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Old 10-06-2013, 07:18 PM   #1
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What's your favorite pick brand?

I need new picks that grip well, and are comfortable....what are your suggestions?
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Old 10-06-2013, 07:25 PM   #2
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i like the dunlop gator grips. However, I started using them when there weren't many other alternatives for things that had a bit of grip. There are more alternatives now, but I'm so used to the gator grips I just stick with them. I also like how they don't serrate as quickly as some other picks. With some other picks I could kill a pick inside one playing session.
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Old 10-07-2013, 07:06 AM   #3
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Just buy few picks and see which one you like the most.
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Old 10-07-2013, 07:51 AM   #4
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Old 10-07-2013, 08:37 AM   #5
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Personally I would warn against becoming too overly reliant on one kind of pick in case you can't find it for some reason. At various times in the past I've had trouble getting hold of almost every kind of pick, even in shops I thought were pretty good.

I would also suggest that if you're having issues with gripping a pick it's unlikely to be the fault of the pick itself. In the past week I've used a few dunlop tortex's, the standard red JazzIIIs, some random thin as hell pick I found at a friends house and had no trouble with gripping any of them.

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This is pretty good advice though, it's not like picks cost very much.
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Old 10-07-2013, 08:54 AM   #6
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Old 10-07-2013, 09:56 AM   #7
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I like any pick as long as it is teardrop shaped. Right now my favourite is Fender Classic Celluoid
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Old 10-08-2013, 01:31 PM   #8
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(a) Personally I would warn against becoming too overly reliant on one kind of pick in case you can't find it for some reason. At various times in the past I've had trouble getting hold of almost every kind of pick, even in shops I thought were pretty good.

(b) This is pretty good advice though, it's not like picks cost very much.


(a) yeah, i suppose. At the same time, I'll kinda cross that bridge when I come to it. I'm not going to not use a pick I like, which I can currently get hold of, just in case at some point in the future it becomes scarce...

(b) agreed.
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Old 10-08-2013, 03:11 PM   #9
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yeah, i suppose. At the same time, I'll kinda cross that bridge when I come to it. I'm not going to not use a pick I like, which I can currently get hold of, just in case at some point in the future it becomes scarce...


Oh no doubt, there's nothing at all wrong with having preferences but at one point I couldn't play comfortably at all with anything that wasn't a Jazz III... then the shop didn't have any for a little while.

That was an eye-opener
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Old 10-08-2013, 04:10 PM   #10
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Old 10-08-2013, 04:44 PM   #11
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The jazz IIIs are excellent. You should get acquainted with others too. What about those triangle picks? Or the Jack Daniels for some country tones. You can get a medieval tone with an ice pick, too.
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Old 10-09-2013, 12:50 PM   #12
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Dunlop Jazz III! and I just started using the grippy version which actually work.
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Old 10-09-2013, 01:12 PM   #13
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I like triangular picks best, 0.46mm is my favorite even though they break easily
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Old 10-09-2013, 01:14 PM   #14
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Old 10-09-2013, 01:39 PM   #15
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Old 10-09-2013, 04:45 PM   #16
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Old 10-10-2013, 12:46 PM   #17
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I agree with this.

I've switched over to Jazz III's recently (AWESOME picks) but I used these for a while, nice and durable, with a solid range of thickness to choose from. I also sharpened a couple of the thicker ones up, makes them even more effective (Don't make it a weapon, though)
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Old 10-10-2013, 01:09 PM   #18
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^ I've sharpened those too and also put some deep scratches with a knife for grip (works excellent for any slippery pick, better than sanding, just stay away from the edges). I prefer JazzIIIs for most lead stuff though
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Old 10-12-2013, 08:52 AM   #19
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Dunlop Jazz III. Great picks for any style of music. And they're smaller than normal picks, so they take a little bit to get use to, but they are wonderful.
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Old 10-12-2013, 09:25 AM   #20
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Since I've played for about 40 years, much of it flatpicking... I've tried a lot of picks.
It's one of those things.... Ask 100 players, you'll get 100 answers. Guitar Player magazine did a layout years ago on the picks of 50 or so top guitar players.

Quite a variety... Lots of standard "Fender" type plastic numbers, often with the artist's name....
But lots of oddballs too. John McLaughlin's "chunk-O-lucite"... .Billy Gibbons' peso coin, others.

One thing you'll find if you experiment is that different types of picks produce different sounds, and may be more or less appropriate for certain types of music.
For instance, the stubby, rounded "jazz" picks tend to produce a smooth and somewhat muted tone, which is ideal for certain types of jazz playing.
Bluegrass players prefer a "sharper" pick that will produce the ringing chords while also being stiff enough for single-note lines.
Everyone seems to have their own preference.

Me, I use the Dunlop .88 mm Nylon picks. They produce that sharp-ish tone I like (primarily for bluegrass picking) wear like iron, are cheap, and readily available.
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