Favorite Pick/Plectrum For Tele?

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  1. eddnix

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  2. Chunkocaster

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    I like fingers or a red Jazz 3 extra grip, yellow ultex jazz 3 or tortex .88mm.

    I bought a few hundred fender medium Chinese knockoff picks a few years back and they are ok too. I didn't like them at first but they grow on you over time. They are also good for acoustic whereas I don't like the jazz 3's or tortex .88 on acoustic.
     
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    Lefty Addams Tele-Afflicted

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    Snarling Dogs Brain Picks for me, .088, 1.00mm and 1.14mm, with the grip.

    Have to have some grip, otherwise i would lose them pretty quick. These do the job nicely.
     
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    bgmacaw Friend of Leo's

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    I usually use this "vintage" pick.

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  6. ricardo1912

    ricardo1912 Tele-Afflicted

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    I've used Dunlop. 6mm orange small teardrop picks for years. I do try other flavours now and then but always come back.

    They seem to give me good picking control and accuracy.
     
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    coloradojeff Tele-Holic

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    I used to use different picks on different guitars. I've been using a Clayton .80mm now for years on everything. Less hassle.
     
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    Dunlop Ultex .73. I don't get the heavy pick thing, but to each his own.
     
  9. RYAN1987M

    RYAN1987M Tele-Meister Ad Free Member

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    I'm a fan of the Dunlop Primetone Jazz III 1.4mm Sculpted Plectra -

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    My fave too!
     
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  11. JBFatFingers

    JBFatFingers Tele-Meister

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    Thanks all, appreciate all of the suggestions. I picked up a couple different Jazz III varieties as well as Ultex Sharp, which should give me plenty to experiment with.
     
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  12. LGOberean

    LGOberean Doctor of Teleocity

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    My favorite guitar pick won't particularly be a helpful suggestion: it's homemade. I've made my own picks for years, used sheets of plastic provided in the kit included with my pick punch, then used expired credit cards and the like. I've even used old driver's licenses. (I can actually say "I have punched out my wife's face," and not worry about people calling the authorities.) Almost anything plastic will work, although if it's thinner than I use for teles or acoustics, I use those on my Wechter Nashville-tuned/high string guitar. The strings on that guitar are thin and light, and I don't use heavy gauge picks on that. An advertisement for a car company came in the mail a while back, the sheet of plastic it was printed on was fairly large, and it was this thinner type. I "pressed" it into service. :twisted:
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    A couple of years ago, my wife had a remodel project at her office, and brought home the samplers of the laminate countertop material.
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    I turned them into picks, and they're my favorites. The thickness is good (just a hair under 1mm), and they're incredibly stiff. I like both the thickness and the stiffness of them, and use them on both my teles and my other acoustics.
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  13. Jay Isler

    Jay Isler Tele-Meister

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    Fender medium pick (The rounded edge) or a D’andrea 358 heavy.
     
  14. DFB1

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    My pick of choice too.
    I am ordering some more this week.A friend snagged 2 of mine.
     
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    Bluego1 Tele-Holic

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    So many of the signature picks are Tradition light, but have better bevels. You’ve gotta pay more, but check the Derek St. Holmes. Of course, the Billy Gibbons has the unbuffed edge, but not much of a bevel. The Phil Keagy is also excellent (identical to the Greg Martin).
     
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    archtop_fjk Tele-Meister

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    I’m using Herdim picks now (the pick favored by the Edge). Love ‘em!

    And yes I pick the strings with the side of the pick like the Edge...

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    I like Fender 351 picks that are heavy.

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    A 351 F-Grip is even stiffer and is slowly becoming a favorite.

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  18. John C

    John C Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Same here; I've tried all thicknesses and keep coming back to Dunlop .73 - but I use the plain old nylon ones. I used Herco Flex 50s for a while (the gold ones) and even had one of the gray Herco Flex 75s - the one that Dunlop calls the "holy grail" now - because I read that Jimmy Page used them (this was circa 1980 :)). But i switched to the Dunlop nylon .73s around 1983 - long before Dunlop wound up buying Herco.
     
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    I like the smaller Primetone 1.3mm triangulars a lot. They are a new pick to me.
    Dunlop makes picks that just work for me no matter what.
    I like their Ultex, Tortex, and lately, their new nylon textured gripper picks just as much. They are all around 1mm or thereabouts.
    I also like .20 gauge Dunlop fingerpicks and both the Dunlop Ultex and Zookie thumbpicks. Once those Dunlop fingerpicks came on the market, they were the only ones for me from then on.

    I think I played the acoustic too long and too much to be able to adjust to a thin flatpick. They probably have read advantages with the slinky strings of an electric guitar, but they're just to insubstantial for me to be comfortable with.
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