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#1
this is a really REALLY weak question... i know, i know. please don't give me shit about it. PLEASE. i'm used to using my fingers to play, but i want to know the best picks to use to play bass for a back up/to play faster than my fingers allow. I just wanted to get suggestions on what would be the most top of the line picks, thanks.
#2
They're not expensive, just go buy a bunch and go nuts, go for thicker ones rather then thinner, obviously.
I think you should be able to play faster with your fingers than with a pick though.
#3
Well I'm not sure of commenting for "Top of the line" because I'm sure you will find some $500 pick out there somewhere but as far as the ones people use the most that would be the 2.0 and 3.0 Big Stubby. There are also those rubber Wedge picks. There are also dunlop tortex ones that come in the 1.13 and i think as high as 1.3 but i forget.
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#4
Actually, it isn't a weak question. People who play a bass with a pick often encounter problems when they bum a pick off of their guitar player and it isn't suited to playing bass. Thin guitar picks struck against the thick strings of a bass give a weak sound. You are better off using thicker/heavier picks. There are such things as bass picks, but they aren't very common. Some companies make very fat hard rubber picks that are well suited to playing bass (they are also good for strumming an acoustic guitar).

Picks are cheap. Get a bunch of different ones and see which ones you like.
#5
While on the topic of cheap picks and trying out lots of different ones, I used PicksGalore which is a side project of Strings and Beyond. You can get small quantities of picks and free shipping after $10.

http://www.picksgalore.com/
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#6
i know they're cheap, but i got about a dollar in my bank account and 5 in my pocket, so i can't really go crazzy. lol. i was more looking for brand names. and yeah, i know thinner ones don't work too well, i delt with that problem already.
#7
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i know they're cheap, but i got about a dollar in my bank account and 5 in my pocket, so i can't really go crazzy. lol. i was more looking for brand names. and yeah, i know thinner ones don't work too well, i delt with that problem already.


Other than the esoteric companies that make picks out of rocks and such materials, the company that seems to put the most R&D into pick design and construction is Jim Dunlop. Look at their translucent purple "Big Stubby" 3.0 mm picks. They work great on bass and even better on guitars.
#10
actually i checked out the big stubby picks online, they look pretty good. so thanks guys.
#12
Tortex or Dunlop Jazz's are great for bass.

And for the ones that don't work, punch a hole through them put them on a chain or piece of leather and give them to the girl/boy of your choice. Or wear them yourself.
#13
I recommend using felt picks. They give really good tone...closest I've found to sounding like your using your fingers. They fuzz out all over the bass but a little dusting fixes that.
#15
i like dunlops 1.17 mm picks (any variety, im not too picky).
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#17
Either Big Stubbies or Tortex 2mms. Purple ones

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#18
I have suddenly got a love for using Tortex .60's and .73's aswell as using the Fender Celluoid Medium ones after i got given it off a mate when i couldnt find a pick.

It really depends on how what i feel comfortable with i tend to use the tortex ones on pop punk and the celluiod seems to be the best fit for me right now.

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#19
am i the only person who prefers using thinner picks? thicker ones are just uncomfortable for me
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#20
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am i the only person who prefers using thinner picks? thicker ones are just uncomfortable for me


I tend to use 1mm's or .88mm's on bass
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#21
i prefer thiner picks, u get a crisp sound, i use .88 - 1.14mm sized picks for parts when i want a different sound, both fingers and picks have different advantages in different styles and areas of songs i find, go crazy
#22
I use Gator Grips 2mm.

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#23
Use 1mm Steel Dunlops They Own but for some songs i prfer the Jim Dunlop USA NYLON 1mm Thing It Works the charm
#24
i sometimes use big stubby's 3mm, i have a 2mm one too, but i rarely if at all use it anymore
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#25
I use Fender Heavy Picks...

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#26
Dunlop jazz here. It's not the thickness that matters, it's firmness (if this was the pit, that would surely be turned into a penis joke). Problem with most of the normal dunlop tortex pics below 1 mm is that they are way too floppy when your digging in by the bridge of a bass. I like the little jazz pics. I've used the transparent purple stubbies and they are too thick to be comfortable in my hand.

there are a lot of tortex jazz, I meant these: http://accessories.musiciansfriend.com/product/Dunlop-Tortex-Pitch-Black-Jazz-Guitar-Picks-1-Dozen?sku=111003

any of the nylon stuff is going to be too floppy.
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#27
Just get thick/heavy picks, any will do.
Anything below a heavy/medium won't help you at all on a bass in general, it just sounds horrible.
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#28
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I use Fender Heavy Picks...


Me too, mainly because the guys at the shop give them to me for free.
#29
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Me too, mainly because the guys at the shop give them to me for free.


I actually just started using em cuz they looked cool
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#31
i use .88s too. theyre great, they give a fairly clunky tone but it doesnt feel like picking with a brick.
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#34
I perfer Dunlop Stubbies 3mm for their attack and chunkiness but for the everyday picking i like the Dunlop jazz's.

I don't use picks much since i like to finger pick.
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#37
I use a 2mm Dunlop Tortex (think thats it) and a 3mm Stubby. The Stubbys great.
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#39
I use some Dinosaur 1.20's and Dunlop Big Stubbys 2.00's.

I don't know if you can find Dinosaurs anymore.. but they are my favorite picks, although I use my fingers 100% of the time.

I only ever use picks when I do some chords when I'm just writing stuff for myself.
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#40
its all personal preference really.

I use the free red Guitar Center picks, Fender Heavy's, and sometimes a thumbpick
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