When do you throw away your picks ?

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  1. beagle

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    Do Dunlop Stubby 3.00mm even wear?
     
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    I thought this thread was about throwing picks at the audience. :p
     
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  3. Chicago Matt

    Chicago Matt Friend of Leo's

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    Me too ^^^. And like beagle, sometimes I lose a whole unopened bag. :confused: The Dunlop nylon picks I use seem to never wear out. The old Fender ones did, but I haven't used those in well over 30 years. (but I came here because I thought this thread was going to be about when do you ditch the picks and use your fingers instead).
     
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    notmyusualuserid Friend of Leo's

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    Have you only got one pick? Or are all your others worn out too? :D
     
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    JustABluesGuy Friend of Leo's

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    That’s been my experience as well. I’ve torn (actually ripped) several of the thin Fender picks early on. I quickly switched to Dunlop Tortex picks and haven’t broken or worn out any picks since.
     
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    I’d recommend after the finale!
     
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  7. blowtorch

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    I only get rid of them when they start to crack. Small chips and divits, and even being bent doesn't bother me.

    I was hosting band rehearsal at my house, and the other guitarist just kept throwing his out, I was constantly fishing his discarded picks out of the beer bottle bin. To me they had plenty of life left in them. But when they begin to crack, they are no longer of any use to me
     
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    HA! I can so relate.
     
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    Got an IM last month from a lady I lived with in the '90's, with a photo of one of my lost picks, asking if I wanted it back.

    Now I'm waiting on the mailman, so I can finally go back to playing guitar.
     
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    I use traditional shape Fender Mediums on my acoustics ( love the feel and tone) and same shape yellow ( .73, also a medium) Dunlop Tortex on electrics.

    I pitch them when the pointed edge 'rounds out,' which on the acoustic may just be 2-3 gigs.

    I also use the Herco Flatpick/Thumbpick ( in Medium too) and do the same with those...

    All gigs, I put 2 'newish' flatpicks and one thumpick in my shirt pocket.
    ( I have spares in gigbag, of course)

    * OCD NOTE: I buy strings from www.juststrings.com, and with every purchase you get a pack of their label, plastic medium picks, so I have one ' emergency pack' in each of my guitar cases or gig bags!
     
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    My birds are in charge of that. The green one has a better pick selection. 6BA79FE4-FF41-4A1D-8909-B928B93F07EF.jpeg 6FA9A173-EDF7-4105-A840-D355695301F2.jpeg
     
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    Never. They find a way to get lost themselves.
     
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    Oh, yeah. They do.

    I keep a couple picks in my pocket, rather than keep them with my guitars, and I tend not to lose them. Consequently, they get used a lot. When I break out a new one, it's notable how much more pointy it is, and this usually prompts me to throw out the old and break out a couple new ones.
     
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    It was a rhetorical question, I can never keep them long enough to find out...
     
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    Wearing them out is never an issue. I find that I tend to use the more rounded corners of my picks (Dunlop Tortex yellow .73s) anyway, not the pointy part, so a worn pick is right in my wheelhouse.
     
  16. johnny k

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    actually, the 2 most worn out pics use are .... lucky pics ? It s just that i m so used to playing with them, i just don t want to throw them. There is spiritual connection between me and those picks.
     
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    Mediums, if they break...otherwise lose them or whatever
     
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    I have lost lots of them over the years. Though I did once manage to wear one to the point where it split in half, then I started using Gator Grips so I did not lose hold of them. The Gator grips eventually wore smooth and would end up in the pick box waiting to be given away. A few years ago my wife bought me a punch to make my own. I tend to use thick plastic bottles (Ariel washing liquid works best), they tend to be textured, and have a natural curve which fits the grip well. I also now use a hole punch to give extra security, so I have dozens of them which I no longer lose.
     
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    switched to Primetone 88s, don't expect them to wear out
     
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    I have never thrown away a pick. They decide when it’s time to move on.
     
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