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Years ago when i first started playing guitar i never payed any attention to picks. I just used whatever. But through the years i have noticed picks make a huge difference in tone. I only use 2 diffrent kinds now. Red Dunlop Jazz 3's, and Dunlop Gator Grip 1.5mm. I was just thinking the pick is a very important and overlooked peice of gear. And i was wondering what other people prefer?
#2
jazz III's exclusively. nothing else. if i cant find one, i'll use my fingers. i'm just that much of a bitch about it. i've even stolen my friends's when he isnt looking.
then he's all 'where the f*ck did my pick go?!??!?!
its funny has hell
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#3
I use 1mm tortex for lead and thinner .70mm for strumming accoustic. I mostly want them to last long. Sometimes I sharpen the point about 50% for harder attack when sweeping etc.
#4
.88mm green tortex is the way to go for me.
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#5
Jim Dunlop Big Stubbies 2mm.

It's like they're moulded to my fingers.
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#6
Dunlop Tortex 1.14mm, the ones kinda shaped like a tear drop, they're perfect for me.
#7
I do think it's a small detail that is often overlooked. When I started playing I used mediums- because that's just what I was able to get from friends at the time. I found that I really liked Thins a lot better. They strike the strings different and I like the way they feel more than mediums. I do a lot of finger-picking so they feel close to almost just using my fingers. Now I use these in Thins:




#8
Tortex for me. Ive always used them and always will.
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I used to play dunlop nylon standards, which have a much better grip than the gators imo

then I discovered the jazz III...game over
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#12
I like whatever, mainly medium because thins slap against the strings too much. Dunlops and fenders.
#13
red dunlop Jazz III's for bass

dunlop M3's (the little green jazz III sized tortex ones) for guitar

i'm really happy since I discovered the M3... size of a Jazz, texture and tone of a tortex...

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#14
I find the difference negligible unless I go from a pick to a coin or my hands, so I use whatever is handy.
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I use the purple tortex as of lately. . . . more control. . . . the guy from black dahlia murder uses them too. . . . I have a black dahlia pick from way back when.
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#19
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fender picks. i think they're about 0.7mm?


You like Fender picks? Which ones? I tried the California Clears:



and I didn't like them. I snapped the tip off a few so it kinda turned me off to the Fender brand for picks. Still their guitars though
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I find the difference negligible unless I go from a pick to a coin or my hands, so I use whatever is handy.

seriously?

you don't feel/hear the difference between different sized/shaped picks?
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seriously?

you don't feel/hear the difference between different sized/shaped picks?


Feel; Only when I go from a thin or small one to a thick or big one or, like I said, pick to coin or hand.

Hear; Not really. I guess there's a slight difference, but I've barely ever noticed it, so I just grab what's closest. Then again, it may just be my crap amp not giving me proper sound.
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#22
Gator Grip 1.5mm
Everything else feels like paper to me.
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#23
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I find the difference negligible unless I go from a pick to a coin or my hands, so I use whatever is handy.

Thats incredible! Is your amp a cardboard box?
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Nope. Cardboard box, with a speaker. Like I said though, odds are it's my crap amp and once I get a tube amp in a few weeks I'll be a hell of a lot more selective.
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#26
I discovered the Jazz III's from my guitar teacher thankfully only about 6 months into my playing and I absolutely refuse to use any other kind of pick since. If I can't use a Jazz III, I'd just rather not play then deal with the frustration and lack of satisfaction of having to use another pick. XD I've actually been playing with the same one for about a year now and I bought like 10 for the next decade of my playing. And I love how incredibly cheap they are too! They cost just as much as any old pick but they last literally 50+ times as long. I've worn new picks down within a week or even a couple days but this has lasted me for a year straight of daily playing for at least an hour or more and it still hasn't worn down to the point where I can't use it.

I actually have a question about these though: My guitar teacher gave me the first one I had and when I went to buy more I didn't realize the the edge of the pick is rounded because I wasn't really looking at them, I was just grabbing a handful with excitement (Maybe a little too much excitement...), then I bought them, went home and played with it and realized that it's not pointy like the one I own and I didn't like that. So getting back to my question, do they actually make different kinds of them (Pointy ones and rounded ones?) or did my guitar teacher just "break it in" before he gave it to me?
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the jazz are somewhat pointy, more pointy that the gator grips.

But do they make different kinds of them because the ones I bought were extremely duller than the one I actually use
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#29
3mm Big Stubby.Really thick, really comfortable, Great grip and great tone. Everything you need
#30
.73mm to 1mm tortex. I used to use the fender med. california clears, but the tone and feel from the tortex blows the fender picks away.
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red dunlop Jazz III's for bass

dunlop M3's (the little green jazz III sized tortex ones) for guitar

i'm really happy since I discovered the M3... size of a Jazz, texture and tone of a tortex...

I'm quite mad I still couldn't find one of those...

I switch between the Pitch Black Tortex Jazz III and the Nylon Jazz IIIs.
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#32
I go back and forth between dunlop gator grips 1.5 and 2mm picks. It's a feel thing as to which I prefer. On the 2mm ones, I take a razor and essentially give the pick serrated edge, gives the sound a lot more bite.

I tried using Jazz III's once, and they play great for soloing, but I can't play rhythm with them.
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#33
Jazz III's FTW. I prefer the red ones, but the black ones are good too.
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#35
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Orange tortex. I used to use fender mediums, but now they feel too thick. I kind of want to try jazz IIIs, though, just to see what's so great about them.

well, if you think the fender mediums are too thick, You may not like jazz 3's. You should try them though, they are great.
#36
I'm in a bit of a pickle when it comes to picks. After reading a thread on here about picks, I decided to pick up a jazzIII and give it a try. I got the black one. I really love it, but it often slips in my hand when I am playing. But now, if I pick up a regular Fender pick, I feel like I am holding a dinner plate.

Anyone know how to solve this slippery situation?
#37
I use Fender Mediums. Not 'cause I think they're the best pick of all, that's just what I usually grab from the bin. I believe you'll have more control over tone by not the pick you're using but where you're picking the notes. For example I love my neck pickup. You'll get a different sound picking btwn the neck pickup and neck then you'll get picking at the bridge. Just experiment, it's all in good fun (unless you play bad, then that's your fault not the guitars)!
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#38
Quote by Grawgos
I'm in a bit of a pickle when it comes to picks. After reading a thread on here about picks, I decided to pick up a jazzIII and give it a try. I got the black one. I really love it, but it often slips in my hand when I am playing. But now, if I pick up a regular Fender pick, I feel like I am holding a dinner plate.

Anyone know how to solve this slippery situation?

Try crosshatching the sides of the pick with a knife. Should add a little more grip without sacrificing anything.
#39
Quote by Grawgos
I'm in a bit of a pickle when it comes to picks. After reading a thread on here about picks, I decided to pick up a jazzIII and give it a try. I got the black one. I really love it, but it often slips in my hand when I am playing. But now, if I pick up a regular Fender pick, I feel like I am holding a dinner plate.

Anyone know how to solve this slippery situation?

i find the red jazz 3's have better grip because there is more raised lettering on them. And simply throw the fender picks in the trash where they belong.
#40
I use Jazz III Black XL's, I liked the red jazz III but it kept falling out of my hand, the XL has more to hold onto
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