Pick Thickness

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  1. h4ck.b0x7

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    I was bored so I grabbed some calipers and decided to measure a few picks.

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    Thats some nice QC work there!
     
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    I had a decent sample size to randomly choose from...

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    Probably the least expensive way to change the sound of a guitar is changing thickness
    or material of pick.
     
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    Bronze age guitar pick found on a beach in southwest Sardinia ...

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    Played for 20 years without a pick-gee it's hard to get back into using even a medium.
     
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  7. h4ck.b0x7

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    The guitar itself can only be traced back to the 15th century, but you’re telling me they were making guitar picks 2600-4500 years before that?
     
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    I may get laughed at for this, but I like the different colored pearl mediums from Fender, Dunlop, and Dandrea. Not only do they all sound a little different from each other, but even among the same brand, some colors are darker sounding, and some brighter sounding. And I've tried enough of each color of each brand for my opinion on the color affecting the sound to remain consistent. And the other guys at the store where I worked until recently heard the same differences that I hear, so if I'm crazy, then they are too!
     
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    Isn't the size usually printed on the side of the pick? ;)
     
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    I've been using a thinner pick but starting to think I need to go thicker. I hate it when I thinko_O
     
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    It's a joke.
    I did find that on a beach in SW Sardinia though - about 3 weeks ago and there was bronze age civilization there.
     
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    Not on Fender picks, they just say Medium, Heavy, etc. I was interested to see where they lie in terms of millimeters.

    As for the Tortex picks, I was trying to see how close they were to the stated thickness on average.
     
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    I'd say the actual least expensive way is learn how to properly EQ guitar (and amp) and to take the effort to learn good right hand technique ... not bloody likely to happen, but there you go.
     
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    Have you had your calipers calibrated?
     
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    I bought several variety packs from a few different makers. After all the testing, I was back to preferring Fender or D'Andrea Celluloid Mediums and Heavys.
     
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    PRIMETONE 1.5

    The newest and imo best pick Dunlop has ever come out with. Hard to explain the grip and attack.

    Solid smooth grip that is never sticky like a Fender. It responds to adjustments with ease, never feels greasy and slippery. And since I'm not constantly having to adjust, the Primetone helps my right hand relax so it can more easily do what it does.

    The attack tone is similar to the Gator Grip 1.5, maybe a bit smoother but it delivers plenty of bite when needed. The beveled edge glides over the string almost like it was lubricated, but it's not. After three months playing every day, there is no wear that takes the pick into the negative at all. By this time a Fender extra heavy would show the wear with pits in the edge, and generally bumpy wear. I would quickly rub the edge of these picks on carpet and that would really help smooth out the old bumpy edge. But I've never had to do that with the Tortex or Primetone picks, no need for polishing.
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    Best pick ever. Ultra hard ceramic composite with slick, tapered edges and grippy little nubbins.
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    So do, some don't
     
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    I agree....
     
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