Slipknot guitarist Jim Root has been going through his collection of guitars and gear, and posting them to his Instagram. Root recently came across the wah pedal Dimebag gave him after both he and Vinnie Paul saw Slipknot in Dallas once, calling it the most “important pedal I have.”

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Root said he can’t bring himself to use the pedal, and will always cherish the note Dimebag wrote on the box.

“Okay. Another break from guitars. I have tons of pedals. They all do something useful and creative and all that… and I may post some. But this is the most important pedal I have.

“We were on tour and played Dallas. Dime and Vinnie were there. The whole crew… and they had a crew. Tight bunch of dudes. Dime gave me this @jimdunlopusa cry baby from hell and he had written a note to me on it. To ME? From one of if not the most influential guitarists of all time. His flow and style were and are undeniable. One of those dudes that inspired you to be better. Not just at guitar playing. But being cool… being happy… being present. I was and still am blown away by it. (And Tongs chimed in on the note as well!)

“I didn’t know Dime well. I’d only met him a handful of times. But that he would think to gift me something like this… The note more so than the wah. I mean what can I say. A rare and missed human. He’d probably want me to bust that thing out and beat the shit out of it. I can’t bring myself to. So here’s a little something personal from me to you. Thanks man. I wish I could return the favor.”

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