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SikPiks.Anybody try them?

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by gebass6, Apr 11, 2015.


  1. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music.

    May 3, 2009
    N.E Illinois
    Years ago I saw an ad for a type of pick that had a twist in it.
    I can't remember what brand.

    So fast forward to today.I search for a twisted pick on the net.
    The only thing I come up with is SikPiks.
    _9778465.


    I want to try them because regular picks tend to hang up.
    And I have to make a conscious effort to angle the pick.
    It's twisted so that you don't have to angle the pick.



    You get four each with four different twist angles.
    So I ordered a sample pack of four.

    Has anyone tried them?
     
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2015
  2. No, let us know what you think of them when they come in.
     
  3. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music.

    May 3, 2009
    N.E Illinois
    O.K.The SikPiks arrived yesterday.

    There's four in a sample pack.As shown above.
    Each one has a twist at a certain degree.Two are a bit thinner that the other two.
    There is no reference of thickness.

    There IS a big difference in the way each of them feels on the strings!
    The least favorite of the four is the S35.The twist is about .125 high.
    It is the closest to a regular pick and tends to hang up A BIT.

    I sat down and examined them.I tested them out for a long time.
    The D35 I like.It has a .250 high twist a bit less than 45 degrees. _9778465.
    It slips effortlessly,almost noiselessly off the
    strings when I play the opening to "Heart of The Sunrise"
    Which I cannot do with a flat pick.

    Next is the D55.It is twisted almost 90 degrees!And is .312 inches high!
    This one give a pronounced "Sssshhh"angled pick edge scrape effect.

    Last.The D75 is practically the same as D55 except that the twist SEEMS to be a bit longer and a bit less of an angle.
    I like these SikPiks.They enable me to do fluid sixteenth notes rapidly.Without the pick catching!
    I will have to learn to upload a vid so I can show how they sound!
     
    Last edited: May 1, 2015
  4. Oneirogenic

    Oneirogenic

    Nov 10, 2009
    They look awkward. I would like to see a video demonstrating them though. I'm a pretty proficient pick player but different kinds of picks do intrigue me.
     
  5. Interesting......
    I wonder if this could be done to a normal pick by carefully heating it up somehow and bending it and then let it cool.

    I know what you mean about using the 'angle" factor when picking to get a smoother result.
     
  6. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music.

    May 3, 2009
    N.E Illinois
    They aren't!
    Really!
    You don't have to angle.And I have never been a pick user, because of the hang up factor.
     
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2015
  7. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music.

    May 3, 2009
    N.E Illinois
    I've wondered that myself.
     
  8. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music.

    May 3, 2009
    N.E Illinois
    There are vids.
    Guitar players on YouTube posted them.
    I am looking for a bass player using them.But I don't see one yet.
    So anyway.Here.


    Now HE says it cuts down on the distance between string.
    I say that they work because they don't hang up.The angle lets the pick slip off the string.Not hang up on the flat surface.
    They are excellent for alternate picking.

    Here's another.
     
    Last edited: May 1, 2015
  9. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music.

    May 3, 2009
    N.E Illinois
    It can be done.I just did it with a Dunlop 1mm.But the heat fron the lighter melts the edge a bit.It'll buff out! Snapshot_2015501 (2).
     
  10. Allrighty!

    I was thinking maybe dunking a pick in hot enough water, holding it lightly with a pair of needlenose pliers and then a shape and let it cool...

    Some plastics are quite good for this...and others aren't....

    I like DAVA jazz bass picks....

    Actually I rarely if ever get " pick hang up"......but some picks work and sound way better than others.....

    Really big thick picks don't work for me...neither do really big thin ones...

    Tried the Dunlop Tortex .73's that everybody raves about.....meh....they can't hold a candle to DAVA.

    The DAVA is even better than the one Carol Kaye sent me.

    I have about 30 different picks now (even wood ones I made).....which I go through from time to time to see which one is best for D'addario Chrome Flats....

    DAVA is still my first choice so far........but I notice that if I put a bit of angle on it I can get a smoother faster action.....

    But it would be nice to have that built into the pick like the ones you are showing....

    Think I'll fool around melting/shaping a couple and see what happens.......:thumbsup::D:woot::cool:
     
  11. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music.

    May 3, 2009
    N.E Illinois
    Ahhh!The twisted Dunlop cracked after testing it.
    Heat stress?
    It looks like they have to be molded with a twist to be strong enough.
     
  12. zontar

    zontar

    Feb 19, 2014
    J-5
    I've got a couple of the Dunlop Speedpicks--similar idea--but these ones twist even more.

    The Speedpicks have left & right handed models, and the first one I bought turned out to be a lefthanded one--so I got a right handed one as well--and I liek them both, but not so much for chords. I haven't tried them on my basses yet.

    if I saw Sikpiks somewhere in person, I'd buy some o check them out--I like doing that sort of thing
     
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  13. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music.

    May 3, 2009
    N.E Illinois
    Folks.
    Although I bought my first order from Ebay,
    I went to order some more from them directly.
    It is best to CALL SikPiks for an order.972-243-1752
    It seems their site has a PayPal problem.:(:rollno:
     
    Last edited: May 2, 2015
  14. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music.

    May 3, 2009
    N.E Illinois
    Just took delivery of four SikPik D35 picks. Snapshot_20170206.JPG
     

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