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#1
For some reason after I use a new pick for about 2 days, the pick is worn down quite a bit and I can't play as good. When I get a fresh pick I'm way better again, should I keep using the worn picks to get used to them or is this normal? I'm using Dunlop .73. Yellows.

Thanks.
#2
i play the same ones as u
or the dunlop tortex 1.0 but yea
i still have my first picks from each bag...
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#3
Lol, I've been using the same 3 picks for the past year. And each of them are worth one-sixth of a dollar. Though, they all lost their pointed sides so it's hard for me to tell which side is the "picking side".
#4
try a thicker pick maybe? idk, i like my picks a little rounded and worn down. I can alternate pick faster when they are worn down.
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#6
ya man i find that I play better with new picks, especially tortex. But I try not to waste and attempt to make them last about a month or so.
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#8
I've used like five in the past two years, the best type (I think) are Martin Co. Because they're just so well-made.
#9
you're picking to hard. I went throuhg the same thing, but now i lightened my attack a little and use the same picks i did a year ago, only worn from pick-sliding of course.
#10
The thing is, they're not THAT worn down, I'll take a picture in a minute and show you.
#11
Lol, I could take a picture of mine.

They look like plastic circles
#13
Here, top is used, bottom is new.


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^ That's from 2 days?


Yep, but is that a, that's not worn at all or a, how the hell did you ware that out in 2 days ?
#16
I'm the same way, picks for me are only fresh for a day or two at most, but i only insist using FRESH picks in performances or important rehersals, so most of the time i practice i use a worn one.
They also wear faster with heavier strings
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#17
How hard are you strumming? How long have you been playing?

You don't need to hit the strings so hard.
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Do you take Billie Joe as a role model and punch the guitar strings?How long do you practise?
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#19
lol do you pet your vermin with them?
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Do you take Billie Joe as a role model and punch the guitar strings?How long do you practise?


Punch the strings...haha..
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#21
I got some free dunlop pick in the mail (thanks to a thread somebody made on this site like two years ago) and I've been using that same pick since then. I personally love how worn down it is. It just feels right in my fingertips, ya know?

I don't know how long I've been playing with it, I guess, but it's very worn down. Before this one I had four fender medium picks that I had been using, I love them, too. I just don't care for brand new picks as much as personally worn down picks. That's just me.
#22
I prefer my pick to be worn. It's just like new shoes, it's not comfortable until it's worn in.

I don't know what mine is but it's green and looks like nylon. Got a a textured surface with a wheel design on one side and target on the other side. What do I have? Dunlops?
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#23
those tortex one are prone to do that, try anothe rmaterial, the nylon ones dont ever wear down.
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#24
Dude, judging by the picture, it's not that worn down at all.
I never have problems with pick wear anyway, I have about 30 or 40 picks of all shapes and sizes and colours etc (yes i know I have allot but my local guitar shop leaves their pick section unguarded all the time so i cant help but swipe a few whenever I go in there, bloody theif I am) but I suggest to using a higher gauge pick if your worried about wearing them down, like a 1.5, I love them
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#25
I've been using the same pick for about 2 years now, still works great, no scratches that affect it.
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#26
I use two picks a week but thats because I use fairly thin picks (Dunlop .60s - orange). I suppose because I play my guitar quite low I hit the strings harder. When I lose about 2-3mm from the pick I change it. I practise like 5 hours a day though and play quite a bit of stuff with scratching etc. so thats probably why they wear down pretty quick.
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#27
I like mine rounded. Well i do a lot of alternative picking and tremolo picking and sweep picking and it just slides along the strings and i guess thats what i like.

I like my picks super ass thick like bass picks with the thumb imprint in the middle?

I wore off the brand, what kinda pick is it? does any one know?
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I like mine rounded. Well i do a lot of alternative picking and tremolo picking and sweep picking and it just slides along the strings and i guess thats what i like.

I like my picks super ass thick like bass picks with the thumb imprint in the middle?

I wore off the brand, what kinda pick is it? does any one know?

Arent they the Dunlop stubbys. I cant use thick picks, I end up dropping them or hitting 2 strings at once
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#29
I think theyre stubbys but i dont really know. But they just fit my fingers ( i have long ass fingers)

whats wierd is i either use those which i think is a 3.0 mm or like those super ass floppy ones that are like .08 haha I Dont think it's that small, but you get what i'm saying.
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#30
Try Dunlop Ultex picks. They're similar to the Tortex, but they only come in one colour. They have a smaller range of sizes. They're my favourite picks: They last ages, have a great tone and don't have the weird dust like the Tortex have on them. My 1mm Ultex that I've had for 2-3 months hasn't worn at all, all I've managed to do is take the shine off the very tip.
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#33
i use a couple different picks. I usually use Dunlops, 1mm to 2mm. But they do wear down, but not in like 2 days. When that happens, it feels like theres nothing to pick with, similar to a flat surface. I think thats what is happening to you. Sometimes i'll use a 3mm pick (i only have one, but would like to get more), its also Dunlop.

Another type of pick i use is Dunlop gator grips, 2mm. They have a kind of rounded edge, so they arent good if you're playing something thats like tremolo picking, because it wount have as good of an effect as a regular medium - heavy pick. But anything else, it sounds pretty cool. If you're playing with a clean sound, they can give you a really nice sound, great tone.

I reccomend any of the picks i mentioned above.
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#34
I need the pick to be "soft" enough to slighty bend it so it fits my thumb.. alternate picking and pinch harmonics tear alot on them.. use mainly dunlop black nylons.. they last a fair bit.
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#35
I use Dunlop Delrins 1.14 or 1.5. They dont wear down at all and are great for shredding and stuff.
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#36
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Try Dunlop Ultex picks. They're similar to the Tortex, but they only come in one colour. They have a smaller range of sizes. They're my favourite picks: They last ages, have a great tone and don't have the weird dust like the Tortex have on them. My 1mm Ultex that I've had for 2-3 months hasn't worn at all, all I've managed to do is take the shine off the very tip.


finally dude youre the only other person Ive ever seen on here who uses those

and btw, the rhino is a different color depending on what size you get
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#39
thats a weird way to wear, and even weirder for that to wear in just 2 days.

these picks are about a year old, i just grab whats in my wallet. they get used about the same





as you can see, the tips are really faded. and i dont relly feel a difference in new picks to old.
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#40
i like mine pointed too. so i take an exacto knife or sharp scissor and cut a new point in it.
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