Pick question/poll

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Huggy B, Mar 3, 2017.

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What is the most important factor in your pick choice?

  1. Speed/playability - If I can't play 64th notes with it then how can I shred?.

    2 vote(s)
    5.1%
  2. Tone - The sound has to inspire me to make better music.

    14 vote(s)
    35.9%
  3. Comfort - It's got to feel good in my hand.

    22 vote(s)
    56.4%
  4. Price - I lose them so much I just buy a pack of whatever for 4.99

    1 vote(s)
    2.6%
  1. Huggy B

    Huggy B Ha! You can't hit me.

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    In preparation of my third and final "boutique pick Roundup" I've been doing a lot of research, evaluating, and general plucking on a myriad plectrums. I have even resorted to fabricating my own out of the latest high-tech material......................... and even some household items.:p

    But now I'd like your input on what you like in a pick, what is your "go to" plectrum, and what is more important to you, speed/playability, tone, cost, comfort.
     
  2. Bill SAS 513

    Bill SAS 513 Just another old guy in a T-shirt

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    Brain picks all day, and a couple for a buck...
     
  3. veinbuster

    veinbuster In the cards

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    Mostly tone, a bit of feel.
     
  4. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Rah rah ah ah ah!

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    All of the above?
     
  5. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    I picked tone, but how the pick goes through the strings, it's ability to articulate a note, and how long it wears are also factors for me.

    My go-to pick is a Blue Chip Jazz 40 on electric.
     
  6. xjbebop

    xjbebop Yippy ki yay!

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    Vpicks medium pointed for me. After I used them, nothing else feels or sounds right.
     
  7. DreamTheaterRules

    DreamTheaterRules Archon owning member

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    There is no one answer! Depends on the application. That's why I have over 100 varieties of picks. Always trying to find one perfect one... And stumbling across many that do one or two things well, very well or great in the process.

    I have a favorite, but no one pick is best for everything... Unless you only play one style and maybe even one guitar.
     
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  8. Dusty Chalk

    Dusty Chalk alberngruppenf├╝hrer

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  9. owickerman

    owickerman New Member

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    I'm using dunlop jazz 3, big size because they are just fine in my hand. I only use the red ones because I do not love hw the black ones sound.
     
  10. Rider1260

    Rider1260 New Member

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    I have used the same Pick Boy Rainbow .073 picks for years I sometimes use Dunlop Orange and the Yellow ones in a pinch any medium pick works for me.
    I have tried to go different material and heavier at times keep going back to my old standard after a bit.
    The Dunlops can be a bit scratchy sounding at times ( I smooth off the edges )
    I also use the pick backwards most of the time using one of the rounder back edges of the pick
     
  11. drdoom8793

    drdoom8793 THAT guy at Chick-fil-A

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    Dunlop Jazz III, Red Nylon
     
  12. alantig

    alantig Santana-free since '63!

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    Just picked up a V-Picks Mummy - has a Ghost edge. Very limited time to try it, but what I heard acoustically sounded fine. Need to spend some time on it plugged in tonight if I can - then I can grab a spare tom'w!
     
  13. jimfisher

    jimfisher Guitar Geezer

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    Have been a V-Pick user for a very long time. Loved the Medium Pointy ones, but when I started playing live again it seemed I couldn't get that top-end sparkle I wanted and tried a Jazz III XL and there it was. I must have bought a big bag of 'em some years ago and must still have 30 of them left. Recently bought some of the Jazz III Primetones and I like these even better.

    Jim
     
  14. BeerBatteredPhish

    BeerBatteredPhish New Member

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    I'm back to plain jane Fender Mediums now...and keep a few Dava Grip Tips around too. All the other 100 or so picks I've tried over the past year are in a coffee mug in my gear room.

    I'm not shredding, blues/jazz/jam for his older cowboy.
     
  15. goat-n-gitter

    goat-n-gitter Dismembered

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    Green Tortex for me, for years now (PRS sells re-branded Tortex picks through the accessory shop). I've had a few fancy picks over the years, but these just feel right.
     
  16. veinbuster

    veinbuster In the cards

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    I use whatever my hand picks up off the window sill.
     
  17. helmi

    helmi single&swampy

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    I try a lot of different picks, but always come back to the same Dunlop copper picks that I've been using for 20 years.
     
  18. kes7u

    kes7u Wife's husband and Dog's dad

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    Yikes. Kind of embarassed to be the first one to pick speed / playability. Perhaps it is because I am still in the learning process, and still not able to really play fast enough to comfortably play my favorite music.

    Kevin
     
  19. DreamTheaterRules

    DreamTheaterRules Archon owning member

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    I have a variety of Vpicks. A very clear opinion on them with everything from Taylor acoustics to PRS electrics. All shapes, sizes, point angles and edge finishes... one think it common. They're fast. If YOU'RE fast, the right one will make you faster or cleaner, but after extensvive testing, I just can't get past the tone. They are "clicky" sounding, have a "chirp" to them that I don't like and dont'want to destroy my tone trying to dial out. There are others that aren't as chirpy that do the same thing. But, so far I've found that ALL of the super fast pics don't have great tone. YMMV.

    Vinnie is a good guy and I really like the picks. Just can't make them work for me overall. I use them... but not for long at a time.
     
  20. Big Eric Bee

    Big Eric Bee New Member

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    Voted comfort. If there had been a second choice then it would be tone. After all my experimenting, seems I'm back with the Blue Chip TP 40 for performance and jamming and the 50 for practicing at home. It's the pick that feels the best in my hand over long periods of time and has an excellent tone on acoustic guitar.

    That said, just purchased a Wegen tricorner last night at a festival and will be trying it today along with possibly one of my Red Bear picks when we head back to the festival.
     

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