#1
I just started in a metal band, and over the course of a week i've broken every single pick i have.
I've been using 1mm Dunlop Nylon picks.
Anyone got some recommendations?
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#3
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I use these.



They're smaller than normal picks and they make shredding easier.
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#4
thats why. you are using nylon. use tortex instead.
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I just started in a metal band, and over the course of a week i've broken every single pick i have.
I've been using 1mm Dunlop Nylon picks.
Anyone got some recommendations?


You're breaking 1mm picks??? well, I guess your next step will be to borrow a ball peen hammer to use...

seriously though, Lighten your attack.... you don't have to beat the guitar up... sounds to me like your amp is just shy of loud enough for you... either turn it up so you don't feel like you have to beat up the guitar to hear your self, or get a new amp... There's no way you should play hard enough to break picks, more or less 1mm nylon
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#6
Second time I've ninja'd you, kiwi.

While we're at it, is there a difference between the red and black picks? I've only ever tried blacks.
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#7
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While we're at it, is there a difference between the red and black picks? I've only ever tried blacks.


Meh, not really. I use both. A couple of days ago, I walked into my music shop and there were no black ones. So I got the reds. No real difference...except in the colour.
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#9
Thanks guys!
I'll get some of those jazz picks and if i start breaking those i'll go for the hammer.
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#10
Dunlop Jazz III, theyre best for any style of music other than funk, in which case you should use a thin dunlop tortex.
Jazz IIIs just have immaculate smoothness in the attack compared to other picks plus they make shredding and pinch harmonics easier.
#11
Quote by stealstrings
Meh, not really. I use both. A couple of days ago, I walked into my music shop and there were no black ones. So I got the reds. No real difference...except in the colour.

Ah right. I just remember looking at a list of people who use the Jazz III's and Joe Bonamassa was the only who used red. I can't stand Joe Bonamassa so I went with black.
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#12
i hate the black ones, they look so bad IMO. red ones FTW.

EDIT: eric johnson uses red ones.
#14
I once snatched a Dunlop Jazz III XL from a local music store's testing room. Since then nothing else has compared
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#16
The Red ones are made of nylon and the Black ones are made of stiffo, it says on the bag. Slight tonal and feel difference.
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#17
I'm just wondering how the hell you managed to break a pick...? In all my 5 years of playing I've never broken a pick...worn out picks yeah but break?

And Jazz III max grip
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#18
I have used my Dunlop Gator Max Grip 0,88 pick for about a year now, it's pretty worn out but I've NEVER broken any pick..
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#19
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Dunlop Jazz III's, I can't even use other picks now.


This. I use the tortex jazz III, and when I use anything else it feels like I'm trying to play guitar with a boat rudder.
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#20
+1000 on jazz IIIs. Nothing else compares. Except the dunlop nylon 1mm I use when I can't find a jazz III.

Also if you're breaking 1mm picks you might wanna stop and reconsider your picking technique... just sayin.
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#21
Nylon-picks tend to break, while other materials (like Tortex) just wear down. I'm using the black Jazz III variant mostly, superior picks for any kind of metal or rock playing. They last forever, have a good grip and the size makes them easier to control. The only disadvantage is that they're not suitable for strumming chords.

Sometimes I'm using the green Dunlop Tortex (.88), and while I like the feel of these they wear down a bit too fast.
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#22
I use a no-name brand of nylon pick that I love, but the problem with nylon is that it will over time loose it's flexibility and become more prone to breaking. it has never happened to me, so you might need to stop and think about how you attack the strings.

My recommendation would be any tortex pick. They will wear down but they don't break. If all else fails use a coin like Brian May.
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#23
You should instead learn to play guitar.

I play metal and never broke even thinnest picks.
#24
I used to have Dunlop Gator 1.18s or something like that...
Then I tried the Dunlop Jazz III XL picks, haven't used any other picks since then. I think I've used them for about over a year now. Same goes for D'Addario strings.
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Use these:

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Use these:

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I actually bought a pack of those some time ago... I feel cheated, they didn't work.
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#29
Jazz III are great I use them and Dunlop Gator Grip 2.00mm for my electric playing.
I like the Jazz III more, but the Gators are not a bad option,.
#30
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Sometimes I'm using the green Dunlop Tortex (.88), and while I like the feel of these they wear down a bit too fast.

I just bought a dozen Tortex .88 greens yesterday. I mostly use them reversed unless I'm just strumming. I have one red .50 Tortex pick that I've used on and off for probably over ten years and it's still going strong. I used to break Fender mediums when playing acoustic so switched to Tortex and haven't looked back.
#31
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Dunlop Jazz III's, I can't even use other picks now.


Quoted for truth. That being said, I've never broken a pick...
#32
Im using dunlop gatorgrip .71mm i used to use the orange tortex but they were to thin and the yellow was to thick but these .71's are nice. whats with the thick pick trend?
#33
I really like Dunlop Tortex H3 picks. They're purple, but they're pretty nice. They've never broken on me, just normal wear from the strings. They have a chalky coating that wears away, but they never really slip away.
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#34
I use the Jazz III blacks... I do even shred at all and for some reason I still find them the best. Sometimes I use the Hetfield Black Fang picks which, despite being signature picks, are actually different from the Tortex ones.
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#35
I always drop the jazz or they fly across the room so I switched to the 3.0 big stubby.
Also never broken any picks.
#36
I used to use Dunlop Gels, the red ones, but when they came out with the ultex sharp pick, the one with the rhino on it, i tried one at a Guitar Center and never looked back. 1.14mm for me and i Love them. Never break any and they actually wear fairly slowly.
#37
I use Dunlop 3mm Stubbies, Jazz III XL, and Pitch Black Jazz III picks.
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#38
I have a bunch of different picks accumulated over the years.

Some of my favorites:

1) Dunlop stubbies

2) stone picks, typically agate or jade, from places like this- http://www.stonepicks.com/combo.html

3) carbon fiber

4) OK, I don't actually own one of these- yet- but this page has some picks made of Gibeon meteorite. I'm familiar with the material, though- a piece of jewelry i was making with the stuff was responsible for breaking 3 diamond-tipped engraving drill tips. http://www.cosmiccutlery.com/accessories.htm

5) another I don't own but know is out there- tungsten carbide picks. TC is stronger than most of the stuff they use for emergency rescue cutting device blades. http://daveluck.deviantart.com/art/Tungsten-Carbide-Guitar-Pick-79033897

Break picks of any of those, and you may have to finally stop using winch cables for strings...
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