The secrets behind Adam Jones' guitar tone on Tool's Jambi

Tool's Adam Jones performs live
(Image credit: Steven Ferdman/Getty Images)

Many classic electric guitar tones were recorded using a 'less is more' approach that this column has frequently described. However, for many modern productions today the credo just as often is 'too much ain’t enough.' The latter was certainly the case when Tool guitarist Adam Jones recorded his tracks for his band’s 2006 album, 10,000 Days.

Jones brought several key elements of his guitar rig into the studio when the sessions started, including his trademark 1978 Gibson Les Paul Custom with its rare silverburst finish, 1976 Marshall Model 1992 JMP Super Bass 100-watt head and 'blue face' Diezel VH4 head.

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Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.