Picks

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by mugen74, Apr 2, 2020.

  1. mugen74

    mugen74 Tele-Holic

    Age:
    45
    Posts:
    501
    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2019
    Location:
    Ohio
    I’ve played off and on for a while now. Currently going through another round of playing and trying to get better. I’ve tried all kinds of gear over the years, but always used the orange Tortex .60 picks. I just started with them, liked them and stuck with it. I was always one that thought the pick made no real difference, just find one you like.

    Yesterday I got a tin of Dunlop Billy Gibbons picks. Just says heavy so I’m not sure of exactly which pick it is, but man, I wish I’d tried heavier picks a long time ago. Noticed an immediate improvement in everything.

    jh
     
    hemingway, idjster, frank a and 2 others like this.
  2. Downshift

    Downshift Tele-Holic

    Posts:
    886
    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2006
    Location:
    Arizona
    You're on to something big there.

    Having a variety of picks can change your whole perspective on stuff. It can really pull you out of a rut or give you fresh ideas.

    I play a lot of bluegrass, and the standard pick in that realm is at least 1mm and usually thicker. That's what really brings the tone out of the wood on an acoustic guitar. Bringing that over to electric can lead to some broken strings, but its amazing how much it can change your feel, and your approach, and the tone you're getting.

    Same for shapes. I like to switch over to smaller jazz picks occasionally, just to change the feel.
     
  3. String Tree

    String Tree Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Posts:
    15,092
    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2010
    Location:
    Up North
    Over the decades I think I have tried, and still own, almost every pick that has come down the pike.

    I keep gravitating back to my Nylon Dunlop .88's.

    Still, it's nice to try something different just for sake of trying something different.
    Sometimes it works out pretty good.
     
  4. WingedWords

    WingedWords Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    69
    Posts:
    1,563
    Joined:
    Feb 4, 2015
    Location:
    UK Europe.
  5. Barbeque John

    Barbeque John Tele-Meister

    Age:
    77
    Posts:
    379
    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2007
    Location:
    Yakima WA
    Regular acoustic guitar and electric guitar .63 Clayton rounded triangle. Gypsy and 12 string guitars. a more percussive sound is required, same pic, but 1mm. Sometimes .8 on the acoustics when I'm feeling more aggressive.
     
  6. TelecasterBlooz

    TelecasterBlooz Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    60
    Posts:
    1,399
    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2007
    Location:
    Cascade, MT
    I'm a diehard fan of Dunlop Tortex yellows.
     
    Squawker likes this.
  7. stxrus

    stxrus Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    68
    Posts:
    4,422
    Joined:
    May 25, 2007
    Location:
    St. Croix, USVI
    V-Pick Screamer.
     
    Bluego1 likes this.
  8. maxvintage

    maxvintage Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    60
    Posts:
    4,696
    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2003
    Location:
    Arlington, VA
    I've got a ton of different picks and also went through a phase of making my own out of various things like tagua nut and Vespel, which is what Blue Chip picks are made of

    My experience was that the shape and especially the bevel and polish have much much more to do with the sound of a pick than the material the pick is made of.

    But yeah I like heavy picks a lot
     
    GreatDaneRock likes this.
  9. Fretting out

    Fretting out Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    28
    Posts:
    3,741
    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2019
    Location:
    Land of Mary
    I’m a medium to thin guy myself but have been exclusively playing with thumb picks for the last 5 years, it’s a shame my favorite fender thumb picks don’t come in different thicknesses:(
     
  10. tah1962

    tah1962 Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    2,242
    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2020
    Location:
    Heart of Illinois
    Over the years, I’ve tried hundreds of different picks. I started using Dava picks several years ago and have never looked back. They are the perfect picks for me. YMMV.

    upload_2020-4-2_5-58-18.jpeg
     
  11. DrPepper

    DrPepper Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Age:
    61
    Posts:
    3,078
    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2017
    Location:
    Texas
    I got one, I'm a minimalist in that respect.
     
    frank a and Fretting out like this.
  12. Fretting out

    Fretting out Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    28
    Posts:
    3,741
    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2019
    Location:
    Land of Mary
    I can get 6 months or more out of a single thumb pick, playing and hour or two a day.
    If I had as many thumb picks as that dude has flat picks I’d be set for life!
     
  13. elihu

    elihu Poster Extraordinaire

    Posts:
    7,997
    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2009
    Location:
    Texas
    Fender has copied the gray Dunlop’s-they’re pretty close.
     
    String Tree likes this.
  14. Fretting out

    Fretting out Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    28
    Posts:
    3,741
    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2019
    Location:
    Land of Mary
    I don’t know if I still have one but I used to have a pick made from some sort of composite, it would feel and sound/act as plastic does but when dropped onto wood or another hard surface it would sound like metal
     
  15. Fretting out

    Fretting out Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    28
    Posts:
    3,741
    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2019
    Location:
    Land of Mary
    I stick with one thumb pick till it is no longer useable, Usually last me six months or so.
    I prefer fender thumb picks though and out of a 12 pack usually only 4 or so are actually a good fit and really useable.
    Wish they were more consistent
     
  16. 6String69

    6String69 Tele-Holic

    Age:
    41
    Posts:
    541
    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2019
    Location:
    Florida
    I love heavy picks. On acoustic and electric. I have a big bowl of picks of every description and definitely like heavies the most. I like the blue and also the purple tortex. My martin picks are heavy as well.
     
  17. mugen74

    mugen74 Tele-Holic

    Age:
    45
    Posts:
    501
    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2019
    Location:
    Ohio
  18. stormsedge

    stormsedge Tele-Afflicted Gold Supporter

    Posts:
    1,980
    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2012
    Location:
    Tennessee, USA
    I had pick GAS a couple of months ago...augmented my usual thin picks with many different thicknesses plus, wood, bone, horn and some nifty handmades of coin (from Highland Plectrum Co. in Scotland). Different days, different sounds.

    IMG_6692.JPG IMG_6692.JPG
    IMG_6692.JPG

    The small silver one is a "Brian May"...I have a loooonnnggg way to go:oops:.
     
    WingedWords and jvin248 like this.
  19. Dobronaut

    Dobronaut Tele-Meister

    Age:
    66
    Posts:
    251
    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2016
    Location:
    Leicestershire UK
    Try them all! They all sound different. Collecting picks is a cheap, innocent and harmless addiction. I've been addicted for 55 years and proud of it.
     
    mugen74 likes this.
  20. Bluego1

    Bluego1 Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    57
    Posts:
    1,137
    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2018
    Location:
    Spokane, Washington
    I’m a pick nut. Over 250 custom handmade, many original. Last week’s haul:
    [​IMG]
     
    P Thought, KT89 and jvin248 like this.
IMPORTANT: Treat everyone here with respect, no matter how difficult!
No sex, drug, political, religion or hate discussion permitted here.


  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.