Rig of the Week: Adam Jones of Tool

Posted on 25th March 2018 by

Adam Jones is a three-time Grammy Award-winning musician and visual artist. He is best known as the guitarist in the alternative metal band, Tool. Adam’s playing style is heavily influenced by King Crimson, Melvins and Meshuggah. Jones creates complex patterns using delays and effects. Let’s take a closer look at his rig –

Guitar – 1979 Gibson Les Paul Custom Silverburst

Adam Jones 1979 Les Paul

Adam’s main guitar is a 1979 Gibson Les Paul Custom Silverburst. Jones has stated that a large part of his sound is down to the guitar itself. The late 70’s Les Paul is a heavy, un-chambered guitar which has a warm, chunky sound and sustain for days!

Amplifiers and Cabinets

Adam uses three amplifiers to create his signature sound.

1976 Marshall Super Bass – This classic amp was used by rock giants Lemmy from Motörhead and Malcom Young from AC/DC. Since the early days of Tool Jones has used a Marshall Super Bass modified to Super Lead spec.

Diezel VH4 – For the crunch in his sound Adam uses a Diezel VH4. This 100w beast has a great metal distorted sound.

Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier – The third amp in Adams rig is a Mesa Boogie duel rectifier. This classic amp tightens up Adams tone and adds extra bite to those chugs!


adam jones pedals

Adam Jones is a prominent user of pedal and effects. For a four piece Tool manage to create a huge sound, this is partially down to Adam’s guitar sounds. Jones is a big fan of delay, on his board you can find several variants of the boss DD series as well as the now classic Line 6 DL4. Adam also uses a Dunlop Heli HT1 Talk Box, Dunlop Cry Baby, Boss BF-2 Flanger, and an MXR Micro Amp and Dyna Comp.


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