“He wants the heaviest guitars that we can humanly make”: Here’s why Adam Jones has Gibson searching for “the heaviest woods” in order to build his custom Les Pauls

Adam Jones and his Gibson Les Paul
(Image credit: Gibson)

Owing to the fact guitars are sometimes suspended around the shoulders for hours on end, many players prioritize something lightweight when selecting their electric guitars. For Adam Jones, though, it’s the complete opposite.

The Tool maestro’s preference for heavy six-strings is somewhat evidenced by his affinity for a 1979 Gibson Les Paul Custom – an all-mahogany build that, because of its components, weighs in as arguably one of the heaviest guitar templates on the market.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.