#1
hey guys..i use dunlop tortex 1.14mm picks...

and i wear them out pretty quickly...on average, a week and the fastest i wore a pick down was in 3 days...by wear, i mean the side edges of the pick near the edge lose their 'thickness' and i lose the grip i get when picking the strings...

i play alot of metal and some blues...and i practice about 3-5 hours a day...

my question is...is this supposed to happen? do the rest of you who use these picks wear them out as fast as i do?
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#2
Try dunlop ultex pics. Made of much stronger material.
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#3
i have the same picks, but my problems a bit different. The grip is ok, but the sides are kinda "scratched". But when you play, try not to do any pick scraping, cuz that screws up the pick rly quickly, so if u have to, just do it when performing. and 3-5 hours a day is quite alot of practising, so that could be one of the main reasons for pick wear
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i have the same picks, but my problems a bit different. The grip is ok, but the sides are kinda "scratched". But when you play, try not to do any pick scraping, cuz that screws up the pick rly quickly, so if u have to, just do it when performing. and 3-5 hours a day is quite alot of practising, so that could be one of the main reasons for pick wear



yeah...thats what i meant....not that i lose grip on the picks...
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#5
I use Fender Mediums and superglue some sandpaper to it for grip. I also sand the picking end slightly so it "grips" the strings.

Just a thought.

Chris
#6
Buy some picks made of a harder material, like Jazz IIIs. They get worn out too, but it takes longer.
#7
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I use Fender Mediums and superglue some sandpaper to it for grip. I also sand the picking end slightly so it "grips" the strings.

Just a thought.

Chris


Thanks, that's a great idea! I've always scratched them up a bit with a knife, but it doesn't work very well.

*runs off to try*
#8
i buy mine in packs of 72 now so when that happens i just chuck em away and grab a new one
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#9
i use my picks, till the tip starts to turn flat, but my main problem is i loose them haha, but yea i have some of those dunlop clear ones, there great last a good while,
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Hope the sanding worked...

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#11
I use a new pick for every song. And sometimes it wears down so much, that this happens.



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#13
Oh yea, don't sand your pick over your guitar...I forgot to mention that
#14
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Oh yea, don't sand your pick over your guitar...I forgot to mention that
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#16
meh if you have thick picks, try resharpening them

or, i have a brilliant idea. buy new ones.
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#17
You must be playing extremely hard then. I consider myself to have a pretty hard picking attack, but I've never even worn down a dunlop tortex, they're like indestructable for me. I break and weard down the cheap plastic ones with ease, but the tortex ones last forever for me, but I usually lose them by that time anyway and have to buy more.
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#18
I use brass picks, they seem to wear down...never. Interesting tone, too.
#19
I see some say they can use a pick for weeks me one a day is about average. I do the 3-5 hours a day thing to. I see the dust pile up under the strings. But I hit the strings pretty hard. Ive tried most kinds and the donlop and fender(not celluloid) picks are available any any store. Ive been going up in thickness and use the 1mm now. There are times when I can get 2 practice sessions out of a pick. But the floor is littered with the worn down ones. I think it has to do with angle. Some pick parallel to the strings some at a slight bevel. I do the bevel thing and I think that wastes the edge faster. Its plastic against metal what do you want.
#20
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I use Fender Mediums and superglue some sandpaper to it for grip. I also sand the picking end slightly so it "grips" the strings.

Just a thought.

Chris

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#21
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I use brass picks, they seem to wear down...never. Interesting tone, too.


I'm using steel. They probably wear even less than brass.