Guitars and Picks

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  1. Deckard

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    Do you use different picks on different guitars or for perhaps different styles of music? I have been using a fairly thick V-Pick for a while and I am comfortable with it but I just got a gretsch 5420 and it feels like I should use a thinner pick and it would sound better.
     
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    I do use different picks for different applications. My go-to standard is an Ultex 73, but I use nylon 60s for acoustic playing, and occasionally use Ultex Jazz IIIs for certain things. The number 1 rule is that there ain't no rules.
     
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    I use the good old Fender Thins on my 12 strings, but use Tusq picks on everything else.
     
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    Just switched from good old Fender mediums to Dunlop .73s.

    For bass I use Fender heavys.
     
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    I use the same purple dunlops (1.12mm?) for everything. Even for playing bass or acoustic guitar. I just choose my guitar, or bass, based on how I'm feeling that particular day, or if one is needing a setup I'll use the other.
     
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    P Thought Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I love how a different pick changes how a guitar sounds and feels. I use thick, thin, round, and pointy picks, of all different shapes, made of all kinds of materials, in all my guitars. With each guitar, I try to stay with a pick for a month or so, then change to something else. I always keep one of my best ones in a "pick pouch" key fob, in case I'm somewhere and have the opportunity to try someone's guitar.

    Same as other musical equipment, I don't mind spending money on picks, but I'd probably use cheap ones if I were in situations where I might lose them, such as playing in a bar.
     
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    I use the cheap ones.The ones in the glass jar at the counter in the music store.I'm not a professional like many of you guys.
     
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    I use little jazz picks on electrics, and large rounded triangular ones on acoustic and mandolin. And the same shaped ones but Clayton 1.00mm ones for picks.
     
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    Delrin/tortex 1.0mm for electric....some freebie plastic pick of roughly the same thickness for acoustic. It has more "snap" on the acoustic than the delrin.
     
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    I tried all sorts of picks over the years.

    Can't get on with any of them so play with finger tips now.
     
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    I mostly use Dunlap ultex 73 sharp. But once in a while I use a gator grip 54 for asoustic. It has a softer jazzy sound.
     
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    Yes. By far the cheapest, most immediately effective way of pulling different tones from a variety of guitars whether acoustic or electric.
     
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    Love my Vs. The Screamer is my choice for electric or acoustic
     
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    I'm about to start. Relegating my shorter thumbpicks to my SG after I kept hearing a strange clicking noise. Pick hitting the neck pickup. No big deal, just another thing to remember.
     
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    Fender classic celluloid medium's are my main stay pick. I'm mostly a rhythm player but when I play songs I solo in I use tortex heavey's. Graphtech tusq picks are really cool to play around with too but a little pricey.
     
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    Me too! I got hooked on the V-Pick "Screamer" and use it for both acoustic and electric. Prior to my V-pick screamer addiction I used the Dunlop .73 for acoustic and the Dunlop Jazz 3 occasionally for electric but this was some time ago.
     
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    Absolutely, especially with acoustics. I bring at least 4 different picks to the gig
     
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    I just started using the Tortex 73 sharp because I felt like I was going through the regulars really fast. The tip seemed to get flat very quickly. Not sure if the sharps are just a little bit too sharp, and I'm slightly concerned they're messing up my already lousy technique. Won't use them on acoustic for fear of scratches.
     
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    You are totally right, that picks mean a lot to the sound. I'd say you should experiment and test something else and see how it works out. '

    Keep in mind, that you can make a thinner pick work as a thicker by angling it sideways (thus picking with the side of it) which will ensure that a lot more plastic hits the string giving a fuller sound.

    Or if need be turning it upside down and then picking sideways.

    That way you can 'cheat'. You can chose the sound of a thin pick most of the time, but when need be you can beef it up by angling it sideways.


    That being said, I mostly lean towards thicker picks (when full size) or something like the dunlop jazz II or jazz III.
     
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    I use a lot of different picks, and they do affect the sound. I find that I'm like a lot of my friends, I'm often trying different new picks. Still, I've got my own favourite - Dunlop Ultex 1.14. The pick material is smooth, but after a few minutes it almost feels like it is sticking to my fingers. A good pick.
     
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