#1
Well, I was going to head to Guitar Center later on to pick up picks for my bass. I was just wondering what kind of picks you guys would recommend? I've never really gone pick shopping for my bass.

Not that it's too important, but I have an Ibanez SR300DX.

Thanks!
#2
I just use a really hard guitar pick, I find proper bass picks too big and cumbersome...just buy the hardest one they've got, should do the trick
#3
Yeah, Dunlop Purple ones i favor. but i do use my fingers where i can now.
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#4
Try ur fingers instead...it's more fun to get calluses
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#5
i like the cork picks, they may be a little hard to find, but they keep the thump of the bass as well as the picking sound most people look for.
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#6
Yeah, I use my fingers quite frequently. I just wanted to pick up some picks to practice using them.
#7
I use either the gray or the black dunlop nylons!
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#8
get a fender thin guitar pick...

haha, not, just something really thick...
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#10
Try some of the Dunlop Big Stubby picks. There super-thick, and should work well for bass id think.
#11
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i find i can play faster & more technical things with my fingers!

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Personally, I didn't even know that there were different picks made for bass. I just have some pretty heavy Peavey guitar picks that do the trick quite nicely. I wish I could help more, but they don't say the gauge (or thickness, or whatever the hell I'm looking for) on them.
#12
i always go for the yellow dunlop ones. They are .73 thick and for me thats about right.
#13
I use 3mm Big Stubbies, and if they're not available, 2mm Dunlop picks (Gator Grip or Torex, same thing really). I thin pick rigidity is very, very important.
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I use 3mm Big Stubbies, and if they're not available, 2mm Dunlop picks (Gator Grip or Torex, same thing really). I thin pick rigidity is very, very important.


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FITZ JUST RECOMMENDED THIN PICKS!!

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OK, you got me. I forgot a K. It should have read:

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That's better.

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#18
imo the blue aligator dunlop (1.14mm) picks is really nice, not to thick and not to thin
#19
I've only ever used Dunlop picks, but I like the .73mm, the .88mm I think it is and the 3mm stubby ones.
#20
In the rare occasions I use a pick, my favourite one is the Dunlop Jazz III.
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#21
Well, usually i play with my fingers, i think thats the way to learn. However, i just played a show with a pop-punk band, i figured since thats the way their old bass player did, i try it out. Ever since then i've been experimenting with picks, i like my purple dunlops that are 2.mm i think, but also dunlop makes these clear yellow ones that i think are only 1.5.mm and i like using those the best
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#22
2mm dunlop Gators for me, although i haven't used picks in a while
#23
.88mm Dunlop Tortex green or the 1mm blue ones. Anything more than 1mm just seems a little overkill.
#24
i used the same picks i used on guitar when i used a pick on bass. Fender Extra heavy. but dunlops are good too
#25
If I'm playing metal/heavy stuff I use 2mm Gator Grips, but if I'm doing more of a punk/pop tune I use 1mm Tortex.
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#26
i'm currently using dunlop thumbpicks. Yes it's very odd and I only get about an hour and a half's playing out of one before it has had it but yeah. I like them alot because I can switch to fingers then back to pick effortlessly. I like them alot and think it gives me far more control over the picking but yeah its personal preference i suppose
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#28
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picks are for guitar.
use your fingers


Well, no. Picks aren't just for guitar. There's a lot of stuff you might struggle to play as good with your fingers. It just depends what you can play best with, what's best for the song you're playing and of course personal preference.
#29
When I play with picks, I typically use either Dunlop Gator Grip 2mm or 1.5mm. They're pretty good, get the job done.
#30
When I use picks I use Planet Waves 1.04mm picks. I got many of them. i feel they are hard to break. If they break you are trying really hard.
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#31
Dunlop Jazz III... Small, thick and very easy to play with
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#32
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use your fingers

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Dunlop Gator Grip 2mm or the thinner Dunlop tortex ones I forget the width but they're the orange ones.
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#33
i bet most people is saying 3mm dunlops
well i use a 0.60 gel dunlop pick
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#34
I use my fingers most of the time, but I keep a set of Dunlop Big Stubbies in my gig bag just in case.

In six and a half years, I've had to use them once due to some nasty blisters I developed on my right hand fingers (recorded a cd for several hours a day that week; hadn't played that much in ages). I played a couple of songs with them at my church's youth group and they felt decent. It was weird playing with them without having much practice with a pick, but their attack was good and the fact that they're so big prevented any slippage.
#36
I use Clayton 1mm and Dunlop Tor(t?)ex 1mm. I've been playing on the same Clayton since Christmas just trying to break it. Still holds strong.
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#37
I use .88mm Dunlop Nylon picks. For me they're rigid but have flexibility, so they suit my needs.
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