#1
Is this absolutely insane? I've been thinking of doing it but I'm afraid it might kill my strings...
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#2
Just make sure it's fairly blunt.

I used a Quarter as a pick on bass for years, and never had a problem with broken strings.
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#3
I have a metal pick, and it sounds horrible unless you're really precise about the angle your playing all the time. It's not really worth it IMO.
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#4
metal picks are tough to play with and generally don't sound that good. It's not worth it.
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#5
Umm didn't the bassist from Tool use something along the lines of this? If not my apologies.
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#6
Idk how fast you could go with this, but they do sell metal thumb picks for guitarists, it's wrab around so you'd keep it in the same position easier. I just don't know how fast you could play for long without getting sore from pushing down so hard.
#7
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Umm didn't the bassist from Tool use something along the lines of this?


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#8
I tried steel picks once. All it accomplished was a horrible scratchy tone, and grey dust that got everywhere. Not worth the aggro - get some good ol' dunlop tortexes.
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#9
Just get a big ol plastic pick that's really thick. I think V-picks makes some of the best bass picks you can get. I use a 2.75 Onyx for bass.
#10
I sometimes use my metal finger and thumb Banjo picks on my Basses, but it's not the same as using a normal pick. I have tried coins but they're very scratchy sounding. I use Dunlop 3mm Big Stubbies and I'm thinking that a metal pick shaped like a Big Stubby would be much better. And Big Stubbies are expensive and wear out quickly, a metal one wouldn't. I know you can buy metal picks made out of Dollar coins but they're expensive.

I just need to find a piece of metal suitable to try to make one my self. A coin would be ideal if only I could find one thick enough.
#11
I tried one once. The scratchy sound was more prominent than the note itself
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#12
Yea, here in texas they sell lots of those billy gibbon peso picks are $50+ a pop. find someone maybe to grind you a few custom picks/
#13
I've just ground one out of a two pence piece. The shape is a bit rubbish, there's not a lot of material there to work with, but the tip, the part that hits the strings, is good. It's tapered in such a way that it doesn't scratch the strings. It feels good and has a very defined attack, it feels really easy to use. Even the puny (and very, very old) strings on my 6 string Guitar coped well with it.
I'm going to have another go but I need to find a better blank. I'm thinking aluminium would be good.
#14
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I tried steel picks once. All it accomplished was a horrible scratchy tone, and grey dust that got everywhere. Not worth the aggro - get some good ol' dunlop tortexes.


+1. tortexes are the way to go! I use the green .8something for bass, and it works just fine. plenty of attack without too much pick noise
#15
Orange Tortex is better to my ears and hands
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#16
I've had a few goes in the last couple of days, the best one, so far, was fashioned from a 2" steel washer. It feels really good, isn't scratchy at all, and the hole is in a position where it makes holding the pick easier with no slippage. Still want to try an Aluminium one, just looking for a suitable piece. I might end up melting down some tubing I've got and try casting one.

I'd like to have a go at a hardwood one too.

EDIT: I've just tried the steel pick on my Bass fitted with flatwound strings and it doesn't feel so good on those.
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