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        The Ball Family Reserve John Petrucci 6 Electric Guitar was designed in conjunction with the world-renowned Dream Theater guitarist. Signature Music Man guitar features fine tonewoods including alder and mahogany. A mahogany tone block runs from under the bridge to the neck pocket. Full mahogany neck. The Petrucci electric guitar's high gloss polyester finish looks great and offers superb protection. Equipped with redesigned controls providing additional versatility and tonal options, the signature John Petrucci 6 sets the standard for the next generation of electric guitar innovation.

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        Features
        • Body
        • Wood: Alder with mahogany tone block
        • Finish: High gloss polyester
        • Bridge: Custom John Petrucci Music Man® Tremolo, solid steel saddles
        • Neck
        • Scale: 25-1/2"
        • Radius: 15"
        • Headstock Only: 5-7/8" long
        • Frets: 24 - High profile, wide
        • Width: 1-11/16" at nut, 2-1/4" at last fret
        • Wood: Mahogany with rosewood fingerboard
        • Finish: Gunstock oil and hand-rubbed special wax blend
        • Tuners: Schaller M6-IND locking
        • Truss rod: Adjustable - no component or string removal
        • Attachment: 5 bolts - perfect alignment with no shifting
        • Sculpted neck joint allows smooth access to higher frets
        • Controls: 500kohm volume and tone - .022µF tone capacitor
        • Switch: 3-way toggle pickup selector, with custom center position configuration
        • Pickups: 2 Custom DiMarzio Humbucking - specially designed for Petrucci
        • Size: 12-1/2" wide, 1-3/4" thick, 37" long
        • Weight: 7 pounds, 4 ounces - varies slightly

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        Music ManBall Family Reserve John Petrucci 6 Electric Guitar
         
        4.6

        (based on 10 reviews)

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        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        A Quality Guitar

        I'm happy with this guitar. You can't go crazy with the trem and have it come back perfectly in tune like a Floyd. Putting graphite on the nut helps. I had to modify...Read complete review

        I'm happy with this guitar. You can't go crazy with the trem and have it come back perfectly in tune like a Floyd. Putting graphite on the nut helps. I had to modify this guitar (pickup, re-wiring) to get it exactly how I want it. But I expected this because there is no production guitar that perfectly suites me without performing some kind of modification. I'm just particular. Maybe I should ask EB to make my own signature model - yeah, right!
        Has the features I was looking for in a guitar: 2 humbuckers, 3 way toggle, coil tap, tremolo. Piezo was a bonus. I'll have to play around with it. I like the locking tuners. You don't need any tools to change strings. Trem not as solid as a Floyd Rose, but it's pretty good.

        The reason this guitar gets a 9 instead of a 10 is because of the coil tap situation. Coil tap is active only when both pickups are on (with tone knob pushed down). If you're going to put in a push-pull control for single coil operation, why not make single coil available for each individual pickup? EB kind of missed the mark on this. I know this is a John Petrucci signature and it's the way he likes it. Nothing against you John! I ended up re-wiring it to work just like my Ibanez JS1000. The Liquifire was a little too muddy for my preference. I ended up replacing it with a Dimarzio PAF Pro. To each his own.

        The biggest thing about this guitar, in my opinion, is the neck. It has a 15" radius, even more than my Les Pauls' 12" radius. You can set the action low without the strings fretting out when you bend them. My JS1000 has a radius of about 9" and the strings fret out when I bend them too much. This was the deciding factor to buy this guitar. The neck feels great to me.
        I own a couple Gibson Les Pauls, several American Standard Fender strats, an Ibanez JS1000 and a couple other lesser ones I'm not going to mention. This guitar is top quality. Everything about this guitar is quality: paint/finish, wood selection, trem and action set up, pickups.
        This guitar is worth the price to me. I know it's out of the price range of many. There are lower-line Petrucci models that seem like an incredible value for the quality. However, I've never actually tried them, I just read about them.

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        overrated, overpriced

        I'm having trouble thinking why anyone would consider buying this guitar. It is horrible from every aspect. The quality is great but you expect that from a 2 grand guitar. The dimarzio pickups...Read complete review

        I'm having trouble thinking why anyone would consider buying this guitar. It is horrible from every aspect. The quality is great but you expect that from a 2 grand guitar. The dimarzio pickups are pretty good but don't even stand a chance against seymour duncans. The piezo is useless. The switch above the guitar can act as a kill switch which is really bad. I was strumming a lot and I kept hitting the kill switch. The tremolo system is OK but doesn't compare to a PRS or nowhere near a Floyd Rose. the tuners hold it in tune though. The guitar looks great but that's it. With this kind of money, invest in a Paul Reed Smith or a USA Dean ML with seymours and a Floyd. Or even a Gibson. I played this guitar through a bogner and it still was disappointing. Don't get this guitar!!! There are great guitars for this price that are a lot better than this in guitars under half the price that are better than this.

