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WEDGE
02-01-2013, 06:18 AM
I have tried various brands and thicknesses but always come back to Dunlop 1.0MM nylon, the black ones. It might be superstitious but I feel better playing with one. I keep one in my pocket at all times, even when heading out to work, I check for it like I do my wallet and watch like it is part of my everyday kit.

I do though for acoustic use the grey one, think it is .77 or so. I find the heavy picks too much for acoustic, which is odd maybe because the strings are bigger?

what do you all use and do you experiment?

Twinfan
02-01-2013, 06:33 AM
I used red Dunlop Jazz IIIs for quite a while, then I switched to the Ultex Jazz III. I find they have a clearer tone and the last much longer, but they are a bit more expensive. The tone stays consistent as they wear though, so I use them live exclusively.

At home I use the Dunlop Tortex Pitch Black 1.0mm as they're cheap, so I don't mind too much if I lose them, and they give a slightly warmer sound than the Ultex. They wear out quicker though and don't maintain tone as the edge wears.

Albrecht Smuten
02-01-2013, 06:34 AM
I use .94 mm dunlop picks for quite a time now and I keep three picks in my back pocket all the time :)

They are a little too soft for heavy one note picking, but they are perfect for full chords acoustic style playing, which I do a lot. Getting used to one pick thickness works fine for me...

jarek anderson
02-01-2013, 07:37 AM
If I've got pants on, there's at least 2 Jazz III's of varied materials in them. When I play acoustic in pubs, I'll put those oversize Jazz III's and the translucent Dava control picks in the mic stand grip. I still like the Dava from time to time, especially to get realllly percussive sounds.

When I play steel, it's always a blue Herco thumb pick, and some special metal finger picks.

CoreyT
02-01-2013, 07:38 AM
Back when I was playing the longest (16 to 18 years old) I always liked the Fender mediums the best.
Since I got back into playing again this past May, I bought some Fenders again, but I like the Dunlop green Tortex (.88 mm) ones even better.

tiboy
02-01-2013, 07:39 AM
I like variety, as long as all my picks are 1.5 V-Picks of the same shape.

sleary
02-01-2013, 07:54 AM
I love these....

http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/swleary/4601e4f09e99474fb0b9ee029a078385.jpg

CoreyT
02-01-2013, 08:08 AM
I think I saw those in a guitar magazine.
Only problem with that for me is I like to switch between using the sharp end of the pick, and rounded sides sometimes.

JMintzer
02-01-2013, 08:20 AM
Fender Mediums for decades...

But I do like the sound of a V-Pick with my telecasters...


Jamie

WEDGE
02-01-2013, 09:02 AM
Anyone use stone, wood, metal, or any other alternative pick material? I have tried a metal thumbpick and the tone was harsh but I wonder if different metals and finishes would have a mellower yet still immediate toneality?

sergiodeblanc
02-01-2013, 09:06 AM
I have been liking those purple tortex picks with the star cut out from Everly, but they make my fingertips look funny after playing with them for awhile.

RedGuitars
02-01-2013, 09:08 AM
Dunlop Big Stubby 1.0m - the red ones. And for you guys that will say I picked red because of my penchant for red guitars... I started on the purple ones and migrated to the 1.0m reds. The purple ones were a bit too heavy/thick.

Shawn@PRS
02-01-2013, 09:26 AM
I have been liking those purple tortex picks with the star cut out from Everly, but they make my fingertips look funny after playing with them for awhile.

I use the PRS Delrin .73 (yellow) picks. I take a few of them and tape them together and drill a large hole through the center. It makes them easier to hold that way.

WEDGE
02-01-2013, 09:33 AM
Seems like we have a huge variety on here.......I propose a pick swap!

Would work like this.....post an address where someone can send you 4-5 picks of whatever size, shape, or color for you to try. Someone posts their address, and so on and so on. Everyone has a pile of picks whether they are your faves or spares so this would be cheap and only cost us each ;like 40 cents for a stamp. I am in and here is my address for mailing.....

Paul Golden
28 Knollwood Drive
Hebron, CT 06248.

Whose in? I will send picks to the first one to reply and that person sends to the next to post, et cetera....

south89
02-01-2013, 09:38 AM
I use the PRS Delrin .73 (yellow) picks. I take a few of them and tape them together and drill a large hole through the center. It makes them easier to hold that way.

Thats an interesting way of getting what you want from a pick Shawn. I myself use the Dunlop Max Grip 1.5 mm

JDBRADSHAW
02-01-2013, 09:44 AM
I use "Monster guitar picks" made by Hot Picks USA...Its in the style and feel of a jazz pick that fits comfy in your hand.....

