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Are you bending your picks?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by medownsouth, Jan 23, 2021.

  1. medownsouth

    medownsouth Tele-Holic Gold Supporter

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    Hi. Do you guys bend your picks over the course of a couple days play time? I've been using successively heavier pick gauges throughout the last couple of years, and am currently using tortex or gator grip 1.14 picks. I just noticed the tortex is starting get warped a bit, lol - am I gonna have to switch to a quarter?
     
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  2. Chiogtr4x

    Chiogtr4x Poster Extraordinaire

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    I don't bend my picks, they just lose their edge and 'point'

    ( I use the standard shape- either a Fender Medium on acoustics, or a yellow.73 Tortex which is basically a medium, on electrics)

    A pick will last about 3 gigs, and then lose the point or get rough sides ( I like to 'pick scrape' for a little rasp, mainly on acoustic)

    But never a bending issue
     
  3. M2roadwarrior

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    No bending for me either but I will ruin an average pick in one practice session, switched to Fred Thorendahl(?) signature Dunlop picks made with Space Age material, they’re.96mm but are stiffer than most other nylon picks of a heavier gauge yet still have a herco kind of feel and are crazy durable, been buying them by the two dozen to make sure I have a lifetime supply in case they ever stop making them. They last so long that I probably already have that lifetime supply in stock!!
     
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  4. brookdalebill

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    Nope!
    These things are harder than my mother-in-law’s heart.
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  5. Steerforth

    Steerforth Friend of Leo's

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    I use heavy picks and I don’t bend them. But I do wear them down until they’re no longer useable, then I have to break in a new one.

    It makes me sad. I feel like I’ve lost an old friend. :D
     
  6. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    I’m your alter-ego here.
    I’m the pick-losing-est guy on the planet.
    I buy em’ by the half-gross, and can drop and lose em’ all in about three months.
     
  7. MilwMark

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    What do you mean “bend”? Post a couple pics? He he.

    Methinks you are gripping the pick abs picking the string with way, way too much force to accomplish that.
     
  8. strat a various

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    I bend my picks with my mind.

    (Which is why I don't play spoons anymore.)
     
  9. Jakedog

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    I’ve found that tortex definitely bends and warps. Celluloid can as well.

    I mostly use the Dunlop Jazz XL picks for electric. I wear them out, slowly. But they don’t warp. I think they’re too small and stiff.

    For acoustic I use 1.5 mm Gator Grip. I don’t think those are warpable.
     
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  10. imwjl

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    No. I went to much stiffer picks when joining bluegrass jams and carried it over to electrics. I mostly use the Wegen Bluegrass (left side), got a used Blue Chip, and a personalized casein (top) having already tried Jazz IIIs with electrics.

    I'd buy another Vespel pick if they weren't so expensive. I got the one here used.

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    Mine always bend if I leave them stuck in my strings when not in use. Never from playing.


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  12. Blister

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    Can you give a new guy to guitar information on that pic
     
  13. decibel

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    Minute bend from picking. Doesn't effect anything.

    I use a .73 and it lasts me decades. Not sure what's going on with other people blowing a pick in one gig or practice, but it seems absurd.
     
  14. brookdalebill

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    It’s a Dulnlop Ultex Jazz IIIXL.
    The are quite stiff, and I don’t drop them as much as regular Jazz III’s.
    They have been my favorites for a few years
     
  15. Tony Forman

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    I purposely bend all of my picks before using them. It gives me a better grip on them and by having them "biased" it means I always hold them the same way. For flat picks I use those little white Clayton Danny Gattonesque 1.26mm picks, and for thumb picks I use the white Fred Kelly Slick Pick....and yes I even put a bend on the blade of those. Lastly, by having the pick (or blade ) curve around the fleshy part of my thumb I find that it aids with downward pick slanting while going across the strings at speed.
     
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  16. strat a various

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    Some players play really hard. Some folks wear out the keys on their laptops typing too hard.

    It would be a good idea for someone playing a musical instrument to seek out some advice on technique, but then they wouldn't be "self-taught".

    If "your style" wears out a pick every night or a set of strings every gig, it's probably just best to buy picks and strings in bulk ... too late to change now.
     
  17. SRHmusic

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    Yes, depending on the material, and if 1mm or thinner (I only use those on acoustic). Doesn't seem to cause any big issues. The Ultex and PrimeTone and similar don't bend at all, even the 1mm ones.
     
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    No bends on my .96 Gator Grips. A relaxed right hand is a necessity for me.
     
  19. Treehouse

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    do you guys know the carpet trick for reshaping/refreshing your pick edges?

     
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    One of my two favorites for electric as well, was really happy when I found them. I really liked the 351-shaped Ultex years ago but discovered later that my fingers prefer the Jazz XL shape. The Ultex is a good deal more percussive than nylon.
     
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