April 9th, 2012, 11:14 AM
Been playing for years but thought I'd throw this out there cuz I never consulted a group on it and also I just got my first Telcaster ( a 92 MIM Standard).
I think my pick attack noise is disruptive... and I don't think it's a technique issue....
I've been using I think a .60mm Dunlop nylon pick for years because I like its flexibility... but could that create more pick attack noise?
So for minimal pick attack noise, any suggestions on picks - i.e. mm thickness, nylon vs plastic (or something else)? and also I assume .10's and .11s on the strings are good as necessary for bending strings but perhaps you have other string recommendations. I'm using Ernie Balls right now.
April 9th, 2012, 11:36 AM
For the chicken pickin' stuff I tend to go with 9-42 on the strings. For the last couple years I have been using WebStrings (webstrings.com) they last long and sound good and you cant beat the price especially if you order a dozen or two sets. I used to have a problem of my pick rotating constantly, I would always be fumbling with the pick spinning it back to the proper position then I started the DAVA Grip Tip and it solved my problem overnight so I have not used anything else since. They also have three little indentations so depending on where you hold it, they will act like a thin, medium, or hard pick (in theory). Johnny Hiland endorses them.
On a side note depending on how you have your compressor set can affect the attack your hearing on the strings.
April 9th, 2012, 01:34 PM
I have the best results with 10s and a heavy pick. I do believe that some of your pick noise is due to the thin pick you are using. I use a compressor and I like the attack noise with the compressed sound, but it differs from the slap of a skinny pick.
April 10th, 2012, 10:28 AM
I use a Martin 73 pick for the most part. I drill three little holes in the top of them. Helps me keep the pick where I want it instead of it rotating around in my hand. Thinner picks do seem to increase pick noise.
April 10th, 2012, 11:25 AM
I use jazzIII or surfpick wood jazz III size; also use the point or the round depending on how crisp I want the tone; also use mostly a flat/parallel attack instead of an angled for less pick noise; and use powdered bow rosin to make it stick to my fingers.
April 10th, 2012, 02:08 PM
Strings I think Ernie Ball can't be beat-9's for me in country/rock style. I use 10s or 11s on my other guitars for jazz or anything else. I've tried a ton of strings but Ernie Ball gives the clean brightness and clear sound that I haven't heard from other strings. Top notch!
I like these enormous Dunlop picks! :) I can't think of their # but they're really thick-most people I know don't use heavy picks with light strings, but I'm a fan. I've been using them for 3 years or so-before that it was the round edge of a standard Fender Medium pick.