I am a huge fan of John Petrucci so I was influence a lot but with that said this guitar is a great guitar. Very fast guitar and the built quality is just amazing. The mystic dream color actually changes color depending on the light of the room and the angle. Check out some YouTube videos there are many that show what I am saying. I am a rhythm guitar player and I love this guitar and I play all kinds of styles of music not just rock/metal.