The JP-2C is my Bucket List Amp! That’s wild you say that, as I’m ordering one as soon as I get my bonus from work in 3 months. When I was first looking at the Dreamcatcher/rainmaker pickups, a lot of people were talking about how they only sound good through Johns amp being they were tuned to his rig. This made me even more excited to get my hands on the Dimarzio pickups knowing I was ordering that amp down the road. Any experience or insight into those pickups?Nolly is a freakin' wizard in the studio, so yes, he has his rig dialed in to perfection. You know this exists, right?
Doesn't really help you if you're playing live, or practising, but it's how he gets his tones in the studio/recording.
I missed it if you mentioned what amp you're using, but you may want to look into a Mesa/Boogie JP-2C -- I want to get one just for the cleans, they are exactly as you describe (the demo guy said that what Petrucci asked for was "clean for days" and that's what he got), but the thing is a tone monster -- the amp head equivalent of a 513 -- it has everything from clean to vintage crunch to modern fuzzed out metal and everything in between, with a ridiculous amount of tone-shaping.
As for Nolly, the fact he’s a Wizard is what intrigues me most about the polymaths. You know he didn’t go into it with a small wish list of criteria , and “settle” for whatever came out from Tim. He’s a very particular and analytical guy, it makes me venture to guess the Polymath pickups are a thoroughly thought out brainchild that would sound wonderful. This doesn’t make pickup decisions any easier, just makes me wish I had duplicates of my Santana to buy ALL the sets of pickups my ears love.
As for my current amp, it’s a Crate V18-112 with EL84 power tubes. One Channel, onboard spring reverb tank at the base of the cabinet. She’s gotten the job done, and I’ll never get rid of it. Even once the Mesa is standing next to it.