Making a guitar pick more grippy

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  1. Gardo

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    You could use adhesive sandpaper.
    I never had a problem with grip.
    My grip follows my ears. If the grip is loose I get a thinner pick. If I find myself gripping tight and close to the point I go heavier
     
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    Punch or drill some holes...
     
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    That (nail-holes) may be faster/easier than my suggestion to use a hole-punch. Let's try 'em both . . .:cool:
     
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    Expensive for what it is, but I need the help after waiting too long for carpal tunnel surgery on my picking hand:
    Monster Grips - The Ultimate Grip for Guitar Picks and More! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JER27MO/?tag=tdpri-20

    They work great. No damage to you or the pick. Every guitar I own gets a pick with one of these attached on the thumb side, plus a couple of spares. Transferable if a pick breaks. Just ordered more.
     
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    Years ago I was experimenting with adding grippiness to my picks, and tried both scoring a crosshatch pattern in them with a knife and dimpling them with the tip of a hot soldering iron. The crosshatched ones worked better for me.
     
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    Used to use the Dimebag Darrell method of scratching an X into the pick, but now I use a low grit sandpaper and scuff up each side of the pick.
     
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    I’ve been trying different picks lately too. What brands are you trying out?

    I’ve tried VPicks, gravity, howling monkey, wegen, and tusq
    I’m looking for something as good as bluechip but cheaper. So far I’m liking the Vpicks best. I have a few more ordered, more Vpicks, rombo, chicken picks, and JD primetones.
    It’s becoming an addiction...
     
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    epoxy sand paper ,cork ,or just apply the epoxy and add fine sand .

    5 minute epoxy at Harbor freight is cheap .
     
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    I’ve been on that quest lately as well. I honestly didn’t know they made stuff you could make your pics more sticky but it makes sense. I don’t use as thick of picks as you but I do like them at least 1.14. I found some at the local shop by my house that I really like. I ended up buying 3 or 4 different kinds. But there is one that I feel doesn’t slip out as I’m strumming.
     
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    I’ve tried v picks, TUSQ, howling monkey, and many of the Dunlop offerings. The Ultex Jazz III 2mm is actually really since as well as the 3mm stubby Jazz. If you haven’t, get a sampler pack of the Dunlop Flow picks. Excellent smooth bevel.

    I’m a fan of DR Guitar metal picks but my strings aren’t. It’s fun to mess around with and learn about you technique. I recommend the bronze pick if you’re curious.

    Recently, I got some Golden Gate 2mm triangle and mandolin picks. Kind of like a celluloid sound but the bevel is done by hand. I’ll upload a photo soon.
     
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    Make your own cork washers. You can stamp 'em out with a set of leather punches.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GWC5XQF/
     
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    If you like your picks, Gorillia snot or Pick Honey (same product, different color) work great. They are both basically pine tar packaged for guitarist use. So think baseball pine tar would also work.
     
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    Practice. :lol:

    The guy from the Doobie Bros duct tapes a flat pick to his thumb. Been doing it that way for decades.

    Some of us just use a thumbpick. :cool:
     
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    This is what I’ve found to be the best for me so far.
     

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    Came here to say this. I even had a Gorilla Snot T-shirt in the early 90s that I wore to high school.
     
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    For a time I used bow rosin. Came in a round 'cake' bar. Looks like Neutrogena soap kind of. Was cheap, worked well, and lasts forever (I think literally).

    I still have it, but don't use it anymore. If I have a pick that needs more grip I cross hatch it with a razor blade instead.
     
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    Turns out it's still in my closet almost 30 years later:

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