25 June 2009

New John Petrucci Signature Pickups


One Thing has stayed consisten throughout John Petrucci's long and successful career: the DiMarz io pickups in his guitar. John has been pushing the envelope of progressive metal since the late eighties, and the DiMarzio LiquiFire Neck Model, DiMarzio Crunch Lab Bridge Model, DiMarzio LiquiFire 7, Neck Model and the Crunch Lab 7 Bridge Model resulted from our most recent collaboration with John. He used them throughout Dream Theater's tenth studio album, "Black Cluds and Silver Lining" released June 23rd, 2009. John swears this is the best live and studio sound he has ever had.

Crunch Lab DP228
John swears this is the best live and studio sound he has ever had, and the name says it all - "crunch" is what it’s all about with a big, tight sound that’s neither muddy nor thin.
Recommended For: Bridge
Tech Talk: The Crunch Lab™ is noteworthy (bad pun alert!) for what it doesn’t do - it’s not a screamer, and it’s not about thundering lows. Its physical appearance is identical to the D Sonic™, but the internal design is a lot different. It’s louder, and the highs have more depth. The lows and mids are more open, and this is crucial for playing chords with body and presence through a gained-out amp. The voicing of the pickup is also different enough to the point that John prefers the Crunch Lab™ to be installed in almost all of his guitars (including the JP Bari) with the solid bar toward the neck, regardless of the guitar’s tuning.

LiquiFire DP227
John swears this is the best live and studio sound he has ever had. He wanted a neck pickup with a flowing, singing solo tone when used with a heavily overdriven amp and a clear chord sound with a clean amp setting.
Recommended For: Neck. Can also be used in bridge position.
Tech Talk: Since the mid 1990s, John’s neck pickup sound has been based on either the standard Air Norton™ or the custom version in his Ernie Ball® guitars. The LiquiFire™ has several significant differences. Its treble response is warmer and smoother while bass response is tighter and brighter. The total sound has a more focused voice which works equally well for highly overdriven solos and complex, clean chords.

John Petrucci Studio Gear 2009
John Petrucci Gear 2007/08
Dream Theater in Download Festival 2009

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