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#1
hey guys well my bass player in our band is new at with playing so he's not really good using his fingers so i thought he should use a pick. the only thing was which kind? do you guys use regular medium picks (.50 mm) or the XL picks when playing bass? any help would be great
#3
i use .88mm dunlop tortex picks. I guess its just personal preference.
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I like to use 2 mil. And I refuse to use anything under 1.5 mil, or your tone goes to hell.


thats what i was thinking. i figured if he used .50 mm he would mess up a lot of the notes
#8
When I play with a pick, I usually use Dunlop Tortex 1.14mm. Sometimes I'll use a 2mm. Your standard Fender pick, even if its a heavy gauge, WILL get torn to shreds by bass strings.
#10
I use the yellow tortex picks which are .73 I believe. I like my picks to have a little bit of give in them.
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#11
I do quite well with the green tortexes.

But I have been known to use a .27 before.[/QUOTE]


wow .27?
#12
I like using 1.14 - 2 mm picks, any thinner and they bend out of shape.
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#14
I use 3mm Dunlop Big Stubbys. They are shaped in such a way that they are less likey to slip than flat picks. The shape of the tip allows for greater variety in attack and tone, yet they're plenty thick enough to keep, whatever tone you use, consistant.
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#16
Mmmm .27's

I usually use about .50 to 1mm. Maybe 1.2mm. Nothing higher.
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#18
I use a 2p coin occasionally, but that's a very specific tone that you probably don't want all the time. It's great for pickscraping, though. :p
In general, good thick picks are the way to go, but it's all personal preference.
#19
I use the purple Tortex picks 1.14mm.

But I just want to comment on your original post. Picks shouldn't be a fall back because someone hasn't built the skill to do finger style. Both styles have their applicability, and using a pick should be done to get a specific sound, not as potential training wheel until you build skill. Your bassist needs to do some woodshedding on building both sets of skills, IMHO.
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#23
When I use a pick (which isn't all that often), I like the 2mm dunlop big stubbies, but I'm starting to like 1.14mm tortexes quite a bit. There really isn't a set rule on pick sizes for bass, but I prefer picks that either don't give at all, or just give a little when you pick.
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#24
Man, I've been always changing picks, but every gig I've played I've used a 3mm Big Stubby. I've found them to actually wear out really quick, especially when compared to torex or gator grip dunlops, but I usually throw my pick into the crowd when I'm done with it. I guess I could have just looked for my pick on the floor after my set...

I started with 2.0 torex, then moved on to 2.0 triangle Big Stubbies (ugh), flirted with 2.0 gator grips, before caving in and using 3mm Big Stubbies.

I'd be curious to try a 3mm torex/gator grip if it existed, a 3mm triangle Big Stubby, and a 3mm nylon Big Stubby (I've never seen this in-store or online, but on the dunlop site last time I checked they were there).

Oh, and on guitar, I use regular gauge strings and a regular gauge pick (10-46 and .76mm). Quite boring.

And mandolins are perfect with 3mm Big Stubbies. 2mm torex/grips are fine too.

Anything less than 2mm gives a 'thh - thh - thh' tone, whereas 2mm+ gives a 'ta - ta - ta' with a much quicker attack.
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#25
Yeah, I find that Big Stubbies wear quick too, which is a shame.
I use 'em for Guitar and Banjo too, when I'm not using finger picks.
#26
I prefer the 2.0mm Big Stubby but I also use .7mm tortex and some .6mm grey dunlop with some rigid grip thing that I stole from my bands guitarist.
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I use 3mm Dunlop Big Stubbys. They are shaped in such a way that they are less likey to slip than flat picks. The shape of the tip allows for greater variety in attack and tone, yet they're plenty thick enough to keep, whatever tone you use, consistant.



I find that picks that fat slip more!
#28
I use The blue dunlops, I find big stubbies, cos thier like, solid, don't bend at all, so you can't tell when you're hit the strings, but big stubbies are alright, just not my favourite.

Oh, i also have the same problem with them as above, they can slide about between my fingers till they're upside down!
#30
I use the purple tortex's i think its a 1.14mm pick, and i love them. I've tried the big stubbies as well (3mm) and it took some gettin used to.
IMHO go with the tortex's.
#31
I use those "polished" Dunlop 500's, about 1.14 or something gauge. The gauge being fairly thin lets me keep a smooth picking action, but they're still pretty firm and the smooth finish means you don't get any unwanted scratchy pick noise, just a solid attack.
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#32
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#33
I use either a quarter or the blue tortex (1.0 mil)
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#35
I use a 1.14mm Tortex, Ultex, Planet Waves or Peavey Picks alot, sometimes Fender Heavy Gauge. I'm using them alot more in my new band, I like the 1.14's, there's not much give at all and you retain your punch and attack.
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#36
I was using .88 Dunlop Tortex picks for a long time but I wore them out really fast. I've been using 1mm picks and I like having more attack from a thicker pick. I find picks that are thicker than that slow me down and make me more fatigued. I play fast and hard so I need something that doesn't hold me back.
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I do quite well with the green tortexes.

But I have been known to use a .27 before.

the green ones are my favorite, also. i buy 5 or 6 of those, and a box of Fender Mediums. usually lasts me all year.
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I use 3mm Dunlop Big Stubbys. They are shaped in such a way that they are less likey to slip than flat picks. The shape of the tip allows for greater variety in attack and tone, yet they're plenty thick enough to keep, whatever tone you use, consistant.


I use these as well, I really like them and, needless to say, there's no give in them.
#40
i play ernie ball heavy....i got a pack of 24 for $6
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