#1
I haven't really been keeping track of how fast my picks wear out, but last weekend I started using my very last fender heavy pick. And it's already dull. Is this normal, or is it something with my technique?

Also, can anyone suggest any similar picks in thickness and feel that don't wear out as quickly?
#2
i find the fender heavy picks to wear very quickly so nowadays i'm using Caparison picks mainly the CA pick though the ink on them gets rubbed off quickly
#3
I'm not worried about the ink drying off. I've actually never heard of Caparison, I'll check them out.

-E- Omg, it's the same company that makes Romeo's guitars!

I remember reading that he used some japanese brand but I didn't do the research then.
#4
Dunlop Tortex ftw. Fender's shred fast, those don't. Ya use em till ya loose em.
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I'm not worried about the ink drying off. I've actually never heard of Caparison, I'll check them out.

-E- Omg, it's the same company that makes Romeo's guitars!

I remember reading that he used some japanese brand but I didn't do the research then.


yeah the Caparison picks last for ages longer than the Fender ones. i remember having a pack of 12 of fender heavy's and by the first week i've worn out about 3 of them it was quite useless really.
#7
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Dunlop Tortex ftw. Fender's shred fast, those don't. Ya use em till ya loose em.


+1 to that. i used to use fender medium and heavy picks but they wore out too quick and were slippery so i switched to .73 and .88 tortex's and have been loving them.
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i use 1mm and 3mm stubbies...
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#10
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+1 to that. i used to use fender medium and heavy picks but they wore out too quick and were slippery so i switched to .73 and .88 tortex's and have been loving them.

+1
#11
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I haven't really been keeping track of how fast my picks wear out, but last weekend I started using my very last fender heavy pick. And it's already dull. Is this normal, or is it something with my technique?

Also, can anyone suggest any similar picks in thickness and feel that don't wear out as quickly?


I've been using the same Dunlop Tortex 1.14mm triangle pick since I bought the pack two months ago.
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#12
I use Jazz IIIs and their life span is forever, or until I lose them.
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#13
i use the red dunlop jazz IIIs....they're beautiful!!! i usually like using really thin picks for clean rhythms or acoustic guitar, and Jazz III's for just about everything else. though i mix it up with normal size Dunlop tortex's as to get a good feel for what i like best....but i'm really likin' the Jazz III's the most.
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Jazz III's for sure.... bastards never wear out!
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#16
The Tortex's are great. I have been using them for a long time. For me, they last for about a month before it started to wear and the graphic faded till i did not know which was up and down

i play almost everyday and my green tortex lasted for about a month. it depends on how often you play to determine the lifespand of a pick
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#17
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Has anyone tried the Ultex, and how is it different from the Tortex?

the ultex is much smoother over the strings which is great and its even tougher and snappier.

ultex >>>>>> tortex IMO
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+1... until you drop 'em on your floor and lose them forever.
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+1... until you drop 'em on your floor and lose them forever.

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#22
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+1... until you drop 'em on your floor and lose them forever.


Ultex are like the ninjas of picks. disappear and you're never able to find them
#23
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tortex is the god of picks, i use the orange 0.60mm ones. ive been using one for about a month and the only thing wrong thats happened is the print wearing off, i expect the pick itself will last a fair while


Exactly what i use, best picks I've ever used. If you relax your hand you can alternate pick so fast with these, i tried jumping on the Jazz III bandwagon, but they felt awful to me. Opinion i guess
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#24
I use jazz IIIs or my personal favourite, sharpened and rounded 1.14mm tortex. Bright purple is hard to lose, and they are nice and big, unlike Jazz IIIs. If you get the shaping right they are so fast, and articulate, like a Jazz III XL on steroids.
#25
I wish I could a pick comparable to one I bought many years ago. Made of carbon fiber with a pot leaf in raised relief on em. They arent made anymore but pretty much indestructable. The one I do have I bought in the early 90s found it inside one of my guitar cases not long ago. But yea the fenders do seem to wear pretty quick Ill switch to something else when I run out I bought 12 dozen a while back.
#27
dunlop tortex's last sooooooooo long, i used fender heaveys before them 2 and i was amazed by the tortex's when i first started using em .73 all the way!
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#28
Plectr'os are great. They never wear out, are easy to hold, and come in yellow, which make them hard to lose. I've used the same 2 for many months without any degradation.
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#29
Even Jazz IIIs wear out for me, but I loved that shape and having a bit more thickness.

I use these now.

http://www.v-picks.com/OrderVPicks.html (terrible website layout though)

They're REALLY great, for any style of playing. Comfortable to hold, especially for bigger hands, and they make an instant difference in tone.

I use the small pointed ones, they're about the same as a Jazz III in area, but it's quite thicker.

Only downside is they cost like $4 each. But anyway, the reason I was posting this is because they last for-freaking-ever as long as you don't lose them.

For backup electric picks, I use the Jazz III-style 1.14mm Tortex ones, and I wear them down on purpose to a more rounded point. For acoustic I just use the big purple 1.14mm Tortex ones. They both hold up quite nicely.
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#30
my only suggestion is don't strike the edge of the pick on the strings, you wanna hit the tip of the pick. that's my mistake. it wears out the sides of the pick. try and have the pick perpendicular to the strings and only use the end of the tip for strumming/picking.
#31
i have this magical daddario purple pick that i've had for over 15 years and it still hasn't worn out.