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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by dswo, Oct 5, 2020.
Picks make a tremendous difference in tone. I keep coming back to these:
Electric guitar? Here's my fave:
Yes, picks make a huge difference in tone. If you're using one, that is where the sound is first generated, so it makes sense.
I took jazz lessons from a local guy about 10 years ago. One of the best pieces of advice he gave me was switch to a Jazz III. Once I got used to the shape and feel, I couldn't believe how much cleaner and more dynamic my tone was. I can't imagine playing without one now.
I switched to Purple Tortex Jazz III's around 1990.
The size was useful in developing greater picking accuracy
I recently bought some Clayton small teardrops and 3mm Primetones
I can get a HUGE array of sounds from switching among those picks.
If you are looking for a bright pick, try these.
These really knock the highs down - I use them for mandolin sometimes, but only occasionally on guitar.
I like the Herco nylons.
There is a significant difference between the silver and the thinner gold.
I prefer the thinner for brighter and more articulate.
I have to drill holes in them to keep them from slipping in my fingers.
I was stunned at the differences a few months ago. I've been using Dunlop 1.14 Max-Grip nylon picks for two years. I got to choose some free picks (!) when I bought a new Gretsch at my local shop. I grabbed some 2.0 Tortex and, wow, they sound completely different! Now I'm going to try some 2.0 and 3.0 nylon to compare.
So, this isn’t a troll thread but............We’re often told it’s all in the fingers and so using a pick would make your tone the same as anyone else’s using the same gear on the same settings only if the same puck was also used?
I bite my picks, the teeth marks aid grip, have done for years.
Going against the grain, here. In my teens and early 20s, I preferred Mosrite thin black nylon picks. When they became unobtainable, I moved to Fender thin celluloid, usually in tort. Smooths out my attack. Poor man’s compressor.
The type of pick I'm using makes a big difference in the sound. I used to only use only heavy softer nylon picks. But not that long ago playing at home, I just happened to grab a pick that a Guitar Center employee had given me to try out a guitar. A little thinner, cheap plastic (or whatever they make them out of) and I really liked the brighter, snappier sound I was getting. So playing at home, I've just been using that pick. After I lose it (I always lose picks... I've never worn one out in my life), I'll probably just grab whatever's laying around and go from there.
Nope. How you pick the strings with the pick will change your tone... and everyone does it differently. How much do you angle it? How much of the pick are you gripping? How much of the pick's surface actually contacts the string? How hard to you play? etc., etc.
I use Howling Monkey tagua picks. They’re made out of a tree nut and have a unique feel and tone. They’re hard picks but are slippery on the strings.
This is a good resource for info on picks http://hubguitar.com/recommended-products/complete-guide-to-guitar-picks
My go-to pick is the tried and true Fender celluloid 351 heavy, preferably white (cause I can find them if I drop them ) or tort. I've tried just about all picks within reason (many "variety packs" from several brands), and the Fender 351 just works the best for me.
I think picks make a huge difference. I love the Ultex picks 1.0 and 1.14. I like
to bevel them a bit with a nail file but that’s me. They’re great.
I can see her nunnies.
This might seem weird but I like to glue one pick onto a thinner one, leaving a little room for the string to “scrape” a bit. Not for strumming but for playing leads. It gives a sort of built-in pick scratch/whistle sound, depending on volume. You (the collective you) might not like it but I think it’s cool. I like to think of it as my invention. Unless it’s collectively hated in which case it was someone else’s idea.
Where have all the flowers gone? ........
Yes but the title took me there.
oh but picks, these:
The little RedBaron Hot Wheels is cooler but not a pick:
V-Pick Screamer for the last 15 (or so) years.
I detest a thin pick. That’s what I used for too many years and went to Fender Thins, back to floppy, Jazz & Stubby, and finally the Screamer