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    Which should I buy JP15 or LUKE III?

    I wonder which guitar could be versatile enough to deliver JPetrucci, Toto and "Stratish" tones in a single axe.

    LUKE III BFR's transition pickups could deliver good Petrucci high gain tones?
    JP15 or JP BFR could deliver a nice "strat" neck tone comparable to LUKE III?

    Unfortunately I have to choose only one. I appreciate your advise and insights.

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    Get the Luke III.


    Full disclosure, I own a LIII and have never played a JP so I’m not a good source for advice.

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    ahh. They both can do JP, toto and stratish. I prefer the luke for stratty tones because the neck pup is a bit swampy but in a good way not unlike a strat neck pup when overdriven. The split coils are superb.

    But really the real difference is how they play. Different necks and fret size. It comes down to your personal preference.

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    Best bet is to try to play both first if at all possible - very different guitars.
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    Yeah, the necks are quite different. I would encourage you to try one or both, if you can, first.

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    Which should I buy JP15 or LUKE III?

    I, too, suggest the LIII. I have both the HH and the HSS. The HH is so stinking good... seriously... the 2 and 4 positions are very, very straty, I think even more straty than the HSS version. I have never owned a Petrucci model so I cannot comment to those but the Luke III is my favorite EBMM out of the 8 models I have or have had.


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    LIII for me too, I used to have a jp15 fantastic guitars but I have to agree the Luke's have a good Strat tone. You can get close on the JP if you coil tap it and select the middle position on the pickup switch plus it has the piezo option as well.

    Personally I prefer the neck on the Luke very easy to play I think. I'm fortunate to own 2 LIII's at the moment and I just love them both. It's best to try them both to see which you prefer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by asyntek View Post
    I wonder which guitar could be versatile enough to deliver JPetrucci, Toto and "Stratish" tones in a single axe.
    Sounds like you want a HSS Luke.
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    HSS Luke will get you way better strat tones
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    Guys, thank you for your suggestions. I will try to test both.

    @mikeller how does your Majesty bridge and neck pickup compare with your L3 HH and vs. your L3 HSS?.
    Is it true that the L3 HH neck pickup is in the muddy side?

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    Very skinny and flat neck on the JP

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    “Should I have the lobster, or the filet?”

    Can’t lose either way.

    Do you prefer thin, flat, fast necks? Or thicker, smooth, rounder neck?
    I think that’s a bigger preference differentiator than pick up config. They play pretty differently.

    And, does 22 vs 24 frets make any difference to you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by asyntek View Post
    Guys, thank you for your suggestions. I will try to test both.

    @mikeller how does your Majesty bridge and neck pickup compare with your L3 HH and vs. your L3 HSS?.
    Is it true that the L3 HH neck pickup is in the muddy side?

    For me, and what I play, I very much prefer the pickups on the L3 (both HH and HSS) to the pickups on the Majesty. Majesty pickups are very loud/high output. I find nothing muddy whatsoever about the L3HH neck pickup, quite the opposite.
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    One should never be bothered when it comes to pickups. You can always experiment with pickups until you find your favourite ones. The best for you may be something far from JP's or Lukather's taste.

    The instrument itself is the most important aspect. How it fits your body, your hands' positioning,. 22 vs. 24 frets as was very adequately put above, neck profile, the bridge, which one you find more beautiful etc. Sadly or not, the only way to address these questions is by testing those instruments. Or, you can always take a leap of faith =)

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    I am leaning towards the L3, due to neck profile.
    Then I guess the old question will arise: L3 HH or HSS? There is a thread about it.

    I will try to test both, soon. Thank you for your feedback

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