#1
Someone please tell me it's all in my head. Lately I've noticed my tone isn't quite the same when I use something other than my Red Dunlop Jazz IIIs or Dunlop/Fender mediums. I've been using the Black Jazz IIIs lately as they were the only ones in stock locally. My tone just doesn't feel quite the same. I don't buy into the picks changing tone either. So how does one get into the mindset of where the type of pick they use seems to affect their tone? It's really puzzling me.
#2
I use those little purple 2mm stubbies, and there's a difference in tone when I go to a normal pick. There's more "snap" with the normal picks because they're thinner and the edges are sharper.

It's a negligible difference but it's there. the fact that my playing goes to shit when I use a normal sized pick is way more noticeable
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#3
the weight can affect your tone a bit. also the material i think. same way as using your fingers changes your tone
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#4
i think picks have a big effect, because you have to play differently with each different type of pick

for example, my tone has alot more bite and is alot harsher if i used a hard pick as opposed to a medium or soft
#5
nylon's seem to be better for strumming and cleaner sounds.
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#6
Picks absolutely affect your tone. Try using a nickel or a quarter sometime.
#7
Quote by timi_hendrix
There's more "snap" with the normal picks because they're thinner and the edges are sharper.


True. I found a casino chip a few days ago on the street, and I tried using it as pick, because it was the same color as my hardest pick. And I loved it soo much. Thing's like 3 mm. thick, so go figure
#8
Quote by timi_hendrix
I use those little purple 2mm stubbies, and there's a difference in tone when I go to a normal pick. There's more "snap" with the normal picks because they're thinner and the edges are sharper.

It's a negligible difference but it's there. the fact that my playing goes to shit when I use a normal sized pick is way more noticeable

hahaha same here, i've gotten addicted to those tiny little stubbies and can't play as well on normal picks anymore
#9
Quote by timi_hendrix
I use those little purple 2mm stubbies, and there's a difference in tone when I go to a normal pick. There's more "snap" with the normal picks because they're thinner and the edges are sharper.

It's a negligible difference but it's there. the fact that my playing goes to shit when I use a normal sized pick is way more noticeable

Dont get me started on the stubbys... when the plastic hits the strings on higher notes you can hear a little "plip" sound..
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#11
Yes, picks do.

^Cool, a bit expensive though. I think dunlop tortexes (the purple ones to be specific) have the best tone to my ears.
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#12
Quote by Roc8995
Picks absolutely affect your tone. Try using a nickel or a quarter sometime.

I tried that when I was in my "ZOMG I have to get Brian May's tone!" phase, they were too unwieldy, though. Maybe if I gave one more of a point...
#13
^That's what wirething picks are for.
It's like a wire bent like a pick with a plastic pick frame.
Cool, but still unweildy.
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#14
Quote by darkarbiter7
^That's what wirething picks are for.
It's like a wire bent like a pick with a plastic pick frame.
Cool, but still unweildy.

Yeah, it looks like it. Pinch harmonics look they'd be an absolute bitch...
#15
Actually, it's quite easy to pull off pinch harmonics, but it takes practice. It's just a weird feeling pick. Great sound though.
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#16
I feel that picks make a big difference in tone and articulation. I cannot play without either the Peavey or Fender pearloid picks. I've tried them all and stay with those.
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#17
picks make big differences in sound. to me.
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#18
Im jazz III for life now, i get a much better tone than when i used fender mediums/dunlop tortexes. They made my tone too bright and snappy for my taste
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#19
Snarling Dogs Brain picks 0.60mm with these my picking speed is astounding and the best part is they have like this grip stuff on them so they never fall out your hand from all the sweating and spreedy solo's. Iv'e used alot of dunlop stuff and they blow compared to these picks.
#20
Quote by hrdcorelaxplaya
I tried that when I was in my "ZOMG I have to get Brian May's tone!" phase, they were too unwieldy, though. Maybe if I gave one more of a point...

Brass picks from IcePix are my favorite- same tone but they play like a regular pick and don't have that really weird metallic attack.
#21
yeh it sure does, i started off with .88mm dunlop picks then changed to 1.5mm and then 2mm picks but now i use 1.14mm dunlop picks i tend to find thicker picks more comfortable than the tinner .88mm picks and i love my tone when i use the 1.14mm picks, but i also use thicker stings 10-52's and play mostly thrash metal. But it all comes down to personal choice imo.