Dirty Bob
02-01-2013, 10:15 AM
I use the purple 3mm Big Stubby's...whenever somebody asks me if I have an extra pick and I hand them one of those big boys they look at me like I'm crazy.


I've tried a ton of different picks and materials...I've tried stone, amber, silver, copper, etc...I always end up back with the 3mm stubby's...I just wish they didn't wear so fast.

garrett
02-01-2013, 10:21 AM
I've been hooked on the yellow Dunlop Tortex for years. I don't even think about picks.

Mike Duncan
02-01-2013, 10:25 AM
Usually use these or the PRS verison.http://www.stringsdirect.co.uk/Products/i/xl__jdtortex.88.jpg

LSchefman
02-01-2013, 10:57 AM
I used celluloid Fender style picks for many, many years, but only recently switched to Jazz IIIs and bought them in several materials. I like the tone I get with them, and the small size and point seem to make for speedier picking.

I was actually surprised at the subtle differences in tone with the materials.

I kinda wish there was a PRS Jazz III! ;)

11top
02-01-2013, 11:03 AM
http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c395/11top/1246323368_Max_Grip_JazzIII_463X342.jpg

acidreign1026
02-01-2013, 11:35 AM
I Like planet waves black ice picks. smaleer than a standard, larger than a jazz pick, slightly rounded tip. They come in .88, 1.1, nd 2 mm thicknesses.

DISTORT6
02-01-2013, 12:29 PM
Tortex Green or Purple.
Green for 10's in E or Eb
Purple for 10.5's in D or lower.

Solocaller
02-01-2013, 01:49 PM
Dunlop nylon .88 mm, the grey ones. I tried a few picks early on and finally settled on these. I would like to try one of those big, stubby picks sometime. And theres a dime sitting on my floor right now that I might try. Billy Gibbons uses a Mexican coin, I think

s.fitzsimmons
02-01-2013, 02:14 PM
For the longest time it was the Orange Tortex... then it turned to the Yellow Tortex. Bought a Vpick once after trying a ton of them. Lost it within a week. Really felt like I dropped a five out of my wallet.... I always seem to have a bunch of random picks laying around though.

swede71
02-01-2013, 05:45 PM
Dunlop red Jazz3s and grey nylon 88s.Have used them for years.

Boogie
02-01-2013, 06:10 PM
Seems like we have a huge variety on here.......I propose a pick swap!

Would work like this.....post an address where someone can send you 4-5 picks of whatever size, shape, or color for you to try. Someone posts their address, and so on and so on. Everyone has a pile of picks whether they are your faves or spares so this would be cheap and only cost us each ;like 40 cents for a stamp. I am in and here is my address for mailing.....

Paul Golden
28 Knollwood Drive
Hebron, CT 06248.

Whose in? I will send picks to the first one to reply and that person sends to the next to post, et cetera....

Good idea! So someone sends you picks then you send them to the next poster? I'm in, but prefer to PM the address...

CantankerousCarl
02-01-2013, 06:15 PM
I've been hooked on the yellow Dunlop Tortex for years. I don't even think about picks.

I stopped playing guitar for about 15 years. Nothing pleased me more than discovering that my .73 Yellow Dunlop Torties were exactly the same!

]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T !
02-01-2013, 06:24 PM
All I wanna use these days are X-H (Extra Heavy) Dunlop Gel picks.

All thinner/harder picks sound bright and "pingy" to me by comparison.

Mikegarveyblues
02-01-2013, 06:32 PM
Right now i'm currently using 1.14mm Dunlop Tortex III picks which are a cross between the Purple 1.14mm Tortex ones and the Dunlop Jazz III. I like them a lot!!!

I use the blue Dunlop Tortex ones for rhythm. Got an assortment of other picks but they rarely get used.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8225/8434285928_b1216a9983_b.jpg

WEDGE
02-01-2013, 06:38 PM
Good idea! So someone sends you picks then you send them to the next poster? I'm in, but prefer to PM the address...

Yeah I can understand not wanting to post your address on here and I should've done the same. Shoot me a PM with your address and I'll send you some picks. Just post on here that you have sent me your address and that you're the next in line so somebody else can send you their address and we can keep this going.

rocguitar
02-01-2013, 08:04 PM
This has been my favorite since I tried it a few years ago.....