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        5.0

        A Quality Guitar

        By Douglas Hamaker

        from Detroit area

        Comments about Music Man Ball Family Reserve John Petrucci 6 Electric Guitar:

        I'm happy with this guitar. You can't go crazy with the trem and have it come back perfectly in tune like a Floyd. Putting graphite on the nut helps. I had to modify this guitar (pickup, re-wiring) to get it exactly how I want it. But I expected this because there is no production guitar that perfectly suites me without performing some kind of modification. I'm just particular. Maybe I should ask EB to make my own signature model - yeah, right!
        Has the features I was looking for in a guitar: 2 humbuckers, 3 way toggle, coil tap, tremolo. Piezo was a bonus. I'll have to play around with it. I like the locking tuners. You don't need any tools to change strings. Trem not as solid as a Floyd Rose, but it's pretty good.

        The reason this guitar gets a 9 instead of a 10 is because of the coil tap situation. Coil tap is active only when both pickups are on (with tone knob pushed down). If you're going to put in a push-pull control for single coil operation, why not make single coil available for each individual pickup? EB kind of missed the mark on this. I know this is a John Petrucci signature and it's the way he likes it. Nothing against you John! I ended up re-wiring it to work just like my Ibanez JS1000. The Liquifire was a little too muddy for my preference. I ended up replacing it with a Dimarzio PAF Pro. To each his own.

        The biggest thing about this guitar, in my opinion, is the neck. It has a 15" radius, even more than my Les Pauls' 12" radius. You can set the action low without the strings fretting out when you bend them. My JS1000 has a radius of about 9" and the strings fret out when I bend them too much. This was the deciding factor to buy this guitar. The neck feels great to me.
        I own a couple Gibson Les Pauls, several American Standard Fender strats, an Ibanez JS1000 and a couple other lesser ones I'm not going to mention. This guitar is top quality. Everything about this guitar is quality: paint/finish, wood selection, trem and action set up, pickups.
        This guitar is worth the price to me. I know it's out of the price range of many. There are lower-line Petrucci models that seem like an incredible value for the quality. However, I've never actually tried them, I just read about them.

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        5.0

        Nice guitar

        By Douglas Hamaker

        from Detroit area

        Comments about Music Man Ball Family Reserve John Petrucci 6 Electric Guitar:

        I'm happy with this guitar. I'm 48 years old and have been playing since I was 12. I own a couple Gibson les pauls, several Fender strats, an Ibanez JS1000 and a cheap old Kramer focus. I've played some very nice guitars and many not-so-nice ones as well. This guitar is made with quality. It plays very well and looks cool, too.
        Has the features I need. Pickup selector is in a good location. Same with volume knob. I just have to get used to it (been playing an Ibanez JS1000 for the past10 years). Would be nice if each pickup could be coil tapped. That's why this guitar only gets a '9'. Piezo pretty cool. You can really dial it in with the volume and tone controls on the back side. Floating bridge and locking tuners. Guitar stays in tune very well considering tremolo is non-locking. Low action - which is what I like. Thanks to the 15" fingerboard radius, you can bend the strings without it fretting out. This is the reason I chose this guitar over the others I was considering. Access to the upper frets is effortless. Comes with 10 gauge strings. Kind of thick for my liking. I put 9's on. I read on EB's web site the body on this model is chambered and has a mohogany tone block. Pretty nice.
        Pickups sound pretty good. The neck pickup is a little muddy, imo, but then sound is a very subjective topic.
        No doubt about the quality. This guitar looks like it was built and set up very well. When I received it, was way out of tune - no big deal though. Quality hardware. Nice finish. They provided a couple extra tremolo block springs. Comes with case!
        The price is not cheap, but I think this guitar is worth it. I believe you get what you pay for.

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        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Amazing guitar!

        Comments about Music Man Ball Family Reserve John Petrucci 6 Electric Guitar:

        Brilliant guitar! Our guitarist plays it and just wow! Just wanted to comment after seeing the Pantera lover dis it!

        Dimebag was a prince -- but he only did one thing particularly spectacular (and particularly scooped), and that was crazy metal contest winning badass guitar riffing--using, of all things, Deans and Randalls (oh and he also wrote a hilarious column for Guitar World as well, so I guess that's two great things)! I would not, however, use his sound as the measuring stick for decades and decades of transcendent, unsegregated tone, be it from a Dumble, an Orange, a Twin Reverb, an original Stradivarius, a handmade Martin, a Fender Ultra with Tom Andersons, a Steinberg, or THIS Family Reserve JP!

