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#1
I just realized the pick also contributes to your sound.
I've been playing with a first act "Crunchies" pick for about a week, and I thought my amp was broken.
Then I stopped being lazy and went into my gig bag and got one of my heavy Jimi Hendrix picks.
Doesn't sound like crap anymore
Anyone else notice this? Try it. Get a lame, thin pick and see what happens.
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#2
Yeah I have noticed that too.
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#3
Thats a reason I usually carry different picks around, for slightly different sounds.
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#4
nvr really noticed.
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#5
I don't understand. Why do thin picks even exist?
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#6
How could you have not noticed :S ?
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#7
Quote by baNG1989
I don't understand. Why do thin picks even exist?

Thin picks are better for strumming, I think it gives you a less sharp more warm sound. But that is just my opioion.
#8
thin picks are better for clean yeah, I give you that. (I'm typing with my guitar strapped on)
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#9
Quote by Silent_Crow13
Thin picks are better for strumming, I think it gives you a less sharp more warm sound. But that is just my opioion.


true, and good for people who arej ust starting out playing guitar
#10
Quote by baNG1989
I don't understand. Why do thin picks even exist?


Man, I only use thin picks. I like them so much more than a heavy pick, it just feels more natural, and lets your pick faster, in my opinion. Not so much movement on the strings.


Picks really do make a difference though, and I've found that Dunlop Tortex Reds are my ideal pick. I used to use generic guitar store picks, with a glossy texture, and they just had no feeling in the sound.
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#11
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#12
Quote by muse-ik
Man, I only use thin picks. I like them so much more than a heavy pick, it just feels more natural, and lets your pick faster, in my opinion. Not so much movement on the strings.


Picks really do make a difference though, and I've found that Dunlop Tortex Reds are my ideal pick. I used to use generic guitar store picks, with a glossy texture, and they just had no feeling in the sound.


I thought a thin pick would help me strum faster, but a smaller heavy pick is better for me.

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#13
i like a medium or medium-heavy pick, myself. i like to be able to bend the pick between my fingers for a good hold on it, but also have it hit the strings and be solid enough to sound sharp and responsive. can't stand thin picks really.
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Quote by muse-ik
Man, I only use thin picks. I like them so much more than a heavy pick, it just feels more natural, and lets your pick faster, in my opinion. Not so much movement on the strings.


Picks really do make a difference though, and I've found that Dunlop Tortex Reds are my ideal pick. I used to use generic guitar store picks, with a glossy texture, and they just had no feeling in the sound.



You can learn to pick faster, regardless of the type of pick you use. However, it would be really difficult for a player to transition from a light pick to a medium or heavy pick if he were to get too accustomed to the ease of picking with a light pick. At least, that's typical from what I've seen.

You guys have it right. Light picks are good for songs completely built off chords, or songs based around a clean sound. Medium picks are just your all-around standard picks. Heavy picks seem to work better with giving definition to single notes, and also help with some technical forms of picking, like sweep picking.
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#18
Quote by Pac_man0123
Jazz III's ftw.


i love those! also like those dava picks with the rubber grip. think those are only size though



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#19
Yeah, Everything about your equipment and style contributes to the final sound. Even the finish and the strings. My choice of guitar picks is the Jim Dunlop USA Nylon (With grips) Of all gauges. I like the thin .060s for alternate picking but really, I could probably use any pick.
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#20
Might be a n00b question, but are Jazz III's just for jazz? And why does everyone use them?
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#21
My cousin uses jazz III's They're just little and thick.
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#22
mark tremonti (creed/alter bridge) uses them. i use them for a week then i go back to a normal size pick, but overall i do like them. just not for everything i do.


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#23
Quote by Pac_man0123
Jazz III's ftw.

It was only a matter of time before someone said that.

On topic: It's all about what you prefer. Some people like the tone of thin picks, some like thick. My rhythm guitarist only uses thin-medium picks, where I only use .88 picks (Usually Dunlop, but I've got a Fender one lying around).
#24
Quote by falconthefirst
Might be a n00b question, but are Jazz III's just for jazz? And why does everyone use them?

Jazz is just the shape of the pick. It's smaller and pointier. In my opinion they make playing a lot easier but they are fairly thick.

Petrucci uses the black ones. I have yet to try them (because the store didn't have them in stock when i went) but the red ones are great too.
#25
Quote by Pac_man0123
Jazz is just the shape of the pick. It's smaller and pointier. In my opinion they make playing a lot easier but they are fairly thick.

Petrucci uses the black ones. I have yet to try them (because the store didn't have them in stock when i went) but the red ones are great too.


Black and Red are the same pick, just different colors. Try the Ultex Jazz III's, they're see-thru green.
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#26
i always use mediums...they just feel best

i actually did a science fair on this..sort of, i did it on if what you strum with can change how your tuner picks up the signal, it didn't work as well as i had hoped but i did get a change with thin picks, the tuner showed it a slight difference almost always
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#27
i also have this 3.0 mm jim dunlop stubby i just started playing with again. about the size of the jazz III but obviously a lot thicker and not quite as pointy. honestly its really easy to play with too


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#28
Quote by Wulphy
Black and Red are the same pick, just different colors. Try the Ultex Jazz III's, they're see-thru green.

They're actually made of different materials I think. To me the red ones feel much less stiff than the black ones.
#29
I use 0.6mm tortex and jazz IIIs.

I can strum just as fast with a 0.6mm. I like the chirpy sound too.

The player controls the speed, not the pick.

Jazz IIIs are alright. They sound a bit dull, but with a bunch of distortion you can't really tell anyway, so whatever works.
#32
I use the Purple Tortex 1.14 and the Pitch Black Tortex Jazz. Both are pretty good picks.
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#33
I LOVE thin picks, Dunlop .46's I think they are.
Feel more natural, better for strumming, better for sweeping since the pick just glides from string to string. I can also pick alot faster with them, because Witht the thin picks I dont have to hold on to them as hard so they dont go at a stupid angle or slip from my hand when im picking a stupidly fast off time rhythm.
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#34
I think I wanna try one of these bad boys.
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#35
Good to see so many tortex users. I've been using those picks for years now and cant get used to anything else. I use the 1.14 dunlop jazz tortex. I used to use those .50mm tortex red picks when I first started, but for me, I get much better control with a thicker pick. I think thinner picks flop around too much and make it harder be precise. Just my opinion though.
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#36
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#37
Quote by baNG1989
I don't understand. Why do thin picks even exist?

Acoustic. Go play an acoustic with a 1mm Dunlop tortex, then use a .73mm Snarling Dogs Brain Pick. I can almost guarantee you'll prefer the sound of the really freakin thin nylon pick to the thick tortex
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#38
Yea I also tend to use the softer thinner picks for strumming, it feels more like when I just use my hands to sound the strings.

I mostly use my Dunlop 1mill, one of my fav
#39
I win.
I use these and their medium size. Love em to death.
I also use 1-1.5mm tortex picks (the pointy ones).
I keep some thin ones hangin around too, as well as just various other picks I've picked up.

EDIT: Also, any1 else keep their picks in an ashtray??
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#40
interesting, i may order me some of those venemous. and bang1989s wirething looks good too

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