I've dropped a heap of money this year on pedals, cables, pickups etc trying to get my sound up to snuff (I'm not a gigger, but I like to think I can at least play reasonably, and I'm on that same quest for good tone as most other people on this forum). While I'm by no means disappointed in any of my purchases - I've picked up some phenomenal OD and fuzz pedals and my cables are quiet as a mouse - none of the upgrades have really "improved" my playing (I know, I know, that's something only practice can do), they've just made it sound different. The other day I ordered some new picks, as the pick gremlins have taken all of my existing ones wherever they take picks. I grabbed 12 tortex pitch black jazz .73mms in the bundle of picks, and they are absolutely fantastic. I've not bonded with the previous jazz III's I think because they were too slippery for how small they are. I generally use the .71 gators but the jazz tip on these ones gives me much more control over tremolo picking and skipping between strings quickly. It's funny what can get you totally excited about sitting down and playing for hours - these pitch black jazz III's have done just the trick.