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#1
I need recommendations on pick gauges. I use 54-10 strings and Dunlop Tortex 1.14mm picks. Im wondering, what gauge should I jump to? It seems like it's much easier to play each time I raise the gauge. so what should I start with? I was considering 2mm, but I'm not sure if that would be perfect or not.
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#2
I'll get in early and say go try Jazz III's. You'll get so many people suggesting them, and with good reason, they are great picks.
#3
I've seen them many times but have never actually considered getting them
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#4
Its whatever feels right, and SOUNDS right to your ears bro.

But, i didn't like heavier picks as much because i would break strings more often. i usually never go past 1.5 and it really depends on the type of metal your playing

Jazz III picks are mostly used for shredding.
Thats my .02


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#5
Try 'em. I'm not super fond of the really small ones, but the larger regular sized ones are fantastic. It might seem silly, but I can't play as well with any other pick.
#6
Thanks dude I'll be sure to check them out. I just need new picks because I can do everything fine except maintaining consistency when playing tremolo picked riffs at high tempos. I'm trying to find a pick that can help me with my accuracy
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#7
I use jazz three's. If you need accuracy, and aren't jumping around like barney on crank, then those are the picks you want.
Thats my .02


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#8
Definitely Jazz III's.
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#9
So just Jazz III's, there's no special gauge or something?
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#10
I have been using dunlop tortex sharps lately and I really like them. I usually use .73 or .88. I have used jazz III's before, they were pretty nice. I might try them again actually and see which ones I like more.
#11
Nope. There's a few different styles though. There's the really small ones, regular sized ones, ultex and the Eric Johnson ones. I tend to use just he regular sized ones myself.
#12
Quote by TechMetal
Thanks dude I'll be sure to check them out. I just need new picks because I can do everything fine except maintaining consistency when playing tremolo picked riffs at high tempos. I'm trying to find a pick that can help me with my accuracy


What you need is just a thicker pick. With the Jazz picks you'll need to find a totally new technique to hold the pick because it's so much smaller. If you feel good with the size you have, try a thicker one, or one with grip. I'm using 'Brain' 1.14, and before that I used 1.14 Dunlops, and there really is a major difference, just because the brain has a grip. So it might not even be the thickness that is wrong, just go and try 'em out.
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#13
Depends on the metal. Metallica - Heavy picks from 1.2 to 1.5mm for me. Sylosis or any other sweeping metal I go for thin picks 0.6-0.8mm so I can get the trips in.
#14
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I'll get in early and say go try Jazz III's. You'll get so many people suggesting them, and with good reason, they are great picks.


This. I loved them, and they are fantastic picks! I've dropped them in favor of Dunlop Tortex III .88's, but I still have a lot of praise for the Jazz III
#15
I mainly use Tortex Dunlop picks, either 1.14 or 2mm. I want to try Jazz IIIs though.
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#16
I play stuff like Machine Head and Chimaira. Not really sweeping crazy technical stuff
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#17
Check out V-Picks. Nice thick picks. Don't slip out of your fingers. Different styles/pointedness/thickness to choose from.
For metal playing, I currently use the Psyhco Shredder. 5.85mm thick. Extremely pointy. Takes some time to get used to, but it's an amazing pick.
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#18
I use the black Tortex Jazz IIIs. Literally can't play with anything else since I started using them, everything else feels weird now. They bring teh br00tz.


I've always wanted to try those V-Picks, but for the price you pay for one and the frequency with which I lose picks, I'd be out some serious money very quickly
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#19
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I've always wanted to try those V-Picks, but for the price you pay for one and the frequency with which I lose picks, I'd be out some serious money very quickly

Definetely have to keep a better watch over them when you put them somewhere. They're not the picks you'd start throwing into the crowd at the end of your set.
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#20
mind u, jazz III's are a curse. once u get used to them, its hard to use a normal pick

*EDIT* dunlop ultex sharps are great. they're very sharp with good attack, i use em in 1mm
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#23
The small, sharp picks are good for accurate lead playing but my take practice for playing very fast rhythm.
#24
Somewhat similar to the Jazz III, I use Clayton Spikes, sharp teardrop shape. They make them in somewhat thin sizes from .56 to .80, and are definitely great for shredding at a very good price. My only gripe about them is that they don't make them in a thicker size (1.0-1.5 would offer very little flex).
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#25
I'm thirding V-picks. I find that you move your hand less with thicker picks. I personally LOVE their rounded picks. They make chords feel amazing.
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#26
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I'm thirding V-picks. I find that you move your hand less with thicker picks. I personally LOVE their rounded picks. They make chords feel amazing.

If you also like a pointy pick for playing lead, check out the Dimension. Pointed on one side, and the other two are rounded.
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#27
Quote by Koshman32
Check out V-Picks. Nice thick picks. Don't slip out of your fingers. Different styles/pointedness/thickness to choose from.
For metal playing, I currently use the Psyhco Shredder. 5.85mm thick. Extremely pointy. Takes some time to get used to, but it's an amazing pick.


WHAT THE **** THOSE THINGS ARE HALF A CM THICK


I like Jazz 3's
#28
Have you tried Ice Picks? They're these all metal picks you can get from GC. They seem like the kinda thing that would do metal really well.

Edit: Unless you use .20 gauge strings those Psycho Shredder picks will break strings almost instantly.
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#29
FearMyLightning are you friggin serious? Acrylic breaking through nickel wrapped steel. What a noob!
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#30
The 1.5 mm dunlops with the max grip work great for me. Just saying.
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#31
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FearMyLightning are you friggin serious? Acrylic breaking through nickel wrapped steel. What a noob!


If it's .5 cm thick and you pick like a man then yeah it will break through.
#32
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#33
Jazz IIIs are awesome, I've played with them for 4 years now. Also bought a couple of Dava picks recently, pretty awesome stuff, too.
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#35
Quote by FearMyLightning
If it's .5 cm thick and you pick like a man then yeah it will break through.

I use them. I pick like a man. Haven't broken a string in a long time
The point isn't the part that's 5.85mm thick. It gets pretty thin. I've used a lot of different V Picks before, and this one was the hardest to get used to because of the shape and how fast it became thin. Found it hard to get a good grip on it. But after playing it for a while, anything else is so uncomfortable.

EDIT: and those all metal Ice Picks you suggested are pretty bad. I got one in a pack of sample picks when I was first starting to play. Felt weird, made a weird noise against the strings, and scratched the guitar pretty easily.
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VOX Joe Satriani Ice 9 OD Pedal
VOX Joe Satriani Time Machine Delay Pedal
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#37
Any pointed pick.

Some people like thicker ones. I am kind of meh on them. Yes they don't wear down fast but I dunno. I only use thick picks for bass.

With a thinner pick it lets you be more versatile. For accuracy I choke up on the tip and it won't flex as much. Or you can back off the tip and it will be more flexible. Downside is they wear down quick.

I like dunlop gator grips and dunlop stubbies.
#38
Quote by Koshman32

EDIT: and those all metal Ice Picks you suggested are pretty bad. I got one in a pack of sample picks when I was first starting to play. Felt weird, made a weird noise against the strings, and scratched the guitar pretty easily.


All metal picks make that noise, and Eddie Van Halen used metal picks if I remember right.
#39
I really like Dunlop's pitch black jazz picks (i use 1.0mm). They dont fell plastic, they feel great against strings. And theyre small, your thumb alone could probably cover 70% of it. I dont know, putting in my opinion..
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#40
Red Jazz III's are my pick of choice, but if I need a backup, I'd go with the Ultex Sharp 1.2mm. I really like the feel of thicker picks, and the sharp tip is awesome for accuracy.
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