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Schrodinge-
rsgoldfish

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on: August 3, 2012, 00:19
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I have a foolish, childish love for different kinds of picks. They are small and colorful and cheap. Though I have my favorites that see 90% of my play-time, I enjoy trying out anything new that I can get my hands on. So, question is, what kind of picks do you use? Why do you like them so much? Do you find yourself using different picks for different applications?

AZX309

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Post Re: Picks
on: August 3, 2012, 17:25
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I tend to buy a pick where ever i go. During most normal playing i sent to lean to Dunlop 1 MM Nylon picks or the red Jazz III. every once and while i will break out a metal pick or one of those giant fender triangle picks. I want to try out the Dunlop Tortex III, BUT I CANT FIND ANY.

MNMagnus

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Post Re: Picks
on: August 3, 2012, 19:38
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I buy new picks all the time but I always go back to the 1mm Dunlop nylon.

Oinkus

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Post Re: Picks
on: August 4, 2012, 05:40
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Just got Dunlop "The Wedge" .88 they are pretty decent, smoother and pointier with a slightly broader top.And yes standard is a 1mm tortex sheesh.

1reeper

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Post Re: Picks
on: August 4, 2012, 10:47
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Dunlop Ultex 2.0mm, beautiful tone and great pick control.

bear

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on: August 4, 2012, 20:50
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I like the Eric Johnson Jazz III's. Some people say there's a discernable difference to the current standard red Jazz III's but I'm not sure I could tell. The Jazz III's are easy to grip, sometimes not so solid for me on other picks, and they seem to be better for my playing accuracy.

I like some .73 standard shape Ultex I got as freebies years back. I never really liked picks towards that thinness before, they sound great, and they grip well for a non-textured pick. I want to try some Ultex Jazz III's.

Schrodinge-
rsgoldfish

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Post Re: Picks
on: August 4, 2012, 21:32
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Quote from AZX309 on August 3, 2012, 17:25
I want to try out the Dunlop Tortex III, BUT I CANT FIND ANY.

Those picks that see 90% of my playing time are .88 mm tortex III's 😉 I tried some Tortex Jazz III's, love the tip, but really didn't like the size for the amount of rhythm and chord work that I do, so when I saw these, I grabbed some. They are everything I had imagined. The smooth release of Jazz III's and the feel of the old Tortexes that I know and love.

joe
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Post Re: Picks
on: August 5, 2012, 10:46
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I'm addicted to those expensive John Pearse picks made from organic materials (my fave is horn).

About Those Expensive Picks . . .

Or rather, I'm as addicted as a guy who plays with no pick 80% of the time can be.

V-Picks are really impressive too. I wrote about them here:

Expensive Picks, Part 2: V-Picks

The triangular pick (marked with #16 in the accompanying photo) is kind of remarkable. It's not my personal cup of tea, but it's probably the most low-resistance pick I've ever tried. In the right hands, it's got to be an amazing shredder's pick.

joe
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Post Re: Picks
on: August 5, 2012, 10:48
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Quote from AZX309 on August 3, 2012, 17:25
I tend to buy a pick where ever i go. During most normal playing i sent to lean to Dunlop 1 MM Nylon picks or the red Jazz III. every once and while i will break out a metal pick or one of those giant fender triangle picks. I want to try out the Dunlop Tortex III, BUT I CANT FIND ANY.

I used Tortex for a long, long time, and never really liked the way Dunlop nylons felt. But when I did some test recordings for the two articles I did on high-end picks (linked to elsewhere in this thread, or just search on this site for "expensive picks") I thought the nylon picks sounded way better than the Tortex picks. Or more specifically, nylon has a clearer fundamental and less clacky/clattery attack. Of course, in some contexts, noisy attack may be just what you want! But in any case, the difference was real dramatic.

bear

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Post Re: Picks
on: August 5, 2012, 15:54
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I used to play with 1 mil Nylons when I was much younger. Just like Joe describes, strong fundamental and maybe even a bit compressed sounding in the smoothness of the attack, nothing else added. But it's almost like playing with a block of cheese -- disconcertingly soft feeling.

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