Today we bring you "Sweet and Low: A Roundup of 15 of the Tastiest Seven- and Eight-String Axes on the Market Today," a feature that appears in the all-new July 2015 issue of Guitar World. We've made sure to include models for every budget, not to mention a wide assortment of manufacturers.
It's our first SBMM 'Chameleon' finish, and was selected by JP himself earlier this year between DT tours. Needless to say, it's probably our most requested finish since day one, and we searched high and low for something that could be our counterpart to EBMM's Mystic Dream finish. John personally selected this out of several samples we sent him.
As always, several members of the Guitar World crew were on hand at the 2014 Summer NAMM Show in lovely and talented Nashville, Tennessee, taking pics, getting the latest gear news and shooting plenty of videos.
Steve Lukather is one of the most prolific session guitarists of the past 30 years.
During that time, he’s held down gigs with Toto and Ringo Starr while contributing guitar work to more than 1,500 records. To date, Ernie Ball Music Man has produced three Luke Signature Series guitars for Lukather.
The newest incarnation is the LK100D from Sterling By Music Man, created as a mid-priced offering based on the Ernie Ball Music Man LIII. While this is certainly an affordable guitar, its quality, unique tone and playability might make it the first choice for Luke buyers of all budget levels.
You can spend years and thousands of dollars chasing John Petrucci’s combination of molten gain and precise articulation. Thankfully, Sterling by Music Man has provided a shortcut to the finish line with the newly released JP100D John Petrucci Signature Series model.