#1
Well, I'm going to do some shopping for picks. The closest music store to me has a horrible selection so, I think I'll buy a bunch out of Musicians Friend. I've never really been able to try out a bunch of different picks. So, I'm going to start where my idols have landed.

My question is: What brand/size/typehese players use? If you can tell me.

Yngwie Malmsteen
Joe Satriani
Paul Gilbert
Steve Vai

I'll EDIT in some more if I think of them.
#3
Quote by bangoodcharlote
Pretty much every shredder uses thick picks.

I like my Dunlop, Blue Alligator, 1.14mm picks, but that's just me,


^

Almost completely true.

Buckethead uses .73's

Edit: I use the Dunlop Tortex's that are orange. I think they are .7 something

Edit 2: OH yeah, almost forgot. Using your idols pick means absolutely nothing. While I agree you should try different styles, materials, and widths, you should not stick with a pick purely for the reason of someone else does who you happen to idolize. You should, by all means, try the picks they use, but also don't feel confined to ONLY use those.

Anywho, thats just my two cents. Take it or leave it.
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Last edited by c_man471 at Jul 14, 2008,
#5
If you're into speed, I'd check out some Dunlop Jazz III picks. They are pretty small, reasonably thick, and will take a bit of getting used to, but I love them for fast licks! Not so much for strumming, but that doesn't seem to be your cup of tea. Give them a look!
#9
Quote by bangoodcharlote
The phrase "pretty much" allows for a few exceptions.


I apologize. I did not mean to critisize your statement. All that I was trying to do was add in some extra tidbits of knowledge that he might not have known before.
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#10
Quote by c_man471
^

Not true.

Buckethead uses .43's

Not true. He uses .73s

And yes, a lot of shredders use heavy picks, espescially those that play heavy metal. Gilbert, I believe uses .60s (Tortex oranges) and Buckethead uses .73s (Tortex yellows). You will really have to test them all out and play with them for a while to find out what you like. Personally, I play a lot of Gilbert and Satch style stuff and I think .73s are perfect. However, a year ago, that wasn't the case. I've switched my picks so many times, it's not even funny. It all comes down to experimentation, so buy as many different picks as you feel necessary.
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#11
Quote by c_man471
I apologize. I did not mean to critisize your statement. All that I was trying to do was add in some extra tidbits of knowledge that he might not have known before.
Then please edit out the "not true" phrase, as that is actually incorrect since my wording allows for a few exceptions. When you say something like that, it implies that you're calling me out, which I don't like, especially when something you post isn't really accurate.

However, apology accepted. Feel free to state the pick sizes used by anyone without fear of reprisal from me.
#12
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If you're into speed, I'd check out some Dunlop Jazz III picks. They are pretty small, reasonably thick, and will take a bit of getting used to, but I love them for fast licks! Not so much for strumming, but that doesn't seem to be your cup of tea. Give them a look!



+1 I love those picks, but like he said, not good for strumming, hitting pinch harmonics and stuff like that. Go for it.
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#13
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Then please edit out the "not true" phrase, as that is actually incorrect since my wording allows for a few exceptions. When you say something like that, it implies that you're calling me out, which I don't like, especially when something you post isn't really accurate.

However, apology accepted. Feel free to state the pick sizes used by anyone without fear of reprisal from me.


I'm not trying to rip on you, or anything. . . but just because someone says something that might be in the least bit incriminating against you, they probably didn't do it on purpose. I did not mean to call you out, and I did not mean to put a 4 instead of a 7. The world is not out to get you.

/arguement.
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#14
the jazz 3 picks are by far my favorite picks, get the black ones. For some weird reason they are just a little more stiff.
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#15
The Ultex Jazz III picks kick so much ass.

Plus they come in a sweet gold color!
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#16
Quote by Unrulyguitarist
+1 I love those picks, but like he said, not good for strumming, hitting pinch harmonics and stuff like that. Go for it.

I personally love Jazz III's for harmonics, and for control of my playing they're unbeatable.

If you find they're too small, go for some Jazz III XL's which will remedy this problem. These two varieties are the best picks I've found, though I liked and exclusively used the purple Dunlop Tortex (1.14mm) for a while.