#1
Hey, is there a rule for shredding? Like a thick pick must be used? I like thin picks(Dunlop Ultex Sharp 0.73). They feel better in my hand, more comfy. The thick ones(Dunlop Tortex Sharp 1.35) don't feel very comfy for extended play and I avoid using them. But when I'm playing really fast with my thin pick, it just feels like it's sliding between my fingers because of it's small thickness I guess. What should I do?
Are there thin-pick shredders around here?
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#2
For the most part, shredders go with thicker picks. I like a medium thick pick. Like .88 or 1.14. Try one of those. They're not really thick, but not thin either.
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#3
as far as i'm concerned .60 picks are thick I couldn't imagine playing with anything thicker it'd be like plucking the strings with concrete I like a little flex
#4
It's personal preference. Gilbert likes very thin picks, yngwie uses very thick picks. I like 1.14mm picks myself, thick enough so there's no give but thin enough so it's not cumbersome to hold
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Hey, is there a rule for shredding? Like a thick pick must be used? I like thin picks(Dunlop Ultex Sharp 0.73). They feel better in my hand, more comfy. The thick ones(Dunlop Tortex Sharp 1.35) don't feel very comfy for extended play and I avoid using them. But when I'm playing really fast with my thin pick, it just feels like it's sliding between my fingers because of it's small thickness I guess. What should I do?
Are there thin-pick shredders around here?


No rules in music. See what feels best for you. I tend to go with a sturdy, but reasonably thin Jazz III. Just easier for me to hit those harmonics, and I like the sound of it.
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#7
I like at least 1mm. Anything under is too flimsy for me, but anything above isn't really necessary. I use Ultex Jazz III's, which I believe are 1.38mm, but I just like the feel and attack of them. The exact thickness doesn't matter THAT much to me as long as it's around 1 or a bit above probably.

I think the material and grip of the pick for tone and comfort are more important than the actual thickness.
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#9
I prefer picks that at least 1.14mm thick or I'll go crazy with anything thinner than that.
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You know, I had a JazzIII maxgrip once but it was just too DAMN SMALL! It seemed very comfy and good but I wish it was bigger. I can't play that
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#12
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It is, I started with thin picks then found myself becoming more partial to thicker picks.
Just use what feels easiest and be sure to experiment occasionally.
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You know, I had a JazzIII maxgrip once but it was just too DAMN SMALL! It seemed very comfy and good but I wish it was bigger. I can't play that


Yeah, it's all personal. I used to think that but I actually used it for a couple of days. After that a normal plec felt like holding a door wedge.
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as far as i'm concerned .60 picks are thick I couldn't imagine playing with anything thicker it'd be like plucking the strings with concrete I like a little flex


I find anything less than a 0.9 to bee useless for anything more than strumming
#17
I personally use Jazz III's whenever I can find one lying around in my room, if not I'll substitute them for the Dunlop Stubby or a Tortex 0.96 - 1.14. There is no set rule on what you should use, everybody has a different preference, just find what suits you most.
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I find anything less than a 0.9 to bee useless for anything more than strumming

I dunno i'm different to everyone here I guess I find anything above about .60 just cumbersome and inflexible

I use orange Dunlop Tortex .60's to be precise
#19
I use .82 or 1 mm tortex
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#20
I use Dunlop Ultex sharp .73mm for shredding and regular rock playing, but whenever I need to strum a lot I'll use some Martin & Co .46mm. I really like lighter picks because they flick easier and I don't push the strings around a bunch.
#21
I like inflexible (Jazz IIIs) because I know where the point will be. Give me a pick that flexes and I will give you slop. A flexy pick is unpredictible and uncontrollable (IMHO).

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I dunno i'm different to everyone here I guess I find anything above about .60 just cumbersome and inflexible

I use orange Dunlop Tortex .60's to be precise
#22
Yeah as many said different people find different picks more comfortable to play.
Personally I use Dunlop Tortex 73mm or 60mm anything above that just doesn't have enough give for me.
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#24
just do what you like the most

that's why i use 3.0 mm picks XD

flexible picks are sooooooooooo ugly sounding and i hate them!!!
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#25
I prefer very thin picks, feels like it glides smoothly from string to string, especially for sweeping, all preference though man.
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#26
Thin for strumming acoustic, because if the pick is too heavy it muffles the sound IMO. I like using Dunlop Gator Grip .96mm for electric. They have some give and aren't like picking with a cinder block, but they still feel pretty meaty.
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#27
Depends I use Dunlop (the wedge) Tortex .60 and every thing else is to thick or to thin for me. I will ocasionaly use a Tortex .70 but thats if I only have to.
Hell I even use the .60 for acoustic too!
Just my personal prefrence.
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#28
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I dunno i'm different to everyone here I guess I find anything above about .60 just cumbersome and inflexible

I use orange Dunlop Tortex .60's to be precise


I seem to find playing inflexible picks better
#29
i like thick picks, they allow for easier control i think.

i use green Dunlop 1.5mm picks for all of my electric guitar playing. they're smaller than your average pick, but they're not as small as the Jazz picks and they're sturdy as hell.
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#30
This is definitely about the preference of style, not the sound. Personally, I use anything 1mm and up, with a preference for thicker picks on solos. What's very important to me is the shape and smoothness of the pick. I shape all my own picks with a nail file and buffer. I always keep my picks pointed with a short, glass-smooth drop-off. It releases the string faster, and the pointed edge makes you feel like there's almost nothing there. However, if I really need to dig into the string, I'll use the rounded edges (which I shape to have a slight angle to them opposite of either side), which I buff the same way.

I encourage everyone to experiment with shaping their picks, because it has a drastic impact on your playing ability. Only you know exactly what pick you want, so get a metal file, a nail file, and a buffer, get a big pick of whatever material you want, and then go to town. To date, my personal favorite is my Red Bear Trading pick, but I have yet to try bone, buffalo horn, and Tor-Tis material.

Edit: I also have a strong preference for bambino-sized picks. Usually I'll just make them that way out of regular picks by cutting and filing to size.
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#32
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I dunno i'm different to everyone here I guess I find anything above about .60 just cumbersome and inflexible

I use orange Dunlop Tortex .60's to be precise


nah i use .50's the red tortex ones, i can't really imagine using anything else
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#33
For metal and/or shredding I use Dunlop Jazz III's.
For acoustic I use Dunlop .88 Nylon's.

Lately though, I've been using the .88 Nylon's for some more "classic rock" or bluesy based electric playing. Sometimes it just feels more comfortable. I have no explanation for it, but as a general rule I use the Jazz for most of my electric playing, Nylon for acoustic.
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#34
Also try Kirk's Jazz III, I like it more than the regular one.
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#36
I like the dunlop 2mm with the raised grip. I used to rock he jazz iiis but they were to small and I became zakk wylde lol. I need at least a 1.5 with a standard pick shape.
#37
Alright everyone, thanks for the answers. I think I'll go with whatever feels better for me.
#38
Whatever works for you. I'm using Dunlop Tortex ones, 1mm. I don't like the flex that comes with tremolo/speeed picking, so I need something thick and rigid enough.

I might go a bit thinner, as it feels a little blunt, but need a more rigid material to keep it from flexing. I was using stainless steel ones until I got elexir strings, but probably won't go back because there's no grip and they tear the coating from the strings.