V-Pick

Ruby Red / Medium Rounded


http://v-picks.com/images/RR%20Med%20Round%20duo.jpg

Proxmax
02-01-2013, 08:11 PM
for many years i use celluloid picks like ibanez metal heavy.

now i found s.th. special - carbon picks.
they sound just big with a hard sounding click.
very durable, but they get your fingers black when playing for a long time.
it is just a very little carbon dust, but to notice.
thicker than normal picks but very comfortable and never slippery.

http://www.gleiszwo.de/pics/devrock/devrock_04.jpg

tdiers
02-01-2013, 08:12 PM
Dunlop Max Grip Jazz III Carbon Fiber.

http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/reviews/images/12_376_38430.jpg

Gnal
02-01-2013, 08:19 PM
I use Dunlop Max Grip 1.14 (kinda a silver/graphite color) Nylon picks.

I used Tortex for a long time, but the Nylon picks tone is very close to my fingers/nails when I hybrid pick. I find the 1.14 Nylon to have about the same flex as the .73 Yellow tortex picks.

t.shamone
02-01-2013, 09:02 PM
I've used Dunlop 1.0mm for years. Recently someone turned me on to Lollar picks.
They are made from Forbon, vulcanized fiberboard.When you first get them they are un-beveled but develop a bevel fairly quickly.
I dig the feel of the pick on the string and the tone of them. I feel like I can pick more accurately with them.
I'll carry the broken in one in my wallet along with a few Dunlops.

http://www.lollarguitars.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/lollar-picks.jpg

kingsleyd
02-01-2013, 09:35 PM
Anyone use stone, wood, metal, or any other alternative pick material? I have tried a metal thumbpick and the tone was harsh but I wonder if different metals and finishes would have a mellower yet still immediate toneality?\

I mostly use stone (Brazilian agate) picks in the shape of a Jazz III from Picks and Stones. The agate has a distinctive sound on the pick attack, and it takes a while to learn to not make that sound but it's worth it. Really warm, full sound that (paradoxically) is pretty close to just using my fingers. Since I pretty much always hybrid pick that's a good thing.

I also have a 1958 quarter (the year of my birth) made into a Jazz III shape that a good friend gave me for my 50th birthday. Good for playing ZZ Top and Queen tunes!

Regular old Jazz IIIs, the Eric Johnson version (which is more like the old ones I played for years if not 100% there) work too.

On acoustic I still like classic celluloid Fender picks in the traditional shape.

Edit: I forgot to mention, I also use Blue Chip picks, which are made out of stupidly expensive type of plastic that happens to sound really really good.

I should also mention that I've discplined myself to be a lot more careful with my guitar picks. :-)

SuperFly53
02-01-2013, 10:26 PM
I have used Fender mediums for as long as I can remember. I have tried others, but just keep coming back to what is familiar. I do hear a difference between pick materials and thicknesses.

My only complaint is that the Fenders don't seem to last very long. A few hours at best. I tend to sharpen the edges to the point where I don't get a full sound any more. Does anyone else have this issue? How long should a pick last?

geese_com
02-01-2013, 10:38 PM
Right now I am using the John Petrucci Sig Jazz III's. The size is perfect. If not that I use the jazz sized purple tortex picks.

Steve59
02-02-2013, 08:33 AM
Usually use these or the PRS verison.http://www.stringsdirect.co.uk/Products/i/xl__jdtortex.88.jpg

I just tried these the other day and really like them. Lately I've been using picks with a grip hole in them but I'm going with these for a while.

crgtr
02-02-2013, 09:07 AM
The Lollaris my fave, but I will use my siggy picks on occasion.
http://i1222.photobucket.com/albums/dd490/crgtr/photobucket-5957-1332269220546.jpghttp://i1222.photobucket.com/albums/dd490/crgtr/photobucket-5956-1332269221027.jpg

Steph
02-02-2013, 12:59 PM
Over the years, the trend has been from large/thin to small/thick. So the Jazz III shape is now my fave.
I tried different materials and kind of like to switch between the Jazz Tortex 1.14mm (warm, fat, silky, mid-bass) and the Stubby 3mm (warm, fat, but more crispy, trebly).
Next, I would like to try the Ultex thing and some carbon fiber stuff, and ear are they sound and feel.

For mellow rhythms, I've recently tried the dunlop 204s. Very different feel.

Picks are a cheap way to mess with your tone a bit and look for something different.

vchizzle
02-02-2013, 01:16 PM
Usually use these or the PRS verison.http://www.stringsdirect.co.uk/Products/i/xl__jdtortex.88.jpg

These or the Clayton version for many years.
I've kind of been liking something a hair thinner for acoustic playing though. I've got a few different types of PRS picks around the house that I'll use at home for noodling around.

