#1
Hi!

I want to buy some plectrums.. And I am a beginner, so I have no idea, which plectrum I should buy..

Somebody told me something about a flexibel plectrum..

Also, for how much money can you buy those things?


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#3
Go to a guitar store and buy a whole bunch of different ones to find out what you like. I personally like SUPER thick ones. I make some out of bone. My friend likes super thin ones that he sometimes makes out of thin sheets of plastic.

They're usually pretty cheap. 5 for a dollar.
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#4
get a bunch of different ones of different thickness and flexibility and find out what you like best.
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#5
They literally cost just about pocket change. I use a "medium" (thickiness unknown; it's some special kind of pick, a a "cactus pick") for acoustic stuff, and a 1 mm for electric stuff. just run to the store, buy a bunch of different ones, see what you like the best. A friend of mine can only use really thin/flexible ones, and I really cant stand picks with any give in them.
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#6
I've got a watch pocket full of different picks. I like thick ones(jazz III's) for picking single notes and thin ones for strumming chords. Mediums for a combination of both. So I agree buy an bunch of different one so you can decide what you like best.
#7
when i first started i loved picks that i could bend between my fingers. now, the thicker the better. buy a package of 2 or 3 different thicknesses and decide what you like best. can't have too many picks!
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#8
I use Dunlop tortex .60 mm. enough for me to be able to strum, and pick when I can't find my 1.12 mm.

I also have Dunlop nylon .45mm, they are awesome for strumming because you can barely hear the slap against the strings, plus you can strum as hard as you want without running the risk of the pick flying away or whatever might happen if you were to do the same thing with a thick pick.
#9
i use dunlop tortex .60 for acoustic, and .88 for electric (and busking with my acoustic). As far as I'm concerned theres no pick better than dunlop tortex. They're indestructible, and color coded.
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#10
Thank you, guys! I will buy some different ones.
Can I get it in boxses? Or do I have to pick them out?
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#11
I love the Dunlop Big Stubby 3mm and a Dunlop 2 mm. When I get tired of heavy picks I use the Guitar Center free picks. Those things are amazing.
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#12
You can also make them yourself out of old credit cards.
It's fun to experiment different shapes and addons. For example I find it very handy to glue little piece of sand paper onto the plectrum.
#13


For strumming, that's pretty nice. I also know a lot of beginners who use(d) those when they started out, then moved on to the thicker ones (.76,1.0). Personally I use
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#14
I use Clayton .8mm, Cool .8mm, Dunlop Gater Grip .58mm, and Regular Dunlop .73mm.
I like a thin-medium pick. I think it gives you a much warmer sound and are eaiser to play. But just go and buy whatever pick you think you may like, be sure to pick out many gauges and experiment with them till you get a sound and feel you like.
#15
Jazz III, hands down. They are the best picks ever. I used Tortex 88's for everything, then I discovered Jazz III, and used them for single picking, now I don't even use the tortexes for strumming anymore ...
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For classical guitar (I am unorthodox), I use 70 something dunlops, and for bass I use Fender Heavy Picks
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I use Planet Waves Super Thin delrin. .018 baby. Its like playing with paper.
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#18
dunlop gator grip 2mm. prefect for single notes, strumming, hybrid picking and everything else.

thin plectrums just lack the overall rounded tone that a thick plectrum gives you (atleast on my guitar). they are too quite and lack the low mids that i need for my style of playing. but thin plectrums are very good for beginners, because they can be easier to play with.


my advice to you is to go and try loads of plectrums, as you develop you playing style, you will know what feels right and what doesnt. the best thing in this situation is practie and experience.
#20
I swear by 1.5mm Tortex Sharp picks. I love the sound of Ultex, though, so I'll be trying a 2.0mm Ultex Sharp pretty soon. Or you could go for the best of the best - a Bluechip. They don't come cheap, though, so don't say I didn't warn you!


Also, as far as thickness and flexibility goes, get the thickest, stiffest pick you can find and get used to it. Whoever says flexible picks are good for beginners is out of his mind. Stiff picks are harder to get used to, but much easier to play with. Flexible picks are easy to get used to, but much harder to control.
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I swear by 1.5mm Tortex Sharp picks. I love the sound of Ultex, though, so I'll be trying a 2.0mm Ultex Sharp pretty soon. Or you could go for the best of the best - a Bluechip. They don't come cheap, though, so don't say I didn't warn you!


Also, as far as thickness and flexibility goes, get the thickest, stiffest pick you can find and get used to it. Whoever says flexible picks are good for beginners is out of his mind. Stiff picks are harder to get used to, but much easier to play with. Flexible picks are easy to get used to, but much harder to control.


It's all preference. All preference. They don't make hundreds of different types of picks for people to only use the thick ones. Every pick has its use and every player has their preference. I use 2mm picks, 3mm picks, .25mm picks, .79 picks, etc. I have a tin with 50+ picks.

It's pretty narrow minded to try to say one type of pick is the best. Experiment. Try out a bunch of different types.
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The best advice has already been given. Buy a ton and find a pick that suites you.

I'd recommend Fender, Tortex, or Dunlop Nylon. All three of any thickness, though I prefer medium (.60-.88)-ish.
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#23
i play with 0.60 mm Dunlop picks, also use ESP 0.78 picks. they're great and quite cheap too. great quality on them too.