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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