Poll: What plectrum thickness (girth) do you use?
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View poll results: What plectrum thickness (girth) do you use?
Extra light/thin - ≤ 0.44
1 1%
Light/thin - 0.45–0.69
11 10%
Medium - 0.70–0.84
22 21%
Heavy/thick - 0.85–1.20
54 51%
Extra heavy/thick - ≥ 1.50
18 17%
Voters: 106.
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#1
What .mm of plectrum do you use? I've been using .60 for years without really paying too much attention to it, but I'm thinking of upgrading to .70 or .80, do you switch it about for different styles or just stay with the same pick every time? What is the best pick for each genre???

?

EDIT: Upgraded to .88mm and it's miles better than .60 for solos
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Last edited by machugh_770 at May 28, 2015,
#5
i like to use wooden pencils.

makes cool sounds.


but srs, anything over a mill thick is overkill unless you're into making your guitar sound like a motor saw.

edit;

dunlop jazz 3's / close thread.
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Last edited by k.lainad at May 11, 2015,
#6
Quote by k.lainad
i like to use wooden pencils.

makes cool sounds.


but srs, anything over a mill thick is overkill unless you're into making your guitar sound like a motor saw.


Bowing with a drumstick + echo/delay makes for choir-like sounds
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#7
Quote by Dreadnought
Thin when strumming, thick when picking



That seems logical. Noted.
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#10
1.2 mm, sometimes 0.81 mm for acoustic


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#12
Quote by slipknot5678
fingers is only real option.


That rather elitist of you, don't you think?
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#13
2-3mm for bass

i can only use the gibson triangle picks, all the others slip too much
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#15
I use 1.5mm dunlop tortex pics (for guitar, I use fingers for bass)

1.5mm still feels too thin sometimes.
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#16
Quote by Bladez22
2-3mm for bass

i can only use the gibson triangle picks, all the others slip too much


Is that the one with a trio of different .mm's or do gibson have shit-tons of grip?

Jim Dunlop is grippy even when sweaty...
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#17
It depends on what instrument I'm playing and what style.
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#18
Quote by machugh_770
Is that the one with a trio of different .mm's or do gibson have shit-tons of grip?

Jim Dunlop is grippy even when sweaty...


(not 100% what you mean)

the triangle ones have 3 thicknesses, S,M,H. I use Heavy, and they're grippier, but the reason they slip is just because of the thicker strings on bass and my clamy hands

i use my fingers when i can, but i find it so much easier to play metal with a pick

that too, normal picks have a way harsher "click", the triangle ones aren't as noisy I've found maybe thats due to the fact that i can hold it properly when playing tho
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Last edited by Bladez22 at May 11, 2015,
#20
If I'm going to use a pick it has to be a Dunlop Max Grip Jazz. Not sure on the thickness, but they don't bend at all. Nowadays I mostly play with my fingernails anyway, but I do still use picks sometimes.
#22
I'd been using 1.5mm for the longest time, but when I started playing gypsy jazz I was having issues getting a good sound. I heard Django always used these freakishly large picks. So I went out and got me a handful of these 3.0mm monsters and I haven't looked back. I use them for everything now.
#23
who says plectrums anymore like what a weird word


I use 2 or 3mm
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#24
What thickness are Jazz III plecs?

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#25
Quote by FrauVfromPoB
I'd been using 1.5mm for the longest time, but when I started playing gypsy jazz I was having issues getting a good sound. I heard Django always used these freakishly large picks. So I went out and got me a handful of these 3.0mm monsters and I haven't looked back. I use them for everything now.


The smaller ones, or the bigger ones?

I think the 3mm are the biggers ones. I hate those things.
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#26
1mm ish bone jazz 3
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#27
Anyone use metal picks?
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#29
Quote by Pastafarian96
Sweet Jesus no, anything harder than brass would start cutting strings and aluminium would wear quickly and sound bad.


So you're saying that metal picks are no good?
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#30
Quote by theogonia777
So you're saying that metal picks are no good?

not when comparing the physical attributes of various materials from the perspective of a penniless engineering student.
#31
lol wat? plastics are way softer than aluminium... aluminium is soft for a metal, buts its still much harder than common plastics you wouldn't want a pick made from it tho cos it'd be so expensive and would probably fvck the strings up... Aluminium would wear a lot slower than your average plastic pick, but its mainly the costs involved with making anything from aluminium that's the problem

but iirc some people really like stainless steel picks, which does wear the strings fast, but the metal on metal produces a much brighter tone

I'm literally typing up an assignment on materials and processes for an mech eng degree
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Last edited by Bladez22 at May 11, 2015,
#32
I've been using nickel silver finger picks for years and have never had problems wearing down the picks or strings. And they are like four bucks for a set of 5. That's coming from the perspective of a professional banjo player though.
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Last edited by theogonia777 at May 11, 2015,
#34
Nickel silver doesn't actually have any silver in btw, and is actually a copper alloy
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#35
Quote by Bladez22
Nickel silver doesn't actually have any silver in btw, and is actually a copper alloy


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#36
Quote by theogonia777
What's your point?


i'm not really sure...
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#37
I don't even know why I said something about aluminium, I re-read that and thought "what am I talking about?"

Nickel silver/German Silver = 60% copper, 10% nickel, 30% Zinc. no silver here.

I'm also in the middle of class so I'm also straight up looking at this shit.
#40
When did anyone say that there was silver in it?
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