#1
whats the differencs bwtn heavey, medium, and light picks?

also, wuts the differences btwn diferent sizes of strings? im not sure how they r called.
#2
picks= light are really thin and flexible, mediums are sumwhat flexible(prolly ur best bet) and heavy are real thick.
Sting gauges have to do with sound and how low u can drop the guitar in sum cases.
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#3
heavy pick and strings give a "heavier" tone
if you dont know what i mean is like a fuller with more low end tone
but is not really big deal
i would suggest .10 strings and a bunch of picks to try
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#4
Differing pick gauges also play differently. I tend to prefer lighter picks for lighter, quicker strumming, and heavier picks - typically a Dunlop Jazz III - for everything else.

I suggest Dunlop picks - the light gray ones, don't remember the gauge on 'em. I also second litus' suggestion to use .10s.
#5
Thinner picks lack clarity, but they tend to let strings blend together, lending them to quick strumming patterns. Thicker picks are preferred for soloing, because the notes become very distinct.

The pick size is not only to be considered, but also its shape and texture. Jazz styles and other quick, lick-based playing necessitates a sharp, polished pick. This will create a clean pull-off and ensure a great deal of clarity.

Pick material is important for the amount of give and flexibility the picks have. Ultex has become my favorite all-purpose material for throw away picks, but the best is the synthetic tortoise from Red Bear Trading.

String gauge is extremely important for tone and playing style. I'll leave this explanation up to someone else.
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#6
After hearing Chad's praise about Ultex picks, i finally found some and gave them a try. I'm using .6 Ultex picks now and i dont think i've ever heard a better sounding pick. it just kills the equivalent thickness tortex picks i was using before. it brings out bass from my guitar, but brightness at the same time as well. I highly recommend Ultex picks.

String guages are primarily preference. You can use as high or low of a guage as your guitar is made for. If you arent sure what your guitar is built for then call or email your manufacturer to ask. If you use too high of a string guage on a guitar built for lights at most, you may permanently damage your guitar. this is more true for guitars with scalloped bracing.

From factory, most makers equip their guitars with light guage strings(.012's). Lights are the norm for guitars usually. You can find strings in guages as low as .009 or .010. the problem with these light thicknesses of strings is that you can easily play your guitar out of tune by applying too much pressure on the strings. Thicker strings will be more forgiving in terms of intonation.

Lighter strings(less than lights) usually have a bit less sustain and fullness in their sound compared to thicker strings(heaver than lights).

here's a general rundown for you
.011 = custom lights (i wouldnt go any lighter than these)
.012 = lights
.013 = medium (im currently using these. they help build up finger strength)
.014 = heavy (these are beastly strings. a lot of guitars cant handle these, so be cautious)
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