"I'm a nerd like that": Slipknot's Mick Thomson is a huge gearhead, and this video proves it again

Mick Thomson of Slipknot performs on stage during the Knotfest at Artukainen Event Park on August 13, 2022 in Turku, Finlan
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We've talked guitar rigs with Slipknot's Mick Thomson and we already know he's more knowledgeable and involved in the process than most other pro players we've met. Perhaps that's the reason he moves between guitar companies for his signature models – and pickups too. His recent visit to Fishman HQ – a company he joined the roster of in 2023 – for a tour with Larry Fishman himself shows his passion for the details behind his tone hasn't changed a bit.

Mick Thomson (Slipknot) Tours Fishman HQ - YouTube Mick Thomson (Slipknot) Tours Fishman HQ - YouTube
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It's an interesting tour for anyone who wants to know more about the process behind pickups and the multiple people involved in processes like CNC routing, and Mick – who listens attentively throughout the tour – even asks if he can keep one of the Fishman cores that are used in the kind of fluence pickups he's now using. "I'm a nerd like that", he tells Larry Fishman. 

He's one of us, then. 

Rob Laing
Guitars Editor, MusicRadar

I'm the Guitars Editor for MusicRadar, handling news, reviews, features, tuition, advice for the strings side of the site and everything in between. Before MusicRadar I worked on guitar magazines for 15 years, including Editor of Total Guitar in the UK. When I'm not rejigging pedalboards I'm usually thinking about rejigging pedalboards.