#1
thought this forum might work for this subject...

I was wondering if anyone else out there spends time modifying their new picks - for me i love the dunlop jazz III picks but with sweaty hands they're tricky to keep a grip on so i've resorted to cutting X slashes in them with a razor blade. works fine but wondering if theres a better way?

I've seen pleny of "more grip" solutions out there just none on picks that i like. I've seen some people do things like punch holes in them, add rubber, glue sandpaper on them etc. I'm thinking maybe theres a way to melt a pattern into them. if i made a metal waffle looking press and got it hot enough i could probably make a whole bag of picks with grip rather quickly.


so anyone else get creative?
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#2
Gorrilla Snot.

You'd think I was joking, but it is a product designed for more grip on drumsticks. It's a grippy putty/gel that works on picks very well.
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#3
i thought that was a glue-all type product? I swear i've seen it at Target

//edit: lol nope thats gorilla glue i'm thinking of. I will see if i can find some snot variation!
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#5
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I cut mine with a sraight razor too, a lot. criss crossing all over the palce haha


phew! ok now i dont feel like a wacko...

I found that cutting at a 45º angle gives a good "flap" on the edge that makes em grippy'er
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#6
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phew! ok now i dont feel like a wacko...

I found that cutting at a 45º angle gives a good "flap" on the edge that makes em grippy'er


thats what i meant with the criss cross. like a perfect x, then i shift it over a tiny bit and repeat all the way across

I used tortex, and the grip wore out after a few hours so i kept getting angry
#7
a while ago, i did find a grip i liked but didnt like the pick... "snarling dogs by brain picks" they have the grip for sure... but they're just flimsy picks for strumming
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#9
hmmm, some of these are good ideas. i think im gonna try the razor blade cuts on one soon. i would think that getting a roll of grip tape and just putting a little square on either side would work pretty well too. i dont think i could do the gorilla snot. i cant imagine trying to play with something gooey or sticky on my fingers
#10
Quote by boostdemon
a while ago, i did find a grip i liked but didnt like the pick... "snarling dogs by brain picks" they have the grip for sure... but they're just flimsy picks for strumming


Brain picks are great. You probably just bought a box of skinny ones. They have more than one variety. Also, the brain picks are much more durable that tortex.
I do think tortex has a better sound though.
#11
the idea of ding this has never crossed my mind but i think its the sort of thing that im probably always gonna do now.
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#12
I use a nailfile (sp?) to sand the areas you place your fingers on.
#13
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the idea of ding this has never crossed my mind but i think its the sort of thing that im probably always gonna do now.


Me too! The damn buggers always fly out of my hands. But do tortex realy fair so bad at this? I use them and im not switching them, because they are sooo good for my hands.
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#15
I got some karakal badminton grip and super glued it to my pics on both sides. I then trimmed out the shape with a craft knife. The only problem was that the glue melted the grip and I had yellow/black fingers for weeks.

I'll post some pics in a minute

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#16
http://www.mooresmusicemporium.com/images/DunlopSNylonPicks.jpg

I use those (the black 1mm ones) and they grip perfectly.
But the grip of your pick isn't much to worry about, if your picks are already grippy, if you razor them, if you glue sandpaper to them, whatever, all work, and I don't really think there are other alternatives, well other than the "Gorilla snot" sorta things you can get.
Though the best option is to always have picks stashed on/in/around your guitar, I've lost loads under the pickguard of my Carvin strat!
But playing with your fingers for a few notes then picking the pick up when you have the time isn't uch a bad thing!
#17
Try poking a hot needle thru the pick. I put 5 holes thru one way then flip it over and put 5 thru the other way. That helps me with my jazzIII picks. Gorilla snot works good too. The trick is to not get too much on it.
#18
that's why i wanna build a pick holder into the upper horn of a strat
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#20
i used to hammer nails in the center of them, it would make a small piece of plastic stick out. the piece of plastic helped grip ALOT, and didnt hurt
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#21
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Two Words: Brain Picks - They have some sick grip on them.



