Pics....the type you play with with....

“What’s that leather thing in your guitar case?”

“Oh, that’s a pick wallet. It also has room for extra strings and a capo.”

“What about that thing shaped like a pick on your keychain?”

“It’s a pick case. Holds a few picks in case I’m somewhere and need a pick, but don’t have my pick wallet with me.”

“Well, what’s that round thing on your table?”

“Pick box. I keep a bunch of picks in there just in case I have neither the pick wallet, nor the pick case in the room.”

“And this wooden box thing on your desk?”

“Well, it was designed to be a paper clip holder, which is why it’s curved on the inside bottom, makes it easier to grab items in the box, but I use it for picks.”

“Why don’t you just keep them in your pockets?”

“Because they get lost that way.”

“Seems you have an awful lot of pick storage things. It must be an expensive chore to keep them all filled.”

“Oh, I get them for free. Picks spontaneously appear in my washer and dryer. Every load of wash seems to generate them. It’s like, washers and dryers have spontaneous combustion, only instead of fire, they make picks. It’s purely science, of course. In fact, the spontaneous appearance of picks in my washer and dryer led to a deep understanding of the argument that the entire universe spontaneously came into being from a single particle.”

“Seems impossible.”

“That’s what my wife says. Her theory is that the washer and dryer use the material from the socks that disappear to create the picks.”

:rolleyes:
Well you should feel lucky that you don't have the models that use underwear material to create picks.
 
The top one is brand new, never been used. The bottom one is after one set during a gig from last weekend. It was not quite ready to be tossed, but pretty darn close.
Exactly! I’d leave them littered on stage floor (not because I was a litter bug, but the stage muck adhered them to the floor!)
Along with the feel of the bigger size which I like, this is also another reason I like the triangle size Ultex's. Three tips!
That’s another approach I take, especially with the expensive picks. 3 for 1!
Same here. I wore out even the Ultex stuff in one session, maybe two max. But everyone’s got a different idea of what kind of wear is too much on a pick. The Fender celluloid picks were always only good for one or two sets, and then they were thrown out.

The picks I haven’t worn out at all, not even slightly, are the Blue Chip picks. I have no idea what they’re made of - some kind of unobtainium, evidently - but I’ve got 4 year old Blue Chips that are like new. Which, c’mon! That’s pretty amazing.
That is amazing. I’ve held off on getting my own Blue Chip or Screaming Bear (or whatever they’re called) because they have unique materials and that’s affects my tone. For mostly rhythm stuff, I adore the celluloid picks or the Dunlop Grip Max 449P. Two totally different picks but great sound and control. The Gravity Stealth 2.0 polished are fantastic where articulation and speed come in. As much as I like the Grip Max, that tip can't keep up!

Dunlop Tortex. I toss them after an hour or two. I like the string to be able to bite into the edge of the pick. Once it gets worn too far I loose that sound.
That’s my exact point, so to speak!
 
Redbear are the only tempting pick I never tried.

These Chicken Picks are the best artificial material I've used. It will not wear (or polish) to a shine, instead it keeps a slight matt surface. That means it never chirps (like a polished stone or bottleneck) and only creates minimal white noise in contact with the string. Too bad they dont make them any bigger.

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Redbear are the only tempting pick I never tried.

These Chicken Picks are the best artificial material I've used. It will not wear (or polish) to a shine, instead it keeps a slight matt surface. That means it never chirps (like a polished stone or bottleneck) and only creates minimal white noise in contact with the string. Too bad they dont make them any bigger.

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I forgot about my achicken Pick I got at NAMM a couple of years ago. Great picks.
 
Redbear are the only tempting pick I never tried.

These Chicken Picks are the best artificial material I've used. It will not wear (or polish) to a shine, instead it keeps a slight matt surface. That means it never chirps (like a polished stone or bottleneck) and only creates minimal white noise in contact with the string. Too bad they dont make them any bigger.

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I've got a couple of these, too. Echo your sentiments.
 
Dunlop Tortex. I toss them after an hour or two. I like the string to be able to bite into the edge of the pick. Once it gets worn too far I loose that sound.

When I was younger I didn’t have a lot of money and the closest guitar store was three towns over, so I got in the habit of using a pick as long as possible. When I lost my pick I was stuck using the little plastic thing that holds a bread bag closed for awhile.

As a result, for a long time as an adult I held onto used picks in case I needed them some day. A couple years ago (I’m 41) I finally learned to let go and now chuck them straight into the garbage.
But you can resharpen tortex on carpet!
 
You know, I posted in this thread about 3 weeks ago about Dunlop Ultex triangle picks .6 gauge. But last week I got my hands on a Dunlop Flow pick (.73) and I am loving it. Very clear and crisp sound, much less string noise than the Ultex. Obviously, a size difference, but this may be my new favorite pick.
 
Dunlop hot licks copper picks. been using them for 20 yrs. long discontinued. once in a while a blue herdim pick.
 
I've become a fanboy.:oops:


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The one in the center fits me like a glove, the left is perfect for jazz, right has a speed bevel. Don't like those, have to reshape it with some sandpaper, but all & all excellent tone, overpriced, but very enjoyable.
 
I've become a fanboy.:oops:


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The one in the center fits me like a glove, the left is perfect for jazz, right has a speed bevel. Don't like those, have to reshape it with some sandpaper, but all & all excellent tone, overpriced, but very enjoyable.

Big fan of these!
 
This wont mean anything to many but:

My pick research and experiments concern one technique only; alternate picking (feathering, speedpicking etc). Everything else can be done with cheap thin picks. Quick alternate picking cannot because you get lag. Any deflection in a pick will translate into lag. It may not seem noticeable, and I only realised it when listening back to a recording of a solo I once made. I thought at first it was software latency, but it turned out to be physical delay. It spoilt the recording.

This realisation came a few years ago, and I have spent most of that time trying to find the best pick to accommodate quick alternate picking. The pointed tip helps most of all. Bevels help too, though need not be 'handed'. Thickness is vital.

The next part is just my opinion/experience and cannot be verified anywhere else:

Though thickness prevents pick deflection, I have recently realised something else. Pick bulk and size (mass) absorbs string vibration. This translates into smoother picking. My largest (homemade) pick is certainly the smoothest speed wise. Looks like I will need to make some more.
 
V-Picks are my fave. Have a few older than 10 years I think.
They don't wear out. I lose them or give them to folks that have never tried one.

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V-Picks are my fave. Have a few older than 10 years I think.
They don't wear out. I lose them or give them to folks that have never tried one.

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10 years! I have not used V-Picks for more than 5 years, but I have worn the points away and had to reshape them. Yours doesn't have points so it helps explain the longevity.

Red is an ideal colour. I tend to lose the clear ones. How can you tell where they went?
 
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