For working guitarists seeking a single instrument that can do it all, the Music Man John Petrucci BFR 6 Koa Top deserves serious consideration. Built in collaboration with the Dream Theater guitarist, a pair of DiMarzio pickups—a Liquifire in the neck, a Crunch Lab in the bridge—combined with a piezo nested in floating trem bridge generate just about any tone you can imagine.
The DiMarzios serve up massive slabs of firepower that go from clean to filthy via the 3-way toggle while a push/pull tone control switches between all four coils or just the middle coils. As Private Reserve Guitar Guitar Advisor Brian Baggett amply demonstrates in the video below, this thing effortlessly goes from searing trebles to crunch-laden power chords. And as he notes, super-low action makes it a shredder’s dream machine.
Take a video tour of the Music Man John Petrucci BFR 6 Koa Top and get a load of its seemingly endless tonal options.
When it’s time to get mellow, the bridge piezo brings forth sweet and crystalline acoustic tones that can be played alone or blended with the magnetic pickups for yet further tonal dexterity.
As for the visuals, the figuring of the koa top is stunning. Under stage lights it creates an enormous sense of depth.
A couple of our Guitar Advisors weighed in with their impressions of this extraordinary axe:
The Petrucci models by Music Man really are the Swiss army knives of the guitar world. There are sounds galore in this beauty. I'm always amazed at the quality of the koa tops on this model.
The Petrucci models are in their own class of instruments. Every one of them plays like a Formula One car and can pull off anything from super deep and complex cleans to scorching distortion. Mixing the piezo with the neck pickup is my favorite of the million tones you can get out of this amazing guitar. Also, the ability to run this guitar in stereo opens up new realms of tones. The koa tops on these Petruccis really give each one it's own fingerprint. Koa is one of those gorgeous woods that looks different from every angle, and in a world of black and sunburst electrics, I love the look of these guitars.
You can explore all the specs and details and see more images here. We also invite you to call one of our Guitar Advisors at 866-926-1923 for an in-hand tone report, additional photos, or to schedule a Skype session to personally audition this extraordinary guitar.