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What plectrum do you use

Discussion in 'Tab, Tips, Theory and Technique' started by viccortes285, Jan 20, 2017.

  1. Whiskerz

    Whiskerz TDPRI Member

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    I use one of those pick-punches on old credit cards/etc. Failing that, Fender Medium.

    Used to love smaller, thicker picks. Did Jazz 3, V Picks, Dragon Picks etc, but then realised I actually much prefer thinner/medium picks for feel and tone.
     
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    tonytrout Friend of Leo's

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    Right now, I'm having to use one of those little jazz guitar picks like Danny Gatton used. I normally use a real Marty Stuart-used guitar pick that I bought off of Ebay a while back (it matches the tortoise-shell pickguard on my "Clarence" guitar just great) But I lost the damn thing and cannot find it!!! :'(
     
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    I’ve gone through many different plectrums over various material and price but I always go back to the faithful Dunlap orange Tortex .60mm.
     
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    Acoustic with lots of lead fills: Dunlop .6
    Acoustic pure-just-for-the-love-of-it-strumming: Dunlop .46
    Electric - Fender Celluloid Heavy and Extra Heavy
    Fingers - for “Landslide”

    Got some good ideas in this thread, though.
     
  5. guitartwonk

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    I've tried all sorts of picks but keep going back to Dunlop Jazz IIIs. On balance I've only ever found one thing better: the Jazz III Maxi Grip.

    For the money they last pretty well. I like the small size because I can get in close to the strings for those squealy thumb harmonics. I also like the shape: the pointiness means I get the right balance of attack and fluidity. The Maxi Grip versions are then even better because they solve what was IMHO the only problem the Jazz III ever had: slippiness.

    Oh, and they have to be the red nylon ones, not the black ones and certainly not in any other material. Ultex, for example, sounds too dull for me and isn't quite flexible enough.

    Obviously though, the biggest contributor to tone here is the colour [emoji12][emoji23]
     
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    Pick-Free Since '93. :)
     
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    Dunlop orange for almost 20 years. Had nerve surgery on my right hand index finger in 2005 (table saw). Don’t have much feeling there now so the Dava rubber coated picks are about all I can manage. Stupid expensive in my opinion but I’m stuck there. On the plus side I can still play fingerstyle with no issues
     
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    I actually carved every pick in that picture. I used a Dremel and hand file to shape. Sometimes sand paper to get the thickness right.
     
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    I've been using Clayton small teardrop mandolin style picks in .50mm for a few years now... I do like the small 1.0 mm Stubby's too though
     

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    I’ve still got some picks I got in the 70’s, when I first started playing. They’re all rounded now and pretty useless for playing. I’ve always played with heavy picks.

    I started using white Fender heavy 1mm picks about 35 years ago and they were my #1 pick until just recently. Now I play with Dunlop Herco flex 75 picks. They don’t slip around and I have a lot more control. As soon as I tried them, I was hooked.
     
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    I am trying to make that transition myself right now.
     
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    Dunlop jazz #204 round for electric. Love the feel.
     
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    Herco Gold for Electric and Fender Blue medium for Acoustic. I've finally decided to stick with these. There is probably a couple of hundred picks in my gig bag that will never get used. Everything from Fender Stainless Steel, Grover Allman, Telefunken, Tortex, Stubbys, Pick punch credit card picks. Ya, I like picks.
     
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    Mornin'.....

    I see there's a myriad of plectrum choices out there with cool colors.
    Me....I've been using a Fender medium (brownish red one) since....well....the mid 70's.

    Unfortunately, I don't think any plectrum change will help my axe playing. :)
    Unless, they come out with the newly designed anti-arthritic pain mitigating one.

    Carry on.....
     
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    I use Dunlop Ultex 1.14 mm and Gravity 1.5 mm with a beveled edge.
     
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    I've often thought my leads bite.
    (And I'm not alone!)
     
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    6stringcowboy Friend of Leo's

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    Red (.73mm) Snarling Dog Brain Picks
     
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    Depending on the guitar and style I'm playing either the green tortex or the purple little stubbies.
     
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    I used to use a dunlop tortex .60 mm, but my thumb got crushed. Since i dont have the bone structure any more, I have been modifying them by adding some thickness in the back so that I can hold them. Wish I knew of a company that made something like this. If anyone knows of any, let me know.
     
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