Poll: Do you use THIN, MEDUIM, or HEAVY pick when playing guitar?
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Thin
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Medium
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Heavy
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#1
I was wondering what the differences between thin and thick guitar picks are (besides with)
Are you supposed to use different picks for different techniques?
Do they produce different tones?
Or is it all just personal preference?

I usually use 1.5mm-2.0mm
What size do you use for guitar?


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Last edited by royalstrat at Jul 13, 2008,
#2
i use .88 for guitar. i used to use .73 but i have more control/accuracy with .88.
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#3
i use 2 mm for electric just cuz i have more control and i find it more comfortable. if im playing acoustic though, i use a thin pick because the thick one muffles the strings too much, especially for strumming
#4
its all preference
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#5
I use .88s but I'm probably the only person I know who uses Dunlop Nylon picks for electric guitar. Almost as much control and attack as the green Tortex ones, but I think they're a little more dynamic when playing chords.
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#6
This is kind of a moot point. Such a small detail as pick thickness doesn't dictate how somebody plays, and I think that people spend too much time worrying about it. If your technique is good, it shouldn't matter.
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#7
i use 1mm, i used to use 2mm cause i though i helped me shred faster cause it less was flexible therefore there was less time in contacct with the string.. after maybe 2 years i decided to try a 1mm and after sometime i realises i can get the same effect with it if i hold the pick close to the tip.. i can make it harden up.... and when i want to strum i can hold it further from the tip so that its more flexible when i strum... therefore the 1mm pick is more versatile than the 2mm
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#8
i think that all picks come up with the same answer to all your questions (ex. width).

its personal preference. i've used all kinds and all different widths but the best ive found are the red tortex pics and the "thin" ernie ball picks (.50mm and a bit smaller than .50).
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#9
I used to use Jazz III's a lot, but now use .88mm Dunlops for Electric, and .73mm for acoustic, although i'm finding a use for the .73s for electric too.
#10
3mm stubby for electric
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#15
I use Dunlop 1mm nylons. They have nice and chunky feel, but the nylon gives them a bit of flex and a mellower tone than Tortex and the like. Perfect for the blues-rock stuff I play.
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#17
I either use the biggest **** I can find for picking, or the thinest, biggest(As in all around size, not thickness) pick for strumming.............

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#18
I use the 1 mm nylon Dunlop Match Piks. They come in a matchbox of 6.

Anyone hear about those v-picks? Are they any good?
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#20
Medium with grip.
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#21
i think it changes with how long you been playing i been playing 5 years now. I been sworn to jazz IIIs for about 2 years now. I started with the blacks, but after playing to much they get scratchy. This happens with all thicker picks they ware down faster than slightly thinner ones. Tortexes are the worth for wearing down. I then moved on to ultexes, and they last for flipping ages as well as being really grippy so you know they wont fall out your hand. Although this also means they are very slightly stick on the strings sometimes, and are unlike any other pick ive tried. Then quite recently I moved in the red jazz III teritory and I must say they are pretty darn good. They arent nearly as grippy as the ultex, so this means faster playing, but i gota concentrate more when playing live to make sure im not left stranded there without a pick! They dont wear down as fast as the black ones, but still have that super quick release. Also because they are a bit thinner they are still ideal for lead playing, but also can get that snapback needed in a pick for quick funk playing. Although for some stuff I use extremely thin picks like 0.30-0.40mm as it gives a very transparent and airy sound.

Anyway thats my two pennies
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#22
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i think it changes with how long you been playing i been playing 5 years now. I been sworn to jazz IIIs for about 2 years now. I started with the blacks, but after playing to much they get scratchy. This happens with all thicker picks they ware down faster than slightly thinner ones. Tortexes are the worth for wearing down. I then moved on to ultexes, and they last for flipping ages as well as being really grippy so you know they wont fall out your hand. Although this also means they are very slightly stick on the strings sometimes, and are unlike any other pick ive tried. Then quite recently I moved in the red jazz III teritory and I must say they are pretty darn good. They arent nearly as grippy as the ultex, so this means faster playing, but i gota concentrate more when playing live to make sure im not left stranded there without a pick! They dont wear down as fast as the black ones, but still have that super quick release. Also because they are a bit thinner they are still ideal for lead playing, but also can get that snapback needed in a pick for quick funk playing. Although for some stuff I use extremely thin picks like 0.30-0.40mm as it gives a very transparent and airy sound.

