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Not trying to flame them or anything, I'm just puzzled as to why they are so incredibly successful. At first I thought it was just internet forum bandwagon hopping, but the two "metal" guys both bought petruccis as their main guitars when it came in the shop.

I've played three (as well as the lower end sterling), and while they are nice guitars, theres many things I can think of that I would prefer at the price. And from the ones I played there was nothing special tonewise about the guitar either. It has good playability but there are lots of Jacksons/ESP/Ibanez/etc.. at the same price point that are just as playable. I do get the appeal of the piezo on the higher end ones. Could you guys fill me in on whats so great about these guitars?
 

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I loved the overall ergonomics of it. The neck carve, the arm scoop, the control placement, the trem... everything just made it the smoothest and most comfortable playing experience.
 

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I think it has a lot to do with the neck carve and that it is one of the only production guitars that has a trem and the piezo option
 

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The thing that turned me off was all the shit on the back of the guitar. I know its minor, none of the plates are recessed, and on the peizo models, there's like, 5 of those fuckers. And they're huge!

Plus, they're made out of basswood.
 

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I've only played one once and was surprised at the ergonomics. They're just one more cool shredder guitar -- like RGs or other superstrats, they have a legion of fanatics that dig the overall package. :2cents:
 

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The thing that turned me off was all the shit on the back of the guitar. I know its minor, none of the plates are recessed, and on the peizo models, there's like, 5 of those fuckers. And they're huge!
Hm, that is kind of an odd oversight.

I've played a couple and really liked them, but then again, I really like basswood.
 

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If memory serves, the main control plate is recessed, as is the cover plate for the mag/piezo switch on the upper horn. The mag/piezo output jack plate is thin metal, so it's not much of an issue. The trem cover plate is not recessed, but to do so, they'd have to make the body thicker or the trem block shorter. With a Tremol-No on, i couldn't reinstall the plate (but this was pre-pin-type). The battery compartment is a stock piece... not much can be done about that.
 

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I agree with the OP. I've always thought that the EB/MM JP's were over-rated, although still nice. I would just prefer other options in that price range.

Tons of electrics have been made with piezos over the years, so I do not personally feel that having piezos is really a notable selling point on a guitar at this price. There are also plenty of guitars that have similar ergonomics at this price.

I do not see what makes them earth-shatteringly novel. Just a package of good standard options with a very high-prestige name.
 

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At the same time, if you have money for an EBMM JP6, like ergonomics and piezos... go try a Parker. Dragonfly, anyone?
 

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The neck and controls are very comfy. The piezo sounds nice.

Couldn't get a standard electric tone I liked out of it though while I owned one.
 

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I agree that the ergonomics of these are pretty good, but I don't think it warrants the price at all. The tone is the same as any number of other basswood guitars out there, except this comes with a grossly out of proportion headstock that must have suffered from fetal alcohol syndrome in the design stage.

The fact that I was just as comfortable playing this as I was playing a Jackson DK2 was the final nail in the coffin for me. If you don't like the ergonomics of neck heels, a neck thru would be the better answer, not a more expensive bolt on---because whether its square, rounded, or tapered like an AANJ a bolt-on heel is still a bolt-on heel. Any day of the week I would get a less expensive Jackson (a new bolt on or a used USA neck thru) or hell even an ESP LTD neck thru and drop a graph tech LB63 in and call it a day.:2cents:
 

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Well, I guess there is some pretty solid reasoning for liking them after all. I still find it amazing that they have done as well as they have, but I guess I'm just not as in touch with what the general guitar buying public wants as Ernie Ball. I would venture to say that it is probably the most successful signature guitar on the market now.
 

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I've never been the least bit interested in the JP's either. Basswood body....bolt-on neck.....non-locking trem. Why would I pay $2k+ for that?
 

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When I tried one, it really felt like a nicely made / quality guitar... But SO not for me. I would never spend that kind of money on one.
 
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