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#1
Hey im not really sure if this is the right forum but anyway.... I was curious to know, what thickness of picks do you guys use? I always play with .73 ultexs and read that like almost all of the people that pick fast use like 1-3 mm picks and was wondering whether that could have anything to do with me failing at unanchored alt picking? Yes? No?
#2
I dont know the thickness, but I always use these purple picks with a grip on the top. They're pretty thin. They say that a thicker pick will aid your alternate picking. However, I don't think it makes a difference one way or the other. I always play with a thin pick, and I have trouble picking with as much accuracy or speed with a thick one. It's whatever your used to, and it's all personal preference.
#3
Jim Dunlop USA Nylon 0.60mm. I haven't used anything different in 7 or 8 years.
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#5
.73 isn't super thin, I would think it would be okay... just keep practicing?... You can get a pack with assorted sizes and see if it helps though if you think it will help...
#7
Purple Tortex 1.14mm all the way
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Hey im not really sure if this is the right forum but anyway.... I was curious to know, what thickness of picks do you guys use? I always play with .73 ultexs and read that like almost all of the people that pick fast use like 1-3 mm picks and was wondering whether that could have anything to do with me failing at unanchored alt picking? Yes? No?


No, the type of pick you use is not related to how accurately you can play. Paul Gilbert uses a pick that's either the same as or pretty similar to what you do now.

For what it's worth though, I use a red Jazz III nowadays.
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#10
I started out on Brain .63s, then moved up to .88s, then finally to 1mms, which is what I stuck with until everyone here ran out of Brain picks. Now I use Dava Control picks, which are thinner in the middle and widen towards the tip(I'd say maybe about .70mm in the middle, 1mm or so at the tip?). I find they're easier to play with but they still give the tone of a thicker pick. String size can affect your ability to pick too, I actually find it a lot harder to gallop/chug on a guitar with .10s than my ML, which has .12-52s tuned a half step down. XD
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#11
Dunlop Gator .96mm [the blue ones] for rhythm only.
Dunlop Nylon 1.00mm [the black ones] for rhythm and lead.
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#13
I use the jazz sized Clayton spikes, 0.73. As has been said, no thickness is best for anything, you have to use the gauge that feels right for you
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FYI Brian May (of Queen fame) plays with an old British Penny.
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No, the type of pick you use is not related to how accurately you can play. Paul Gilbert uses a pick that's either the same as or pretty similar to what you do now.

Paul Gilbert uses 1 mm, which is a lot thicker than .73s. Jazz III are 1.38, also much thicker than what i use. Although my alt picking does need work, I recently started trying to break myself of the habit of anchoring, and its killed my speed, and after noticing i used thin picks, thats why I asked.
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Paul Gilbert uses 1 mm, which is a lot thicker than .73s. Jazz III are 1.38, also much thicker than what i use. Although my alt picking does need work, I recently started trying to break myself of the habit of anchoring, and its killed my speed, and after noticing i used thin picks, thats why I asked.


Gilbert usualy uses the red 0.50 or the yellow 0.73
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#17
Dunlop ultex sharp 1.14. I do think solid picks without give can help you alt pick faster
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Dunlop ultex sharp 1.14. I do think solid picks without give can help you alt pick faster


It will if that's what's most comfortable for you
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Paul Gilbert uses 1 mm, which is a lot thicker than .73s. Jazz III are 1.38, also much thicker than what i use. Although my alt picking does need work, I recently started trying to break myself of the habit of anchoring, and its killed my speed, and after noticing i used thin picks, thats why I asked.


http://www.paulgilbert.com/Guitars.html

Paul's own website, personally maintained by himself, picture is of a Dunlop Tortex .60. Your move.
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Gilbert usualy uses the red 0.50 or the yellow 0.73

Since when? I want a pic His signature picks are 1 mm
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Since when? I want a pic His signature picks are 1 mm


See Zaphod_Beeblebr above.

He's always used that gauge from dunlop
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#23
It's mostly preference, but with thicker picks, you have more control, because the pick is stiff, and isn't changing shape as it hits the strings. You can feel the strings better, and have more control.
#24
I use 1.5 mm tortex's. Loomis said he has a 2.0mm, I want one of those.

Really though it didn't change my technique at all or anything between the purple tortex or the 1mm. I just feel most comfortable with 1.5mm. Would like to try out 2.0 though if it exists just for the hell of it.
#27
Dunlop Jazz III ftw. I do faster stuff, and I find that softer picks have less control/precision to them for this. They also wear much slower than the Dunlop 2.0mm stubby (purple translucent) picks I used to use.
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Same, I can't stand anything thinner since I tried it.
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#29
I use Fender Celluloid 358 Style Medium, my absolute favourite picks.

I think its .84mm
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#30
Jim Dunlop 0.60
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Jim Dunlop 3mm Stubby

I used to use the 3mm Big Stubby but wanted a smaller pick, I tried the smaller stubbies but they tend to slip in my grip too much. It's a shame because I did really like them other than the slippage issue.
I've been using the Black Jazz IIIs for a few years now, though I've recently switched to the Max-Grip version.

Essentially, thicker pick = more control because the pick won't give when it hits the strings. However, that's not going to be the reason you're having trouble picking unanchored, the reason is simply because you're not used to it yet.
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#32
If I'm playing an acoustic, I use 0.73mm. For all of my electric playing though, it's either Dunlop Jazz III or Stubby 2.0mm.
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#33
Currently, a V-Pick Dimension junior. 4.10mm thick. It's not as hard to get used to as one would think.

But I've been through so many pick changes trying to find one that I liked, that I've forgotten most of them. D: But this V-Pick is something that I will forever keep and pretty much has ended my search for picks..
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#35


Dunlop Gel picks. Not sure on their size.
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#36
Jazz III

Thicker/ sturdier picks dont bend when you alt. pick (unlike those crappy cort 0.76 picks)
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#37
1mm Tortex. I was using Jazz IIIs for a while, but found I actually perfer the options in picking style you get with a bigger pick, and also, they are easier to find in shops than Jazz IIIs
#38
well i use Dunlop Jazz III for three years and i am quite fond of them

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Purple Tortex 1.14mm all the way


Got about 15 of those, perfect for me. I also use 1.20 and 1.50 Staggs, and I have an Accept signature pick as well.
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