The JP160, based on the Ernie Ball Music Man JP16, is a combination of the original Music Man John Petrucci JP6 signature model and later BFR Ball Family Reserve models.
JP160 features a gorgeous Roasted Maple neck. The Roasted Maple neck undergoes a very specialized kiln drying process which involves heating the wood to a specific temperature, or Roasting it, as the name implies. This removes excess moisture from the wood, which makes it stronger, more stable, lighter in weight, and, less susceptible to humidity changes. It also gives the player one of the most amazing feels in a neck. Topping the Roasted Maple neck is a 16 inch radius, 24 fret Rosewood fretboard Shield style inlays adorn the neck, as well as John’s signature JP Shield logo, which is inlaid at the first fret.
Ergonomically arranged in-line controls include a 3 position pickup selector, Volume, and Tone VR controls. Additionally, JP160 features an Active push-push 12dB circuit boost on the Volume control, allowing the player ultimate soloing power at their fingertips. This Active Circuit is powered by a 9V battery that loads into an easily accessed compartment on the rear of the instrument, and requires no tools, making battery changes user friendly and quick.
Accurate intonation, smooth operation and excellent tuning stability come courtesy of the combination of the newly designed Sterling by Music Man Double-Locking Low Profile Tremolo. Fans of John’s playing who have been preferential to a Double Locking Tremolo will find JP160 to be the answer to years of requests! This premium, full floating tremolo system is only available on the JP160 John Petrucci Signature Series instruments, and allows for full dives, 2 step pulls, and is exceptionally responsive to flutter effects, all while maintaining accurate tuning. Tuning machines are arranged in the classic Music Man 4+2 manner on the headstock. Johns’ signature is also proudly featured on the face of the headstock.