Slipknot and Stone Sour guitarist Jim Root plays a Fender Jim Root Signature ... 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"
According to the Fender website, 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.
Jim Root discusses his Fender Signature Jazzmaster electric guitar (in Satin ... more
Jim Root discusses his Fender Signature Jazzmaster electric guitar (in Satin Black finish):
“I've been infatuated with guitars, with Stratocasters, with Telecasters, with Fender guitars, Charvel guitars, I mean that whole thing since I was a child. My earliest memories are of rock bands and influential guitar players. I mean from the time I was like 14 when I got my first one, until I got into my first bands when I was like 15-16 years old, all the way up until now it's been the the constant in my life that has never changed.
I was totally stoked to even just have the Strat because we came up with the compound fretboard radius and the different contour on the body and all that stuff, and it’s killer. I love my Strats, they’re amazing and they're a different animal from the Tele, which makes valid… variety to me is the spice of life. So Alex [Perez] sent me, just out of the blue, he sent me this white Jazzmaster with a flame maple fretboard on it. And it had my signature specs. I was like hmmm this is interesting. I kinda blew it off because I was so into the Strats at the time, and I was in Iowa and I didn't have all my guitars with me. My guitars tend to get spread out sometimes because the two bands. Some will be at the Slipknot warehouse, some will be shipped to Australia or whatever. But I didn't have enough guitars with me to do all the tunings that we had for Stone Sour, so I grabbed that white Jazzmaster and took it to rehearsal. I did the entire rehearsal with that guitar and it felt so comfortable. It completely changed my opinion of that guitar, like all of a sudden that instantly became my absolute favorite guitar. I started blowing em up, “This guitar’s awesome, you need to make me a black one or a red one, I wanna do this and I wanna do that,” I had all these ideas and we just started throwing ideas around for months and months.”
Jim Root continues to talk about the aesthetic characteristics of his signature guitar:
“I am in Slipknot, ok, and we tour a lot and there's a lot of things getting thrown around on stage. If I had a really shiny beautiful custom paint job the that was just really amazing, it would get destroyed within a matter of months on the road. What I like about these finishes is they’re very simple, very roadworthy, it’s classic, to me. They lend themselves to taking on the characteristics of the player. It'll very quickly start to show you where you like to rest your arm, how you grab your volume knob, how often you're down here messing with the pickup selector, if you're up in here a lot it'll start wearing in right there nice and good. You know it just it really starts taking on the personality of the player. It's a big giant heavy Jazzmaster because it’s mahogany. I love mahogany, it's just a really great tone wood for recording and for live. For the heavier music that we're doing I don't need all that brightness and brilliance, and that's part of the reason I’ve shied away from the maple boards a little bit, they'd add a little bit of a snapiness to the top end that - for engineers and producers, they tend to wanna die all that stuff out a little bit because everything has to sit in the mix a certain way. So we did mahogany, just as we did. And it's got a weird contour, it’s not as contoured as a regular Jazzmaster, it’s very thick and boxy kinda, but it still has like the belly cut and the arm cut so it’s still comfortable while it’s hanging off of you on stage.”
Root goes on to talk about the electronics and detailed specs:
“We did the EMG's too and I went with the brushed aluminum on the black guitar because it looks killer, kinda pops. One volume knob, of course 3-way selector like I like, keep it simple. It is really just a stripped-down modern guitar. Compound fretboard radius like the Strat, so you can get the action right down on top of the frets if you want. Jumbo frets, ebony board, rock maple neck, locking tuners, it’s got the contour in the neck heel so you can reach. And that’s the other thing too is you can really reach that 21st fret easy on this guitar.
Sometimes with the Teles and the Strat it’s kinda hard to get up there and grab 22 and bend it up into happiness… easy, easy fret board access, and it’s a tone monster. I love these guitars, they’re just amazing.”
Fender's YouTube channel profiles and interviews Jim Root and his signature S... more
Fender's YouTube channel profiles and interviews Jim Root and his signature Stratocaster in black. The Jim Root Stratocaster features a compound radius neck (12"-16") without fingerboard dot markers, active EMG pickups, black hardware, jumbo frets and satin lacquer finish.
In this video, Jim Root of Slipknot discusses the various guitars that he own... more
In this video, Jim Root of Slipknot discusses the various guitars that he owns. At 1:25, he identifies a Billy Corgan Strat that he said he used in the music video for the song "Sulfur". However, it was modified with a different pickguard and a double-humbucker design to emulate a Jim Root signature stratocaster.
In this interview with Jim Root of Slipknot (3:05), Jim pulls out a vintage F... more
In this interview with Jim Root of Slipknot (3:05), Jim pulls out a vintage Fender Jazzmaster produced in 1966. He has never used this on any records, but rather has it along with his collection of guitars.
