Jim Root of Slipknot performing on the Mayhem Festival 2008.
|Birth name||James Donald Root|
|Also known as||#4, The Peach, Mr. Bigs, The Jester, Stuperbee|
October 2, 1971 |
Las Vegas, Nevada
|Genres||Heavy metal, alternative metal, nu metal, post-grunge, hard rock|
|Instruments||Guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, percussions|
|Labels||Roadrunner, Nuclear Blast|
|Associated acts||Slipknot, Stone Sour, Anal Blast, Atomic Opera, Deadfront, John 5|
|James Root Signature Fender Telecaster
James Root Signature Fender Stratocaster
Flathead with EMG 81/60
James Donald "Jim" Root (born October 2, 1971), also known by his number #4, is an American musician known for being the guitarist for the heavy metal band Slipknot, and for the alternative metal band Stone Sour. He shares lead and rhythm guitar duties in both bands. He was the last member to join the current line-up of Slipknot, in January 1999.
Life and career
James Root has performed in bands such as Atomic Opera, Deadfront and Stone Sour; the latter which he joined in 1995, and returned to along with vocalist Corey Taylor, during its revival in 2002. Prior to joining Slipknot, he worked as a screenprinter, waiter, and busboy.
Root joined Slipknot in January 1999, replacing their original guitarist, Josh Brainard, who left the band during the recording of their self-titled album, reportedly after having fulfilled his recording duties. In fact, the only two songs Root recorded during the album's sessions were "Purity" and "Me Inside", the former being featured on the short-lived first pressing of Slipknot as well as the 10th Anniversary Edition, and the latter being its replacement. Despite this, the song has become a staple for most of the band's live performances. Slipknot vocalist Corey Taylor invited Root to join the band based on Taylor's past experiences working with him in Stone Sour.
Although filling in the spot of rhythm guitar in 1999, Root is considered to be one of the band's main songwriters and has written lead guitar parts for Slipknot's later albums particularly on All Hope is Gone. Root typically performs on lead guitar in Stone Sour, although he sometimes plays rhythm instead. He has spoken of both bands' guitar style as being twin guitar: "In both bands, I fulfill both roles. In Slipknot, Mick [Thomson] has some solos, and in Stone Sour, Josh [Rand] has some solos." During the recording of Stone Sour's Audio Secrecy, he and Rand recorded their parts simultaneously.
Outside Slipknot and Stone Sour, Root has appeared on Slipknot turntablist Sid Wilson's DJ Starscream album The New Leader and John 5's The Devil Knows My Name, for the song "Black Widow of La Porte", and also appeared on the Roadrunner United project, performing the solo and harmony guitars on "Tired 'N Lonely" from the project's album The All-Star Sessions. He also appeared on Jonathan Davis and the SFA´s cover of Lil Wayne´s "Got Money".
Jim Root has been in a relationship with Lacuna Coil singer Cristina Scabbia since 2004. This is seen on both his and her social media sites like Instagram and Facebook. He currently owns a home in Atlantic Beach, Florida.
In July 2007, Fender released the Jim Root Telecaster. Prior to his endorsement deal with Fender, Root had been seen using PRS, Jackson, Charvel, and Maverick electric guitars and Martin acoustic guitars as well as a wide range of effect pedals and amplifiers. In a 2009 performance for Eurockeennes, Jim used a Gibson Flying V.
In January 2010, a Jim Root Signature Fender Stratocaster was unveiled on the Fender website, similar to the one he has been seen using on stage, as of March 2009. In 2012, Orange announced a new signature Tiny Terror amp based on their Rockerverb 100, Root's main amp, called the #4. Then Squier Telecaster signature model was released, similar to first Fender Telecaster Jim Root signature. White one comes with black pickguard and black one comes with white pickguard. Both Squiers have maple neck and rosewood fretboard (22 frets). Jim's signature Squiers do not contain EMG 81 and EMG 60. Squiers contain Covered Passive Humbucking Pickups (Neck and Bridge).
The Fender Jim Root Jazzmaster has been unveiled at NAMM 2014. It has the same specs as the Jim Root Stratocaster. It only comes in flat black with an ebony fretboard.
- 1999: Slipknot
- 1999: Welcome to Our Neighborhood
- 2001: Iowa
- 2002: Disasterpieces
- 2004: Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)
- 2005: 9.0 Live
- 2006: Voliminal: Inside the Nine
- 2008: All Hope Is Gone
- 2010: (sic)nesses
- 2012: Antennas to Hell
- Stone Sour
- 2002: Stone Sour
- 2006: Come What(ever) May
- 2007: Live in Moscow
- 2010: Audio Secrecy
- 2012: Live in Brighton
- 2012: House of Gold & Bones - Part 1
- 2013: House of Gold & Bones – Part 2
- Roadrunner United
- 2005: The All-Stars Sessions
- Other appearances
- 2006: The New Leader (DJ Starscream)
- 2007: The Devil Knows My Name (John 5)
- 2008: Got Money (Jonathan Davis and the SFA)
- 2008: Pay for It (The Son of a Clown Mix) (Mindless Self Indulgence)
- 2009: A Song for Chi (Fieldy)
- 2002: Rollerball
- 2006: Voliminal: Inside the Nine
- 2008: Nine: The Making Of All Hope Is Gone
- 2009: Of the (sic): Your Nightmares, Our Dreams
- 2010: Audible Visions of (sic)nesses
- 2011: Goat
- 2013: Jim Root: The Sound and The Story 
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