Poll: Picks or Coins??
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Picks...
134 97%
Coins
4 3%
Voters: 138.
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#1
OK... who uses coins to picks?? I can't use picks for **** so i stick with coins. I know it destroys the strings and feel free to post any other problems it comes with but i'll still use it...
#2
I use them if I cant find a pick. But thats changed since I got a whole bunch of picks on my desk.
#3
i used a coin once....................................there were no survivors
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#4
i watched on nirvana unplugged and kurt was playing with a quarter, im not sure about his electric playing though.
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#5
Brian May uses a sixpence
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#7
I mainly use plecs, I used to use a 2p coin (still do for abit of fun) and it kept getting magnetically attracted to the pickups, was pretty amusing to try and play with.
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#9
yeah i've used a coin before, it was a 20p, which seems to be ok although oddly shapped
#10
nah, it sounds odd. Billy Gibbons from ZZtop uses a peso. ha. I find them too fat and difficult to do pinch harmonics with. Ehh I just prefer a pick.


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#12
I know it's illegal but sand the sharp edges down, your strings will last longer.
#13
is that illegal? >_>

if i have the money its mine so ill do whatever i wanna do with it :p

but i use coins regulary , because i always lose my picks...for some reason :p
#14
I have picks all over, but i have used coins, waaay to thick IMO i like my picks thick but thin enough to do pinch harmonics and fast picking on

but i have however used a coin as a slide
#15
Quote by Punk2Guitar
is that illegal? >_>

if i have the money its mine so ill do whatever i wanna do with it :p

Incorrect. You own the value of that coin. The coin remains the property of your government. Any defacing you do to the coin can lead to fines etc.
#16
Meh, I tried it once--It didn't turn out too good.

I'll stay with the picks.
#17
Quote by Mahavishnu80
Brian May used coins-the UK coins are big and cumbersome or weird shaped so they are a no-no


FYI a the Sixpence that Brian May uses is an old form of British currency. Sixpences are fairly small and thin, they also have a very large silver content compared to modern coins, so they have more give than modern coins.

Ive used one and they make fairly decent picks, but ill stick with Jim Dunlops.
#18
I use picks, but if there's none around I'll just look in my wallet for some money.
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#19
You get a sixpence with the new digitech brian may signtaure pedal.
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#20
I used a coin once since i didn't have any picks at the time (the ones i had had fallen out of my pockets and i had ran out of spares in my wallet.
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#21
I used a coin once. It felt funny to me. I usually cut up a metrocard or those clear discs you get when you buy a pack of empty cds....cuz I prefer heavy picks.
#22
i've used a coin before, but i usually just use picks. i find them easier to use and i dont really like the sound that coins make.
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#23
I used to grind quarters down into a pick shape and smooth them out, but now I just use sheets of copper to make my metal picks out of. When I need to invent a 41st fret on my guitar for a quick chime, the metal picks come in handy
#25
I use penis sometimes.

I also use a block of wood (5cm) when I am bored.

Picks most of the time though.

/EDIT: Pennies as above
#26
If I can't find a pick I'll rip the top off a pack of cigarettes and fold it a coupla times into a triangle shape. I've used coins, but I think my trick works better!
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#28
never used a coin, don't like 'em so thick. However, I'm beginning to get curious about how one of those souvenir pennies that you can make in those machines commonly found in amusment parks might feel and sound.
#29
i know ppl who made a pick outta a bottle of pop but i prefer picks
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#30
I'll use whichever one I've got. Coins give a richer sound, but I go through too many strings, so I use picks most of the time. Or just finger pick stuff.
#31
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I mainly use plecs, I used to use a 2p coin (still do for abit of fun) and it kept getting magnetically attracted to the pickups, was pretty amusing to try and play with.


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#32
I used to have one of those souveir pennies, and used it for a pick. Wasn't too fast, but had a nice ringing sound for acoustic strumming.
#33
When I cant find a pick, I use a Canadian Dime... pretty good actully
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#34
i recorded that whole song in my sig with a penney coin
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#35
oh no, the song has gone
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#36
I have honestly never used a coin before...But, seeing that even 1.0 mm picks are too thick for my tastes, I doubt I'd like using a coin much. Plus, replacing strings constantly would break my patience and my wallet.

I use Dunlop Tortex .88mm picks and they haven't let me down...
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#37
I've used them a couple of times. Gave a real twangy sound, wasn't good for pinch harmonics though.
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#38
I've never used a coin, I found it has too much friction on the strings when I play. So I just get a playing card and fold it in half and cut it into a triangle.
#39
I use both pretty regular. But my general rule is this:

If I'm playing LaGrange, I grab a quarter.

Anything else, a Fender medium pick, tortoise shell.
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#40
I don't like american coins(all I've tried).
The fact they're round means you have to put the coin a lot further down to pick effectively.
Having tryed the souvenier pennies, they aren't so great. Usually the strings get caught on the text if there is any.
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