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Duff talks about the guitar on [this interview] (http://www.premierguitar.com/articles/Duff_McKagan_Appetite_For_Construction) to premier guitar: "I’ve also been using a recent Fender Jim Root Telecaster, the signature model of the Slipknot guitarist, for recording and performing. I yanked out that Tele’s stock active electronics and threw some Seymour Duncans in there. The combination of the mahogany body and the Duncans gives the Tele a warm sound with a great growl. Also, the guitar only has one knob—Volume. I love the simplicity of that: I don’t need anything more to fuss with when I’m singing and playing rhythm guitar at the same time."more
Slipknot and Stone Sour guitarist Jim Root plays a Fender Jim Root Signature Telecaster. "My signature models are basically a Telecaster, mahogany body, string-through, hard tails, EMG 81, EMG 60 in the neck, three-way selector, one volume knob... They're essentially modeled after the custom shop model which used to be called the Flathead, which they discontinued. I love that guitar so much, we just kind of went with those sort of specs" -[Gear talk with Jim Root"](https://youtu.be/vgbKGP8c0xs?t=5m25s). According to the [Fender website](http://shop.fender.com/en-US/electric-guitars/telecaster/jim-root-telecaster/0134444780.html#start=1), the signature model has an ebony fretboard, or a choice of maple on the black model, a 12" fretboard radius, medium jumbo frets, and locking tuners.more
Bought this guitar at local store. They didn't had it immediately available so I had to wait 4 months for it. I had mixed feelings when I first plugged it in. First thing that had to go were EMG active pickups. I just really didn't like them at all. A replaced them with set of Gibson Burstbuckers 1 and 2 (I know Fender guitar with Gibson pickups? Come on!) and I found out they fit this guitar perfectly! I had instantly that full mahagony guitar sound and with further mods (I added Fender S-1 volume pot with their Super Switch) I had really versatile guitar that can sound both really really metal and on the other hand put out some beautiful blues tones. So I decided to keep it at least for a while.
Even though most see this instrument as a metal Guitar, it is surprisingly versatile. It's build quality is great and it is comparable to other USA made Fender guitars.