Country music fans tuned into the CMA Music Festival last night when Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini teamed up to co-host the three-hour television special on ABC.

Dubbed “CMA Fest,” the show featured 28 performances, including Ernie Ball strings artists: Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, and Darius Rucker.

One of the highlights of the night was the performance by Rascal Flatts and band, who performed “Yours If You Want It”. Eagle-eyed viewers may have noticed that guitarist Joe Don Rooney was rocking his Ernie Ball Music Man JP6 BFR John Petrucci signature guitar. Watch the performance below and then read on to learn more about the guitar.

The John Petrucci JP6 BFR

The Ernie Ball Music Man JP6 Ball Family Reserve features an alder body with African mahogany tone block and figured maple top. Honduran Mahogany neck with East Indian Rosewood fingerboard. The JP BFR is powered by Dimarzio Liquifire & Crunchlab pickups, piezo bridge system and a coil splitting tone pot. Available in 6 or 7 string with Music Man JP tremolo, 3 way Toggle pickup selector and Music Man hardshell case. The JP6 BFR is currently available in Ruby Flame, Trans Black Quilt, Balboa Blue Burst Quilt, and Koa Island, pictured below. (Joe Don is playing a JP6 BFR in Island Burst above).


Bonus Content

“You hold that high note and it’s just soaring. And it’s like, there’s the reason why you’re put on this earth.” Listen as Joe Don of Rascal Flatts talks about the power of music in this episode of Ernie Ball: String Theory. Visit to watch additional episodes.

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