Definately .. thick picks are the ****! But like many say here .. I'd start clean and work from there. I originally had a fender super six reverb ... but I was young and it was sooo hard breaking it up, so I moved on to a 900 marshall and that was basically it. Since then I just go guitar, a two channel amp and a cable, the tele is a bit weak compared to the gibson, so if need be, I might add a clean boost, which I have turned on all the time btw.