Tool's Adam Jones has unveiled his first-ever signature guitar and, as you might expect, has done so in iconoclastic fashion. The innovative instrumentalist is also renowned as the mastermind behind his band's visionary music videos — in that vein, Jones has offered up a stunning, surreal animated short film as a way to introduce his new Gibson Custom Shop Adam Jones 1979 Les Paul Custom guitar. Maybe even better yet, the film, titled The Witness, features all-new music composed and performed by Jones, along with his Tool bandmates, Danny Carey and Justin Chancellor, who contributed percussion and bass, respectively. Watch and listen above.
"I'm proud to finally show the world the first release in our multi-year partnership with Adam Jones," commented Cesar Gueikian, Gibson Brands. "Adam is one of the most talented and sonically innovative guitarists. I call him modern riff lord and sonic architect. His creativity and technical ability in music, visual effects, production, videography and beyond is second to none and our collaboration is a true reflection of Adam. The Gibson Les Paul Custom Adam Jones 1979 Silverburst Aged replica version is the first-ever artist collaboration done at the newly created Gibson Custom Shop Murphy Lab. I hope that fans fall in love with the guitars, starting with this initial release."
The Adam Jones 1979 Les Paul Custom is a limited-edition guitar offering from Gibson Custom Shop Murphy Lab that exactly recreates Jones' No. 1 guitar, his prized original Silverburst 1979 Gibson Les Paul, seen everywhere during the world tour for the group's long-awaited Fear Inoculum album. A limited offering of 79 Adam Jones 1979 Les Paul Custom replicas have been precisely aged by the expert luthiers and craftspeople of the Gibson Custom Shop Murphy Lab, then signed and numbered by Adam himself. An additional 179 Adam Jones Les Paul Custom replicas for 2020 feature exclusive silkscreen artwork on the back of the headstock, created by Joyce Su and Adam. The two also collaborated on the design for the custom hardshell guitar cases housing each instrument.
Each Adam Jones 1979 Les Paul Custom replicates not only the look, but the exact feel of the neck profile down to the unique electronics of Adam's original — like a hand-wound Seymour Duncan Distortion bridge pickup, a Dimarzio volume potentiometer, and custom capacitors. Even the diamond-shaped strap buttons seen on Adam's original guitar were painstakingly recreated, as well as the mirror he affixed to the headstock — included with each.