Jim Root: "Guitar solos are stressful!"

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Jim Root recently unveiled his fourth electric guitar collaboration with Fender, the brutally minimalist Jazzmaster V4. But don’t expect to see the Slipknot guitarist noodling away endlessly on it.

As Root recently explained, he’s more of a song and riff man, admitting he finds solos “stressful.”

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.