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Tone of the pick
Do you recognize major differences in tone/sound when changing pick?
Yes [ 33 ] ** [82.50%]
No [ 4 ] ** [10.00%]
Never thought about it [ 2 ] ** [5.00%]
Pick? Hell, I`m a Knopfler-guy! [ 1 ] ** [2.50%]
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post Dec 10 2009, 09:11 PM
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Some surfing around the internet, and some posts here, made me wonder: How much DO the pick actually change the sound and tone?
It`s an undeniable fact that the pick is important for the comfort when playing, but is it also for the tone or is it a bagatelle?
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post Dec 10 2009, 09:18 PM
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I mainly play with some Jazz III picks but when I record something I usually use diffent types of pick. I have found that the Dunlop Tortex has a really cool sound on some rythm.

When playing accoustic it is also good to try different picks...


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post Dec 10 2009, 09:20 PM
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There are tonal changes between picks. But how it fits in your hand is more important to me smile.gif
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post Dec 10 2009, 09:25 PM
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Definitely!, some picks make the sound muddier, others give more crispy tone.

I like the crispy tone from dunlop nylon picks, but the size and thickness is not so good, so I ended up with jazz IIIs, the sound is a bit muddier but the size/thikness is just right smile.gif


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post Dec 10 2009, 09:39 PM
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I`ve been playing the Jazz III`s for the last years, and occasionally some Dunlop Tortex...which is basicly the same size and thickness. I just find them very comfortable, while on the bass, I use some huge dunlop picks with 2 mm thichness. I`m really excited about those 2.5 mm shredpicks from V-picks tongue.gif


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post Dec 10 2009, 09:58 PM
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I'd really like to try a V-pick one of these days.. but anyway, I do notice a big difference, I've been using dunlop ultex, I think it's 1.4 lately. They are pretty nice and I've never dropped one. I also have a cool one I got from a bead shop actually, it is flat and pretty much pick shaped, I think it's made of wood or it could be imitation. It has a nice sound but I haven't grown fully accustomed to it.


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post Dec 10 2009, 10:04 PM
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Just had to go with the Knopfler tongue.gif

There's a big difference...


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post Dec 10 2009, 10:25 PM
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I'm with Kyldee on this one. It makes a HUGE difference which pick you play. Yep. As already said. Comfort first. Playability second. Tone third. If you can get all three .... Bargain!!!!


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post Dec 10 2009, 11:10 PM
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voted yes, totally, i personally use 1.10mm tortex, but lately i'm experimenting (mostly on recordings) with this ones smile.gif
using the green pointy one to record acoustics, sounds very nice smile.gif
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post Dec 10 2009, 11:51 PM
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I used to use Jazz III's & II's

I've recently moved over to Dugain picks... I strongly recommend that you guys check them out, far better than V picks and soo comfy tongue.gif
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post Dec 11 2009, 08:49 AM
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QUOTE (stratman79 @ Dec 11 2009, 12:51 AM) *
I used to use Jazz III's & II's

I've recently moved over to Dugain picks... I strongly recommend that you guys check them out, far better than V picks and soo comfy tongue.gif

Care to elaborate? I have never heard of them before and the website makes me none the wiser as to the benefits. At least by spending some time on the V-Picks site you can get an idea as to what may work for you given playing style and preferences BEFORE you buy. Dugain lumps everything into about 4-5 categories in a ordered list for each pick. It doesn't really tell me anything like relative characteristics e.g. brightness, feel. Important considerations given they charge such high prices. I thought V-Picks were expensive but at least I knew what I was getting myself into to. On the flip side, if I bought a Dugain pick it seems to me all I know beforehand is that I will be forking out up to 50€ for a pick. That is about it.


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post Dec 11 2009, 03:07 PM
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Picks change tone a lot, specially if they are made from different materials.


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post Dec 11 2009, 04:57 PM
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Tone varies by pick. How can it not?
I use Jazz III picks, because they sound very heavy, and they're so small, so you're very close to your strings, which makes speedpicking a lot easier.


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hard picks are the ones that fit me. I really feel uncomfortable with the soft ones, and they make me be more careful with what I'm playing, so yes, they do matter


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QUOTE (djohnneay @ Dec 11 2009, 04:57 PM) *
Tone varies by pick. How can it not?
I use Jazz III picks, because they sound very heavy, and they're so small, so you're very close to your strings, which makes speedpicking a lot easier.


That's right, I had trouble getting pinch harmonics, when I switched to jaz IIIs--- Bam!! here they go harmonics all ove the place!, it seems my thumb is closer to the strings now and that made the trick for me.


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QUOTE (Fran @ Dec 11 2009, 06:21 PM) *
That's right, I had trouble getting pinch harmonics, when I switched to jaz IIIs--- Bam!! here they go harmonics all ove the place!, it seems my thumb is closer to the strings now and that made the trick for me.


Sounds very familiair, Fran !


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post Dec 12 2009, 11:21 PM
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its more about the feel for me than the soundat the moment I use 1.0mm dunlop big stubby one of those davia picks that is different depending where you hold it and a dunlop nylon 1mm. I dont know if I like the thickness of the 1.5mm yngwie style pick it just feels too thick. more rigid picks I feel give me a better attack
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post Dec 12 2009, 11:32 PM
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Guthrie Govan writes in his first book that a thicker pick grabbed near the edge is preferable since it gives You a greater control when You should play fast notes..... I will definitely agree to that, the only problem I got atm. is that I smashed 5 strings (0.10) in just one day on three different guitars by playing exactly the same note in the exactly same lesson..... tongue.gif (using Dunlop III) Btw. Im used to 0.11 and hit them pretty hard, so I guess I have to re-string some guitars..... or use the Dunlop 205, which is a thicker and smoother version of jazz III.


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QUOTE (Neurologi @ Dec 11 2009, 07:49 AM) *
Care to elaborate? I have never heard of them before and the website makes me none the wiser as to the benefits. At least by spending some time on the V-Picks site you can get an idea as to what may work for you given playing style and preferences BEFORE you buy. Dugain lumps everything into about 4-5 categories in a ordered list for each pick. It doesn't really tell me anything like relative characteristics e.g. brightness, feel. Important considerations given they charge such high prices. I thought V-Picks were expensive but at least I knew what I was getting myself into to. On the flip side, if I bought a Dugain pick it seems to me all I know beforehand is that I will be forking out up to 50€ for a pick. That is about it.



Well if you want vintage tone then theres nothing more vintage than a mammoth

for rock then you may want to use one made out of erm... rock??

Coconut for reggae...

Only joking. I personally use a plastic one for electric because its comfortable to hold.

Where they really come into there own is the bone one on a maccaferri style guitar. Nthing beats it for gypsy jazz and the volume is unreal
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post Dec 13 2009, 08:25 PM
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I like the coconut but it falls out of my fingers if I play too fast, for the blues I use an old beer can, and for metal I use a knife! laugh.gif


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