#1
I'm thinking of trying these picks out, just for a change. I currently use Jazz 3s and I've got a few questions.

http://www.guitarampkeyboard.com/en/79758

Do the picks wear away easily or are they made out of good material?
Are these picks good for shredding?
Which guitarists use these picks?


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#2
good picks, don't wear out much. i would call them horrible for shredding, i would go with yellow and under for trying to go all out. i use greens and blues more for acoustic playing.
#3
Tortex last forever. I've used a yellow and a green for about six months, no scratches/scrapes.
Great for shredding, though I'd recommend getting the Purple (1.00 mm I believe) just for the more comfortable thickness.
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#4
I love Tortexes, they're really the only pick I use. I prefer the Orange ones, but I used to use the Green ones, who are used by A LOT of guitarists. Off the top of my head, John Frusciante, Billie Joe Armstrong and Kurt Cobain use/used them.
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#5
I know Paul Gilbert uses the orange ones (.60) but that's only because he's amazing. If you're using jazz 3's, shredding wont get any easier with duller, bigger and thinner picks.
#6
.88 are used by James Hetfield for all I know.

and 1 mm is blue, not purple
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#7
Picks are picks.

Tortexes are pretty much the standard for picks. They have a pretty long life, plus they're pretty cheap. They have a very nice feel to them too, it smooth, but not very slippery.

You ought to be able to shred with them. It's not the pick that matters, it's the player.


I like the 1 mm and 1.14 mm the most
#8
thanks and whats the jazz 3 pick thickness?

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I love Tortexes, they're really the only pick I use. I prefer the Orange ones, but I used to use the Green ones, who are used by A LOT of guitarists. Off the top of my head, John Frusciante, Billie Joe Armstrong and Kurt Cobain use/used them.


Chuck Schuldiner, Corey Beaulieu, James Hetfield, just to name a few others as well.
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#11
ive had a few for months, barely any wear on them
ive switched to the yellow ones though
as for shredding id say theyre good for it
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#12
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Tortex last forever. I've used a yellow and a green for about six months, no scratches/scrapes.
Great for shredding, though I'd recommend getting the Purple (.96 mm I believe) just for the more comfortable thickness.

Fixed. I have about 3 in my wallet...
#13
The Yellows are my pick of choice. Grippy, but not as grippy as ultex and have a nice crispness to the sound.

They can be hard to wear down but if I bash out something fairly aggressive they do start to go a little.
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#14
Dude, picks cost 50p a pop in nearly every store. Why not just go down and pick one up to try?

One of the best things I ever did was a couple of years ago, went to a store with fifteeen quid and bought thirty different picks. Didn't pay attention to what they were, just picked them up one by one and gave them all a fair go. 'Tis the best way to work out what suits you best, with everything from picks to guitars and amps.

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Fixed. I have about 3 in my wallet...
Nope, purple Tortex are 1.14mm. The .96mm ones were pink, though they don't make those anymore anyway.
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#15
Quote by MrFlibble

Nope, purple Tortex are 1.14mm. The .96mm ones were pink, though they don't make those anymore anyway.

oh, my picks got the Gator on them... it's a gator, then it says "DUNLOP U.S.A." .96mm
#16
I have a really thick dunlop pick its a sharp though and pretty thick im not sure though on that i got it from a concert
#17
I prefer the thicker picks. EDIT: Thicker as in purple 1.14mm tortex.

They do last a long time, but not forever, just comparatively long. I like a pointier end on my picks, and I wear it off in about a month. They also develop a chamfer on the end which annoys me. But that's any pick. Tortex picks still develop this, but much slower.

I also use Jazz IIIs but I find they aren't as versatile sound wise.
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#18
I use these, or .73mm. I find that they are firm, yet flexible. I think they're great for shred, especially sweep picking. They wear out faster than nylons, however, in my experience at least.
#19
Quote by randomhero93
oh, my picks got the Gator on them... it's a gator, then it says "DUNLOP U.S.A." .96mm
Well, the Gatorgrip picks aren't the Tortex ones, so there you go.
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#20
I use orange Tortex's, they really do last forever, I've been cycling through the same five or so picks now for a couple years and they're still in great shape.
#21
I also recommend trying out the gator ones.

I use the tortext orange for my thinny's and the gator 2mm for my thickers
#22
Quote by blandguitar
good picks, don't wear out much. i would call them horrible for shredding, i would go with yellow and under for trying to go all out. i use greens and blues more for acoustic playing.


That's the exact opposite of what i use. I use blue for electric/solo, red for acoustic/strumming.
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#23
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That's the exact opposite of what i use. I use blue for electric/solo, red for acoustic/strumming.

I don't know how the orange compares with the red, but yea i use the .60 mm for acoustic strumming, and my 2mm gators for my electiric
#24
I use the orange ones and they are really good for my style of shredding
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#25
Ive been using green Tortext picks for about 5 years now. I used to use fender picks until I got my hands on one of these, and I doubt Ill ever go back.
#26
A new, fresh tortex pick is a great feeling for the hand. That being said, I rarely use new ones just because they last forever. I use the greens which have a tortoise on them. Tortoise, tortex, get it! Eh.....
#27
Yeah, but explain Ultex having a Rhino on it.

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#28
The first time I played an electric guitar, I chose those Gator ones, 2 mm thick, cause they had so-called "grip" on them. They sound like hell to me.
I personally like the Jim Dunlop Celluloid Medium ones, or Fender Mediums.
I never thought of Tortex. Do the different sizes correspond to colours?
#29
Imo, It won't get much better than the JazzIII
I used the purple and blue alot in my early playing, but the Jazz is just.. Best for me. Can't even play with the tortex anymore
#30
Why not just stick to the jazz 3s?
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#32
I might just stick to Jazz 3s now because I didnt realise that the dunlop tortex picks were similar to the tear drop shape and they also produce more sound when you angle your picking with them.

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#33
ive spent a lot of time thinking about what pick to use, I am a metal player aiming to shred like the known Gods like Laiho, Wylde, Dime etc ...

i heard a lot of different opinions and never knew what to choose, but one day I heard Zakk Wylde on YouTube say he uses 1mm tortex, so thats what I decided to use (it guarantees that mad shredding is doable with that pick )

so I bought dozens of 1mm tortex picks and every month I throw away the one Im using and grab a new one