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#1 shunter

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Posted 22 February 2007 - 05:15 AM

Thickness, size v style of music - what do you use?

#2 ninjato

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Posted 22 February 2007 - 05:46 AM

I have recently been converted to ULTEX 1.0's and 1.14's

I have been using FENDER heavy and extra heavies for a long time but the ULTEX gives me a cleaner tone. I mean in reality it's splitting hairs w/ picks. As long as it is the standard tradition size, and at least 1.0mm thick, then I would probably like it. The TORTEX picks on the other hand, I didn't like. It gave me a muddy tone.

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#3 kurtlives

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Posted 22 February 2007 - 08:39 AM

I mainly use my local stores picks in medium thickness or Jim Dunlop Match Picks.
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#4 dadfad

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Posted 22 February 2007 - 09:06 AM

The kind God has caused to grow on the ends of my fingers.












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Obviously I usually play with fingers only. It's about 95% of the time (maybe more). In years past when I played with picks more, I started preferring heavier and heavier picks. The last "store-bought" picks I used regularly were Fender Heavy or Extra-Heavy or (when I could find them) picks cut out of brass. I also often used a coin (a US quarter-dollar or five-cent piece) for a pick. I liked the thickness and (since I usually held my picks sideways anyway) the more rounded edge (and they were always pretty handy in my pocket). Anyway, when I do use a pick, I like a pretty heavy one.

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Posted 22 February 2007 - 09:51 AM

Once again I will have to say the mojo pick yes.gif

QUOTE (dadfad @ Feb 22 2007, 12:06 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The kind God has caused to grow on the ends of my fingers.


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#6 shunter

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Posted 22 February 2007 - 10:14 AM

QUOTE (dadfad @ Feb 22 2007, 05:06 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The kind God has caused to grow on the ends of my fingers.


I find those break on a steel strings and replacements are difficult to get hold of at short notice.

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Posted 22 February 2007 - 10:31 AM

The type of pick i use depends on the situation I am in. Generally, I prefer the Jim Dunlop Jazz III XL picks, as I find the regular (small) Jazz III's to be a little small for my liking. I like these when playing electric. For acoustic I prefer a slightly thinner pick, George Dennis Nylon Sharp .88mm picks. Much more give to them which helps for strumming purposes and the sharp tip for lead work as well.

honourable mention goes to the Dunlop Tortex and Ultex Jazz picks.

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Posted 22 February 2007 - 10:47 AM

Best to experiment really, buy a load of different ones from a guitar shop then try them all out, different guages and types produce different tones and attack etc. and might take your playing in a slightly different direction. As a general rule lighter picks are better for rhythm and heavy for lead. Picks aren't expensive so go crazy.
My faves are the jim dunlop nylon ones as I have double jointed thumbs which makes holding onto stiff plectrums difficult sometimes when i play for long periods, the nylon ones have a little give in them which helps.

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#9 dadfad

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Posted 22 February 2007 - 11:11 AM

QUOTE (shunter @ Feb 22 2007, 01:14 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (dadfad @ Feb 22 2007, 05:06 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The kind God has caused to grow on the ends of my fingers.


I find those break on a steel strings and replacements are difficult to get hold of at short notice.


laugh.gif Actually I'm talking more about the tips of the fingers instead of the actual nails themselves. My picking nails are slightly long but just over the edge of the fingertips. I use them more for reinforcing the flesh of the tips than actually picking with nails (except in rare cases where I really want true nail-picked notes). You're right, steel-strings will tear up nails-only very quickly. I have pretty heavy callouses on the tips of my thumb, index and middle (and slight callus on my ring, virtually none on my pinkie), as would be how they develop if you use mostly dominant-finger picking (as opposed to classical style). They're pretty hard. John Jackson, my sort-of mentor, who played in that style had finger-tips where his nails had sort of actually grown into or "become-one-with" his finger-tips (think sort of how the pinkie toe-nail often blends with the toe-tip flesh). After over seventy years of playing, his finger-tips were as hard as little burned hickory-sticks.

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Posted 22 February 2007 - 11:26 AM

I wish my fingertips were, I just started playing again after about 20 months of rest and my finger tips are killing me!
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Posted 22 February 2007 - 11:52 AM

ya those little jim dunlop jazz IIIs are the way to go...................i used to use fender heavies back in the day but nothing iv tried compares to the jazz IIIs

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Posted 22 February 2007 - 11:57 AM

I use the Ibanez Grip Wizard Steve Vai picks for electric, and Fender mediums for my acoustic. My teacher tried to get me to play with those little jazz picks, but I couldn't stand them.

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Posted 22 February 2007 - 01:58 PM

Jazz III all the way.

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Posted 22 February 2007 - 02:52 PM

0.88mm Dunlop Nylons. Also like the Dava control pick.
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Posted 22 February 2007 - 04:37 PM

Dunlop Tortex .75's

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Posted 22 February 2007 - 07:32 PM

I use a lot of different picks, I have two Dava master controls (one is lost), a few .60mm gator grip, one Fender medium confetti pick, some .60mm nylon picks, some celluloid ones (mediums), a bunch of Clayton eagle .63mm, .80mm, and some .80mm teardrop picks, two Dunlop wedge picks, .73 and .88, some Dunlp delrin .71, and finally some Dunlop big stubbys 1mm. Which one I use just depends on which is closest and easiest to locate.

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Posted 22 February 2007 - 08:54 PM

After using really small picks, I refuse to use the larger ones. I get better picking accuracy and can do short notes and have found that some rhythms are easier to achieve with really small picks. I find especially for playing Pink Floyd covers, its easier to use smaller picks (Comfortably Numb is a good example of this), however you cant really strum with small picks. Great for lead stuff really because your fingers are closer to the strings so you dont have to worry about the pick slipping around and hitting other strings. Overall its nicer for control purposes.

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Posted 22 February 2007 - 09:19 PM

I prefer to use small picks. Mainly thick ones, like "Cool" picks. But i do enjoy using thinner ones, but they still have to be small. Its easier for me to control a smaller pick, its better mainly for accuacy and speed. The thinner ones are for strumming. But i like to use my fingers for strumming.

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Posted 22 February 2007 - 11:08 PM

Dunlop Tortex picks. They say H3 on them. They are about 50% of the size of your normal dunlop pick, but maintain the same shape, unlike teardrop picks. They play very well.

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Posted 22 February 2007 - 11:31 PM

I used to use Fender Mediums, but realized I could play faster with Dunlop 1.5mm. I rarely use thinner ones, but when I do its only for strumming which is only done about 1% of the time compared to lead. For classical guitar I try not to use any picks at all - I just have my nails a little extra longer, which kind of makes it harder to tap on electric.
So... Dunlop 1.5mm it is.
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