Slipknot lead guitarist Mick Thomson’s arrival heralds the induction of one of metal’s most successful and revered players into the Jackson fold. His game changing, take-no-prisoners approach to metal guitar has influenced countless musicians worldwide, while his black hole-heavy de-tuned guitar sound has been an integral part of Slipknot for more than two decades. With over 16 million records/videos sold and an impressive stream of ongoing sold-out worldwide tours, the Grammy award-winning, multi-platinum band continues to be a dominant force in modern metal music.
Jackson pays tribute to Thomson with the new USA Custom Mick Thomson Limited Edition Signature Soloist™ guitar.
Premium features include a genuine mahogany bound body coupled with a graphite reinforced through-body three-piece quartersawn maple/rosewood/maple neck—carved to a custom super-thin profile for maximum comfort and high-speed playability, and a 12”-16” compound radius ebony fingerboard with 24 frets.
This signature Soloist is powered by a pair of active humbucking Seymour Duncan® Mick Thomson EMTY Blackouts, customized to complement the complex, crushing riffs Thomson plays in dropped tunings. The EMTY bridge pickup offers the energy and output of the original Blackouts but with Thomson’s custom voicing to emphasize the percussive chunk of palm-muted notes. Designed for crystal clear clean tones, the EMTY neck pickup can also produce more aggressive mids and increased sustain for high-speed solos and ominous melodic interludes when you crank up the gain.
Other features include a fixed Floyd Rose® bridge and locking nut for laser-accurate intonation and ultra-stable tuning, single master volume control, three-way blade and a uniquely angled side jack.
SIGNATURE MICK THOMSON ACTIVE PICKUPS
Beastly sounding, it’s also a beauty in a show-stopping Deep Blood Metallic with a matching reversed pointed 6-in-line headstock and black hardware, including Schaller® strap locks and Gotoh® tuners. Comes in a custom Anvil® case along with special case candy items such as a certificate autographed by Thomson, a black Mono Betty long guitar strap, Dunlop® custom picks and a Slipknot tour laminate.
Mick Thomson of Slipknot asked us for a set of six-string Blackouts customized to complement the complex, crushing riffs he plays in dropped tunings.“I had them tighten up the bottom because tuning low like we are, you don’t need that lower ‘woof,’” Mick says. “And I had the top end adjusted a little bit for more cut without being harsh or scratchy. They’re extremely quiet, they’re extremely clean and they have a lot more tone than the typical active pickup. They sound more real. The harmonics are richer. It’s a bigger sound across a wider range of frequencies.”
The EMTY bridge model has the energy and output of the original Blackouts but with Mick’s custom voicing, which emphasizes the percussive chunk of palm-muted notes. The EMTY neck model is designed to provide crystal clear clean tones, but when you crank up the gain you’ll hear more aggressive mids and increased sustain; great for high-speed solos and ominous melodic interludes.
Mickael Gordon “Mick” Thomson is an American heavy metal musician. He is one of two guitarists in the band Slipknot, in which he is designated #7. Thomson originally met founding Slipknot members Anders Colsefni, Donnie Steele and Paul Gray through their mutual involvement in death metal band Body Pit, and later joined in early 1996. Following the departure of Joey Jordison in 2013, Thomson is now the third longest-serving member of Slipknot.
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