Tool: Adam Jones’ Gibson Signature Guitar ‘Now in Production’

A signature model Les Paul guitar from Tool shredder Adam Jones is on the way from Gibson Guitars. That means musicians looking to emulate the guitarist’s look and tone will soon have an easier job of reproducing the proficient rocker who’s amassed a career’s worth of memorable guitar riffs.

Tools fans and guitar aficionados got an inside look at the process last week when the band shared an image on social media that showed some of the instruments in production at a Gibson factory.

“It doesn’t get more official than this,” Tool relayed June 26 alongside an image of eight “AJ”-inscribed guitar bodies tucked away in wooden shelves on the production floor. (See the photo down toward the bottom of this post.) “[Adam Jones] Gibson Signature Guitars now in production!” the group said.

Longtime Tool fans well know Jones’ preference for the stunning Les Paul Silverburst, a version of the solid-body electric guitar that sports a metallic paint scheme. After all, the musician is said to own at least three of the vintage instruments — with a 1979 model being his main performance guitar.

Guitar-playing fans might also be aware that Gibson had earlier acknowledged the existence of an upcoming signature instrument for the Tool guitarist. Though it wasn’t ready for this year’s NAMM, the guitar maker confirmed they collaborated with Jones on the new artist model.

In a press release at the time, Gibson said the forthcoming guitar would replicate Jones’ “original 1979 Les Paul Custom Silverburst that can [be] seen live on stage with Adam today in support of their world tour and blockbuster new album Fear Inoculum. More details to come on this project later in 2020.”

Jones himself had also previously confirmed the guitar. The 2020 NAMM Show took place in January, so guitar-hungry Tool fans will likely be privy to further information about the Adam Jones model before the year is out.

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Tool’s Adam Jones Shares ‘Pneuma’ Guitar Tutorial

While there are tons of guitar instructors and online videos that can teach you how to play your favorite songs, nothing really feels more authentic than getting a lesson from the mastermind behind the riffs. Tool‘s Adam Jones has shared a guitar tutorial for the Fear Inoculum track “Pneuma.”

According to his Instagram post, the section of the song he filmed himself playing was the last verse, and he had filmed it in his dressing room while the band were on tour. “Justin [Chancellor] stays on the original riff so there are some nice little conflicting moments between the 2 parts,” he added. “Not difficult to play but it’s very satisfying.”

Watch the video below.

“Pneuma” is the second track on Tool’s long-awaited August 2019 release Fear Inoculum, and it was finally debuted live for the first time in October. As per Setlist.fm, it’s been played at every one of their shows ever since. The song has also become a popular meme on the Tool Reddit page.

Tool’s 2020 tour dates in April, May and June were unfortunately postponed due to the coronavirus. Stay tuned for the rescheduled itinerary.

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