        Finally my guitarist and writing partner has a guitar that, like an extension of his right arm, is so natural and unique that he can do anything his imagination allows. THAT is the ultimate test of any guitar. Well done.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        worth it

        By Mr. Miller

        from west virginia

        Comments about Music Man Ball Family Reserve John Petrucci 6 Electric Guitar:

        bought it in november of 2009, just finished paying it off...so worth it...great feel...wide range of tones...good action....piezo is surprisingly accurate...tremolo is very reliable and will not cause it to fall out of tune (locking tuners)....beautiful paint job...very nice and strong case...

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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        One bad piece!!!!

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Music Man Ball Family Reserve John Petrucci 6 Electric Guitar:

        This is by far the baddest piece I have ever come across, I have used Ibanez guitars in the past, and the similarity and diffrences are tremendous. The playability and tonal range and control are unbeatable. Get passed the price and you have a piece that can easily reduce the number of guitars in your setup.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Wow

        By JAustinMunn

        from Albuquerque, NM

        Comments about Music Man Ball Family Reserve John Petrucci 6 Electric Guitar:

        I love this guitar. The Piezo is very nice, and I've effectively eliminated having to go between my acoustic on a stand and my electric. It may not sound as great as an acoustic, but it's good enough. Pickups are great, I love this guitar.I just want to say about the gentleman who wrote about what a terrible guitar this is, that he really doesn't know a whole lot. The switch above the guitar is the pickup switch (switching between the magnetic and piezo) which suggests he didn't have the cable in the right slot. Also, his musical style and heavy bias towards Dean and Seymour Duncan (not to mention Krank), means that he thinks the only guitarist with tone is Dimebag Darrell, who in my opinion is not known for tone.Anyway, do yourself a favor and buy this guitar. It truly is amazing/

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        First Quality

        By chkin pickn

        from Louisville Kentucky.

        Comments about Music Man Ball Family Reserve John Petrucci 6 Electric Guitar:

        I went to my local music store to check out their guitars and saw this guitar in the show room. I picked it up, plugged it in. It is hands down the best electric guitar I've ever put my hands on. I've been playing guitar for 45 years and I know tone and quality. You owe it to yourself to try one of these guitars if you're looking to buy.Phil Ridener

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        (0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        overrated, overpriced

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Music Man Ball Family Reserve John Petrucci 6 Electric Guitar:

        I'm having trouble thinking why anyone would consider buying this guitar. It is horrible from every aspect. The quality is great but you expect that from a 2 grand guitar. The dimarzio pickups are pretty good but don't even stand a chance against seymour duncans. The piezo is useless. The switch above the guitar can act as a kill switch which is really bad. I was strumming a lot and I kept hitting the kill switch. The tremolo system is OK but doesn't compare to a PRS or nowhere near a Floyd Rose. the tuners hold it in tune though. The guitar looks great but that's it. With this kind of money, invest in a Paul Reed Smith or a USA Dean ML with seymours and a Floyd. Or even a Gibson. I played this guitar through a bogner and it still was disappointing. Don't get this guitar!!! There are great guitars for this price that are a lot better than this in guitars under half the price that are better than this.

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        5.0

        More than an instrument..

        By YtseJam

        from Concord, NH

        Comments about Music Man Ball Family Reserve John Petrucci 6 Electric Guitar:

        This is one of the greatest instruments possible, hands down. The new choice in woods makes all the difference in the world. The mahogany tone block says it all. Sound wise: unbelievable, there are a variety of tones you can get out of it, anywhere from a punchy metal to blues. It has it all. The guitar does have a very unique neck profile, so it does take a little bit getting used to if you've never played one before. But once you do get used to it, you couldn't ask for more. ( I strongly recommend playing one first for a while.) This guitar will out play any other guitar (depending on what your looking for) by far. There's just so much more versatility in what you can do with it.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Fantastic guitar

        By rkevinaiken

        from Rockingham, NC

        Comments about Music Man Ball Family Reserve John Petrucci 6 Electric Guitar:

        I read about this guitar in Guitar Player magazine. I have been a longtime PRS player with a penchant for the wide thin neck versions for speed. I also play an Ibanez JEM and a JS1200. I ordered this guitar and admit I was skeptical that it could offer anything that I did not already have in my collection as far as sound, playability, and overall quality. I've had the Petrucci 6 for two months now and I have fallen in love with it. It is a blast to play. The sound is fantastic, stereo or mono. It is extremely versatile. GP magazine did not give it an Editor's Pick award, and I am wondering why they didn't. After 30 plus years of playing I finally have a guitar that may well eliminate the need for having more than one. This guitar has my highest recommendation.

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