Process is important to John Petrucci – whether it is refining the features on his signature guitars or reconnecting with his band on a recording retreat. Petrucci’s fans have seen him test the limits of speed, tone, and volume onstage; and what he’s learned from those experiences he brings back in the form an instrument— most recently, the new Ernie Ball Music Man Majesty Guitar.
The Majesty’s appeal to guitar players transcends stylistic boundaries. Petrucci’s decades-long collaboration with Ernie Ball Music Man has generated a guitar with performance-oriented features aimed at helping him give audiences the best show he can give. Guitar players detect these nuances— from the intuitive placement of controls to the versatile sonic options— and feel immediately at home.
If the Dream Theater crew shreds in a forest and no one’s around to listen… they are making a record.
Somewhere in Upstate New York a barn-turned-recording-studio became a vibrating tornado of sound. Dream Theater decided it was time to reconnect and they embarked on a writing retreat where riffs played under the Adirondack stars were revisited over morning coffee. The process was conversational, organic, and inspired.
Rather than heading to a traditional studio, The Yonderbarn became Dream Theater’s unanimous choice for recording Distance Over Time. Hear John Petrucci and engineer Jimmy T discuss guitar tone, building a studio from scratch, and “Barstool Warrior,” the first track to feature the new Majesty.
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