John Mayer Praises Guitarist For Slipknot On His Signature Fender Guitar

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Jim Root photo: Brian Leli (Wikimedia Commons) / John Mayer photo: Christina (Wikimedia Commons) / Heart image: RexxS (Wikipedia)
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As reported by Music Radar, alternative singer-songwriter John Mayer recently gushed over that of the guitarist for Slipknot, Jim Root.

Specifically, Mayer referred to the signature guitar from Fender that involves the guitarist for Slipknot. Mayer has been striving to push electric guitar design and finds what Root has done with Fender to be commendable.

Mayer shared his thoughts on the signature guitar from the guitarist for Slipknot with that of Cory Wong on his Wong Notes podcast. While Mayer used to have a partnership with Fender (he left them in favor for PRS), he said the following about Fender’s work with Jim Root.

“You know who else’s feels great? Jim Root from Slipknot. I mean, that’s cool of Fender. They’re actually letting artists go, ‘Here’s what you should do.’

“The Jim Root Tele looks like every Tele should look in this day and age. It’s smart. It’s awake. It’s doing something completely new. It’s got big EMGs in it and it looks spacey but still really disciplined.”

Mayer goes on to add that, in his own opinion, discipline is the key to modern guitar design.

The Jim Root telecaster from Fender is called “The Root Of Crushing Tele Tone.” Per the guitar’s description on the Fender website:

“For heavy, molten nu-metal Tele® style, the Jim Root Telecaster delivers crushing detuned tone with a stark utilitarian look. The towering Slipknot guitarist worked with Fender to create a huge-sounding signature Telecaster model that complements his heavy playing style, and it’s a beast—right down to its 12″-radius fingerboard, EMG® active humbucking pickups, sparse control layout and more. Brutal.”

You can find Jim Root and the rest of the band on tour now! You can find the remaining Slipknot tour dates and locations below. You can also click on the ticket image below to purchase your tickets.

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Leg 1 – In This Moment and Wage War

3/25 – North Little Rock, AR – Simmons Bank Arena
3/26 – Durant, OK – Choctaw Grand Theatre
3/29 – Birmingham, AL – Legacy Arena at the BJCC
3/30 – N. Charleston, SC – North Charleston Coliseum
4/1 – Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum
4/2 – Reading, PA – Santander Arena
4/4 – Celveland, OH – Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse
4/6 – Green Bay, WI – Resch Center
4/7 – Peoria, IL – Peoria Civic Center
4/9 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
4/11 – Winnipeg, MB – Canada Life Centre
4/12 – Regina, SK – Brandt Centre
4/14 – Saskatoon, SK – Sasktel Centre
4/15 – Edmonton, AB – Rogers Place
4/17 – Vancouver, BC – Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena

Leg 2 – Cypress Hill and Ho99o9 

5/18 – University Park, PA – Bryce Jordan Center
5/20 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
5/21 – Providence, RI – Dunkin Donuts Center
5/22 – Manchester, NH – SNHU Arena
5/24 – Albany, NY – MVP Arena
5/26 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
5/28 – Quebec, QC – Videotron Centre
5/29 – Ottowa, ON – Canadian Tire Centre
5/30 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
6/1 – Cincinnati, OH – Heritage Bank Center
6/2 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
6/4 – East Troy, WI – Alpine Valley Music Theatre
6/5 – Moline, IL – Taxslayer Center
6/7 – Bonner Springs, KS – Azura Amphitheater
6/9 – Colorado Springs, CO – The Broadmoor World Arena
6/11 – Nampa, ID – Ford Idaho Center
6/13 – Seattle, WA – Climate Pledge Arena
6/14 – Ridgefield, WA – RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater
6/17 – Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena
6/18 – Chula Vista, CA – North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre


Words by: Michael Pementel