John Petrucci and Ernie Ball Music have created the highly exclusive NOMAC guitar, studded with diamonds, white gold and all sorts of other precious materials. They were inspired by the Dream Theater Album The Astonishing from the year 2016. Only 21 are being made. But does the guitar world need such a thing?
The full name of the piece is Ernie Ball Music Man John Petrucci Signature NOMAC Majesty Guitar in the colour (wait for it) Timeworn matte silver. That almost sounds like a title of nobility or perhaps it’s just supposed to make you feel special when you buy one. NOMAC is a made-up word, in case you were wondering, a contraction of “Noise Machine”, a device that appears in the story told in The Astonishing. Also astonishing is the price tag – almost $10,000 changes hands when you purchase one of these guitars, so you had better check the specifications in great detail.
Here’s an overview of some of the features and specs of this guitar.
A handcrafted, black anodized aluminium NOMAC locket sits behind the tremolo and features white-gold backlit ruby eyes.
DiMarzio Sonic Ecstasy Pickups
Two humbuckers with individual, laser-cut pickup caps offer a breathtakingly striking tone with prominent mids and basses.
Custom Black Diamond pots
The three red anodised custom aluminium pot buttons carry 5 mm, 1.62 carat rose cut diamonds in a 14-carat white gold setting.
The ebony fretboard adorns a 15-piece Abalone Majesty inlay between the 11th and 13th fret.
Six acrylic discs with omniscient eyes in hand-bent stainless steel frames surround a laser-cut, hand-painted NOMAC tank.
Engraved custom backplate
The numbered backplate carries an optical circuit design and a laser-printed aluminium nameplate. With autographed certificate of authenticity.
- Custom NOMAC Laser Carved, Hand Painted Finish
- LED lights
- White Gold, Black Diamonds, Rubies
- Ebony Fingerboard
- 17 “radius
- 24 Medium Jumbo SS Frets
- 1-11 / 16 “groove width
- JP Music Man Piezo Trem
- Schaller Locking Tuners
- DiMarzio “Sonic Ecstasy” humbuckers
- 3-Way Pickups Selector / 3-Way Piezo Magnetic Selector
- Music Man Active Preamp
- Push/push gain boost
- Hardshell Case
This guitar is going to divide opinion, of course. It is produced in very small numbers, so we will probably never get to play one or even see one, for that matter. I think it is a little gaudy myself, but one part of me thinks it is kind of cool as a piece of artwork.
But, no I would not buy one, not even if I had 10k spare laying around doing nothing, I’d buy Bitcoin and maybe one of the recent MusicMan St Vincent models instead…
RRP – USD 9,999.99 plus taxes and freight charges – only available from select dealers