Rig tour: Jimmy Eat World on how Fractal put an end to Riverdance and why only .013-gauge strings will do for Jim Adkins' signature Fender

Jimmy Eat World rig tour
(Image credit: Future / Will Ireland)

There has never been a pre-show vibe more calm. Jimmy Eat World’s latest album, Surviving, was released last night; another sold-out beckons tonight, and it’s just, well – it’s just so quiet. 

All is well, serene. Maybe that is due to the gear decisions Jim Adkins and Tom Linton made some time ago, having had the Fractal Axe-Fx units recommended to them by Kenny Andrews of Failure. Now, they place all their faith – and their tone – in the Fractal Axe-Fx III. It makes life easy. They wheel in a case, use MIDI switching systems from RJM to access their tones, and off they go. 

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Jonathan Horsley

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to publications including Guitar World, MusicRadar and Total Guitar. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.