Pick users

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by befindley, Nov 18, 2005.

  1. befindley


    Nov 18, 2005
    Olathe, Kansas
    I am new to playing bass. Converted from guitar. I use a pick while playing. I am comfortable playing with a pick, however, I haven't found a pick I really like. I would appreciate anyone's opinion on a selection of picks to use. Thanks. BF
  2. Bob Clayton

    Bob Clayton Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Deptford, NJ
    i used to use Dunlop .5 mm picks, they worked well for me.

    i don't even know what kind i have now. just sort of found them.
  3. Bassic83


    Jul 26, 2004
    Texas, USSA
    I usually like the free ones that I found at the end of my phalanges... ;) :D
  4. slugworth

    slugworth Banned

    Jun 12, 2003
    So. Calif.
    Clayton acetal, .80mm, the best.

  5. Bassic83


    Jul 26, 2004
    Texas, USSA
    Dunlop Tortex seem to work well, there's another one out there called GatorBacks, or something like that, that is very similar. I've tried felt picks as well, I just can't get used to playing with picks. The only player I really like that uses a pick is Steve Swallow.

    Also, if you like a very stiff, unyielding pick, try out those Min'd Picks, they're made of granite, I think...
  6. 2mm Dunlops for me. The black ones with the grippy coating on them.
  7. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    On bass, the thicker the better. Medium and light picks will eventually damage your hands if you do it long enough. Might take 25 years like it did me, but it'll happen.
  8. I use "Dunlop Jazz III" the black ones they are great
  9. Phe


    May 30, 2005
    Oulu, Finland
    Dunlop 1.5mm. Gotta see those 2mm picks. Had to scrape my 1.5 yesterday because it kept slipping away.

    Yeah, thicker the better. Unfortunately these 1.5mm don't fit under my pickguard.
  10. oldfclefer

    oldfclefer low ended

    May 5, 2005
    Southern Ohio
    Fender Heavy. They're easy to find.
  11. Rich600


    Nov 22, 2004
    I use a brand called the EBE pick, they have aliens on on them and theyre the shizzle.
  12. All_¥our_Bass


    Dec 26, 2004
    fender heavy guitar picks for me
    I've tried using actually bass picks(the triangles with curved edges) and they're just too wide
  13. slugworth

    slugworth Banned

    Jun 12, 2003
    So. Calif.
    >>> Not if you have a light touch. I've found the Clayton .80mm's to be the perfect guage between the Dunlop yellow .63's and the green .88's, but I started out as a guitar player, so maybe that has something to do with it; I've been playing just shy of 30 years with no hand problems whatsoever.

  14. Kelly Lee

    Kelly Lee Yeah, I'm a guy! Supporting Member

    Feb 17, 2004
    Marana, AZ, USA
    Clayton .80, .63, 1mm
    Dunlop Tortex .88, .60, .50 mm
    COOL with a textured grip area in Heavy (1 mm) and Thin (.60). Those are the picks I use.
  15. Mudfuzz


    Apr 3, 2004
    Dunlop Tortex 1.14mm for live
    Fender heavy shell for recording.

    And I like this shape!
  16. I use a Jim Dunlop Big Stubby 3.0 mm. It has a dimple on either side so you can keep a good grip on it. Because it never flexes, I always know where the tip of the pick is, and you can play faster with less motion.
  17. CetiAlphaVI


    May 27, 2005
    Fender 346 Heavy - the rounded triangle
  18. BillytheBassist


    Aug 18, 2005
    I remember when I first started playing bass i used a pick... it was a clayton 80mm. but, as i remember it was the larger sharp triangle shape... they always wore well and never broke.
  19. Philthy

    Philthy Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2001
    Wallington, NJ
  20. The Metal Guy

    The Metal Guy

    Nov 5, 2005
    For some reason you might want to try to pursue the finger style.

    I too, at first, required a pick.

    But then I locked all my picks in a box and gave the key to my parents and told them not to let me have the picks.

    That worked, and I still find it hard to use picks on a bass.