strings

Ernie Ball 2004 Earthwood 80/20 Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings

The Ernie Ball site shows that John uses these strings:
- Ernie Ball RPS 9 - gauges 9,11,16,24,32,42

Ernie Ball 2239 Super Slinky RPS 9 Electric Guitar Strings

- Ernie Ball RPS 10 - gauges 10,15,17,26,36,46

Ernie Ball 2240 Regular Slinky RPS 10 Electric Guitar Strings

- Ernie Ball Super Slinky Acoustic strings

Ernie Ball 2146 Slinky Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings

- Mogami cables

Mogami Platinum Guitar Cable

- Dunlop Jazz III picks

Dunlop Nylon Jazz III Guitar Pick

 

Go to the next page for pictures of John's guitar rig.

 

 

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