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NAMM 2024: “Some folks had been love, ‘That’s the ugliest divulge I’ve ever seen!’ It turns out it became as soon as essentially the most successful instrument we ever would possibly maybe presumably receive imagined”: John Petrucci on the wild wander of his signature guitar, the Song Man Majesty

NAMM 2024: John Petrucci’s Ernie Ball Song Man Majesty signature guitar has been definitely one of essentially the most successful devices the company has ever produced. The Dream Theater man in all equity humble about his accomplishments, so it doesn’t derive talked-up as vital as you’d also anticipate, but Petrucci’s Majesty is 2d only to the Gibson Les Paul in phrases of signature guitar gross sales.

On the opposite hand, while Petrucci continually felt he became as soon as doing the right divulge in phrases of his needs as a player, he says he by no manner expected the Majesty to attain such regal heights. Indeed, he almost didn’t name it the Majesty…

“When we space out to construct this guitar Sterling Ball and I had these loopy conversations,” Petrucci tells Guitar World in a novel interview filmed on the 2024 NAMM repeat. “I had this belief to name it the Stallion!”

Petrucci became as soon as at closing talked ‘spherical on that, which is maybe for the sole, but the prog-steel icon tells us the Majesty became as soon as, love most sport-changing tips, now not straight authorized.

“There’s a silly story, when it first came out, some images had been leaked of it and a few folks had been love, ‘Thats the ugliest divulge I’ve ever seen!’” Petrucci recalls in our video interview.  

GW.com EIC Michael Astley-Brown (left) interviews John Petrucci on the 2024 NAMM repeat

GW.com EIC Michael Astley-Brown (left) interviews John Petrucci on the 2024 NAMM repeat (List credit: Future)

“It turns out it became as soon as essentially the most successful instrument we ever would possibly maybe presumably receive imagined. Now, your entire images I to find of folks taking part in Majestys… it’s now not simply for prog steel. They’re taking part in jazz and blues and rock and every form of issues. 

“It’s attention-grabbing with innovation – at the same time as you blueprint something that’s by no manner been achieved sooner than – it hits folks and [the first reaction] it is a ways love ‘What’s that?’ And then [afterwards], that’s at the same time as you rate how special it is a ways.” 

Petrucci compares the feelings he has against the construct as an equivalent to the sense of vindication he will get from writing and collaborating in.

“It’s love song,” says the Dream Theater man. “You construct something to your self since you’re an artist and also you opt to determine on to be factual to your self, but at the same time as you to find diversified folks taking part in it as vital as you blueprint, it’s vital extra [rewarding].”

Petrucci’s within the within the intervening time doing a lap of honor with the instrument – launching an array of most unique pause suggestions on the 2024 NAMM Indicate.

Adjust to along live with all of GW’s NAMM 2024 exploits right here.

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