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Discussion in 'Tab, Tips, Theory and Technique' started by msmith886, Oct 10, 2016.
Interesting. Hard on the strings?
Yeah, I'd like to know, too. I have some brass picks that are a lot like the Fender Heavy celluloids, but made of brass. I like them, but I always worry about what effect they're having on my strings. They've got some real bite to them, but it seems like they might be chewing up my strings in my mind.
I have gravitated toward these over the last month but I still use celluloid mediums and Dunlop Maxi-grip .88 nylon from time to time.
Fender Steel medium. Not as bright sounding as you would expect with a smooth sound in my opinion. They work for me. Next up is the Herco Golds and Grover Allman picks.
Mostly my fingers. I use Golden Gate mandolin picks for flat picking. I have tried several different picks for strumming but it seems awkward after over 20 years of only using a pick for mandolin.
Does the spelling of awkward seem awkward?
Another fan of Cool Picks. Heavies. Found my first one at Gryphon Music in Palo Alto Calif and then I found them online. The white ones with the blue center. If not those then Fender picks.
Oh yeah. I forgot I was on a guitar forum, and that all those details were essential. Ha!
Used to favour Dunlop nylon .73, now I'm all for Jazz III (the mini ones). Or fingers.
What's an OP?
I use 3.5mm stone picks. I also use 2 & 2.5mm lignum vitae picks and 2mm Gabon Ebony picks ( I make the Lignum and Ebony picks ), also use horn and bone picks once in a while. My preferences are the stone and lignum picks.
I get strange looks from people sometimes.
If I have to use a flat pick, I use these.
$.15 a piece. And they last a long time even with my gorilla-like string bangin.
Not at all as the pick is flexable and the silver nickle is fairly soft. I didn't notice a difference in string longevity.
Golden gate thumb picks are what I use the most. I never stop experimenting with other picks though. A cool effect for strumming is turning a quarter so the perforated edge scratches the strings; with an acoustic it gives off a steel resonator feel. I had a jellifish once which was pretty cool but the pins fall out in a week, then I realized different styles of combs can do the exact same thing and they won't fall apart. I use my fingernails a lot too. Not like estaban though; I bite my nails too often for them to grow; I use the tops of all the nails for sweeping and slapping on the strings. It can be a useful and versatile technique. It's good for dynamically percussive strumming, but you can also hammer the strings with your nails for cool sounds, like a piano, as opposed to a harpsichord.
Dunlop Tortex Triangle in Green (.88mm).
Dunlop Gators 1.14mm
That's the same way I use it... I don't go for "U2 type chime", but I love the texture I get from it.
I love these too.
I also use the silver Herco 75's (the Jimmy Page pick!) and the D'andrea picks are good too.
Snarling Dogs Brain Picks 1.14's One of the few picks that I can hold on to.
Lately I've been using Fender heavy. I etch the top with a pocket knife to create a crosshatch and improve grip.