Music Man JP12 6
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jkessel 07/13/2012

Music Man JP12 6 : jkessel's user review

« Closest thing to perfect I've ever played »

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Made here in the USA, the newest addition to the Music Man Petrucci line. Basically a mixture of the JPXI and the JP6. Like all BFR's and the JPXI this has a mahogany bolt on neck with a mahogany tone block. Other BFR's have Alder surrounding the mahogany tone block and a maple top, while this, like the JP6, uses Basswood instead. The difference between alder and basswood while not huge, is different but I won't go over that in this review.
So for the specs:
Basswood body with Mahogany tone block,
maple top,
25.5" scale mahogany bolt on neck,
Ebony fretboard,
24 stainless jumbo frets,
20" fretboard radius,
musicman/fishman piezo loaded bridge,
coil tapped liquifire and crunchlab pickups,
pickup volume/ tone (pull splits pickups)/ piezo volume,
3 way (bridge, both, neck) pickup selector,
3 way (magnetic pickups, both, piezo) selector,
20:1 locking schaller tuners,
JP shield inlays with BFR logo at 12th fret.


The body is designed to give as much access to the higher frets as possible without sacrificing strength and stability, and I've got to say this did it right. I can go all the way to the 24th fret with ease. It's also very well balanced. Sitting down or standing up it's lightweight and comfortable. My only reason for not giving it a 10 is while it's amazing for some reason it won't stay in tune. Not bad, but just from playing normally a few strings start to go slightly flat. I'm sure it's a nut problem that EBMM would fix no problem, but haven't played a 2nd one to compare it to.


Acoustically this guitar is bright and chime-y but full sounding. Every note rings loud and clear. Compared to the JP6, the JP6 is smoother, quieter, and more even sounding. Neither one is better in that sense, since tone is subjective, but personally I prefer the JP12 tone.

Plugged in the guitar is very clear and velvety. Leads are creamy and just sing, while rhythms are thick and crunchy. While not as thick and aggressive as say a Les Paul it's the best thing to do both near perfect rhythms and perfect leads.


Overall this is the nicest guitar I've ever played. Take all the playability and feel of the JP6 and take it to another level. Just amazing and near perfect in almost every sense.