#1
I'm searching for some picks for my acoustic. I really like thick picks for my electric ,but I'm scared to use them on the acoustic. How thick should I get them for my acoustic. The electric uses 3mm stubbys.
#2
i like to go a little slimmer on acoustic, i use big ones on my elec also

i have .73 dunlops for my acoustic, makes it sound pretty and not as sharp and like "in your face" as harder picks do, because it bends as it goes over the strings
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#5
It's all down to preference. Don't worry about 3mm on an acoustic, apart from the strings being thicker, strings in general can handle alot of abuse.

I switch between Jazz 3's and a 2mm Stubby on the electric, and on the acoustic I switch between a soft Tortex which is less than 1mm, a Jazz 3 and my fingertips/nails. Acoustics are quite loud as is, so a heavy pick would be unnecessary really.
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#6
For most playing I use at least 1 mm; any thinner and it sounds too tinny. For just strumming, though, I prefer thin picks.
#7
You can pretty much use whatever you like as long as you can handle it properly. The picks I use are either .73, 1.14, or 2mm.
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#8
I like the flexibility of the thinner gauges. I don't know, my guitars still sound pretty good with a .48 mm pick which is my favourite. It's a nylon fluorescent yellow Jim Dunlop. I also own a set of Folk Debut Awe-in-Ones and a red Tortex pick.
#9
I wouldnt worry about pick thickness, ive heard of some people using 4-5 mm picks (god knows how) in some genres of music, such as gypsy jazz. Just be prepared to change your strings often.

My personal favourte is .73 mm nylon picks. But depending on what im playing will i go up to 1 mm plastic picks, or down to .40 mm nylon picks.
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#10
holy crap just use whatever ones you like the feel and sound of the best. sometimes the questions on here boggle the freaking mind. /endrant
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#11
I used to use roughly 1mm (don't know the actual value) but after this thread prompted me to try different picks I've changed my mind and I'm now using a 0.60. I need to get to a shop and buy a handful of different sizes though, try and find what's best.
#12
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holy crap just use whatever ones you like the feel and sound of the best. sometimes the questions on here boggle the freaking mind. /endrant

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#13
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Just because its guitar related doesn't mean its any less dumb. No matter what anyone here says on the subject, the fact is you should just try out different sizes and see what suits YOU best... not what suits everyone else best.
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#14
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Just because its guitar related doesn't mean its any less dumb. No matter what anyone here says on the subject, the fact is you should just try out different sizes and see what suits YOU best... not what suits everyone else best.

I never thought to try using different picks until I saw this thread, I just took what I had for granted. This thread has resulted in me using different picks which I like better. I'd say it's helped at least me and possibly others.
#15
i usuallly use 1.0, 1.14 picks on my electric.....but for my acoustic ill use .88 or so...it sounds a lot better
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i usuallly use 1.0, 1.14 picks on my electric.....but for my acoustic ill use .88 or so...it sounds a lot better


I actually like using the thickest pick possible that's still comfortable. I find the thicker picks give a meatier tone than the thin ones.
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#17
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I wouldnt worry about pick thickness, ive heard of some people using 4-5 mm picks (god knows how) in some genres of music, such as gypsy jazz. Just be prepared to change your strings often.

My personal favourte is .73 mm nylon picks. But depending on what im playing will i go up to 1 mm plastic picks, or down to .40 mm nylon picks.

.73 nylons are my favorite too. Anything between .73 and 1mm for me on acoustic.

The problem with thicker strings is that they can kind of deaden the sound. I like the thinner picks just because the sound is better.
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#18
Yes I would say anything under .73 mm is to wimpy ( .73, .88, 1.0 ) are where you want to be. Lighter picks strum nice but just don't have the power and volume you can get with a heavy pick especially when you get into some solos. But for those starting out I would recommend .60 Picks. It's just what ever works best for you though try them all.
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