Let’s Talk About Pick (plectrum) Material

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  1. beagle

    beagle Friend of Leo's

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    I've been using this 1949 sixpence since the 1980s, nickel silver.

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    It's getting a bit worn out now.
     
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    I'm actually in the market for a Lollar goldfoil neck pickup. I was holding off on buying it and in the meantime also noticed that the picks are gone-- I called and was told they've ceased making picks. Bummer. I really liked those...
     
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    I like the Dunlop gels, the clear, colored picks. I use the heavier red and yellow ones. Drop one on a glass countertop and it sounds like a glass chip hitting. Very bright! Especially great on an acoustic. But not obnoxious. Other picks like the Tortex sound dull in comparison. And nylon, fuggetaboutit. My metal-loving son thinks they're too bright, so it's definitely a personal taste thing.

    I like the Jazz III also, for the way it feels.

    I have tried numerous wood picks and a couple of stone. I think they all sound very dull, for damn sure compared to the Dunlop gels. Also thick and hard to hold, especially the stone. The wood don't hold up well, not even the coconut. The stone ones usually are so thick it changes the geometry of how I hold the pick, seems to induce unnatural motions. Plus, the stones are hard for me to hold onto.
     
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    A luthier in upstate New York was giving away wood picks as a promotion. I use mine for faster lines on electric bass. For anything else it's a thin Dunlop for me.
     
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    I used to prefer the star picks with the hole. I bought some snarling dog picks in the tin and they were great but now I’m finding I don’t need as much texture. I got bowl of randomness. The search continues.
     
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    GHS Red if I order them or make them myself from Indian Casino Players Club cards....works for me.
     
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    I grew up using celluloid picks. So that's what I always come home to.

    I like the Tortex/Delrin plastic for some things, and i like the Dunlop "Ultex" formulation too.

    I use a variety of gauges, but that is a topic for a whole other thread!

    Celluloid works great for me.
     
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    My trials and testing did not go that far. I'm glad I paid the used price for the Blue Chip and I confess that material is really good. Overall, I find it hard to beat the Wegen Bluegrass model. They are not too expensive, versatile, and work for acoustic and electric playing. I LOVE that Blue Chip with my big semi-hollow that has heavy strings.

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    Gross.
    When I finger pick, with the meat of my fingers, I make sure the edge of my thumbnail is clipped so it doesn’t get caught on the strings. It makes me shiver just thinking this might happen.
     
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    I finger pick using the meat of my fingertips as well. I don't like the feel of the metal string in between my nails and flesh.
     
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    rich815 Friend of Leo's

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    Yes. Dunlop Primetone are awesome.
     
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    I bought a few of these also and forgot about them. So in addition to Jazz III Tortex and Ultex, Primetones are in my arsenal too. I also get these in the jazz size and in a 1.4mm thickness.
     
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