NGD: 02 Petrucci Silver Sparkle
So, here we have an ’02 Petrucci in Silver Sparkle. My first JP and I still can’t believe I bought it. I had always avoided the JP models – I didn’t like the placement of the pickup switch, I thought the neck was too thin, and I normally don’t like floating trems for daily use. I also wasn’t a fan of the CrunchLab/Liquifire pickups for anything other than high gain metal. I bought this one with the intention of flipping it to fund an ASS, but once I got it and did a full setup on it, something strange happened….. I really liked it 😮 I think what really changed my mind is the pickups. These original custom Dimarzios are really versatile and sound great from clean to high gain and most things in between. I like them much better than the CL/LF and Illuminator pickups. The sparkly finish also helps and the fact that it’s in mint condition for a 15 year old guitar. I’m still working through the neck shape and switch placement and trying to adjust my playing technique but so far I’m really digging this guitar. I bought a JP7 at the same time but that one is for sale so no need for an NGD. Same outstanding quality but I think my drop tune days are over.