Tommorow I'm buying picks, need help

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by energyj, Dec 3, 2005.

  1. energyj


    Nov 20, 2005
    I'm playing metal songs, so what kind of picks you recommend? I heard its best to get thick ones. Also, there are 'gel' picks, what good does it do? Is it worth the extra dollar? Also, I'm getting picks because my fingers are getting blister from playing -- I practice too much >_<

    Hmm yeah so do picks break? Or should they be able to last me a very long time?
  2. i recomend dunlop Jazz 3 picks.. very good for fast metal.. they don't break.. they will wear out eventyally thoug.. but they are easy to loose..
  3. energyj


    Nov 20, 2005
    I'll never lost mine!

    Anyway, what is the purpose of the gel picks? is it any better then the non-gel ones?
  4. i usually use Dunlop 1mm or even 2 mm for really fast brutal playing.
    Good luck
  5. BlacktotheBlind

    BlacktotheBlind Supporting Member

    May 5, 2004
    i also recommend dunlop picks, i use the 1.14 tortex picks. i wouldn't bother with the gel picks for now, you might not like playing with a pick.
  6. I like heavy pics. I'm currently using Dunlop Gels for bass and guitar. I use the Heavy for bass and the M-L and Medium for guitar. They are very durrable and don't break. However, they can get a little slick when sweaty. I used the Dunlop Gator pick for a while and they were much more sticky. I don't remember the difference in tone though, but it's probably not huge. The Gators did break, so that's no good.

  7. My recommendations are the rounded triangle picks, in 1.26mm, on this page:

    ...they have thicker ones, but they seem to slow me down too much...and really, the 1.26's are strong, as I find they last very long(I lose them first)

    ....and I used to swear by Dunlop Tortex 1.14mm rounded triangle, but I think I like these even more.
  8. ESP-LTD


    Sep 9, 2001
    I like .85's myself, but have used heavier. These wear very well.
  9. edwinhurwitz

    edwinhurwitz Supporting Member

    May 13, 2003
    Boulder, CO
    Endorsing Artist: DR Strings, SMS
    I like the Adamas Graphite picks. They are 2mm thick, but are very light and absolutely do not bend at all. Everyone uses something different, so try a bunch and see what works for you!

    I hear that Steve Swallow uses copper picks and he has a very deep smooth sound.

  10. Those are nice picks. I try not to use anything less than 2mm.
  11. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Wow, I was really interested in those Adamas graphite picks, then I saw that they're 75 cents apiece! As much as I lose picks, I think I'll stick with the Musician's Friend heavies that cost $2 a dozen!
  12. purfektstranger


    Apr 10, 2003
    Forget the picks....your blisters will harden and then you'll have natural picks.....calluses.
  13. Hey, I'm a picker, but this guy has a really good point.. is it just because your fingers are blistering? for a week, then go back and see how much your callouses, and playing have improved!
  14. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    Rounded triangle Fender "HEAVY" picks have always been perfect for me.
  15. BlacktotheBlind

    BlacktotheBlind Supporting Member

    May 5, 2004

    I've tried those rounded triangle picks before, they were just too wide for me. I couldn't get a comfortable hold on them. But I've seen a few other people swear by them too.
  16. That's funny you said that, because they were the only ones around one day, and I got really used to them....and they seem to have more to work with for a big bass string...
  17. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    I would rather not get into another weekly pick vs. fingers argument. There's enough of them once a week to last a lifetime. This conversation is for those of us who use picks sometimes. I do plenty of fingerstyle work BTW, thank you.
  18. i like light pics, about .48 alice pics are what i am using now.

  19. steve21

    steve21 Inactive

    The purple or black Dunlop Jazz IIIs, and Fender Extra Heavies, are the only picks you will ever want to play (IMO).
  20. Ive used the large triangle nylon picks for years, they absorb and provide several attacks, as a matter of fact I have used the same one for several years (hope i dont loose it!). If you want a softer sound move your fingers away from the edge, for a more aggressive attack "choke up" on it.