Talk of an Adam Jones’ custom guitar has long been rumored since 2019. Jones posted an Instagram teaser stating “Not officially official, but good things happening at Gibson Guitar” on July 26, 2019, one month prior to the release of Fear Inoculum.
Jones has been teasing info about the collaboration for over a year on social media such as his visit to the Gibson Custom Shop in Memphis, Tennessee. Judging by Jones’ choice in footwear, looks like his hosts at Gibson told him to wear something comfortable.
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My friend, @gibsonguitar #artist, multi-talented @adamjones_tv @toolmusic, artist, sculptor, special effects #designer, videographer, producer, epic songwriter and one of the best guitarists of all time, earlier this year visiting our factory #nashville #perspectives #seven #adamjones #tool #gibson @talldaddy90210 📷 by my own @mitchgconrad
Info has been released that Jones’ Les Paul Custom is modeled after his ’79 Silverburst and will come in the following versions:
Our information can be confirmed as Moron Reviews was able to get our scummy little hands on one for preorder. Our source at a guitar chain tells us that nationwide, they only received 3 of the 150 non-aged for sale and all three had been reserved by August 19, 2020. We were told the guitar would arrive at the store on October 7th, 2020, but many online retailers are stating that the guitar will be released on October 27, 2020.
The non-aged version is reportedly sold out and only a few of the aged version remain for preorder. Sellers are already trying to flip the guitars at inflated prices attempting to gouge buyers as is the case with many Gibson Artist Collection guitars. You can click here for current listings on Reverb. As of this writing, sellers are asking $9,999.99 USD for the non-signed ($4,000 markup) and $15,999.99 for the singed ($6,000 markup). For those of you unaware to why the Silverburst is so hyped – we will give you a brief, but factual background of this history of this Gibson.
Gibson first released the Les Paul Custom in a Silverburst finish in 1979 and throughout the mid 1980s. The color was actually somewhat of a poor seller as guitar players of the 1980s opted for more colorful or traditional finishes such as the tobacco and cherry sunbursts to name a few. The Silverburst seemed to gain to some traction in the early 1990s when Chris Cornell (Soundgarden) and Buzz Osborne of the Melvins were playing them live as the grunge movement gained full force.
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~ Holy Moly ~ @gueikian texted me today and said “Its happening… live at the @gibsoncustom shop. And yes, you can leak this photo…” E P I C 👀 I can’t believe how dedicated @gibsonguitar has been in re-creating an exact replica of one of my all time favorite vintage guitars. Their attention to detail is AMAZING 🙌🏽 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🤘🏽🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 #gibson #lespaul #gibsonsilverburst #1979
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~ It doesn’t get more OFFICIAL than this* 🤘🏽🔥🎸 @adamjones_tv Gibson Signature Guitars now in production! 🌊🤘🏽 @gibsonguitar @gibsoncustom @gueikian @talldaddy90210 @toolmusic #gibson #gibsonguitars #adamjones #adamjonestool #vintagesilverburst #lespaul #silverburstlespaul #silverburst #gibsonsilverburst
While many guitar players have donned the Silverburst in later years, such as James Iha (Smashing Pumpkins, A Perfect Circle) and Bill Kellher (Mastodon), Adam Jones is the player most synonymous with the Silverburst as he almost played them exclusively since the early 1990s. Jones reportedly has atleast four one of them being his main guitar – a ’79 with a mirror on the headstock, Alessandro pots and a long, mysterious sought after bridge pickup. While Jones has stated it is a standard Seymour Duncan SH-4 (JB) distortion pickup, it has long been rumored that it is in fact a custom pickup Seymour Duncan made for Adam and is not open for purchase to the general public. Many have debated that it is close to an SH-6 pickup, but somewhat different. Below is a history of headstocks of Gibson. The Silverburst dons the “pentographed” logo that started in the early 70s.
Details for the VOS version have been released as follows:
Gibson Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar Adam Jones 1979 VOS ASVB
Adam Jones is one of the most talented and innovative guitarists in rock, of the multi-Grammy® Award-winning and multi-platinum-selling band Tool. This limited edition Gibson Custom Shop model recreates Adam’s # 1 guitar – his prized original 1979 Gibson Les Silverburst Paul ™ Custom. Finished in vintage VOS Silverburst, the headstock rear graphic was designed by Adam Jones, and a replica of his headstock mirror is included in the Adam Jones Custom hard case. These guitars were handcrafted by the skilled luthiers and craftsmen at the Gibson Custom Shop as part of a very special run.
- Body Shape: Les Paul
- Body Material: Solid Mahogany
- Top: 3-Piece Maple
- Binding: 7-ply Top (Black and White), 5-ply Back and Headstock (Black and White)
- Weight relief: None
- Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
- Neck: 3-Piece Maple
- Profile: Medium C-shape replicated from the original guitar
- Scale Length: 24.75 “
- Fingerboard: Ebony, with a white binding layer
- Fingerboard Radius: 12 “
- Number of frets: 22
- Frets: .110? X .057 “(2.79 X 1.45mm) 18 percent nickel silver alloy
- Nut Material: Bone
- Nut Width: 1.687 “
- Inlays: Mother of Pearl Block
- Hardware Finish: Chrome
- Tuning Machine Finish: Chrome
- Bridge: Tune-O-Matic with Bar
- Tuning Pegs: Schaller M6 with Large Buttons
- Pickguard: No
- Web Nut: Standard
- Nut Cover: 70s Custom
- Control Knobs: Black Speed Knobs
- Switch tip: Chrome
- Jack Plate Cover: Chrome
- Strap buttons: Nickel, diamond shaped
- Pickup Covers: Chrome Neck, Bridge: None
- Neck Pickup: Custombucker (Mounted Backwards)
- Bridge Pickup: Custom-Wound Seymour Duncan DDJ
- Controls: 2 Volumes, 2 Tones; 1 DiMarzio 500k Volume Pot (Bridge), and 3 CTS Pots, .047uF Orange Drop Capacitors
- Pickup Selector: 3-Way Switchcraft
- Output Jack: 1/4 “Switchcraft
- Strings: .010, .013, .017, .030, .042, .052
- Case: Silverburst finish customized with artwork by Adam Jones
- Accessories: Shovel Mirror (Boxed), Certificate of Authenticity