John Petrucci is best known as the guitarist, producer, lyricist and founding member of the two-time Grammy nominated progressive metal band Dream Theater as well as the guitarist and founding member of the acclaimed Liquid Tension Experiment. As a solo artist, John is a long-standing veteran of Joe Satriani’s G3 tours along with Steve Vai, Eric Johnson, Paul Gilbert, Steve Morse and Steve Lukather.
In 2019 John was voted #1 guitarist in the UK’s Prog magazine reader’s poll, named Guitarist Of The Year in Spain’s Mariskal Rock magazine, voted #1 Prog Guitarist In The World Today by Music Radar, received the Chris Squire Virtuoso Award at the 2019 Progressive Music Awards as well as the prestigious SENA Performer’s European Guitar Award and in 2020 John was voted the #1 Guitarist in Japan’s BURRN! magazine reader’s poll.
Throughout his career, John has spearheaded the research and development of numerous signature guitars and guitar related gear with some of the most successful and respected musical instrument manufactures in the world including Ernie Ball Music Man, Mesa Boogie, DiMarzio, Dunlop and TC Electronic. In a 2015 interview, EBMM CEO Brian Ball called John’s signature guitar “the number two selling signature guitar on the planet – and that’s only behind Les Paul, which is still considered a signature guitar.”
In 2017 and 2018 John hosted the very successful John Petrucci’s Guitar Universe and JPGU 2.0 guitar camps respectively where guest instructors included Tony MacAlpine, Rusty Cooley, Andy James, Tosin Abasi, Andy McKee, Jason Richardson, Devin Townsend, Al Di Meola, Guthrie Govan, and Jon Finn along with Mike Mangini and Dave LaRue. JPGU 3.0 is scheduled for July of 2021 and along with JPGU veterans Tosin Abasi and Jason Richardson will add brand new camp instructors including Rena Petrucci, Tom Quayle, Andy Wood, Mateus Asato, Kiko Loureiro, Plini and Joscho Stephan.
Dream Theater’s 2019 release Distance Over Time was voted Album Of The Year in Japan’s BURRN! magazine reader’s poll, #1 Album Of The Decade in Guitar World’s 2019 reader’s poll and the band was named International Band Of The Year at the 2019 Progressive Music Awards in London.