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Ernie Ball and John Petrucci Celebrate 20th Anniversary

Ernie Ball John Petrucci

Watch a documentary that outlines the evolution of the signature models.

Ernie Ball Music Man and Signature Artist John Petrucci are proud to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the John Petrucci Signature Guitar. For over two decades the world-renowned Dream Theater guitarist has partnered and collaborated with Ernie Ball Music Man crafting some of the world's most forward-thinking and innovative signature instruments. To celebrate 20 years, Ernie Ball Music Man is offering a limited edition 20th Anniversary JP as well as a limited edition 20th Anniversary Majesty. Both are available now in either a 6 or 7 string version.


Ernie Ball Music Man x John Petrucci: 20th Anniversary Signature Collection

Ernie Ball Music Man and John Petrucci have also collaborated on a 20th anniversary mini documentary. With footage dating back to the early 2000s, the documentary examines the evolution of John's signature guitar, his relationship with the Ernie Ball Music Man, and features extensive interviews with Petrucci, Sterling Ball, and members of the Ernie Ball Music Man Engineering and Product Development team, who each worked on the first JP guitar design with John and have been an instrumental part of its progression since the beginning.

"I can't even express how proud I am of the success of my line of guitars with Ernie Ball Music Man, it blows my mind," John says in the film. "I think the coolest thing about it is that we did it on our own terms. That commitment… from the first conversation I had with Sterling about creating guitars, that came from an authentic place."

In addition, Ernie Ball Music Man is releasing 3 new finishes to the John Petrucci Majesty Signature Guitar line.

20th Anniversary JP
  • The 20th Anniversary John Petrucci features a flamed maple top with a forearm scoop seated in a Honey Butter Burst finished Honduran mahogany body.
  • This special signature is equipped with unique options, including a grain-filled Mahogany bolt-on design, an Ebony fretboard with unique gold acrylic JP/shield inlays, a combination of gold and black hardware, and a laser-etched anniversary tremolo backplate.
  • Available in 6 and 7 string versions, this collectible anniversary guitar comes with an autographed certificate of authenticity and is available for a limited time.
20th Anniversary Majesty
  • The 20th Anniversary Majesty features a flamed maple shield seated in a Honey Butter Burst finished Honduran mahogany body.
  • This special Majesty is equipped with unique options, including a grain-filled Mahogany neck-thru design, Ebony fretboard with unique gold acrylic JP/shield inlays, a combination of gold and black hardware, and a laser-etched anniversary tremolo backplate.
  • Available in 6 and 7 string versions, this collectible anniversary guitar comes with an autographed certificate of authenticity and is available for a limited time.
2021 Majesty
  • The John Petrucci Majesty is now available in three new finishes, Hydrospace (maple top), Titan Blue, and Lava Flow in addition to Enchanted Forest, Smoked Pearl, and Ember Glow.

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