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Suggestions for a good bass pick?

Discussion in 'The BASS Place' started by burntfrijoles, Feb 13, 2021.

  1. burntfrijoles

    burntfrijoles Poster Extraordinaire

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    I usually play without a pick but I occasionally use one but I don’t really care for any of the picks I’ve tried: thin, medium, heavy, etc.

    Any suggestions?
     
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  2. Danjabellza

    Danjabellza Friend of Leo's

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    I really like the jazz iii 2.0 for bass.
     
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    Danjabellza Friend of Leo's

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  4. RobRiggs

    RobRiggs Tele-Holic

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    I wanted to improve my bass picking skills. I was always impressed by Bobby Vega so I tried .73 Dunlop Tortex. They work great for me.
     
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    I usually go for the 1.14 jazz iii's for bass but mess around with the Dunlop gator grips as well in 1.14.
     
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    I use large Dunlop Tortex purples. I also trim them so each tip is at a sharp point. In the pic, the middle top is unmodified, and the others have all been trimmed, and are at varying levels of wear.
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    Sorry for the crap pic.

    I use these because when playing hard, my pick can turn in my fingers, and these have three picking spots, so they can rotate all they want and it doesn't disrupt my playing. I started modifying them to improve precise picking with a lighter touch. They wear out over a couple of sessions, so I'll retrim them a few times as needed.

    I also play guitar and have long used small sharp jazz picks, but they don't rotate when playing hard, hence the different style for bass.
     
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  7. YYZman

    YYZman TDPRI Member Silver Supporter

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    I’ve used Dunlop Tortex orange (.060) for a long time. I find them to be the right balance between flexibility and stiffness.

    Usually on Rotosound 45-105 round wound strings.
     
  8. spupilup

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    V Picks. I use a few different thicknesses. They sound and feel very different than your run of the mill pick.

    https://v-picks.com/shop
     
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    jayroc1 Tele-Meister

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    I use a mandolin pick. It's softer and has less attack than a standard pick
     
  10. nojazzhere

    nojazzhere Doctor of Teleocity

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    I use the Clayton large triangle (white) picks, 1.26mm, for guitar AND bass. Very stiff, and since it's a triangle, it last three times longer than a "single point" pick. Many of my favorite bassists use a pick.....it's more "precise" and "snappy".....even with a very bassy, thumpy tone. Paul MacCartney, Chris White (Zombies), Bill Wyman, Carol Kaye, Chris Squire, etc......mostly used picks.
    The old joke goes, "Why don't most bassists play with a pick?"
    Answer, " Because they can't keep up with their weed AND a pick......and they have their priorities!" ;)
     
  11. 68Telebass

    68Telebass Friend of Leo's

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    These...Nylon, Herco “Hi, Ho Silvers”. Great grippy area, tough, long lasting. Chris Squire swore by them, and David Gilmour as well. The ones from Sweetwater have the traditional knobby grip area.
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    I also like the Dunlop Tortex greens (0.88mm) and the Gator purples.
    But I rarely use a pick...but I have a bunch “just in case” :twisted:
     
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    I like the Tortex blue Triangles. Haven't tried too many others for bass. Just had one of these lying around and it's felt right to me.
     
  13. burntfrijoles

    burntfrijoles Poster Extraordinaire

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    Thanks for the replies. I will check a few of those out. I may even have a couple of those like 0.73 Tortex and the Herco.
     
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    JazzIII user too
     
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    Pickboy Edge carbon/nylon in 1.14 mm or Herco Flex 75 (1.01 mm)
     
  16. LucasT

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    I don't know where I got this, but I've had it for at least 30 years. Just got back into playing bass fairly regularly playing 50% guitar and 50% bass in a band, and thankfully found this in my pick jar. I've searched on the internet for replacements, but have yet to find it. It's some kind of plastic with felt on both sides. Great grip, not too clicky on the strings. If I ever lose it (or wear it out), I'm thinking I will try gluing felt to a regular pick and see how that goes.

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  17. Tommy Biggs

    Tommy Biggs Friend of Leo's

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    I was using a huge, fat, rounded vpick, with thumped pretty well, and I went to a rehearsal without it. I've always got JAzz III Maxx Grips in my bag (for guitar) - it was even better for me. Maybe it just felt better because I play way more guitar than bass, but I've used it since. Not that we've done any shows since then...
     
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    I use Dunlop Max-Grip .73 or my fingers.
     
  19. Killing Floor

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    If I play with a pick it's a Tortex .73.
    Normally I'm fingers, thumbs, all that. I really don't use a pick with guitar half the time. But I'm comfy with Tortex grip. I always use a pick with acoustic guitar and acoustic bass guitar.
     
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    Fender 346 shape extra heavy.

    Clayton white triangular picks 1.26 or 1.52.
     
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