How Big of a Sound Difference Can a Pick Make

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  1. gitapik

    gitapik Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    I’ve found a very very nice compromise in everything with the V-Picks Emerald Medium Point Lite.

    “Lite” is misleading if you’re used to a standard light pick. In the V-Pick world, “Litw” means its somewhat less dense than granite.

    jk, but somewhat true. It’s got a similar thickness to a Jazz III but with a different grip and angle. I love the Jazz III, btw. Just like this Emerald a bit more.
     
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  2. Bandboy

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    Been playing Clayton standard shape for over a decade. Nice feel and they never split or break.
     
  3. backalleyblues

    backalleyblues Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Jazz III XL in Tortex for me (.88mm, the green ones). They just feel right in my hand, and on the strings. I used to use the large teardrop, but then discovered the point on the Jazz III and that was all she wrote...

    For acoustic and in the studio, I'm more liable to try different things-my wife loves the gold Herco .60mm nylons, and on a strumming part I'll use them-to my ears, the guitar gets more zing and sounds brighter, less muddy (and easier to mix!) Others that hang around are the John Petrucci picks (nice but too thick most of the time) standard Tortex and Fender picks, red nylon Jazz IIIs, and Fred Kelly thumbpicks (my wife prefers the speedpicks, I prefer the slickpicks). I even have a couple metal picks, but I don't really care for those...

    Franc Robert
     
  4. rangercaster

    rangercaster Poster Extraordinaire

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    Picks and strings... cheapest improvements in tone ... GAS on a low budget. . .
     
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  5. mkdaws32

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    I love the feeling of good old celluloid. I keep coming back to those - heavy .96mm to 1.2mm

    They are bright enough and have enough attack for me when I dig in, but I can mellow right out depending on how I pick. I hybrid pick a lot too. Celluloid is great for pinch harmonics, as well.
     
  6. old soul

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    In a diehard orange tortex fan of long time, and for everyday play they rule. For some strumming stuff I like lighter and for some surfy stuff I like a fat wooden pick for. It all depends on you and your music

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  7. Gary in Boston

    Gary in Boston Friend of Leo's

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    Picks make a difference for sure.

    Sometimes for me it's about the way the pick feels on the strings.

    Someplace I have a copper pick that was given to me................. now that is bright with an edge.

    My brother in law uses thin picks on his acoustic and they make so much noise it's distracting.

    John Fogarty once said, " You want to change the sound of your guitar change your pick".

    He was right.

    Gary
     
  8. Goldenshellback

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    Albert Collins got great sound using his thumb. Same with Toy Caldwell, and a lot of other folks who never used a pick.
     
  9. gobi_grey

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    I never knew a pick mattered other than the thickness affecting the way it feels. I always used white fender heavy's until I ordered some parts off ebay and the seller included a couple of their branded picks as an extra. They were perfect thickness and they actually sounded better. A lot better. Much brighter snappier. They sounded more alive. I messaged the seller to compliment their picks and on my next order of tele knobs or something like that, they included a huge pile of those picks! This was a couple years ago and I still have a good stock of those picks. They're still all I use. When I start running low I'll have to send them another message to let them know I've been using them all this time. Maybe they'll send more. I'd be happy to buy them but they said they don't actually sell them, they just use them to advertise their store.
     
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  10. telebanjo

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    For me, it’s Delrin Fred Kelly for thumbpick and blue chip 50 for everything else. Never has a “wear” edge on it and I angle the pick as needed so there’s no pick click and the speed of coming off the string is amazing. I’ve tried about everything and those are what works for me.
     
  11. Butch Snyder

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    Here are the two I use most. I love the Ultex 1.14mm. Feels like mi old Fender tortoise picks but stronger. I have a bunch of the John Petrucci picks as well as Dunlop Nylon 1.00mm. Good picks, but I don't like their attack as much. I also use the Dunlop white Medium thumbpicks.
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  12. WingedWords

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    I'm not picky. Whatever comes to hand.

    90% of the time these are closest

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  13. ale.istotle

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    Funny I just opened a Jazz III sampler pack and the Ultex is the one I'm having trouble bonding with. It sound thin compared to the Tortex or the classic red ones. Of course it's a 2.0mm so maybe it's just that.
     
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    Wow, 2mm is thick. I have a couple of Dunlop Stubby Jazz picks. They're 3.00mm. I used to drop them all the time. Like trying to pick with a marble.
     
  15. ale.istotle

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    It's this one. Maybe It's the texture. I have one of the 0.73's around here somewhere, but of course I can't find it to compare.
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    No, you're not crazy
    Picks definitely affect the tone
    I alternate between medium and heavy depending on the tonal considerations
    I would encourage you to trust your ears and your finer instincts, as you progress on your musical journey
    As you progress, your awareness of the finer points will increase, and you will notice things you hadn't noticed before
    Enjoy the journey my friend .......
     
  17. Nick Fanis

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    That's not a "bass" pick.
    It's a large triangle pick used by countless guitarists that want a better grip and want to save money (one side goes you use the other)
     
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  18. gwjensen

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    I like the full sized ones under 1.0... probably use the.80 the most.
     
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  19. oleblacktele

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    I discovered the Dunlop True Tone picks a few years ago and was astonished at the tonal difference. Was using Ultex prior to that. I use the full size 1.0 and play with the rounded corners. A nice bonus it has grip texturing in the center. Love them! I play mostly jazz, blues and fusion.
     
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  20. Zac

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    I prefer plain old Fender Mediums in white, but use a variety to get different tones.


    Bill Crook told me a story years ago about the late Billy Joe Walker Jr, playing with Michael Nesmith. Said that he was backstage listening to the show, and thought Walker had a bunch of different guitars. When he went to chat with him after the show, Billy showed him that he only had an Ovation steel-string, and a bunch of different picks to get different sounds. He even had a felt pick to help him get a more nylon-string tone for certain songs.

    Picks have a HUGE effect on tone, and playability.

    Zac
     
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