#1
hi guys when i trem pick on the unbound strings i get alot of pick noise and it sounds so horrible when recorded, i have tried reducing my highs gain etc... and it helped a little but not much.

im currently using tortex 1mm blue picks.

any ideas guys?

thanks james
#2
Try a felt plectrum. They're mostly used for Ukulele's and other instruments with a soft sound, but it sounds like what you're looking for. I'm not sure how thin you could get them, though.
#3
It's in your technique, or you just have poor equipment.
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Quote by wozzsta
hi guys when i trem pick on the unbound strings i get alot of pick noise and it sounds so horrible when recorded, i have tried reducing my highs gain etc... and it helped a little but not much.

im currently using tortex 1mm blue picks.

any ideas guys?

thanks james

i have .5 mm tortex red picks. I think the thinner the pick, the faster it gets over the string and therefore reduces that noise. Idk for sure though.
#5
you can buy rubber plectrums. i got some off ebay. they are great for rhythm especially. they are wierd to get used to but they reduce a lot of noise. may things sound a little more finger picked.
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#6
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It's in your technique.

how are you holding the pick?
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#9
To suggest an alternative, I have a BOSS Compression Sustainer (CS-3) with an ATTACK knob. It basically lets you adjust the pick attack from practically unheard (at 0) to insane attack (when cranked). It also increases your sustain if you want a little bonus.

But that's just if you wanted a pedal option.
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#11
As King of Kings and a couple others said... A thicker, rounded profile pick will result in less extraneous noise; they are often used by jazz guys and are often called "jazz" picks.

Pay attention to what the picks are made of as well; I find that nylon produces a less-sharp sound than plastic, for instance. Picks are cheap...Experiment.
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Jazz 3s they help alot.

This. I've just bought a bulk of them and they're amazing. Much better sound. Really quite small so they took me a few hours to get used to but they're amazing. Really big difference.
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This. I've just bought a bulk of them and they're amazing. Much better sound. Really quite small so they took me a few hours to get used to but they're amazing. Really big difference.
Really? I used them for years, thought they completely destroyed my tone... crappy material IMO

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Really? I used them for years, thought they completely destroyed my tone... crappy material IMO

Went to Tortex 1.14 and haven't looked back since

It's personal preference. He likes them, you don't.
I like them, not as much as other picks but they're the easiest for me to play with. I love the V-Pick's tone best, but they're hard for me to play with, they slip a lot and don't cut through the string in the way I like.
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#16
Keep the pick more parallel with the string, use a noise gate, and lower your pickups a tad. All of that combined should help with a lot of the noise
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#17
I bought a couple thicker picks but found i got more noise from them, So i started using much softer ones and they gave me a much sweeter tone with no pick noise, especially on acoustic. Ended up throwing out all my harder ones.
#18
I agree with the Jazz III picks. It didn't take me too much time to get used to at all. However, it is quite difficult to control during strumming.
#19
i had the same problem using the blue tortex picks which if im correct are the 1mm you are talking about. i switched to the green .88 tortex and its much better
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#20
Since no one's mentioned it yet: play around with the angle that you hold your pick relative to the strings.
#21
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Since no one's mentioned it yet: play around with the angle that you hold your pick relative to the strings.


This.

I've never had trouble with pick noise; if I don't like the noise the pick is making I change the angle of attack on the string.

There's a Paul Gilbert video somewhere that explains how he likes a "scratchy" tone, which he achieves by angling the pick to the string. Same ideas apply.
#22
hey guys thanks for the replys. for the ones asking about technique, i have tryed so many different ways, from holding the pick parallel to the string, to holding it at 45 degrees eather facing forward or backward, changing how hard i pick, from using just the very very tip of the pick to using more of it. pick up hight ect... non of it really worked for me.

i think so far ill look into jazzIII a lot of people here seem to like them so i guess ill give them a try.