pick nitpickery

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by mexicanyella, May 5, 2016.

  1. Jakedog

    Jakedog Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Mar 26, 2003
    The North Coast
    Fender Heavy. Tortoise colored. The other colors don't sound as good...

    I can't prove that, but I said it on the Internet. So it must be true!

    I use them for electric, acoustic, shims for necks, windows, and furniture. In a pinch, they make a dandy fire starter. No really, they do. Light one. But do it where you can drop it quickly and not set the house on fire.
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  2. P Thought

    P Thought Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Mar 31, 2009
    Plundertown (Gasville) OR
    Hey, now you're talkin'!
  3. Dustin_J

    Dustin_J Tele-Meister

    Dec 22, 2013
    St. Louis, MO
    For electrics, good old fender mediums for me - solid white if available. Something about the solid white ones seems a little less "clicky". Tried the tortex, ultex, etc, and the celluloid seems to just sound better to me.

    For acousic, I like .73 nylons picks. There's a brand called Cool that is my favorite, but the Brain picks are nearly identical. They have a raised/dimpled thing going on that really helps to hold on, and they make acoustics sound more alive/present that some of the larger/thicker picks a lot of folks seem to favor.
  4. TickleMyTele

    TickleMyTele Tele-Meister

    Jun 8, 2016
    Florida, USA
    This is why I buy Star picks :p
    I use the white-medium ones, I can only find them on eBay.
    However, I'm in the midst of an affair with a $10 Indian Rosewood pick I bought online.
    It's a smaller size, thick (of course) and really gives a unique twist to my tone.
    It's about the size of a Jazz pick, in comparison to "regular" picks.

    http://www.samash.com/everly-star-picks-12-pack-purple-1-14-e300269pr?cm_mmc=GoogleShopping-_-Bass Guitars-_-Channeladvisor-_-Everly+Star+Picks,+12+Pack+Purple,+1.14&utm_source=GSH&utm_medium=CSE&utm_campaign=Channeladvisor&CAWELAID=1594742552&CAGPSPN=pla&CAAGID=28120526597&CATCI=pla-59767812753&catargetid=500002510000064975&cadevice=c&gclid=CjwKEAjw8da8BRDssvyH8uPEgnoSJABJmwYow4IfugJS1JwwoAk_expe1Xlyb8zF1_HL5S5yIp1FnxoCDQ7w_wcB
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  5. David_Maas

    David_Maas Tele-Meister

    Oct 28, 2014
    Potsdam, Germany
    I've tried a bunch, but I feel most at home with Dunlop Ultex 1.14 mm gauge. I recently discovered that they also carry a "sharp" variety (with a more pointy end) at my local music store, so I'll try those out when I go and buy new strings.
  6. Flaneur

    Flaneur Friend of Leo's

    May 24, 2010
    Heavy Tortex or Celluloid, depending on the kind of attack I'm wanting. Tortex lasts forever and Tortoishell sometimes only one set- but the feel of the shiny, hard material on heavy strings and the brittle attack is often just what I want, for Rockabilly, Junior Barnard-style Swing and early electric blues.
    Finally getting somewhere with Dunlop metal fingerpicks, after years of scratched guitars, dropped picks and sore fingers. Perseverance!
    I also like Herco big thumbpicks, for sweaty gigs. Very comfy but not very durable. In Tortex, they'd be perfect.
  7. NM Craig

    NM Craig TDPRI Member

    Apr 26, 2013
    Las Cruces, NM
    Dunlap jazz III
  8. beagle

    beagle Friend of Leo's

    Jul 20, 2010
    Stubby 3.0mm
  9. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Jul 18, 2010
    Western Connecticut
    The Dunlop 351 style on the left is for reference only.

    My "go to" pick is the red thin (.50) celluloid to the right of it. That's my custom shape, which I get by trimming 351s with scissors and sandpaper. The Dunlop Delrin .46 is good, too. The Clayton Ultem .56 is the brightest material I've found, but I wish they made them a bit thinner. Not enough snap.

    I recently stumbled on the Fender 451 celluloid thins (shown tortoise-colored). I still prefer my custom shape, but they're very similar, and the 451s sound better than any pick I've tried.

    The two Fred Kelly flatpicks are Delrin and Nylon. He makes a Poly, too, but they sound dull to me. I use these occasionally for bluegrass, where my attack is hard enough to make holding the pick a challenge. With the shoulder and the grippy texture, these don't budge!

    Fred makes a PeeWee, same shoulder and grip, but in a small teardrop shape. But sadly only in heavy gauge.

    The Herco thin is my favorite thumbpick, but because the wrap is made out of the same thin material, they don't stay on very well at all. I fix that by putting a 1/4" piece of double-stick tape on the inside of the wrap, right under the "HE" in the logo. Slip it on, and press-twist in the direction of picking pressure, and it rarely moves. I'm learning to use this as a flatpick, too. One that never falls off, and that leaves my index free.

    The Fred Kelly Bumblebee (thin of course) is my second favorite thumbpick. He solves the problem of the flimsy wrap. It's almost too stiff. Hurts a bit. I guess it can be shaped with warm water, and trimmed, but I've not tried. Like the Herco, it has a flatpick feel on the attack.

    Given my preference for thin picks, the metal thumbpick seems like an odd choice. I love it. The only reason I don't use it is that it's only meant for forward picking. I alternate-pick with my thumb, and the edge catches the strings. It's great for a raunchy, 'messy' style and tone.

  10. Kojer

    Kojer Tele-Meister

    Sep 11, 2015
    Manila, PH
    Picks are the kinda the first level EQ. I keep a couple of each from thin to heavy, Ernie ball or fender but i prefer the latter. Thin ones for acoustic strumming and medium to heavy for electrics.
  11. soulman969

    soulman969 Telefied Ad Free Member

    Mar 20, 2011
    Englewood, CO
    I'm kinda particular about picks for tonal reasons. The white Clayton acetal standards or Dunlop Tortex seem to work best for me on my electrics and the Clayton triangle Ultems are what I use on Taylor acoustic. Thickness can affect tonality as well so I use a few different gauges.
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