Adam Jones

Name Adam Jones
Birth date 15 January 1965
Country USA
City Chicago

Jello Biafra With The Melvins


Adam Thomas Jones (born January 15, 1965 in Park Ridge, Illinois) is a Grammy Award-winning musician, guitarist and visual artist, best known for his work with the band Tool. Jones was rated the 75th Greatest Guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine and placed 9th in Guitar World's Top 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Guitarists. He is also responsible for most of Tool's music videos.

Early years

Jones was born in Park Ridge, Illinois and raised in Libertyville, Illinois, and played violin in elementary school. He was accepted into the Suzuki program, and continued to play violin through his freshman year in high school. He then began to play an acoustic bass for three years in an orchestra.

In addition to playing classical music, Jones played bass guitar in the Electric Sheep with Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine until Jones moved to California (Morello soon followed). According to both of them, the band was quite unpopular at the time. Jones never received traditional guitar lessons, but instead learned by ear.

After Tom Morello introduced Jones and his friend Maynard James Keenan to Danny Carey in 1990, they, along with Paul d'Amour,formed Tool.

Jones also toured with the Jello Biafra/The Melvins band and contributed to their albums Never Breathe What You Can't See and Sieg Howdy!. Jones and Melvins Guitarist/Vocalist Buzz Osborne are close friends. Jones also appeared on the Melvins album Hostile Ambient Takeover and the Melvins/Lustmord collaboration Pigs of the Roman Empire.

On Mr. Show, he appeared as the fictional guitarist of Puscifer along with bandmate Keenan, and can also be spotted in the audience seated at a table with Keenan in the series' first episode.

Playing style

Adam Jones is not known for predominately using any particular guitar playing technique, but rather combines many techniques such as "alternately utilizing power chords, scratchy noise, chiming arpeggios, and a quiet minimalism". Other techniques used to expand his band's sound repertoire require forms of instrumental experimentation, for example, on the Tool song, "Jambi", Jones uses a talk box. Adam along with all members of Tool love experimenting with new things. He has two synthesizers that are listed below in his effects section. Live , Adam can be seen with a large pedalboard full of effects, including a DOD FX-40B Equalizer (EQ) pedal, Boss BF-2 Flanger, Boss DD-3 Digital Delay, and an MXR Micro Amp among others.

According to a Guitar School interview in 1994, Jones stated that he strongly disliked using effect pedals. During that time, he only used two pedals, a delay and an equalizer, in part to the reliability of simple live setups. He is known for subtle wah use, to only create slight tone and timbre bends. There is also an older Ibanez Flanger and Digital Delay present on much of Ænima and Lateralus. Flanger is definitely a staple of his live tone. Adam runs these pedals right into the front of the amplifiers... not in the effects loop. Adam also uses a Line 6 delay to loop certain sound clips, as he did in the demonstration at the recent "Shred School" event in L.A. He's also been seen using an MXR Micro Amp.

Adam stated that he uses an Epilady, (specifically the Epilady TRIO), an electric hair remover designed for women's legs. "An Epilady is even better than an E-Bow," he said. "It makes great sounds when you push it against the pickups."

In the April 2006 edition of Guitar World magazine, Jones revealed that he used the Gig-FX Chopper Effects Pedal. He also mentioned that he had several pedals modified, and that he used an altered volume pedal to control the strength of some effects. A newer Ernie Ball Standard Volume Pedal is clearly visible on his stage setup. He also stated that he uses the Foxx Tone Machine Reissue and a Heil talk box on the song "Jambi", that he learned to use with Joe Walsh's help. Adam uses a pipe-bomb microphone for the lead recording of the the song Rosetta Stoned, which is a guitar pick-up wrapped in, what I believe is a piece of brass tubing. The pipe-bomb microphone is most prominent in the solo of Rosetta Stoned. Jones also uses a Dunlop CryBaby BB-535 Wah. In a recent Guitar World interview, he stated that he uses an Access Virus B pedal hooked up to a Moog Taurus (bass pedal synth). As an example, the Access V.B. can be heard in the intro of the songs "Reflection" and "The Grudge".