Jim Root also uses an off-the-shelf Fender Jazzmaster Blacktop, tuned to Eb. ... more
Jim Root also uses an off-the-shelf Fender Jazzmaster Blacktop, tuned to Eb. He has had the bridge pickup cut out and replaced with and EMG humbucker.
In the video, "Jim Root: The Sound and the Story", Jim talks about this Kelly... more
In the video, "Jim Root: The Sound and the Story", Jim talks about this Kelly guitar that he was sent and used on the Iowa tour.
In this photo, we can see Root playing Fender Toronado. more
In this photo, we can see Root playing Fender Toronado.
Jim Root is playing a Black Gibson Explorer in this video. more
Jim Root is playing a Black Gibson Explorer in this video.
In this photo you can see Jim root playing a Jackson Soloist SL1. It was only... more
In this photo you can see Jim root playing a Jackson Soloist SL1. It was only used during the 1999 Slipknot tour.
In this photo you can see Jim with his Black Gibson Flying V Guitar . It was ... more
In this photo you can see Jim with his Black Gibson Flying V Guitar . It was used during the summer 2009 tour.
Slipknot and Stone Sour guitarist Jim Root uses Orange Rockerverb 100 heads f... more
Slipknot and Stone Sour guitarist Jim Root uses Orange Rockerverb 100 heads for his live rig, as seen in this video at (0:50). It's basically "straight into the heads," Root says. "I'm not using any external distortion, just using the preamps from the heads for all the gain," he said.
Jim Root runs his amps through Orange 4x12 cabinets. One is located in an is... more
Jim Root runs his amps through Orange 4x12 cabinets. One is located in an isolation box backstage, the others are on set. "Basically that's what I fight for stage volume with Paul with," Root says at (1:00).
In this interview with 4Sound, Jim Root talks about some of his amplifiers. H... more
In this interview with 4Sound, Jim Root talks about some of his amplifiers. He spoke about the Orange Rockerverb Mk III which he recently installed into his A rig, which he loves, especially for being simple for installation after the Mk II models.
On Orange's page, the Jim Root signature Terror head with description and his... more
On Orange's page, the Jim Root signature Terror head with description and historty is displayed. While Jim has attempted to use this in studio, he has described the amplifier as not having as much headroom as the rockerverb series. As such, he has left this as simply a low-wattage version of his settings on a Rockerverb MK II.
(Secondary source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFuuTtvNWEE)
"I'm using an Uberschall that Reinhold modded for me…" more
"I'm using an Uberschall that Reinhold modded for me…"
Seen at 1:54, Jim has an Octave Fuzz on one of his earlier rack-mounted pedal... more
Seen at 1:54, Jim has an Octave Fuzz on one of his earlier rack-mounted pedalboards.
Jim Root has a second pedalboard that he has control over. On the bottom-left... more
Jim Root has a second pedalboard that he has control over. On the bottom-left corner of the board is a Fuzz Elements by Maxon.
On Jim Root's backstage pedalboard, there are to Maxon pedals. The orange Max... more
On Jim Root's backstage pedalboard, there are to Maxon pedals. The orange Maxon is a phaser.
In this interview, Jim Root calls the MXR Carbon Copy Delay, "one of the best... more
In this interview, Jim Root calls the MXR Carbon Copy Delay, "one of the best delay pedals, ever." (2:20).
Jim Root uses an Electro-Harmonix Small Stone phaser to "add a little bit of ... more
Jim Root uses an Electro-Harmonix Small Stone phaser to "add a little bit of color to octave parts...or harmonies," he said in this interview at (2:00).
Jim Root uses a Digitech Synth Wah. According to the Slipknot guitarist, the ... more
Jim Root uses a Digitech Synth Wah. According to the Slipknot guitarist, the pedal "gets used when we play 'Eyeless'" (2:10).
Slipknot guitarist Jim Root uses an MXR GT-OD in his signal chain. "Sometimes... more
Slipknot guitarist Jim Root uses an MXR GT-OD in his signal chain. "Sometimes I click that on for a little lead boost, or a little bit of lead color," he says at (2:20).
Jim Root's pedalboard also sports a Boss NS-2 noise suppressor pedal. "In my ... more
Jim Root's pedalboard also sports a Boss NS-2 noise suppressor pedal. "In my opinion," he says at (2:50), "one of the best Noise Suppressors ever made."
Jim Root uses a Dunlop Cry Baby DCR-2SR Rack Module, according to [Dunlop's w... more
Jim Root uses a Dunlop Cry Baby DCR-2SR Rack Module, according to Dunlop's website.
According to [Dunlop's website](http://www.jimdunlop.com/artist/jim-root), Ji... more
According to Dunlop's website, Jim Root uses a JD-4S Rotovibe Expression pedal.
An MXR Micro Chorus M148 is listed on [Dunlop's website](http://www.jimdunlop... more
An MXR Micro Chorus M148 is listed on Dunlop's website, among the Dunlop products used by Jim Root.
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