Caparison’s signature model for Symphony X guitarist Michael Romeo, the Dellinger-MJR Pro.White, arrives in stores this month. It’s based on Caparison’s Dellinger model, with a few custom touches. It includes a Dimarzio Tone Zone humbucker in the neck, and a Dimarzio X2N humbucker in the bridge.
The tuners are cosmo black Gotohs, while the bridge is a black Schaller Floyd Rose-type locking unit. The body is made of mahogany, and the maple neck is carved to Romeo’s specs. The guitar’s only available in ‘Pro.White,’ with a black headstock. Caparison says the finish is the company’s original process which helps emphasise mid and low range frequencies. The control layout is pretty simple: A single volume pot, and a 3 way pickup selector switch.
Romeo used the guitar on Symphony X’s latest album, Paradise Lost. While the build quality, playability and sound are no doubt top level, the mismatched hardware colours and non-matching humbucker bobbins kinda make this one look like a parts guitar to my eyes. It’s kinda surprising that Romeo didn’t take the opportunity to go all out with a more distinctive design. What do I Heart Guitar readers think?