I'v always been intregued by his tone. Tool is my favorite band, and a huge part of it is the strange interactions between the bass and guitar. Very untraditional and you dont find a guitar player like adam too often. I was wondering what he used on his rig.
He always gets this soft, percussive type distortion, kinda fuzzed over, but absolutly perfect for what he does, then a second later, goes into a buzz saw in your face rocking tone, then back to a small, clean/crunchy tone for soft parts.
So in searching, i found this.
Adam Jones (Tool) guitar rig | Guitar FX Depot
It says that he mixes a dual recto and Marshall Super Bass at the same time and that he replaced the dual with a VH4 I guess the percussiveness of his tone comes more from the Marshall or is it studio wizardry? I'v been trying to figure it out.
At the bottom it has a big pic of his pedal board and he apperently experiments with a little of everything.
Also found this
guitargeek | adam jones of tool
it says he runs all 3 amps at once.
I learned all the tool songs long ago, and was always able to just about perfectly pull off all the subtly and nuances. But i cant so much now with my new custom, but i suppose having a les paul(i used to) it made it easier. I found that to get alot of his parts spot on, he sets the volume and tone low on the neck pup, then switches down to it, or mixes the 2 for subtle parts which you cant really do on a 2 knob guitar(unless you get a push pull but it just isnt as easy). I still to this day, over 2 years later, totally miss my diamond knob configuration.
Anyway, i thought a thread on my personal guitar hero's tone would be cool. If anyone knows anything else, spit it out.
Definitely he uses 2 VH-4s (an old model and a new model) and the Super Bass all at the same time, and controls clean/gain with his volume control alone. When I saw them live, I could hear his amps being tested, not through the PA, from the back of the arena His tone is all straight out of the amps.