What Pick Do You Use, and Why?

Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by Wjensen, Jul 25, 2020.

  1. Wjensen

    Wjensen Gretschie

    May 25, 2019
    Raleigh, NC
    I've lately been experimenting with different picks and materials of picks. The most flexible I have tried is a Dunlop o.6omm, the thickest is a Tortex 1.14mm as well as Fender medium and heavy picks. What pick do you use and why?
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  2. bhatta

    bhatta Gretschie

    Jun 29, 2020
    Jazz III
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  3. r0de0

    r0de0 Gretschie

    Jul 7, 2011
    Ontario, Canada
    Mostly Jim Dunlop .73. RIP
    They just 'feel' right.

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  4. dougmon

    dougmon Gretschie

    Jan 9, 2013
    Just these two: the Jazz III for more agressive picking, the D'Andrea Pro Plec for something with a smoother feel. The Pro Plec just slides off the string and gives a really smooth attack.

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  5. Randy99CL

    Randy99CL Synchromatic

    Feb 17, 2020
    I tried every different pick I could find and decided I like Heavy, or those around 1mm. MF had 6 dozen Martin 1.0mm on sale for less than $14, a little over 19c each.
    And the great thing about buying so many is that I haven't lost one yet, LOL! But so far, I only play in my living room!
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  6. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    My standard picks are Fender Heavy 357. It's the typical pick shape everyone thinks of. Heavy because anything else is too flappy. My usual ones are green moto coz they're easy to find on a dark floor. My favorites are the free ones I always find on the floor after gigs.
  7. JT19

    JT19 Gretschie

    Nov 28, 2009
    Atlanta, GA
    D'Addario/Planet Waves 1.00mm are my current favorites.

    Sometimes I'll rotate the pick in my hand and use one of the "top" corners instead of the point on the bottom to get a different feel (a little rounder/smoother) on the attack.

    On acoustic, I'm mainly a fingerstyle player... so I'm also comfortable playing my electrics without a pick. But I use a pick 90% of the time on electric (compared to approximately 20% of the time on acoustic and 5% of the time on bass).
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  8. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
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    I've been using these for a good 40 some odd years now . Thins ... besides they fit just right in my mouth between my teeth and cheek IMG_1732.jpg
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  9. Lockupyourfatdog

    Lockupyourfatdog Synchromatic

    Aug 8, 2016
    Everett wa
    I’ve been playing fender heavy’s. They make a good snappy sound. Strong attack. But I have a bone disorder that prevents me from holding a pick so I cut them into little slivers And tape it to my finger so it can’t get away.
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  10. Wjensen

    Wjensen Gretschie

    May 25, 2019
    Raleigh, NC

    Interestingly, I have been playing Fender Heavy, but I have lately been playing a lot of chord work, which favors the Dunop Tortex o.60mm. But noting the different tone using different picks has me on a quest for what other pick materials and thicknesses may have on guitar tone. Of course, I hadn't even thought of issues like Lockup, but of course many people have overcome such issues.
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  11. Gregor

    Gregor Gretschie

    Oct 17, 2018
    New Brunswick, Canada
    What a great idea! Like you, I have a condition that prohibits me from holding a flat pick so I've been using thumb picks the last couple of years with this Black Mountain pick being my favorite so far. Made of 1.5mm nylon it wears very well and you can hold it like a flat pick.
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  12. Frank_NH

    Frank_NH Synchromatic

    Mar 25, 2013
    Lebanon, NH
    I use the same pick that “The Edge” uses - Herdim 1mm picks. I also hold them like he does, with the knurled surface striking the string. I find it adds some chime to single note leads and riffs.

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  13. Trash Kidd

    Trash Kidd Country Gent

    Dec 14, 2015
    London U.K.
    Tried all sorts over the years but have been using these for a long while now.. 9035F19C-856C-4E60-8102-F5C27FFE4CB7.jpeg
  14. rob batz

    rob batz Country Gent

    Apr 17, 2014
    Bristol ct.
    Luv these things at 5 bucks a pop I really think they are worth the price I got bout 5 of them they do not wear out

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  15. Tele295

    Tele295 Country Gent

    This is my favorite pick. Heavy gauge (3.2mm)

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  16. Lockupyourfatdog

    Lockupyourfatdog Synchromatic

    Aug 8, 2016
    Everett wa
    Those are cool. I’ll look those up!
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  17. Cdb1961

    Cdb1961 Electromatic

    May 5, 2018
    Orange Park, Fl
    I have used Everly .88mm Star Picks for years for my electric’s but recently I was given some 3D printed picks that about 1.2 mm and I really like them. I have grown to like the harder picks.

    Thalia 1.4mm rose wooden picks sound great on my acoustics. They give a unique tone and surprisingly they hold up better than I ever expected
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  18. Bertotti

    Bertotti Friend of Fred

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    Blue chip, easy to hold and I love the sound. I use a different corner depending on slight tone changes I feel like. 6625B9E2-74EA-4738-BCE1-5E7FFCC84EC6.jpeg
  19. Robbie

    Robbie Friend of Fred

    Jun 17, 2013
    Sarnia Ontario Canada
    Have used Dunlop .88 Nylon forever. Recently have been trying V- Pick Tradition UL. They are a little stiffer than .88 Dunlop. I was sold on the V-Picks originally but when I use them I miss that tiny little bit of flex.
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  20. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Gretschified

    Oct 18, 2015
    I use these 1,14 mm Dunlops for decades. I grew so accustomed to them that everything else feels wrong to me.
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