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Who uses super thick picks to good effect?

Discussion in 'Accessories [BG] - NEW!' started by Wulfensteiner, Jun 1, 2018.

  1. Wulfensteiner

    Wulfensteiner Banned SUSPENDED

    Mar 24, 2018
    Melbourne, Australia
    As far as pick playing goes, I still have my learner's permit. Though I have already found that I definitely don't know what I'm doing with a 1.9mm+ thick AF pick (comfortable as it is!), but love what I achieve with a pick much thinner yet with a noticably larger surface area. Is it just me or are there tricks to getting more attack and dynamic qualities from the thicker pick or should I stick with the one I like?
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  2. I use 2.75 mm V-Picks exclusively for bass. For guitar I use 1 mm:


    Vinni, at V-Picks, also has one called the Dimension, which is 4.1 mm thick.

    I've got one of those, but don't use it much, causes fret buzz.
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  3. Wulfensteiner

    Wulfensteiner Banned SUSPENDED

    Mar 24, 2018
    Melbourne, Australia
    Wow that's even thicker man! It might just be I need more practice with the thicker ones, but I am still on the fence. I know I like the thinner ones, but are there any cool tips and tricks with thicker picks I'm missing out on?
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  4. thin guitar picks don't last at all for me (on bass), which is why I use the V-Pick, they last

    I also love that they're equilateral, so you can use all three corners.
    With guitar picks I won't even use the pointy corner & use the two rounder corners to strike the string.
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  5. Wulfensteiner

    Wulfensteiner Banned SUSPENDED

    Mar 24, 2018
    Melbourne, Australia
    Oh heck no, bass picks all the way. But I haven't tried the corners idea. It makes the attack a little rounder I'm guessing?
  6. At the time I was just trying to economize the usage of them, but I think it works better for pinch harmonics.

    Here's the thread I started about V-Picks:

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  7. Wulfensteiner

    Wulfensteiner Banned SUSPENDED

    Mar 24, 2018
    Melbourne, Australia
    Hey thanks a lot :) much appreciated. Heh. It pays to not be silly for a change, you learn stuff..
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  8. G-Z

    G-Z My other account is a Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2018
    I'll be curious to see the responses. I had never even contemplated the heavier gauge picks.

    I started out guitar/bass with 1mm but eventually gravitated to 0.88mm, where I've stuck for decades now. That gauge just seemed to allow me enough "bite" on the string and enough "give" to keep the attack fast.
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  9. Linnin

    Linnin SUSPENDED

    Jul 19, 2012
    Linningrad, Earth
    I like thick fat felt picks that you measure with a ruler. Mine are 5/32nds of an inch thick. I use it in place of my thumb on flats, and just like a thumb it's down picking only. Very effective. They are also clumsy and slow and take some getting used too.

    For a good strong pick attack with any string type it's my trusty Fender Heavy 351 to the rescue.

    Fast double picking GHS Bass Boomers on my Fender Jazz requires a bit more flexibility. Dunlop Max-Grip 0.88mm is the usual pick of choice, but sometimes the same pick in a full 1mm is required for tonal reasons.
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  10. gebass6

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

    May 3, 2009
    N.E Illinois
    I like thick,inflexible picks.

    Because there is no flexing,there is no delay of motion transfer.
    So all the pick motion energy is transferred to the string.
    The blunt,rounded tip slips easily over the string.
    It's like using your index finger tip.
    Moving the string only.

    This makes playing fast sixteenth notes easy and fluid.

    Top left to bottom right:
    Big Stubby 3mm,Dunlop Primetone 5mm,Timbertones Agate 4.7mm picks.
    SikPik D35.It's twisted!Wegen 5mm,Wegen 7mm,V-Pick Big Fattie 5.85mm.
    The Dunlop Primetone and the two Wegens have a dark tone.
    The agates and the Big Fattie have a bright clicky sound.
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  11. Member8675309

    Member8675309 Banned

    Aug 19, 2017
    Nashville, TN
    BF155B19-B612-4450-AA0C-439CCB8BAEC3. The V-Pick Mummy is the thickest I have. It’s the one on the right.
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  12. mbelue


    Dec 11, 2010
    Every guitarist I've ever played with thought my 1mm nylons were unusable, being "enormous".
    I've used some handmade stone picks that were around 5-6mm. For me those are too much for anything beyond simple "root, 5th" stuff. Holding it becomes a distraction.
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  13. mmbongo

    mmbongo Dilly Dilly! Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
  14. lowplaces

    lowplaces Got Punch ? Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2015
    Louisville Kentucky
    I like the 2.0 mm Golden Gate mandolin picks.
  15. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Dang it!

    Last night when I was setting up for a gig I meant to take a pic of my pick holder on my mic stand. I usually have 6 or 8 different kinds. Different picks for different styles and sounds.

    I forgot to take the stupid pic.
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  16. smeet

    smeet Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2006
    Woodland Hills, CA
    I like triangular Dunlop Ultex .72mm. It’s extremely hard material so it’s very bright, and lasts forever. I don’t mind Fender heavy either.
  17. I like the Gravity 3mm razor xl I think its called.
  18. DirtDog


    Jun 7, 2002
    The Deep North
    Dunlop Nylon 1mm. The black one. Thick enough for me, a dollar a dozen and you can find them anywhere. I had to use one of the thinner grey ones yesterday - yuck!
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  19. 74hc


    Nov 19, 2015
    Dunlop 426P Ultex rounded triangle picks, .88
  20. Wulfensteiner

    Wulfensteiner Banned SUSPENDED

    Mar 24, 2018
    Melbourne, Australia
    Yeah those crummy grey ones just aren't good for anything..
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