"Picking" a pick

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  1. alantig

    alantig Zombie Four, DFZ

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    Not to derail, but I went to Princeton.

    Totally true, absolutely on the up-and-up.



    It was just a couple weeks ago - April 11, to be exact. Drove through the campus on my way to Princeton Record Exchange. Did some shopping, left the store and realized I'd forgotten to go back and pick up a DVD I wanted. My son said, "We're still here." So I drove around the block, went back in and got it (it was a very good deal). I felt - and still feel - very smart.
     
  2. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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  3. Tag

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    GREAT thread!!!! I have been all over the place, mand try everything I can find. from plastic to shell to wood, to felt to stone to glass...you name it. Size, thickness etc etc. i always end up coming back to the fender jazz picks in extra heavy, but sometimes, for months at a time, i just need something else. I also use the round or rounder side of any pick, to get the most 'finger" like tone i can, but with the added articulation of a pick. I can say this will be a never ending battle for me. Also, try holding the pick at the opposite angle so the reverse side of the pick hits the the string first. It gives you a smoother and softer downstroke which is always the accented part due to downward pressure, and gives the upstroke more emphisis, which makes the up and down stroke much more even and flowing. Its part of how George Benson gets his other wordly technique and tone. Some great ideas and discussion here.. http://www.jazzguitar.be/forum/guitar-technique/3507-george-benson-picking-method.html
     
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  4. CoreyT

    CoreyT PRS Addiction

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    Good timing, Scott just put up a video.

    Guitar Pick Comparison. Hear The Difference By Scott Grove


     
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  5. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    Seriously, did you lean one single thing from that Grove video besides who is the most annoying video creator on the planet?
     
  6. maxtuna26

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    I've always hoarded picks because I always see interesting ones and can't resist the urge to buy them, not that I'm gonna use every single one of them! But in my guitar-playing life, I've played:

    Alice (a Chinese company) celluloids
    Fender celluloids
    Dunlop .73 and .88 Tortex
    Dunlop .73 Ultex Sharp
    Dunlop M and H Tortex Jazz
    Dunlop 2.0 Ultex Jazz
    Dunlop Nylon

    My current favourite is the Ibanez Paul Gilbert pick. Thickness is perfect, the slightly bigger-than-Jazz size is perfect, it has the pretty funky drawings and it's got a nice celluloid-ish tone. And most importantly, the colour has a very cool Candy Apple Red metallic hue to it, it looks simply amazing. :rofl:....
     
  7. mezzio

    mezzio The Force is weak in ^^

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    I learned its time to get a hair cut... I know my mop is getting a little long, and probably looks just as horrid as his does.
     
  8. gball

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    Dunlop Gels, the yellow ones. Tried everything over the years and these just work best for me.
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  9. CantankerousCarl

    CantankerousCarl Occasionally Onery Member

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    I keep seeing Howling Monkey Tauga (vegetable ivory) picks popping up on Reverb, I wanted to try them but 10 bucks a pick seemed to be Private Stock territory...then I went on the Bluechip web site. WOW. I guess I could always be spending more on SOMETHING lol.

    Been using Dunlop Tortex Yellows. (.73mm) since as long as I can remember. Maybe it's time to try something new...
     
  10. CoreyT

    CoreyT PRS Addiction

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    Carl, give those Davas a try.
    So far my favorite.
     
  11. mezzio

    mezzio The Force is weak in ^^

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    Hope everyone's right, just ordered 3 combo packs to get a feel for everything they have available :)
     
  12. Sage

    Sage While you were partying I studied the guitar.

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    Been using one of these myself recently, the TD40. I will probably buy more. I like the durability a lot. I bought mine months ago and it still hasn't worn down much.
    For tone, to me, nothing sounds better than Red Bear. Blue Chip wins out because of durability and availability, but Red Bear has the edge for tone, particularly on acoustics.
    If I'm in a pinch, Dunlop Ultex 1.0mm. Perfectly fine picks, sound great, almost as good as Red Bear, but tend to wear down faster. Still, more durable than Delrin (a.k.a. Tortex) or celluloid.