Dirty Bob
02-14-2013, 12:00 AM
http://i1073.photobucket.com/albums/w388/DirtyMoonsRJT/photo-71.jpg

Anybody try silver picks? Made by a Navajo artist....fantastic...thin....can be flexible or hard....very fast picks...interesting tone....much more twangy...only issue is the silver dust you get on your fingers.

Sage
02-14-2013, 12:15 AM
I used to use the Dunlop Tortex picks when I was younger because they didn't slip out of my hand easily. I used the green .88mm ones. However, a couple years ago I switched to Dunlop's new Ultex line. I wanted a pick that didn't wear down as easily, and these things last forever. I'm using the 1.0mm ones. They sound better, they wear better and they're just as easy to hold.

For acoustic I have a Red Bear Trading Company pick. It's made out of a cultured milk protein that is extremely similar to tortoise shell. Sounds fantastic and lasts a very long time. Mine is "thin" (1.0mm) with the "Classic II" shape. I mostly save it for recording. If I'm just playing around, I use the Ultex, which is very similar but way less expensive.

Boogie
02-14-2013, 09:05 AM
Anyone use stone, wood, metal, or any other alternative pick material? I have tried a metal thumbpick and the tone was harsh but I wonder if different metals and finishes would have a mellower yet still immediate toneality?

Back in the '80s I had a Min'd pick made of polished quartz. It was interesting and if used right, yielded an almost sitar-like attack. A stainless steel tri-tipped pick is still in my bag but it never justified the potential for damaging pick scrapes on the guitar. Again, interesting attack - bright - but not a keeper. I buy inexpensive Planet Waves celluloid 1.0mm in 100 pcs. bags. The tips are shaved down pretty quickly and throw one away per set.


Anybody try silver picks? Made by a Navajo artist....fantastic...thin....can be flexible or hard....very fast picks...interesting tone....much more twangy...only issue is the silver dust you get on your fingers.

OK, that's cool!

daa2202
02-14-2013, 09:27 AM
I like the standard purple Dunlop Tortex, 1.14mm for electric playing. For my very occasional acoustic playing, I like something a little softer...like the green Tortex .88mm.

I did get a variety of V-Picks to try them out, but I wasn't fond of either the attack sound or feel and went back to the Dunlops.

Shawn@PRS
02-14-2013, 10:15 AM
I don't really collect guitar picks, but I've acquired some cool ones over the years. I have given away most of the collectable picks, but here are some that I still have. Anyone else have any cool or novelty picks hanging around?

http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i68/gitfukintar/PRS/gitpicks_zps164ae4d9.jpg

Steph
02-14-2013, 10:22 AM
I don't really collect guitar picks, but I've acquired some cool ones over the years. I have given away most of the collectable picks, but here are some that I still have. Anyone else have any cool or novelty picks hanging around?

http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i68/gitfukintar/PRS/gitpicks_zps164ae4d9.jpg

The It Might Get Loud one and your personalized one are cool...

Mikegarveyblues
02-14-2013, 10:34 AM
I briefly considered having some personalized ones made (When I was in a band) but I like my Dunlop's too much.

Have picked up some cool ones over the years. Few band / known guitarist ones. Lots of graphic ones given away in guitar mags, etc and Unususal materials.

Here's a couple of cool ones Bernie Marsden gave me. To thin to use though.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7085/7316856474_5dbc668420_b.jpg

rugerpc
02-14-2013, 11:02 AM
Sadly, I still don't play well enough to have a pick preference beyond "medium." Thin picks are just to whimpy and thicker ones are too aggressive for the tentative way I play at the moment. Perhaps as I practice more, I may find the nuances the rest of you have discovered, but really, I'm just too busy trying not to screw up.

So - for the short term - almost any medium pick will do.

There is one cool thing I picked up though -

http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/yhst-56194736215675_2251_19649911

LINK: pickpunch (http://www.pickpunch.com/)

I recycle credit cards and that annoying plastic that things like USB thumb drives come packed in, etc. You can pick your thickness and make lots. Lately I have been just gathering plastic gift cards from various stores and using them - the cards have no value unless they are purchased and 'loaded', so you can usually just ask and get several for free.

http://www.franconiaumc.org/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/scrip_sales.jpg

Center the Pickpunch over part of the image you like and, presto - custom graphic pick.

Shawn@PRS
02-14-2013, 11:23 AM
The It Might Get Loud one and your personalized one are cool...

Thanks. The personalized picks were made for me as a gift, as were the PTC picks.

