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Adam Thomas Jones (born January 15, 1965 in Park Ridge, Illinois) is a Grammy Award-winning guitarist, best known for his work with the alt metal band Tool. Jones was rated the 75th Greatest Guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine and placed 9th in Guitar World’s Top 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Guitarists. He is also responsible for most of Tool’s music videos.

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Jones was born in Park Ridge, Illinois and raised in Libertyville, Illinois, and played violin in elementary school. He was accepted into the Suzuki program, and continued to play violin through his freshman year in high school. He then began to play an acoustic bass for three years in an orchestra.

In addition to playing classical music, Jones played bass guitar in the Electric Sheep with Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine until Jones moved to California (Morello soon followed). According to both of them, the band was quite unpopular at the time. Jones never received traditional guitar lessons, but instead learned by ear.

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Jones was offered a film scholarship but declined and chose to move to Los Angeles to study art and makeup effects.

Jones’ studies began in 1983 at the Hollywood Makeup Academy by learning “straight make-up”, because he thought it would help him out.

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