One thing has stayed consistent throughout John Petrucci‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√ë‚àö¬•s long and successful career: the DiMarzio¬¨¬®‚àö√ú pickups in his guitars. John has been pushing the envelope of progressive metal since the late eighties, and the new DiMarzio¬¨¬®‚àö√ú Crunch Lab‚ Bridge Model ensued from our most recent collaboration with John. He used it throughout Dream Theater‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√ë‚àö¬•s tenth studio album, ‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√ë‚àö‚à´Black Clouds & Silver Linings‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√ë‚àöœÄ. John swears this is the best live and studio sound he has ever had, and the name says it all ‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√ë‚àö√Ü ‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√ë‚àö‚à´crunch‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√ë‚àöœÄ is what it‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√ë‚àö¬•s all about with a big, tight sound that‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√ë‚àö¬•s neither muddy nor thin.
The Crunch Lab‚ is noteworthy (bad pun alert) for what it doesn‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√ë‚àö¬•t do: it‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√ë‚àö¬•s not a screamer, and it‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√ë‚àö¬•s not about thundering lows. Its physical appearance is identical to the D Sonic‚, but the internal design is a lot different. It‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√ë‚àö¬•s louder, and the highs have more depth. The lows and mids are more open, and this is crucial for playing chords with body and presence through a gained-out amp. The voicing of the pickup is also different enough to the point that John prefers the Crunch Lab‚ to be installed in almost all of his guitars (including the JP Bari) with the solid bar toward the neck, regardless of the guitar‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√ë‚àö¬•s tuning.