Yesterday (Feb. 8) a guitar gear icon and inventor, Jim Dunlop Sr., died. In the 24 hours since his passing was made public, guitar heroes such as Slash, Zakk Wylde, Kirk Hammett and more have paid tribute to the Dunlop Manufacturing founder.

Jim Dunlop was most prolific through his guitar picks, most notably the rainbow series of Tortex picks. Every guitarist on earth has likely handled one of Dunlop’s picks at one point, allowing the creator to directly impact the sound of countless songs and playing styles.

Dunlop also invented the Cry Baby wah-wah pedal, which has been used by legendary guitarists, from Jimi Hendrix to John Petrucci, for over 50 years.

Celebrate the life and monumental accomplishments of Jim Dunlop with the memorial posts below.

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