#1
Hi,
Onw of my friends said that using a metal plectrum isn't a good idea but I like them!
Could you tell me what he ment by this?
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#3
It will damage your strings slightly more, but that's about it. It wont do any real damage, you're just a bit more likely to snap a string.
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#4
Some people don't like the tone, and it can cause wear on the strings if you pick unnecessarily hard.
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#5
its all personal preference. hell, some people play with coins. I don't but it's cause i don't like the feel of them.
#6
I think it is generally believed that they are harsh on your strings. I don't really know if there is any truth behind that though.
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#7
I think they just have bad tone. Ive used one, and it was similar to turning my tone knob to 0. also, after some playing it started to slip out of my hand.
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#8
Personally I do not like the feel nor the sound you get out of them. But I guess that's just my opinion. If you like to play with one of those, good.
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#9
i like the sound from them, because i like a scratchy attack and a more chimey overall sound, but from my experience metal picks wear away so fast, and most of what wears off the picks ends up all over your fingers and your strings and your pickup covers/pickguard/all over the place. annoying as hell.

i'd rather compromise my tone (from my point of view at least) than get my hands covered in crap.
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#10
I would expect some extra wear on the pickups and pickguard like Blomp stated.
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#11
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I would expect some extra wear on the pickups and pickguard like Blomp stated.

that's not quite what i meant but is another thing i forgot to mention: many of my guitars have some nasty scratches from general playing from a metal pick as they become pretty sharp-edged after a couple of hours of heavy playing. what i was referring to was smears of the metal particles which have come off the pick.
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#12
It does wear down the strings somewhat quicker than a celluloid or anything else like that. Plus, IMO, the tone seems severely compromised at times.
#13
Oh, I was a little confused at what you were saying, I didn't want to say what I thought you said and not give some credit.

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#14
I'm pretty sure Brian May is famous for playing with a coin. I can't remember exactly what kind, but I know he does (or did at one point)
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#15
I believe Billy Gibbons uses a quarter or something similar.
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#16
like blomp said, i wouldnt want to risk scratching up my guitar.



good point blomp.
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billy gibbons uses a filed down peso coin.


Ahh, thanks for the clarification bro!
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#19
meh, just play with a 1.0 mm pick.
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Wow, you can get plctrums made of metal? How... br00t4lz!


oh yes, and actually ur an idiot not knowing it.

anyway, back on the topic,

i've tried it, didn't like it, basically, because,

when metal + metal + friction = fvcking freaking scratchy noise coming out!!!!!!!

especially on wounded strings,
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#23
It would prolly make some deep scratch.......but it is up to the player....

I read a things some where about a blues player who made quaters into pick shapes and used them cuz he liked how they sounded.
#24
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oh yes, and actually ur an idiot not knowing it.

anyway, back on the topic,

i've tried it, didn't like it, basically, because,

when metal + metal + friction = fvcking freaking scratchy noise coming out!!!!!!!

especially on wounded strings,


Obviously YOU can't handle that much metal.
But on-topic now, it's too slippery when you have sweaty hands (IMO), and yeah, strings will corrode faster if they're making contact with different types of metal.
#25
I used to use one until it began cutting into my hand because of how I play rhythm, and I can go either way on the tone. Brian may used a sixpence his entire career, so you can easily use one. And they do wear the strings faster, but if you like the tone, go with it.
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#26
There's nothing wrong with metal picks but they will scrape off the coating on your strings a bit faster then a run of the mill pick
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#28
I've made a pick out of metal and I didn't like neither the feel of playing with a metal pick or the tone.
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#30
Lets not turn this into a "show off our choice of picks" thread.

Its bad in that it increases the wear and tear of the strings, and the metal pick itself wears out fast too. Keep in mind that playing high gain would create some serious scratch.
#31
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I'm pretty sure Brian May is famous for playing with a coin. I can't remember exactly what kind, but I know he does (or did at one point)

sixpence or how ever you spell it. i always use quarters when i cant find a pick. Gets the job done and gives a different tone. do what you want who cares if your tone has been "compromised". It all depends how you look at it.
#32
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One of the best picks i've ever used.


do they grind down and leave metallic smudges all over the place like all the others?

my metal pick is a 50p that's been attacked with a grinder. illegal i know, but i'm not the one who defaced the coin!
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do they grind down and leave metallic smudges all over the place like all the others?QUOTE]

Nope, the tip is made out of the same material as your strings.

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#35
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I think it is generally believed that they are harsh on your strings. I don't really know if there is any truth behind that though.


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#36
I might be wrong but i thought i saw in the magazine Guitar Player that the guitarist from Children of Bodom (not alexi the other one) uses a metal pick and in the interview he said it can really damage the finish on your guitar.