Jim Root

Jim Root.

Jim Root lends his fast, technical fretwork to Slipknot’s unique onslaught of downtuned riffs, demented melodies, and blast-beat-driven grooves. He considers a wide range of Dunlop products to be crucial components of his sound.

“From the writing process, to the studio, all the way to live shows, there is an arsenal of Dunlop gear that I bring,” he says. “Strings, picks, the Way Huge® line, MXR®—they’re all very important to my creative process.”

Pick choice is crucial for any player, and Jim digs in with his Custom Nylon Pick. “It’s essentially a Tortex® TIII made from the same nylon as a Jazz III,” he says. “It helps cut through when the double-kick starts going, and it glides over the strings no matter what the tension and tuning are for the guitar that I’m using. And then it has the perfect offset grip for the thumb and forefinger so that I don’t drop it on stage.”

When stringing up, he relies on his custom set of Signature Strings. “These strings give me what I need to get my sound, and they’re comfortable to play no matter what I throw at them,” Jim says. “They keep their high-end clarity for a long time, and they’re really consistent from one pack to the next—they never break on me.”