From humble beginnings to an industry giant, Jim Dunlop made an enormous impact not just in music retail, but music in general. Dunlop, MXR, and Way Huge pedals alike have helped create the signature sounds of countless artists for decades.
It all started with the Elastic Capo, which led to the creation of multiple innovative accessories and the acquisition of brands like MXR and Way Huge over multiple decades. To this day, they sell almost everything a guitarist or bassist would ever need it to complement their instrument and amp including capos, slides, cables, strings, cleaning and maintenance kits, straps, picks, pedals and more.
There’s a good chance you’re reading this and you have a Dunlop pick in your pocket (or in your dryer, your couch cushions, in the cup holder of your car, etc.), one of their wide array of pedals on your pedal board, bending their strings on your axe, or you’re looking good wearing your guitar on stage due to one of their stylish straps with strap locks for added security.
We’ve all had that conversation with our guitarist friends about which is your go-to pick and almost always it’s a Dunlop pick. “Jazz III’s everyday!” “No way! Standard Tortex for me!” It’s because of Dunlop’s diverse selection that we can all have one in our hands that we love and have friendly (and perhaps not so friendly at times) debates about what’s our favorite pick to get our tone, style and speed the way we want it.
Dunlop gear continues to give multiple musicians a sense of identity in what gives them their sound, what makes them the most comfortable when playing, and most important of all, what truly inspires them to play and continue to play. Nearly all of your favorite music legends have either held their picks in their hands, used a slide on their fretboard, or stomped on one or more of their pedals in their lifetime, including Eddie Van Halen, Billy Duffy of The Cult, Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society, Kerry King of Slayer, Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath, James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett of Metallica, John Petrucci of Dream Theater, Billy Gibbsons of ZZ Top, Eric Johnson, Jerry Cantrell of Alice In Chains, Slash of Guns N’ Roses, Buddy Guy, Dimebag Darrell of Pantera, Gary Clark Jr., Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Joe Bonamassa, Billy Joe Armstrong of Green Day, and more artists that could fill up a phone book.
Sam Ash Music is proud to have worked with and continue to work with Jim Dunlop Manufacturing because of their longstanding professionalism, their high quality products, that are beloved by hundreds of thousands of musicians, and true love and dedication to their craft.
We leave you with words from Sammy Ash, COO of Sam Ash Music.
“I knew about the Dunlop “Scotty” products since I was a young boy but I got to know Jim “Scotty” Dunlop personally when I joined the NAMM board. He was a frequent member/guest of the NAMM show when there were events like Board Member Golf outings, and BOY did he love his golf! I made the mistake on being in the golf cart with Jim and Toshio Moridira of the Morris Guitar Company and needless to say Jim took me to school that day. I’ve never seen a man more in love with a game or an industry. A true gentleman and a true industry legend.”