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#1
Which is better?

From my experience stiff picks have been better for really heavy metal rhythm riffs and thin picks have been better for more technical lead guitar stuff like sweep picking, fast alternate picking on the thin strings, string skipping etc.
Last edited by Stringz of Fury at Aug 13, 2010,
#2
Picks are all personal preference.

inb4 a squillion Jazz III posts.
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#3
Depends mostly on what feels comfortable but heavier picks give a chuggier sound on the low strings and thin ones (i find) are easier to use on the higher strings like you said. I use a medium pick mainly though as i switch between rhythm and lead quite a lot. Thin picks are better for acoustic though thats for sure
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#4
thick picks are a must if your going to play extremely fast solos. and a thick pick lets you play as hard or light as you want to on the lower strings

with a thinner pick you have less control
#5
i use a mix of jazz 3 for leads and chugga palm muted riffing, jazz 2 for more rhythm stuff thats more open with less muting. and then normal thing jim dunlops 0.6mm for acoustic and sparkly clean electric songs.

its all personal preferance, and tuning, and string gauge etc that will make one pick give a better tone/sound. plus your holding it, so use whats cumfy.
#6
i like thick picks for everything except acoustic strumming because i like the sound that thin bendy picks make when you strum an acoustic - i hate the feel of thin bendy picks though. horses for courses.
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thick picks are a must if your going to play extremely fast solos. and a thick pick lets you play as hard or light as you want to on the lower strings

with a thinner pick you have less control


i don't know dude Paul Gilbert uses .60 mm picks and hes pretty damn fast
#8
I like to have control on what am I playing being it riff or a solo so I prefer thick ones.
I hate that noise you get when shredding with the thin ones but they're the only choice on the acoustic guitars.
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Quote by Stringz of Fury
i don't know dude Paul Gilbert uses .60 mm picks and hes pretty damn fast



im not saying you cant play fast without a thick pick, im just saying from my experience its alot easier.
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im not saying you cant play fast without a thick pick, im just saying from my experience its alot easier.


oh ok
#11
It's all preference. Use whatever is most comfortable for you.

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#13
I personally use super thick picks, but it's a preference. It also depends on your genre and string gauge though...
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#14
I find .73mm picks to be the best all around picks regardless off whether it's for strumming or fast lead breaks. As said before it's all a matter of taste and personal technique. Use what feels best to you.
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#16
I carry a set of picks for different uses...
If I'm playing metal or blues, I use a stubby, or my Jazz III.
Mostly use my Jazz III when playing acoustic.
When I'm just jamming around, or playing chords... I use a .73 Nylon...
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i don't know dude Paul Gilbert uses .60 mm picks and hes pretty damn fast


But even Paul has said it is harder to pick fast with a thin pick but they make better pick scrapes
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#18
Paul Gilbert is Paul Gilbert.
You are you.

The only way to get better at the guitar is to practice, just use the pick that you like the feel of.

It's actually really depressing that people even ask questions like this. Where did all the common sense go in this world?
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#19
I tend to use .73 nylons for acoustic and .88 nylons for electric. I can play pretty fast on .73 but I like the control that .88 gives, plus it doesn't feel like you're strumming with a door stop wedge.
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#20
I have a bowl full of picks.....various thickness, materials, flexibility. We also have ten fingers

Experiment. It's been said many times... little changes the character of your playing more than a different 25 cent pick.

The only place I 'need' a specific thickness is for fast tremelo picking such as in Surf music. Otherwise pick thickness is more to do with sound....guys like Mark Knopfler don't use a pick (I often don't either).

bottom line...get a 'bunch' and experiment.

(besides, you need a 'bunch' because ....hey, where's my pick...can't find the darn thing...how could it disappear ....
#22


My favorite

I love thick picks, more control imo.
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#23
I used to love Jazz IIIs. Now I can't stand them. They're horrible.

The only picks I use now are Planet Waves' Duralins. Last longer than Tortex (I'll wear out a 1.14mm in like 3 hours), and feel better than Tortex for me. More grippy, too.

Also, thick picks ftw. I pick way too hard for flaccid plectrums.
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i just fold up pieces of paper into a triangle until theyre about 1.5 mm thick
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Buy em all and pick which one is most comfortable. It's the only way.
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#29
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I find .73mm picks to be the best all around picks regardless off whether it's for strumming or fast lead breaks. As said before it's all a matter of taste and personal technique. Use what feels best to you.

This - I used to use super thin picks, but I ran through them fast - I'm a really heavy strummer, and they break easily.
#30
i use the black Jazz 3 XL's. good fit in my fingers. amazing life span, and very comfortable. when it comes to acoustic, anything under .72.
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#31
Am I the only one who doesn't like Jazz III's? I tried one, and it was like trying to bridge a chasm with a ruler instead of a bridge.
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#32
I hate them.
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#33
I tend to use medium thickness dunlops for electric work, but the really thin Gibson triangular picks for my main acoustic playing.

I found the thin pick is for looser playing, when accuracy doesn't matter as much. a med/thicker pick if I need to hit the right strings all the time!

And yeah, can't abide jazz III's. Far too small and fiddly!
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#34
Don't listen to anyone who says "You need this kind of pick to do this".

Picks are completely personal preference, along with almost everything guitar related.

Its generally accepted that thicker picks give you more control, and allow you to play more technically, but if you like thin picks, then those are the picks for you.

For example, I use the Tortex Jazz III picks for everything...I don't like the flimsy clumsy feel of large and thin picks, so I even use my Tortex Jazz IIIs for acoustic and clean playing.
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#35
Like pretty much what everyone else said, it's all personal preference. I prefer thick picks now and have been using them for over a year. When I was first learning guitar, I used much thinner picks. I steadily got into thicker and thicker picks to the point that now I can't really stand to play anything that's too floppy.
#36
I'm a Tortex Jazz III guy, but i'm using my old green Tortexes more often now. I like the thinner Yellow ones (first picks I ever got in bulk) for acoustic playing.
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#37
2+mm stainless steel picks FTMFW.
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#38
I only use heavy picks. I can't stand using anything else... I'm no shredder though.
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#39
I use a heavy mid boost with my amp, and because of that, I have to play as cleanly as possible. I use Tortex Sharp 1.18 and .88. When I use other picks, my playing becomes a bit muffled.

Edit: I play jazz, blues, classic rock, and Vai/Satch stuff.
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#40
I use the Jazz III's or Stubby 2mm's (small ones) usually.
My favourite pick is the Jazz III Ultex though. But it's impossible to find in stores where i live, and i lost mine

I mainly like thick picks because of the sound they produce. Thin picks makes lots of stringnoise... The thick stubby's give a slightly brighter sound than the Jazz III's though (except the Jazz III Ultex which is very balanced, and that's why i liked it so much).
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