#1
So, I'm having a problem cutting down on pick noise, and if anybody could listen to the short as hell sample on my profile and offer tips, I'd appreciate it. I think I've got my picking technique pretty solid, but obviously not if it keeps happening like this. The problem is very pronounced once I kick in a lot of distortion(the sample on my profile that I uploaded has a Big Muff on, for example), but I've noticed it at light/medium overdrive, too. I'm picking over the neck pickup with the bridge's volume on and the tone rolled off. If anybody can listen and give me a few tips on how the hell I can cut down on it, I'd really appreciate it. I've tried a few different types of picks and at this point it's just pissing me off.
#2
Angle your pick less, cut down the treble on the amp. Really though if you've got your tone rolled completely off then you shouldn't be getting much pick attack at all, that's slightly confusing to me at best...
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#3
Well it's probably not the pick as much as it is how you're holding it. Optimally, for a super clean sound where you don't hear the pick grate, you're going to want the rounded back parallel to the string.

Beyond that, I don't know what to tell you, but it's not the pick - it's how you use it.
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#4
The only thing I can think of is your pups are too high. And when you go to pick, you're hitting the pup or they are sensitive enough to pick it up. Try playing next to the pup instead of right over it, and see if the problem goes away.

If it does lower your pup a few mm's... if it doesnt help, then I have no clue and probably wasted 10 seconds of your life
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#5
I don't think it's that the pickups are too high; it takes a lot of pressure to make the strings actually hit them. I've been working on my picking angle, but I can still pick up the noise, at least a little bit. Am I just being oversensitive with this, is it something that I need to accept(the fact that there'll always be at least a bit of pick noise)?
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I don't think it's that the pickups are too high; it takes a lot of pressure to make the strings actually hit them. I've been working on my picking angle, but I can still pick up the noise, at least a little bit. Am I just being oversensitive with this, is it something that I need to accept(the fact that there'll always be at least a bit of pick noise)?


Sorry I worded that wrong. I meant hitting the pup with the pick its self, not hitting the pup with the string.
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Sorry I worded that wrong. I meant hitting the pup with the pick its self, not hitting the pup with the string.


That shouldn't really have an effect on the sound since pickups work by electromagnetic induction... unless you're using a pick that's made of a magnetic material but I doubt it somehow
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#8
Play without the pick for best possible results, both during and after you get used to playing without it.
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Play without the pick for best possible results, both during and after you get used to playing without it.

Yeah, I don't know how that would really work. I play pretty rough rock music and would probably tear my fingers up something fierce.
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That shouldn't really have an effect on the sound since pickups work by electromagnetic induction... unless you're using a pick that's made of a magnetic material but I doubt it somehow

I don't know, I might have to test it with another guitar; could it be that my pick-ups are just microphonic and picking that up(or would they be shrieking like a bastard with the distortion on)?
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I don't know, I might have to test it with another guitar; could it be that my pick-ups are just microphonic and picking that up(or would they be shrieking like a bastard with the distortion on)?


I don't know about that, I don't know how pickup microphonics work at all, if you have microphonic pickups I think you might have bigger issues than pick noise
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I don't know about that, I don't know how pickup microphonics work at all, if you have microphonic pickups I think you might have bigger issues than pick noise

Why? Maybe I like a guitar that'll feedback like a banshee sometimes. :-p

No, thank you for the help. After trying a bunch of stuff, it did turn out to be my hand positioning; one of my buddies helped me figure a better way to hang the guitar that cuts down on it a lot(and the rest I'll manage through practice and learning to accept that playing with a lot of distortion means I'll be hearing at least some pick noise).
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Yeah, I don't know how that would really work. I play pretty rough rock music and would probably tear my fingers up something fierce.
It can still be done, learn how to on an acoustic guitar. Try the back of your fingers for power chords, it will get progressively easier and more routine the more you do it.
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#14
Not knowing what picks you use but maybe go for a pick with a sharper tip?
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