#1
Lately I've been eating* through picks at a really irritating rate, and I've yet to find a design I like more than Jazz IIIs. The idea of the ultex ones - same thing but harder - seems to be pretty much exactly what I need. While I can order them at my local store, they don't normally carry them, so before I start with that kerfuffle I just want to know how people find the durability of the ultex Jazz IIIs compared to that of the nylon ones, and - for the sake of complete comparison - how durable/noticeably different in playing the Petrucci picks are.

*Figuratively speaking
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#2
I've been using dunlop nylon .88 for about 15 years as my primary picks. I tend to lose them (pick gnomes) before I ever wear through them.
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#3
Dunlop Nylon Standard picks don't have points, so yeah they take longer to wear down. I'm not particularly interested in that because I specifically like the point on a Jazz III I just want to know whether Ultex Jazz IIIs last significantly enough longer to justify any extra cost or if I should just start bulk buying my picks.
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#4
If you like the picks you use but eat through them, just buy more of them. A lot of pick wear also depends on technique. It might just be that your picking style/angle/attack causes them to wear out more quickly. In that case, a slightly harder pick might be more durable, but will ultimately wear out still. Why change from what you like and are comfortable with just to get a little more longevity out of a pick?

I would recommend that you try the Ultex Jazz III just to see how they feel. Use the pick that feels best and helps you play the best. At the end of the day, how it feels and how you play with it is more important than how long it lasts. Keep that sentence in context and out of the gutter.
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#5
Been using the ultex jazz III's for a bout 2 years now. Bought a bag of 24 back then and still don't notice much wear on them! I find you get more attack from them over the regular nylon ones also. But really you should just buy a small pack of each online, if your local shop doesn't carry them, find which one you prefer, then just order them in bulk. Picks are hardly expensive.
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http://www.guitarcenter.com/Dunlop-Max-Grip-Jazz-III-Carbon-Fiber-Guitar-Picks---24-Pack-105933964-i1527411.gc?source=4WWRWXG9&gclid=CjwKEAjwhbCrBRCO7-e7vuXqiT4SJAB2B5u7eTPS6wNVxrqAH4I84icXfSL1jsh5m62Z7U_dEKKCUhoCAsjw_wcB&kwid=dynamicsearchads-device^c-account^Guitar+Center+@ADL4+Google+@ADL4+US-campaign^%5BADL%5D+%5BNon@ADL4Brand%5D+%5BUS%5D+%5BEnhanced%5D+Test+@ADL4+Keywordless-adid^72682273813-adgroup^Dynamic+Search+Ad+Group

these are carbon fiber jazz III's. they grip really well and last a very long time. i played with a dozen different picks before i tried one of these.
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#7
I love my JP JazzIII's. I find they transition quicker from string to string smoother than the standard ones, plus the JP logo is raised and helps it stay in your hand longer.

They're very large in comparison to the size of the standard Jazz IIIs though which I dont care for but


i've been using the same 8 picks for a while now, and the only noticeable wear is the polished tips are not as polished anymore. No actual wear really.
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#8
I play the jp jazz3 picks and they are great. I find that they are easier to handle than normal jazz3 picks. They seem to have better attack.
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