they play like garbage though...
#22
I have used a razor blade. But a carpet knife cuts deeper and raises the plastic more. Better grip. Real quick to do versus glue or any special prep.
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#25
dude what i do, is since im a road cyclist, and work at a bike shop, i always end up with leftover cork tape. so what i do is i cut with a hole punch 3 holes, and take the pieces i cut out, and super glue them to the pick. it grips very well, and tomorrow im probably going to make more cause my fingers get sweaty as hell.
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#26
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I use 1mm Tortex and Jazz III's - the Jazz III's grip fine with the logo... and as soon as a Tortex loses the talc-like surface, I toss it. I can't stand smooth Tortex picks, or picks with any wear.

I can't stand that talc-like surface. I wash it off as soon as I get the picks.
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#27
Quote by boostdemon
thought this forum might work for this subject...

I was wondering if anyone else out there spends time modifying their new picks - for me i love the dunlop jazz III picks but with sweaty hands they're tricky to keep a grip on so i've resorted to cutting X slashes in them with a razor blade. works fine but wondering if theres a better way?

I've seen pleny of "more grip" solutions out there just none on picks that i like. I've seen some people do things like punch holes in them, add rubber, glue sandpaper on them etc. I'm thinking maybe theres a way to melt a pattern into them. if i made a metal waffle looking press and got it hot enough i could probably make a whole bag of picks with grip rather quickly.


so anyone else get creative?

You can burn the nylon ones some and it gives better grip, but try the Tortex Jazz picks. They rule, but they wear really fast.

Also, Dava makes jazz sized pick, so you get the rubber grip and plastic tip. I find myself going back to the tortex jazz picks though...
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#28
anyone ever think of grip tape from a skateboard? That'd be a really sticky surface. For me, I don't need anything. I just play.
#29
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anyone ever think of grip tape from a skateboard? That'd be a really sticky surface. For me, I don't need anything. I just play.

that stuff's like sandpaper, man. I don't want shredded fingers.
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#30
He doesn't wanna shred his fingers, he just wants his fingers to be able to shred
Then there's this band called Slice The Cake...

Bunch of faggots putting random riffs together and calling it "progressive" deathcore.
Stupid name.
Probably picked "for teh lulz"

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#31
i will have to see about taking a close-up of my modded jazz III's. its like cutting criss-crossed gills in it

my problem is sweaty hands/fingers so the tortex dont last long for me... agreed that the brainpicks are awesome but play like crap (maybe i can glue the grip from a brainpick on the face of a dunlop lol)
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#32
Quote by boostdemon
a while ago, i did find a grip i liked but didnt like the pick... "snarling dogs by brain picks" they have the grip for sure... but they're just flimsy picks for strumming

Those things are actually great for slow picking on an acoustic. They give the strings a nice sound.

Seriously, I would just go with a thicker width of Brain Picks. + 1mm. Next time I get picks that is what I'm going to do. Fender celluloids are too slippery for me (same sweaty hands problem) and Dunlop Tortex have a dull sound on my acoustic.
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#34
I do the carpet knife criss-cross approach with mine (the red dunlop tortex ones, with no grip when I buy them, idk what thickness that is..)

...anyone know a good pick brand that's the same thickness as the red dunlops, but wears out slower? I go through picks so fast...

edit: I think red ones are .56 or .58mm..
#35
some people hole punch the middle. i used to get an exacto knife and make scratches all over it for grip.. now, im too lazy and grip isnt worth it.
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#36
ok heres what i do... they are cut with oposite angles to the surface so the raised bits are offset providing grip both up/down if that makes sense.

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#38
That's a cool idea, but I've never thought to do that. I might try it. I usually grip the pick pretty close to the tip, though, for better pinch harmonics and control.
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#39
I take the thing on Swiss Army knives thats for putting holes in belts and make a decent sized hole in my picks.
I also got a Teckpick, which is aluminum and it has a rough surface till about a 1/4" then its smooth.