Anyway thats my two pennies


That's more like two quarters... J/k. I agree. I started out liking thin picks. As I started playing heavier music, and even when I noticed a difference in sound with how hard I pick and strum, I started using medium picks. I didn't like how easily thin picks become bent, or warped.
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#23
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I use the 1 mm nylon Dunlop Match Piks. They come in a matchbox of 6.

Anyone hear about those v-picks? Are they any good?

I just ordered some and I'll let you know what I think when I get them
#25
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This is kind of a moot point. Such a small detail as pick thickness doesn't dictate how somebody plays, and I think that people spend too much time worrying about it. If your technique is good, it shouldn't matter.


The material you pick is made from has a definite effect on tone, and the shape and guage of you pick will have an effect on your picking technique, which has a huge effect on your tone. The pick isn't a small detail.

I used to use the small red Jazz IIIs exclusively a few years ago, but then they changed the material they were made form and I didn't like the tone quite as much. Then I started using the small black JIIIs, and they changed the material in them aswell. When I started having trouble finding the JIIIs, I decided to try some other picks. The Ibanez Gilbert picks were nice, the blue ones seemed to have the best sound, but they wore very quickly. Then I tryed some Clayton ultem teardrops (.94mm, quite stiff) which were terrible new, but sounded very nice when they were worn in. Then I had alot of difficult finding more of them too, so I started using the crappy new red JIIIs again. I recently bought some of the EJ Jazz IIIs, and they're actually nicer than the last few orignal JIII I have. I think I'll be sticking with them.
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#26
.88 for electric, but i tried a Jazz III, or maybe it was a Dunlop Stubby, but i really liked it.

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#29
well never heard of those EJ JIIIs before, but im definately gona check them out. Shame I just ordered a pack of red jazz IIIs. Just been looking anyone know a UK store which stocks the EJS JIIIs i found music123.com but its yankee so dont wana pay postage etc. Anyone know?
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#30
jazz III's red are my personal favorite, been using them for about 3 years now and i will never go back
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#31
i use Jazz 3s,

the pick you use has a definate effect on the way you play.
a heavier pick means less energy is needed to produce the same result.

Imagine hitting a church bell with a plank of wood....
now imagine hitting the same bell with a piece of cardboard from a cereal box....

thats the difference between a hard pick and soft pick
#33
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The material you pick is made from has a definite effect on tone, and the shape and guage of you pick will have an effect on your picking technique, which has a huge effect on your tone. The pick isn't a small detail.


I'm glad someone said it! Material is everything. I don't ever check pick gauge or thickness. I just grab ones that feel thick, have rounded edges ("blade" edge rounded) & don't have any surface drag. At NAMM every year, we grab 100's of free picks from numerous exhibitors, & it's funny how much the materials can differ. I hate picks that bind or stick on strings when I want to pick super fast, so I get thicker ones (pretty similar to Fender heavies) that have radiused/rounded edges & zero binding.
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#34
I have a bunch of v picks and I must say they're pretty nice. I've used the 2.75 thick and the 1mm thick an I much prefer the thinner ones. The difference in tones wasn't really substantial to me coming from jazz IIIs, but I must say the are very comfortable and easy to grip. They feel so good to play with and don't look like they'll ever wear down. 4 bucks is a lot for one pick, but these are probably worth it.
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#35
I use heavy but I dont know why, I was in the store, saw this black pic that said HEAVY in big gold letters and was turned on...
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#38
Tortex Jazz III 1.14, it has that awesome Tortex feel with the Jazz III shape. I love it.
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#39
I use fender Heavy picks and I like big stubbies
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I use .88s but I'm probably the only person I know who uses Dunlop Nylon picks for electric guitar. Almost as much control and attack as the green Tortex ones, but I think they're a little more dynamic when playing chords.



you're not the only one, i use nylon picks too.
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