Slipknot’s Mick Thomson Explains Features Of New Signature Guitars

Jackson guitars have been quite a staple in the world of heavy metal for many years. Upon viewing some of the hard hitting shredders in today’s modern heavy metal bands, Jackson have carved their way as being one of the premiere guitar companies in the world.

For Slipknot guitarist Mick Thomson, he’s trusted upon Jackson guitars to provide the heavy sound that is most fluid with his playing ability. Having played Ibanez guitars for quite some time, a switch was made, which found him making a change. Now,  Thomson calls Jackson family when it comes to his tools of the trade.

With a new signature guitar model in his name currently out, Thomson went ahead and discussed some of the features housed within the new release.

The USA Signature Mick Thomson Soloist guitar is one that will have all Jackson and Slipknot fans wanting to get their hands on it. With a variety of features, the guitar is made of a mahogany body, maple neck, ebony fretboard, 24 jumbo frets, and Thomson’s signature Seymour Duncan Blackouts pickups.

“I was with B.C. Rich for a few years, but Bernie [Rico] Sr. died right when I first got with them,” he said. “And my first two guitars were made with Bernie Sr., and that happened, and it really, obviously, put a damper on… how are you the same? But Bernie Jr. took over and he was doing his thing for a while, and things just changed and it just wasn’t the same anymore. The company changed hands to a totally different company, so you see the guitar, but it’s not even the Rico family anymore. People are always, like, ‘You should never have left.’ I’m, like, ‘You don’t know all the ins and outs of all the stuff that happens.’ And I love ’em, and I still love ’em, and the guitars that they made for me are amazing; I still play ’em at home. They might pop in on tracks once in a while. It just depends on the right tool for the job, whatever. And Ibanez — nothing against them; they made some great stuff. I was there 13 years. But I’d always kind of thought, ‘What if I would have just done Jackson off the bat anyway?’ Because that was my baby, that was my guitar, but I just got talking to… I met the guys from B.C. Rich and they got some stuff to me and I was super impressed, and that was just kind of the way we went. ‘Cause those guys were awesome. Opportunities come up. You’re young and someone throws you some really well-made guitars, and you’re, like, ‘Dude, I’ll take it.'”

JT “Doc” Berry \m/