#1
So a few months ago I decided that I needed thicker picks because I figured they'd be better for fast and abrasive genres like thrash and heavy metal. So I went and bought a pack of Iron Maiden branded picks, mainly because they were pretty and because the place I bought them didn't have many thick picks.
After an hour or two of playing my first pick really wore off, one of them even had a little "hook" at the end!
Is it normal for picks to wear out and as fast and as bad as mine did? I attached a picture for you guys to see. I can't complain about the printing, that didn't wear off, but I think the material they're made of may be a little too soft...

P.S.: What brand picks would you recommend for heavier genres? Also, what thickness?
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#2
try Dunlop Tortex pickst or you may like the Dunlop Ultex picks

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#3
I use some Dunlop 2mm picks and I use them for heavy picking, they don't wear out for months.
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#4
Yeah, I use the dunlop tortex. But they'll still wear out if you have a heavy picking hand, which it sounds like you do.
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#5
its all preference, obviously the guys in iron maiden like the standard style picks.

i would say a "majority" of shred players prefer smaller, pointier, harder, thicker picks such as a dunlop jazz 3. i like those, but i gravitate towards the DAVA rubber grip assist picks, the small ones (jazz 3 sized). no matter what i do, i keep going back.

i like a smaller stiff pick. it makes you rely on your fingers for attacked and dynamics because it doesnt give as much. after a while, you realize that you get used to it and you dont need a floppy pick.

i really think the smaller pick makes you more accurate. i once stopped and looked while i was playing, and i realized i only let about 1 mm show out of my fingers to actually touch the strings. barely anything. a tiny tiny point its all i am picking with.

im sure thats a personal thing, but it made me realize i am most comforatable literally having almost no pick at all.
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#6
I like the dunlop pitch black picks. Do they still make them? I haven't had to buy in a while. I also bought a tin of the James Hetfield signature black fangs (I needed another 5 bucks for my whole order to ship free) I ended up liking them, too. They have a cool matte finish that gives me better grip, but also a nice release on the strings.

Also, make sure you're not gripping the pick too tightly, it should move a bit when playing. Not flopping around, mind you. There should be a little up and down action when strumming/picking.
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#7
Dunlop ultex sharp 0.73mm one of the best picks i've tried. Wears out very slowly and doesn't bend easily even for a .73mm thickness.
#8
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I also bought a tin of the James Hetfield signature black fangs (I needed another 5 bucks for my whole order to ship free) I ended up liking them, too. They have a cool matte finish that gives me better grip, but also a nice release on the strings.



The Blackfangs are Dunlop Ultex Sharps with fancy paintjob. (and slightly more matte surface as result) Ultex Sharps are my favourite picks. Comes in variety of different thickness, doesnt slip too badly, wear resistant and the edge is just right. Sharp enough to give good attack but doesnt feel like it gets stuck/drags on strings like Dunlop Tortex Sharps.

TS, if the picks you bought are the typical nylon/plastic picks they wear out fast. Tortex is toughter and Ultex even more. So far the toughtest picks I have used have been Jazz III XL Black "Stiffo" ones. Seriously, they last forever. You are more likely to lose them (which is easy thanks to the black color) before wearing them out. Too bad they are slippery in my hands, but Ultex Sharp is a happy medium. Good enough in every regard.

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#9
jazz III for life

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The Blackfangs are Dunlop Ultex Sharps with fancy paintjob. (and slightly more matte surface as result) Ultex Sharps are my favourite picks. Comes in variety of different thickness, doesnt slip too badly, wear resistant and the edge is just right. Sharp enough to give good attack but doesnt feel like it gets stuck/drags on strings like Dunlop Tortex Sharps.


Cool, I know what to buy when I need more.
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#11
I bought one Epic Grip last year. I’ve been using it almost exclusively for guitar since October with little noticeable wear. Titanium kicks ass.
#12
Stone picks, carbon fiber, metal...that's what I prefer.

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I prefer the stone over most others- the hardness leads to durability, the polish lets them glide over strings like glass.
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#13
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Dunlop ultex sharp 0.73mm one of the best picks i've tried. Wears out very slowly and doesn't bend easily even for a .73mm thickness.


I picked up a pack of those last week and really like them.
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tortex jazz III for life

i'm being serious

Fixed and agreed
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