The progressive metal band’s sultans of shred talk about the gear on The Distance Over Time tour, including John Petrucci’s brand-new Music Man Majesty Series signature models and Myung’s potential 2020 signature bass.

The rack is back! Here’s a close-up of John Petrucci’s offstage rack, kept under the watchful eye of guitar tech Maddi Schieferstein. At the top, out of the photo, is a Shure Axient digital wireless system. The guitarist has gone back to a wireless for the first time in 20 years due to improvements in the technology that preserve his signal. The next stop is a Keeley Framptone A/B box. At that point, the piezo pickup’s signal goes into a TC Electronic Bodyrez Acoustic Pickup Enhancer and on to a Radial J48 active D.I. box before it hits the house P.A. The first destination for Petrucci’s DiMarzios is his signature Dunlop Cry Baby rack unit—dialed into the setting of his signature pedal version. There’s a pedal drawer, with five loops and six pedals, and you’ll see it in a later photo. Also aboard: A TC Electronic Mimiq Doubler (which sounds thick and sick!), two Mesa/Boogie JP-2C signature amps (one for each side of the stereo signal) that go into two Mesa/Boogie Rectifier 4x12 cabs, and two Fractal Audio Axe-Fx II XL+ units running time-based effects. There’s also a pair of dormant Mesa power amps that were previously used for monitors.

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We’re almost finished with the aging process on our project guitar. Let’s work on the fretboard, nut, and truss rod cover, and prepare the headstock for the last hurrah.

Hello and welcome back to Mod Garage. This month we’ll continue with our relic’ing project, taking a closer look at the front side of the neck and treating the fretboard and the headstock. We’ll work on the front side of the headstock in the next part, but first we must prepare it.

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Diatonic sequences are powerful tools. Here’s how to use them wisely.

Advanced

Beginner

• Understand how to map out the neck in seven positions.
• Learn to combine legato and picking to create long phrases.
• Develop a smooth attack—even at high speeds.

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Knowing how to function in different keys is crucial to improvising in any context. One path to fretboard mastery is learning how to move through positions across the neck. Even something as simple as a three-note-per-string major scale can offer loads of options when it’s time to step up and rip. I’m going to outline seven technical sequences, each one focusing on a position of a diatonic major scale. This should provide a fun workout for the fingers and hopefully inspire a few licks of your own.
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