Tom Morello

Also known as: The Nightwatchman
Born: May 30, 1964
Harlem, New York
Origin: Libertyville, Illinois
Genres: Alternative metal, acoustic rock, funk metal, heavy metal, hard rock
Instruments: Guitar, vocals, harmonica, mandolin, bass guitar, drums, piano, banjo
Years active: 1979–present
Labels: SonyBMG, Epic, Interscope
Associated acts: Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, The Crystal Method, The Nightwatchman, Street Sweeper Social Club, Lock Up, Class of ’99, Cypress Hill, Axis of Justice, Electric Sheep, Guitarmy, Travis Barker, RZA, Raekwon

Notable instruments

  • “Arm the Homeless” – Custom guitar with a Kramer neck and custom performance body.
  • “Soul Power” – Custom Fender Stratocaster
  • “Sendero Luminoso” – Fender Telecaster
  • “Burnt Budweiser” – Gibson Les Paul
  • “Whatever It Takes” – Ibanez classical acoustic
  • Ibanez Artstar Hollowbody (Custom).



Thomas Baptiste Morello (born May 30, 1964) is a Grammy Award-winning American guitarist best known for his tenure with the bands Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, his acoustic solo act The Nightwatchman, and his newest group, Street Sweeper Social Club. Tom is also the co-founder (along with Serj Tankian) of the non-profit political activist organization Axis of Justice, which airs a monthly program on Pacifica Radio station KPFK (90.7 FM) in Los Angeles. He is best known for his unique and creative guitar playing style, which incorporates feedback noises, unconventional picking and tapping as well as heavy use of guitar effects. He was ranked #26 in Rolling Stone’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” more at Wikipedia…