#1
Should a guitar pick be replaced if the point isn't that pointy anymore due playing?
#3
Nope, you're suppose to use the same pick for the rest of your life. If you use a different pick, the flux capacitor goes out of phase and eventually it'll catch fire. Make damn sure you don't lose that pick!
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#4
If it's made of something soft like nylon or tortex, try rubbing the sides on a carpet to sharpen it.
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#5
Change it whenever you feel like changing it.
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#6
How is it even possible to keep a plec long enough to actually wear it? I use a different pick every week because they tend to mysteriously dissapear...
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How is it even possible to keep a plec long enough to actually wear it? I use a different pick every week because they tend to mysteriously dissapear...

I wear them down all the time.......
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#8
Damn pick gnomes always steal mine way before they wear down.
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#9
Stainless steel picks=problem solved.

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#10
^ that way you're likely to have to change strings about as often as I change tortex picks
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^ that way you're likely to have to change strings about as often as I change tortex picks


You'd think that. But I'm not a gorilla strummer. I keep my 7 nice and high so I move my hand as little as possible to pick. And my sixers are slung low with stupid thick strings. It all works out. I don;t see that much more string wear.
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#12
I've found that ultex wears down slower than tortex. I was using Dunlop Tortex Sharps but recently switched to their Ultex Sharps. I did that because I preferred the shape but have noticed slightly less wear as a nice bonus.
I buy them by the dozen so it doesn't really matter anyway. If one does wear out I toss it away. Picks are cheap. I usually drop a heap of picks on top of my amp and just grab the first one that comes to hand. So really I don't notice a lot of wear often anyway because it gets spread around between them. Occasionally one will get a bit blunt so I toss it at the crowd and grab another one.
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#13
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Nope, you're suppose to use the same pick for the rest of your life. If you use a different pick, the flux capacitor goes out of phase and eventually it'll catch fire. Make damn sure you don't lose that pick!



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Damn pick gnomes always steal mine way before they wear down.

lol, indeed. However, i suspect that there is actually a black hole that sucks the picks.

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How is it even possible to keep a plec long enough to actually wear it? I use a different pick every week because they tend to mysteriously dissapear...

Yeah, it's possible. Those picks can't hide from me!


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You'd think that. But I'm not a gorilla strummer. I keep my 7 nice and high so I move my hand as little as possible to pick. And my sixers are slung low with stupid thick strings. It all works out. I don;t see that much more string wear.

But i am a gorilla strummer. I like punishing those strings .
#14
well, you could always sacrifice that useless pick.
just "accidently" drop it. The pick monster should teleport it to the pick universe
where it will be enslaved for 2,147,483,647 years.
after that it will return to its original form, a humus and a poor child will be able to eat it.
#15
There is no right or wrong time to throw a pick out. If you could still happily use it, keep it. If you think it's worn down too much to use, throw it at an adoring fan at a concert. Try and hit them in the eyeball.
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#16
i went through tortex fast. but still, the disappear before they are too worn.

i really like the max grip carbon fiber picks. they are great. i use the maxgrip jazz iii's and they last forever. but i don't use one pick at a time. i can probobly see a dozen on the floor or amp or counter from right here.
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Quote by VeilSide
well, you could always sacrifice that useless pick.
just "accidently" drop it. The pick monster should teleport it to the pick universe
where it will be enslaved for 2,147,483,647 years.
after that it will return to its original form, a humus and a poor child will be able to eat it.

Good idea, but that's too long! By that time, people use robotic controlled picks that will stay under your skin when you don't play.

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There is no right or wrong time to throw a pick out. If you could still happily use it, keep it. If you think it's worn down too much to use, throw it at an adoring fan at a concert. Try and hit them in the eyeball.

lol

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i went through tortex fast. but still, the disappear before they are too worn.

i really like the max grip carbon fiber picks. they are great. i use the maxgrip jazz iii's and they last forever. but i don't use one pick at a time. i can probobly see a dozen on the floor or amp or counter from right here.

Dunlop and Tortex seem to wear out fast. But at least they don't seem to damage the strings that much.
#18
I don't think I ever lost a pick.

I just replace them when the tip becomes blunt, and I keep the worn ones in a small box. Don't know what I'll do with them, but I don't feel like throwing them into the bin either. Damn, I'm weird.
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#19
My 3mm Big Stubby's are like 6 years old and still in perfect shape I have lost most of them by now though.
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#20
I seem to lose mine. I swear to god one day im gonna move a piece of furniture and discover about 500 plectrums
#21
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I don't think I ever lost a pick.

I just replace them when the tip becomes blunt, and I keep the worn ones in a small box. Don't know what I'll do with them, but I don't feel like throwing them into the bin either. Damn, I'm weird.


You're either exceptionally OCD or a damn liar...
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You're either exceptionally OCD or a damn liar...

