NAMM 2020: Gibson signature Les Paul Custom for Tool’s Adam Jones!
Gibson's Custom Shop finally recreates that '79 Les Paul Custom
Gibson has finally confirmed the highly anticipated signature Les Paul Custom for Tool’s Adam Jones! The Silverburst model has already become a collectors’ item, so this signature is going to be hugely popular – even without Jones’ name associated to it.
Adam Jones Silverburst
I think the new Gibson Custom Shop recreation of Tool’s Adam Jones’ 1979 Les Paul Custom Silverburst is going to be huge. After all, the guitar is synonymous with the man and his jaw dropping guitar skills.
I’m a fan of everything about this release. OK, I’ll stop gushing soon, but my main Gibson Les Paul is a black ’77 Custom and it is my favourite Gibson by far. I own a few Custom Shop and standard US models, but this old ’70s dinosaur is the best by a long way.
For me, not being a Gibson ’50s purist, I love the snap of the three-piece maple necks combined with the maple cap common for this era. Hand on heart, I’m also a big convert to the neck volute, which I know many players baulk at. But for me, this is what a rocking Les Paul Custom is all about. Plus, The Cult’s Billy Duffy rocks one and he knows the score.
Yup, this new Adam Jones signature model has me squealing like a little girl, but we probably won’t see one until later in the year. But to have it officially confirmed is fantastic news and one that I am sure all Tool fans are looking forward to.
We know he likes old ’90s Seymour Duncan Distortion pickups and huge frets, so expect the specification of this new signature model to follow suit. After all, he owns six original Silverburst models all with similar setups. Roll on 2020! I can’t wait for the release of this little beauty. Until then, you can soak in the band’s Fear Inoculum album to tide you over.
I would suggest you all keep an eye out on Instagram, Gibson.com and Tool’s official site for further announcements on this one.
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” Jaw dropping guitar skills ? ” Lmao. Justin and Danny are the virtuosos in Tool. There’s a guy on youtube who covers Tool on guitar and Adam’s playing is so limited and repetitive that it’s actually hilarious. And you all know deep down that the ‘soloing’ on 7empest is nothing special. If you take off your tool goggles for a moment. It’s the same riffs and scales in literally every song.
I’m not really a Tool fan at all, I only own one album on vinyl and its okay. I just love ’70s Customs! Though to be fair playing repetitive guitar lines really well is an art in itself, if the music requires it then that is what you play.
Seymour Duncan doesn’t make “Super Distortion” pickups—that’s DiMarzio. Duncan does make the “Distortion” model, though; so which one will be in the Jones Les Paul?
Also, I’m with you on the ‘70s Customs. My baby is a ‘79 Tobacco Burst with the 3-piece neck; my basement flooded a while back, and she sat in a case full of water for a good six months before I realized. I couldn’t bear to open the case. I took her to the shop…
They told me later that they just dried her out, wiped her down, and de-rusted her works, and she was good as new. She was hardly even out-of-tune. A one-piece neck would have twisted and warped beyond repair. Since then I’ve never bought another guitar with a one-piece—I’m never going back.
When my basement flooded , I took everything out of it including carpets , didn’t take 6 months , who even does that.. If your guitar was submerged in water for 6 months , you would have no finish, your finish can’t take that …James