If you do use picks, what brand and size? (Stories welcome)

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Jay Mastro, Dec 10, 2014.

  1. Jay Mastro

    Jay Mastro

    Jun 23, 2014
    New York
    Hello all, once upon a time when I started playing bass I used a pick, for the first couple years. Once I became good enough with my fingers I dropped the pick for years, about 6 to be exact. Recently I started using one again and and I realizes I still love the same old Dunlop Gator 2mm! They are great, I hate thin picks, I actually found the pick I used most back in the day that was completely worn and I swear from all the play it gives a better tone the less used Gators, I used this pick in the first band I was in which was a punk band, used the same pick every show. So what are some picks that you like or have tried?
  2. I used Dunlop Tortex, the green ones (.88?) for the longest time, and then about 15 years ago my buddy who runs a shop got a new line of strings & picks called Snarlin' Dogs. Their picks are called Brain, and I have been using them ever since. Without a doubt the easiest picks I have found to hand onto while playing, and they seem to last forever (might help that I play flats mostly).

    Three different sizes depending on bass, strings, sound I want and mood......LOL!


  3. callofcthulhu


    Oct 16, 2012
  4. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism

    Fender Califnornia Clear's: Heavy. Exclusively.

    I do not really play with a pick much. I still have my first pick from when I was a teenager. Yes it's a clear. It has been worn down some but it still works.

    I used to use .76's on my guitar ( :eek:,) then .44's for a while. I met a shredder who reocmmended heavy picks. He liked how they could go through a string for maximum shreddage and I find this to be true. Although, I have met plenty of guitarists, including my current one, who can rip it up with a .76.
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2014
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  5. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    Fender heavy rounded triangle.
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  6. peterkidd


    Oct 20, 2008
    Shirley, MA
    My choice for best Pick?

    Herco Nylon, Flex 75.

    Good grip, good flex, but not Too much flex.
  7. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    I only use a pick on bass for one song in my main band right now, and only a couple in my acoustic side project, but I prefer .9mm Clayton rounded triangles. I use the same ones for bass, bass VI, guitar and ukulele.
    The shape of the Claytons is slightly less round than Fender and Dunlop rounded triangles. In a good way.
  8. Must have tried dozens over the years... Dunlop JD JazzTone 208 - very good control!
  9. Dunlop 1mm nylon black ones!
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  10. devinp17


    Jun 26, 2014
    Ontario, Canada
    I don't pick much... but when I do, I prefer Dunlop Yellow Tortex .73mm.

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  11. friendlybass

    friendlybass Guest

    Jul 19, 2012
    Mick's picks, my favorite picks Mick's Picks Bass Guitar Pick Variety Pack 6-Pack.jpg
    They sound so good, both the felts and and the rubber.
  12. Dunlop ultex. Good luck finding them if you drop them though. Who thought see through picks were a good idea?
  13. I play with a bone pick. I've always liked a really heavy pick and I came across a local guy who makes these. After trying one out almost two years ago I've been hooked on them.
  14. AaronVonRock


    Feb 22, 2013
    Dunlop Triangle Stubbies 2mm
  15. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    Does this guy have a website?
    I find the bone pick idea really interesting!
  16. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
  17. Deacon_Blues


    Feb 11, 2007
    For me, among those I've tried the only ones that seem to stay somewhat well in place between my thumb and index finger are the Dunlop Tortex rounded triangles. I don't remember the exact gauge but it's on the heavier side. I've owned a bone plectrum and own a hand crafted stone (red and transparent, well polished) plectrum, however I use/used those mostly on guitar where they give a fantastic attack and great sounding sustain.

    (It could also be worth mentioning that less than 10% of my playing is with plectrum, so I haven't really investigated much all different alternatives).
  18. offhand35

    offhand35 Supporting Member

  19. shawshank72


    Mar 22, 2009
    Dunlop Max Grip 1.5mm
    V-Pick Large Pointed 2.75mm