I admit I have a bit of OCD when it comes to some stuff...

I even keep a lot of used strings. I keep thinking that I might need them in an emergency if I break one. Which never happens, since I always have brand-new packs of strings at hand to completely restring the guitar.


I can post pics, if you want to see my collection of used picks and strings.
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I admit I have a bit of OCD when it comes to some stuff...

I even keep a lot of used strings. I keep thinking that I might need them in an emergency if I break one. Which never happens, since I always have brand-new packs of strings at hand to completely restring the guitar.


I can post pics, if you want to see my collection of used picks and strings.


Thanks but I'll just take your word for it...

Used guitar strings are useful, just not on a guitar.
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#24
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I can post pics, if you want to see my collection of used picks and strings.


I kinda wanna see it......
#25
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Used guitar strings are useful, just not on a guitar.


They are fun to brand unsuspecting people with. Just take a lighter, give it a few seconds to start glowing red and . Lol funny as shit. I have some brands from payback lol. Fun stuff.
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I kinda wanna see it......


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Thanks but I'll just take your word for it...

Since LivinJoke wants to see it, you don't have to take my word for it. You can see it for yourself:




And this is just the stuff I had easy access to, I have more at the studio my band uses for rehearsals.

As I said, I never lose my picks, but I do take a couple of used ones to gigs to put in my mic stand's pick holder. That way, when people in the audience ask for a pick, I give away the used ones first.

The coffin where I keep my used picks (along with a few bands-related pinback buttons) is an old papercraft from the band The Agonist.


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Used guitar strings are useful, just not on a guitar.

Once I gave a couple of them to our cleaning lady, she wanted them to clean the k-itchen sink's pipes at her house.

Other than that, what are they useful for?

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#27
Damn pick gnomes always steal mine way before they wear down.


#28
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Once I gave a couple of them to our cleaning lady, she wanted them to clean the k-itchen sink's pipes at her house.

Other than that, what are they useful for?

The unwound ones make great rabbit snares.

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You do realise that you are insane don't you?

Some of the world's greatest minds were called insane, too.


But in my case it's probably just insanity and not geniality...
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#30
How do you even keep them that long?! i swear i set mine down for a second and it vanishes
#31
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How do you even keep them that long?! i swear i set mine down for a second and it vanishes

I always know where my stuff is, and I keep track of it as much as possible.
In my whole life, I only lost a couple of things.

Like Arby said, I must have a bit of OCD.
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#32
I was sitting naked and my pick stuck to my ass and then I put pants on and it fell out my leg later when I was in the supermarket.
#33
Is this thread really still alive?
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#34
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How do you even keep them that long?! i swear i set mine down for a second and it vanishes

The pick gnomes have mercy.

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I was sitting naked and my pick stuck to my ass and then I put pants on and it fell out my leg later when I was in the supermarket.

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#35
My picks dont wear down.Someone breaks into my home at night and steals picks and a single sock all the time. Hope I catch them someday.
#36
Quote by Jageetar
Should a guitar pick be replaced if the point isn't that pointy anymore due playing?


Yeah, if you can't sand it down to a point again, toss it and get another.

I use Gravity Picks (2mm and 3mm Razer, mostly), and I've only ever worn ONE of them to the point where it needed some touchup with fine sandpaper.


As an aside, I don't, generally, lose picks around the house. I do have rotten, dastardly, thieving friends, however, who purloin the suckers all the time. Thus, I keep the expensive Gravities tucked well away and I have a Pick Punch that I use to make picks out of old credit cards, etc. THOSE I leave where they can be found. As an aside, however, you can buy the materials for some very good picks from both the Pick Punch people and from other sources. In one case, I tried something that they suggested: gluing two or three thin picks together. You can then sand the edges/point to where you like it and end up with one thick pick. Again, just a few of those was sufficient for me (and I'm now very happy to pay my friend at Gravity do to the work <G>.

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, I had some female audience member ask me for a pick with sweat on it, and she got all weird-giddy over it. I have NO idea what she did with it, and I'm not sure that I want to know.
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My picks dont wear down.Someone breaks into my home at night and steals picks and a single sock all the time. Hope I catch them someday.




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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, I had some female audience member ask me for a pick with sweat on it, and she got all weird-giddy over it. I have NO idea what she did with it, and I'm not sure that I want to know.


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#38
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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, I had some female audience member ask me for a pick with sweat on it, and she got all weird-giddy over it. I have NO idea what she did with it, and I'm not sure that I want to know.

Why does that weird cool stuff never happen to me? I'd want to know.
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#39
I lose them at gigs mostly... by putting them in my pocket, forgetting that I put them there, so I grab a new one out of the tin that sits on my amp. Then my wife finds them when she does laundry... so my pick tin mysteriously fills up every week or so... It's like magic..

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