Steph
02-14-2013, 11:37 AM
Sadly, I still don't play well enough to have a pick preference beyond "medium." Thin picks are just to whimpy and thicker ones are too aggressive for the tentative way I play at the moment. Perhaps as I practice more, I may find the nuances the rest of you have discovered, but really, I'm just too busy trying not to screw up.

So - for the short term - almost any medium pick will do.

There is one cool thing I picked up though -

http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/yhst-56194736215675_2251_19649911

LINK: pickpunch (http://www.pickpunch.com/)

I recycle credit cards and that annoying plastic that things like USB thumb drives come packed in, etc. You can pick your thickness and make lots. Lately I have been just gathering plastic gift cards from various stores and using them - the cards have no value unless they are purchased and 'loaded', so you can usually just ask and get several for free.

http://www.franconiaumc.org/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/scrip_sales.jpg

Center the Pickpunch over part of the image you like and, presto - custom graphic pick.

Pickpunch! That's a new one for me. They even have different shapes, including my fave- the Jazz shape.
Great Idea. Thanks for the link.

Dirty Bob
02-14-2013, 12:02 PM
Sadly, I still don't play well enough to have a pick preference beyond "medium." Thin picks are just to whimpy and thicker ones are too aggressive for the tentative way I play at the moment. Perhaps as I practice more, I may find the nuances the rest of you have discovered, but really, I'm just too busy trying not to screw up.

So - for the short term - almost any medium pick will do.

There is one cool thing I picked up though -

http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/yhst-56194736215675_2251_19649911

LINK: pickpunch (http://www.pickpunch.com/)

I recycle credit cards and that annoying plastic that things like USB thumb drives come packed in, etc. You can pick your thickness and make lots. Lately I have been just gathering plastic gift cards from various stores and using them - the cards have no value unless they are purchased and 'loaded', so you can usually just ask and get several for free.

http://www.franconiaumc.org/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/scrip_sales.jpg

Center the Pickpunch over part of the image you like and, presto - custom graphic pick.

Ha! my kids (wife) recently gave me one of these as a present!

Dirty Bob
02-14-2013, 12:03 PM
Back in the '80s I had a Min'd pick made of polished quartz. It was interesting and if used right, yielded an almost sitar-like attack. A stainless steel tri-tipped pick is still in my bag but it never justified the potential for damaging pick scrapes on the guitar. Again, interesting attack - bright - but not a keeper. I buy inexpensive Planet Waves celluloid 1.0mm in 100 pcs. bags. The tips are shaved down pretty quickly and throw one away per set.



OK, that's cool!

I also have some in copper...if I get a chance I'll try to take pics of them tonight if I can find them.

Steph
02-14-2013, 12:06 PM
Yeh! Might just put this on the Gift Idea list myself! :biggrin:

dmorton67
02-14-2013, 04:13 PM
I use my fingers ala jeff beck!

Mikegarveyblues
02-14-2013, 05:09 PM
I use my fingers ala jeff beck!

Me too some of the time, although I have Mark Knopfler to thank for that.

Can really open up a new angle of playing.

frankb56
02-14-2013, 05:20 PM
May sound cheap, but I bought this thing, forgot what its called, that looks like a stapler. I take old credit cards and anything that might make a good pick slip it in, punch it and out comes a pick. They advertise in Premium Guitar Magazine, usually in the back small ads. The trick is to smooth out the edges with a sanding block, but I have to say I've made some unique picks (and thus unique sounds) that you can't buy anywhere else. Just some food for thought....I did it because I'm always losing my picks and figured, what the hell.

rugerpc
02-14-2013, 05:35 PM
May sound cheap, but I bought this thing, forgot what its called, that looks like a stapler.

http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/yhst-56194736215675_2251_19649911

slowro
02-15-2013, 12:15 PM
I used the jazz III red or black for years then ultex jazz 2.0mm but I got some John Petrucci signature pics and I haven't used anything else since
they are perfect for me. Sharp, grippy with a nice smooth pick point.

I have some signature picks from one of my favourite bands Sylosis that I got when I had a private guitar lesson with the band (one of the best days ever)
you can see them at the bottom
http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u2/rofulton/Snapbucket/9E64B8C5.jpg

Albrecht Smuten
02-25-2013, 06:04 AM
Guys, if you suddenly feel this evening, that a masterpiece has been written, don't worry. It's me, testing a new pick (it has just arrived from the depths of hell):

https://encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSRntUI0Siji-vfKSvSCUXm6TKxfgub0tOIaceuz3FLGOqpNtaD