    All that said, I have found that the shape and thickness of the pick have much more of an impact on tone than the material it's made of. I stick with the traditional teardrop shape.
     
  13. CoreyT

    CoreyT PRS Addiction

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    I have only tried the rock combo ones I linked too.
    I have around three six packs of them now.

    I thought the .88 mm Tortex were my favorite until I tried the Davas.
    And I agree with another poster who said they feel chalky.
     
  14. mezzio

    mezzio The Force is weak in ^^

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    I ordered the rock combo, jazz combo, and the grip tip combo to give me nearly every type they make. I'm already pretty sure I won't like the nylon picks, but who knows maybe they'll be better than Dunlop nylons.
     
  15. alantig

    alantig Zombie Four, DFZ

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    I've been all over the board. I used to be Fender medium, but not for a while now. Some time ago, I finally got my hands on some Jazz IIIs. Liked the point, but the pick was too small for my stubby fingers. Found the Jazz III XLs. Still like those - bigger versions of the Jazz III, so they fit me. I've got some V-Picks that I really like as well - nice and heavy and fast (because I'm so speedy - it's like giving me sprinter's shoes - I mean, yeah, I have feet, but the shoes would not be living up to their potential!). But my current favorites are Ultex Sharps and a Red Bear that I bought off jfb.

    Down in the collection, I have a metal pick, and another cut from cymbal brass. VERY thick on that one.

    For acoustic, I'm very fond of the Wegen Bluegrass picks - big, meaty, and nearly indestructable.

    For fingerpicking, I have three nails acryliced, and after years of never being able to get them to work, I found a thumbpick. Problem was, I didn't know what brand or where I got it (I tried a bunch). Finally found them again about two years ago - of all things, Picks By The Pound. But they're the only ones that work for me.

    And I have a ton of novelty picks - Kiss, Friday The 13th hockey masks, South Park. And so on.
     
  16. CoreyT

    CoreyT PRS Addiction

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    As a test yesterday before bed, I tried one of my Fender mediums and the Dunlop Tortex .88.
    No love for them, and as soon as I got the Dava back between my fingers again, it just felt right.

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  17. CoreyT

    CoreyT PRS Addiction

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    Did your picks come yet?
    You got a few like in the picture I posted above right?

    Would like to hear your take on them.
    I tried the green .88 Tortex again the other day, I just do not like them like I did in the past.
    Dava all the way for me now, so far my favorite of any pick I have ever tried.
     
  18. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    I added a TD40 to the lineup, too. I like the pointy Jazz tip for single note picking, but strumming's a little smoother with a regular tip and the 1mm thickness. All of the others are Jazz tips in the 50 thickness.
     
  19. mezzio

    mezzio The Force is weak in ^^

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    I finally got them a few days ago... boy do they ship slow, lol. At least ill say they were mostly worth the wait.

    The jazz grip picks have a killer point on them, its almost like a precision tool easily picking out the perfect areas to do its work. That being said, I don't like them, they're just too small for my mitts... and I really don't have that big of hands.

    But hey, good news, the regular grip picks have that same killer tip! From these, I do really like the gel picks, its smooth and glides right over the strings as if they're covered in astrolube... unfortunately the gel seems to wear quick and I lost my tip pretty quickly. Dava does have a better nylon than Dunlop, its actually pretty quiet, but it still doesn't change my mind about nylon picks. I have no complaints about the delrin at all. Its somewhat fast, pretty durable and quiet.

    That must be why they used it on the rock control :) id say they're my favorites out of all of them. Unfortunately my natural pick holding position pretty much leaves me only using a "heavy" pick, and I get the strings caught up in the black grip stuff if I adjust to the "medium" or "light", but I can't blame the pick for that. In reality that doesn't bother me though, its an extremely comfortable pick, and it just feels natural for me to hold it on the "heavy" side.
     
  20. prsrocker1988

    prsrocker1988 New Member

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    Great choices everyone!!

    I'm still in love with the Herco Gold Flex 50... It just "works" for me.... I have one of the Silver Flex 75's in case I ever want a same feeling but heavier pick.
     

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