#1
I need help deciding which kind of pick to use. The truth is, I only use picks for solos so i have mine in my mouth half the time. I need one that will last a long time, because i only got like $20.
#2
Uh, picks cost a dollar (if even that). Why don't you just buy a bunch and see what you like best?


I use Ultex.
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#3
I know picks are cheap but you usually have to buy them in packs... I'll have to try ultex though...thanks
#4
dude no one can really tell you what picks work for you. all that will happen is you'll get a bunch of replies saying "well I use this". ok so personally I mainly use Jim Dunlop Nylon picks usually either 1mm (black) or 2mm (Purple) that works for me can't say if they'd work for you.
#5
Normally in the shop they have a box and you can take as many as you like. I'm using Ernie ball picks now they last alot longer than the standard Torex. I play lots of fast music and people tell you thick picks a better but I like thin ones like 0.70mm couldn't get used to the thick ones and hate their tone. Just buy lots of different sizes and see what you like.
Or you could use a coin that'll last a while😃
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#6
Ya, I know that Nylons don't work for me... I was hoping someone would say something about how thick the pick should be for alternative/hard rock. And i play electric most of the time, which is why i don't like nylons...
#7
Quote by Tomatodawg
Ya, I know that Nylons don't work for me... I was hoping someone would say something about how thick the pick should be for alternative/hard rock. And i play electric most of the time, which is why i don't like nylons...


Yeah because theres no right answers. You can use any pick for anything. Its what YOU prefer. Nothing is set in stone.
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#8
Picks are the thing with the least influence on the sound, get one that feels comfortable and use that.
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#9
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Ya, I know that Nylons don't work for me... I was hoping someone would say something about how thick the pick should be for alternative/hard rock. And i play electric most of the time, which is why i don't like nylons...


LOL dude I play mainly electric and play hard rock as well. this is kinda the point. I use 1mm or 2mm picks someone else said they use .70mm there just plain isn't a stock answer to give you. you'll just have to try a few out til you find something you like.
#11
I really like Dunlop Tortex 1mm (blue) picks, which I then file down to get a nice sharp edge. The Fender 351 Premium Celluloid pick is outstanding, although you may have to occasionally smooth the sides with a file if your strings chip them or if you play aggresivelly. Other than that, Jazz III's and Jazz III XL's are great picks for precision playing.

I use or have used these picks myself, and they work for me.

Of course, what I like may not be what you like and vice versa. Experiment with picks until you find what works best for you. But if your playing style employs precise alternate picking runs, I would strongly recommend to avoid picks thinner than 1mm.
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#12
Only you will be able to decide. You have to experiment, there is no way around it. I tried everything from Ernie ball Celluloid thin picks to the Dunlop Big stubby(3mm).

I would recommend you try Dunlop's Delrin or Tortex line. I'm currently using .96 mm, 1.14 mm and 1.5 mm for electric and .5 mm for acoustic.

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Those picks actually look kinda cool. I might consider getting myself one for Christmas.
#13
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Picks are the thing with the least influence on the sound, get one that feels comfortable and use that.



Well that is complete nonsense. Everything about a pick affects the sound. Size, shape, thickness, material. Pick choice can make as much difference as string choice.

To the original question, I prefer thicker picks or at least very rigid thin picks.
#14
I use Gravity Picks Razers in 2-3mm. Very sharp point, available in several sizes, last forever.
An alternative is a Big Stubby in the same thickness, but I usually sand them to give me a better point.
#16
I just started using a stainless steel DR pick. It was $4, and I'm pretty sure it will last forever. I got an extra incase I lose it.
#17
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Everything about a pick affects the sound. Size, shape, thickness, material.
Yes, though I said another thing.
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Pick choice can make as much difference as string choice.
You should try this in real life.
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#18
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go brian may style and use a six pence coin

I should...but i live in america and don't have a six-pence coin
#19
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Picks are the thing with the least influence on the sound, get one that feels comfortable and use that.


I find the sound quite different if I use a .7mm or a 1.5mm pick. I heard tons of good things about the Dunlop Jazz II pick though, which I'm going to buy soon.
#20
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I find the sound quite different if I use a .7mm or a 1.5mm pick. I heard tons of good things about the Dunlop Jazz II pick though, which I'm going to buy soon.

Jazz pick look freaky...like me...I'll have to try one
#21
I would like to say thanks to everyone who gave me a suggestion...I will probably try out various picks from 1mm to 2mm. Btw, does anyone know of a place to get custom picks?
#22
I don't know a maker of custom picks, but I honestly think you should try existing ones, I mean they're less than a dollar each and once you know what you like or dislike in a pick, and only after you find yourself dissatisfied with all existing models, you should consider having anything customised. If there are custom picks anyway, which I'm unaware of.
#24
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By custom picks i mean custom design on the pick

you usually have to order a fair amount of picks to get something like that so at this point I wouldn't worry about it.
#25
Just get the Dunlop Pick Variety Pack medium/heavy. It shouldn't cost a lot.
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#26
Jazz III picks are nice as are V-Picks.
Fender Strat -> MXR GT-OD -> Lovepedal OD-11 -> MXR Black Label Chorus -> Mesa F-30

Exclusively using V-Picks!
#27
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Just get the Dunlop Pick Variety Pack medium/heavy. It shouldn't cost a lot.



THIS +3.1415. $6 and you get to play the field. figure what you like and buy those.
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#28
For electric, I use a Dunlop Tortex 1.14mm pick, the purple one. Acoustic or classical, I go Jeff Beck and use my fingers haha
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#29
I personally love Dava picks. My favorite are made from delrin plastic with a molded plastic that feels comfortable and sounds more accurate than normal floppy picks.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/accessories/dava-grip-tips-delrin-medium?pdpSearchTerm=dava
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#30
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Just get the Dunlop Pick Variety Pack medium/heavy. It shouldn't cost a lot.



THIS +3.1415. $6 and you get to play the field. figure what you like and buy those.


seriously get that assortment and learn for your self. other its wasting everybody's time. i am not being an ass, just saying to try. and learn. or you can see what everybody likes. form your on opinion.
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#31
I got a ton of new picks!!! I got this Fender thin shaped like a giant triangle, An Ibanes 1mm, A bunch of Peaveys with super heros on them (They are Marvel not DC, but DC is still Better than Marvel), A Fender Heavy, A 1.14mm Tortex sharp, A 1mm picks by the pound, and finally my favorite pick a Black Gibson EH.
#32
Hey good for you. Glad you found a pletrum you can dig.
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#34
Got some xl jazz iii nylon picks and they're pretty good. They don't seem to wear either, which is great.
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#35
i like jazz IIIs for lead work, but its not my favorite for rhythm.
Yellow tortex is my favorite overall for both.
can't stand celluloid or nylon
#36
ULTEX! They have a Rhino on them. Obviously the best.
I'm just a kickin' and a gougin' in the mud and the blood and the beer.
#37
As you can see, people are saying "Tortex is the best" "Ultex is the best" "Nylon is the best" "Jazz III is the best". The thing is, it's all about personal preference. The Dunlop Variety Pack includes all of those picks and more.

Another option is to go to a music store and just try how different picks feel in your hand.
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Just remember that there are no boring scales, just boring players.

Gear

Bach Stradivarius 37G
Charvel So Cal
Fender Dimension Bass
Hartke HyDrive 210c
Ibanez BL70
Laney VC30
Tokai TB48
Yamaha FG720S-12
Yamaha P115