G3: Three Guitar Gods and Their Gear



G3 is an absolutely ridiculous showcasing of three true guitar gods doing what they do best… shredding.  The first G3 tour, featuring Satriani, Eric Johnson and Steve Vai, played to sold-out crowds throughout October and November, 1996 and was followed by successful treks in Europe, South America, Japan and Australia. Now G3 is featuring Phil Collen, John Petrucci, and of course the founder Joe Satriani.  If you are a fan of any of these amazing musicians or want to learn more about their signature gear please read on.

Phill CollenPhil Collen

Philip Kenneth Collen started later than most by all standards. Especially when you consider his current iconic rock star status as lead guitarist for a world famous rock-n-roll band. He was born in Hackney, East London, England on December 8th, 1957. With influences ranging everything from the Rolling Stones to the Motown sound to glam rock, hard rock, punk. These days he is intensely interested in his health regimen and diet as there is in his music and artistic expression.

The Gear

Phil plays Jackson guitars and has a signature model, the PC1. The USA Signature Phil Collen PC1 Matte model boasts premium features including a caramelized mahogany body, bolt-on two-piece quartersawn caramelized flame maple neck with hand-rubbed urethane gel on the back and graphite reinforcement, 12”-16”compound radius caramelized flame maple fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets, convenient thumb-wheel truss rod butt adjust and licensed Fender Stratocaster headstock.  The PC1 is available in Matte Blue Frost and Satin Au Natural.


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John PetrucciJohn Petrucci

Born John Peter Petrucci on July 12, 1967, he grew up in Kings Park, New York, a small suburban town on Long Island. This is where he began playing guitar at the age of 12. His early influences included Steve Morse, Al DiMeola, Steve Howe, Allan Holdsworth, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Randy Rhoads, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Alex Lifeson, Yngwie Malmsteen, Rush, Yes, Iron Maiden, The Dregs and Metallica. John Petrucci is perhaps best known as the guitarist, producer, lyricist and founding member of the two-time Grammy nominated progressive metal band Dream Theater.  Additionally he is known as the guitarist and founding member of the acclaimed Liquid Tension Experiment.

The Gear

John Petrucci plays Ernie Ball Music Man guitars. Some of his guitars are the JP15, JP16, the Majesty Artisan and the Majesty Monarchy. Sterling by Music Man is an imported version of his signature guitars. He has a few different sterling variations the JP157, JP150, and the JP70. The JP150 features sleek styling, and seductively good looks with its highly figured, Quilted Maple top. Ergonomically arranged in-line controls include a 3 position pickup selector, Volume, and Tone VR controls. Additionally, JP150 features an Active ‘push-push’ 12dB circuit boost on the Volume control, allowing the player ultimate soloing power at their fingertips. Finally John also has signature Dunlop picks, the Dunlop 427PJP and uses Ernie Ball Paradigm strings.


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Joe SatrianiJoe Satriani

Joe Satriani is one of, if not the world’s most commercially successful solo guitar performer.  With six gold and platinum discs to his credit, and sales exceeding 10 million copies. Since September 18, 1970 (the day his idol Jimi Hendrix passed away), Satriani has dedicated himself to the artistry of the instrument. While still a teenager in his hometown of Westbury, New York, he taught guitar to another budding guitarist hopeful, Steve Vai. A few years later, Satriani moved to San Francisco and played guitar in a popular new wave band, The Squares. Additionally he briefly joined The Greg Kihn Band before the release of “Not Of This Earth”.

The Gear

Joe Satriani plays Ibanez guitars.  Like John Petrucci, Joe also has several signature models from Ibanez including the JS2480, JS2450, JS2410, JS140 and the JS24P.  The Ibanez Joe Satriani Signature Electric Guitar is made in Japan with typical Ibanez flair and remarkable craftsmanship. It‘s a fine instrument, designed to satisfy and inspire both the established performer and one waiting in the wings.




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Wrap Up

If you are a guitarist or a fan of guitar playing you should definitely check out all of these artists. Check to see if G3 is playing any shows near you to witness an insane shredding spectacle! Additionally go to www.americanmusical.com to grab some of their signature gear to emulate their tone.

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