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    Almost was a FG22 owner.. WEDGE's Avatar
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    Picks- old favorite or do you like variety?

    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?
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    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.

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    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...
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    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.

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    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.

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    I like variety, as long as all my picks are 1.5 V-Picks of the same shape.
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    I love these....


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    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.

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    Fender Mediums for decades...

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


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    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?
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    Quote Originally Posted by WEDGE View Post
    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?
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    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. :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by WEDGE View Post
    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.

    Quote Originally Posted by DirtyMoonsRJT View Post
    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!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boogie View Post
    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.



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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sergiodeblanc View Post
    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.

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    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
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    Whose in? I will send picks to the first one to reply and that person sends to the next to post, et cetera....
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    Quote Originally Posted by WEDGE View Post
    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...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boogie View Post
    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn@PRS View Post
    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
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    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.
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