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Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by flavorfactory, Nov 11, 2003.
For those of you who use picks, what size do you use?
Anything special about your choice?
BIG STUBY PICK!
When I do use a pick i use the Green Tortex .88
On my ABG depending on the song,I use the pink
Tortex or the yellow one,cant remember to size.
WHen i do use one, its 2mm.
I like the 1.0 mm "Brain" picks. They have a little "grip" on them, seem to be the right size, look plain and feel great.
I don't pick much, I find my fingers have better intuition. But the pick sounds cool! I think it has a percussive effect and works really well for a "Billy Idol" sound.
For a g**tar I like the 0.76 size... same thing, "Brain" picks.
Yeah, mine are 1.10, blue or purple Dunlops. I like em big like that. it's weird cause thats what my guitarist likes. too...
I use the thinnest picks that I can find. Picks the size of a Big Stubby absolutely kill my right hand technique.
Blue Tortex pick
I always use the orange Tortex .60mm. I find it very easy to double-pick with a thin pick.
IMO it's good to use a thinner pick on a bass to balance against the thicker strings.
I use the thin red Sharkfins because of the "noiseless" narrow tip.
Don't you guys who use thin picks break them all the time? I do. Heck, I break the blue ones, er bend em.
Hey, anybody ever use a lighter and melt/burn parts of them?
Anybody use fingernail clippers on em?
Oh, and how many do you guys buy at a time? (I usually buy the store out of the blue tortex ones, just for fun, and because both of my guitarists and I use them)
I use Dunlop .38mm nylon because it allows the proper flexability for me as I hold it between my index and ring finger while I Thump,Pluck,Tap,and pick all at the same time.
Ditto here. I just picked up something very similar to these that have a starburst hole cut out of the middle for grip. I really like them, but they are a little more flexible than the solid .60 mms.
I really like the feel of the big stubbys but they are still too thick for me, if they made them in .70 to .80 I think that would rock.
Usually a 2.0mm Dunlop Gator Grip, great fundamental and excellent attack. But sometimes I'll use a .75mm Hercoflex gray when I need more high end.
Clayton .80's, the milky white colored ones and
And yet when I post a pick thread I get ridiculed!! it's all good..
I use a combination of hella thick and hella thin ones...depends on 1) my mood 2)what song I'm playing...
well, i have some teckpick brass ones that i think are .50mm, and i have a dava control grip metal tip pick, and some cymbalic 1mm one's, and some ultex 1.14mm, mostly i use the brass teckpicks. that don't really fit under a width b/c they're super stiff for the thickness.
I've sometimes used a nail clipper on mine, but normally only when I want to "sharpen" the end of the pick. It gives a slightly different tone.
Normally, when I purchase picks, I buy them in "bulk" (i.e. 1-2 hundred at a time). Saves a small amount of money, and at the rate that I lose picks, I need all the money I can get!
I use 0.60mm Jim Dunlops... They are grey I think they're made of nylon... I love them because they could do a better sound than many thicker picks... they are more bassy than thicker plastic picks... but they have well defined tone.
Being light picks they don't do any noise and you can play very fast...
I never broke one because they are made of nylon... and they help me having a light touch because I always tend to strum as hard as I can with a pick but this way I get slow and the sound sucks... using light picks you can't do this and your sound comes clean and defined...
TRY THOSE PICKS
ps I think they work better on hard strings 'cause they're so soft
As a Carol Kaye disciple, I try to get the heaviest picks I can. Usually that means the red/white/blue Fender Heavy or the clear orange Jim Dunlop "X-H". I have also been known to use an Iowa Lottery ticket scratcher I got at the Fair. Kinda looks like a blunted pick.