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Old 10-05-2012, 08:32 PM   #1
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Question for those who have used Red Bear Picks

I want to order red bear pick to try it out and A/B it with my jazz lll XL's. I her Guthrie Govan uses the Red Bear Jazzers. When it prompts you on the website to choose left handed or right hand speed bevel, which one should I choose. I'm am left handed myself, but I have a tendency to flip my pick in my hand quite often, so both edges always eventually get a lot of contact with the strings. Should I just choose the regular bevel option? What I'm trying to say is, will the regular speed bevel option give me bevels on both sides, or will I have to call and ask to get bevels on both sides. Please help me if you. Thanks guys.
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Old 10-05-2012, 08:36 PM   #2
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i don't like red bears as much as vpicks.

you should probably just get the regular bevel.

you won't flip your pick as much when it's obvious that there's one way it should go.
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Old 10-05-2012, 08:43 PM   #3
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Why won't I flip my pick as much? Can you explain what the standard bevel is like?
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Old 10-05-2012, 08:44 PM   #4
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one side is totally flat. the other side is beveled.
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Old 10-05-2012, 08:48 PM   #5
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Ok, and I'll get to choose which side is beveled? Btw, I am currently checking out v-picks as well, buttttt damnnn! Those picks are thick!!! How can you play fast with 2.75 mm picks?! I mean, they have 1.5 mm too, butttt Idk, I'm trying not to deviate that much from the 1.38 mm thickness of the jazz lll XL...
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Old 10-05-2012, 09:21 PM   #6
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Actually, now that I think of it, I think I need a left hand bevel. Cause the left side of my pick is the only side that hits the strings when downpicking and alternate picking. I guess that's what I'll go with, unlesssss the standard bevel gives me bevels on both sides. Is that how it works?
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Old 10-05-2012, 09:39 PM   #7
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You'll get used to thick picks. V-Picks are infinitely better than Red Bear, and a bit cheaper. The Red Bears honestly are pretty shit IME. They don't last worth a damn, water warps them, they crack in half easily, when I used to get them, there was a 6 week wait, etc.

And the bevel is going to be the same regardless of whether or not the pick is flipped. They shape it so that both sides are the same. The bevel will also work itself in even if you don't get one. It really just accelerates the wear.
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Old 10-05-2012, 10:10 PM   #8
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Ok, and I'll get to choose which side is beveled? Btw, I am currently checking out v-picks as well, buttttt damnnn! Those picks are thick!!! How can you play fast with 2.75 mm picks?! I mean, they have 1.5 mm too, butttt Idk, I'm trying not to deviate that much from the 1.38 mm thickness of the jazz lll XL...


i honestly don't know how you'd ever pick fast with something that thin and with that much flex.

the point of the v-picks are like needle sharp. only the part you hold on to is thick.

the edges on the red bears I had were all much thicker.
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Old 10-06-2012, 01:52 AM   #9
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Soooo, what are you trying to say then? That I should try the 2.75 mm v-picks? I appreciate the response, and thank you as well, Mmolteratx. Any more input would be helpful. I'm not stupid. Just confused.
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Old 10-06-2012, 01:54 AM   #10
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I'd go for a V-Pick Dimension Jr. Buffed or unbuffed. They're my favorites and have been for a long while now. They're 4mm and feel a bit odd at first but you'll get used to them quick and ultimately, your hand will be more relaxed when picking.
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Old 10-06-2012, 01:55 AM   #11
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They make v picks in many thicknesses. I have some of the 1.5mm ones, and while I prefer jazz iii xls, they are pretty good picks.
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Old 10-06-2012, 12:17 PM   #12
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I use .46 dunlops and can speed pick just fine. You can get a lot of nice strumming effects with a thin pick and you can stiffen the pick easily at any time by adjusting the way you hold it.
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Old 10-06-2012, 05:59 PM   #13
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I play mostly metal and shred. Which do you recommend that I go with? The buffed or the unbuffed version? Btw, the smokey finish on them looks badass!
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Old 10-06-2012, 06:29 PM   #14
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Dunno how relevant it is to the discussion this is, but have you tried Jazz III picks?

A lot of the metal guys use them, so was just curious.
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Old 10-07-2012, 12:02 AM   #15
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Yes. In fact, as of right now, my main picks are dunlop jazz lll XL's. I just want to know if there is something better for me out there. I think I'm going to order some V-picks.
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