recommended bass picks


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07-18-2005, 12:24 PM
I think I'm gonna start experimenting more with pickstyle playing. Can anyone recommend some decent picks for bass?

07-18-2005, 12:27 PM
i use sweat resistant extra grip 1.4 mm DSunlop picks. They got a picture of a turtle on it. They seem to work quite well however for playing fast i use a thinner pick.

07-18-2005, 12:29 PM
i use fender heavys

07-18-2005, 12:33 PM
i use fender heavys to, but i think medium will be good 2

07-18-2005, 12:35 PM
Dude, a picks a pick. unless your looking for something special, like the Jellyfish [which is peice of crap anyway] ,just find any pick, and decide weather you like soft, medium, or hard. Its just a pick for Gods sake

Absent Cries
07-18-2005, 12:42 PM
Dunlop Tortex .73mm

07-18-2005, 12:43 PM
^If you're gonna be nasty, don't bother.

Though you were right about the thickness. Most people tend you use heavy picks, around 1.5mm and stuffs like that.

You probably want the regular kinda rounded triangular shape, and probably plastic, as metal ones are a bit iffy, I find, and they probably take some getting used to.

07-18-2005, 12:43 PM
yes but not all brands make pics the same

07-18-2005, 12:49 PM
Fender EXTRA heavies.

07-18-2005, 01:26 PM
i use dunlop XH. the yellow transluescent ones.

07-18-2005, 01:28 PM
My best pick is a Dunlop Nylon 1mm

07-18-2005, 02:39 PM
mine is a blue dunlop tortex 1.0mm, i used to use a dunlop 3.0mm stubby, but lost it

07-18-2005, 03:15 PM
not all picks are created equal dunlop tortex is the pick to buy (just decide what thickness you want) these things are indestructable. i have 3 picks from when i first picked up a guitar (6 years ago) that are still working just fine. the only difference between when i bought them and now is that the writing on the face of the pick has been rubbed off lol. you can wrap these picks around your finger and they snap right back into their original shape.

07-18-2005, 03:59 PM
Originally posted by scooby89
i use sweat resistant extra grip 1.4 mm DSunlop picks. They got a picture of a turtle on it. They seem to work quite well however for playing fast i use a thinner pick.

I've never even heard of sweat resistant picks before. I gotta try some of those. In the rare case that I do use a pick, I use a Dunlop Stubby


07-18-2005, 04:02 PM
fender heavys, i also use mediums but the bend ez on the fat strings

07-18-2005, 04:02 PM
alright so Dunlop Tortex and Fender Heavies. I tried using a Fender Extra Heavy before and it worked alright; I liked it more than the Heavy.

With the tortex pick, do they say ".73mm" right on them or what? Also, what about those really big triangular dorito picks?

07-18-2005, 04:29 PM
use dunlop Gatorgrips the BLACK ones (2.0mm) and theres another dunlop pick ... cant remember the name it s got a turtle on it and they come in purple and pink and stuff. gett the PURPLE ones they are 2.0mm:)

07-18-2005, 06:10 PM
I like thin, flexible picks, preferable Brain picks, the purple picks with the grip. those are good.

07-18-2005, 06:17 PM
i have used a 0.60mm Dunlop successfully. my fave is my purple 1.3mm (i think) dunlop pick. and i just noticed ive lost it :sad:

07-18-2005, 06:27 PM
i found that on the rare occasion that i require a pick for a song, medium picks just feel right

07-18-2005, 07:21 PM
I use Fender medium and extra heavy and Dunlop Stubby 3mm triangles

About the Doritos, if you're talking about those huge Fenders, I wouldn't reccomend them.

07-18-2005, 07:49 PM
i also had this heavy dunlop. it was a tiny thing though. I think it said Jazz something on it. that worked really well too

07-18-2005, 08:20 PM
ive tried like 20 different sizes, shapes, and textures, and i must say i'm happiest with...

Dunlop Tortex .60mm "The Wedge"

its white with and orange turtle.

.60mm lets me play fast enough without losing tone(?), and the smooth texture is more resistant to sweat build up the the grippy brain ones.

sidenote: Flea, when he uses picks, also uses dunlop tortex .60mm picks, Hunter from AFI uses .60mm picks as well.

07-18-2005, 11:21 PM
I use 2.0mm Dunlops w/ some Alligator on it..

07-19-2005, 01:13 AM
Originally posted by Goddamnit
i also had this heavy dunlop. it was a tiny thing though. I think it said Jazz something on it. that worked really well too

You're the only person besides me and a friend of mine that I know has ever used one of those.

I use Dunlop Jazz IIIs (similar to, if not the same as, what Goddamnit mentioned). They are the smallest picks I've ever seen, but I love them. If you get some of these, get the black ones - they have a textured coating, whereas the red ones are smooth.

I really can't stand gigantic picks, and even regular sized picks are a bother to me after I've used the Jazz IIIs. I don't understand how you all can use the larger picks, but I'm weird, I guess. And no, my hands are not small.

07-19-2005, 06:47 AM
that was it. Jazz III. it was the smooth red one. I preferred using that to any other pick, but I lost the bugger after a gig

07-19-2005, 08:40 AM
Any Pick Size over 1.5mm is getting silly. just because the strings are thick doenst mean the Picks have to be too. and i found my pick, its 1.14mm and probably the best 40p i ever spent

07-19-2005, 06:17 PM
I like using big picks because I hold my pick like James Hetfield, w/ three fingers..

However I'll look for some of those Jazz III's today...

07-19-2005, 07:05 PM
i use a 1.4mm pick and it seems to work perfect

07-19-2005, 08:26 PM
When I pick, I use Dunlop Nylon .73 or 100's, as I prefer the tone you get from a thinner pick...

07-19-2005, 11:17 PM
Originally posted by Duff_McGee
My best pick is a Dunlop Nylon 1mm

Darn tootin'. That's the only bass pick I use. Haven't been picking much though lately. Mostly 2 finger and fingerpicking.

07-20-2005, 12:53 AM
So I bought some Jazz III's. Fun to play, indeed.

07-20-2005, 03:23 AM
planet waves.

convenient and look so buff.

dunno where to get planet waves tho, i got mine from an alter bridge concert (the bassist threw it at me!)

07-20-2005, 11:11 AM
^I used those a while ago, but then I started to use heavier picks. I've got a (I think) .99 I use when I can't find the others.

07-21-2005, 05:34 PM
I use a purple Dunlop 2mm mostly. I have another one that I found outside of a Denny's that I use occasionaly.

06-28-2011, 11:21 PM
I couldn't tell you what kind it is, but I have a felt pick. They're great because the softness of pick doesn't mess with the tone all too much like normal picks can. :D

06-28-2011, 11:27 PM

Seriously though, how does one dig up a thread this old?

EDIT: I don't remember if we're supposed to report necroposting for the close, or if we're just supposed to discourage it. :confused: Either way, reported for the necropost.