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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 performed lead guitar in Stone Sour, although he sometimes played rhythm.It is still a jester's mask, but this one has a black diamond detailing around the eyes instead of red and a zipper in between the lips.His .5 mask has much bigger dark red diamondlike scars and an open space for his beard.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.
Then, the Squier Telecaster signature model was released, similar to the first Fender Telecaster Jim Root signature.
He had purple hair at the time and used to pull parts of it up through a hole in the top of the mask.
After a couple of shows and one photo shoot, he decided to change masks, as the bondage mask was too uncomfortable to allow him to concentrate on playing.
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".