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Todd Simpson
post Feb 10 2012, 12:11 AM
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QUOTE (Nihilist1 @ Feb 9 2012, 03:42 AM) *
Hello all! As of this morning, I have officially been endorsed by V-Picks! I have been using them for some time now, thanks to Todd, and I can honestly say that I love them. Below is a link to the site. I do talk about them often in our Saturday chats, so no, I am not spamming the rest of you. I am just elated that they would endorse someone like me laugh.gif
http://v-picks.com/
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I got the idea to use it after Todd had a Switchblade Custom Buffed for his shredding awesomeness.
http://v-picks.com/productdetails.php?q=214&page=picks
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Mucho Congrats man! wink.gif I gotta say I love V-Picks. It' was really great of Vinnie @ V-Picks to customize a special "Shred" variant of the switchblade for me. It remains the fastest pick I've ever played.
Sounds like you prefer the Stilletto buffed which is also a killer pick!

Hopefully the first of many endorsments to come!

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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Feb 9 2012, 04:49 AM) *
Congrats man! I got a deal with Steve Clayton thanks to Todd biggrin.gif


Happy to help smile.gif The more endorsement deals the better! smile.gif You guys deserve em!

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QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Feb 9 2012, 06:49 AM) *
Wow, thanks for the offer.. I've emailed the owners so I'll see what they advise smile.gif

I did find 1 UK store that stock some, but not Switchblade Buffed...



BEN! The SWITCHBLADE BUFFED remains my personal fav of course, ( I have a very heavy handed pick/mute style so I like the size/thickness) but you may dig a different one depending. Email Vinnie and tell him about yourself and what type of picks you like. He's a really cool guy and will set you up with some great stuff that is purpose built for your particular style of play. Gotta love those guys!

Todd

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post Feb 10 2012, 12:45 AM
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That's great news! Congrats! smile.gif


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post Feb 10 2012, 06:07 AM
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Gonna try these next, anybody tried these yet? Just saw them. They look like the Trainer pick that I was talking about a litttle bit at the tip.

they are called THE ONYX PICK

Check out the point on this thing!

http://v-picks.com/productdetails.php?q=180&page=picks

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post Feb 10 2012, 08:08 AM
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QUOTE (Nihilist1 @ Feb 9 2012, 10:19 PM) *
I have yet to go through one Stiletto!


That's not the kind of sentence I expected to read on a guitar forum. That's the kind of thing me, Gitarrero & Mudbone hear backstage when we perfor our drag act ! laugh.gif


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post Feb 10 2012, 08:53 AM
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QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Feb 10 2012, 05:07 AM) *
Gonna try these next, anybody tried these yet? Just saw them. They look like the Trainer pick that I was talking about a litttle bit at the tip.

they are called THE ONYX PICK

Check out the point on this thing!

http://v-picks.com/productdetails.php?q=180&page=picks

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I think I could never use such a pick biggrin.gif it just looks so...POINTY!


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post Feb 10 2012, 10:09 AM
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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Feb 10 2012, 07:53 AM) *
I think I could never use such a pick biggrin.gif it just looks so...POINTY!


I feel the same.. it's like playing with a Dorito ! laugh.gif

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post Feb 10 2012, 11:34 AM
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QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Feb 9 2012, 02:48 PM) *
Do you order them ? Do you have to pay any outrageous customs charges ?

I had an HD cam come from the States and I had to pay an extra £70 or something to get it delivered. Just wondered if they do the same thing with every single thing that comes from the US.



Ben I've not been hit by customs, they are sent in a small padded envelope so easy to be passed over, plus you won't be hitting the limit for a customs charge unless you buy loads.

I like the Small Pointed and Stiletto.


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post Feb 11 2012, 12:12 AM
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QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Feb 10 2012, 07:08 AM) *
That's not the kind of sentence I expected to read on a guitar forum. That's the kind of thing me, Gitarrero & Mudbone hear backstage when we perfor our drag act ! laugh.gif


wink.gif It looks like you have found a new member to add to your band, then!

My prototype custom pick came in today. It is a Stiletto Buffed. I say prototype, because I am going to buy a new production plate and have my initials stamped on all of my pick orders, that way I will know if someone tries to steal them wink.gif

Here is the Stiletto compared to a new Dunlop 1.5MM Tortex



Look at how sharp that thing is!

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post Feb 11 2012, 12:26 AM
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Congratulations on your endorsment. What does it entail, I can't see you on the artists list. Is it like a friendship deal? ^^
I'm not much a fan of the v-picks, but i'm sure getting some kind of discount is awesome, considering their price biggrin.gif

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post Feb 11 2012, 01:42 AM
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QUOTE (Sollesnes @ Feb 10 2012, 11:26 PM) *
Congratulations on your endorsment. What does it entail, I can't see you on the artists list. Is it like a friendship deal? ^^
I'm not much a fan of the v-picks, but i'm sure getting some kind of discount is awesome, considering their price biggrin.gif


I think it is more like a friendship deal. I am not big enough to be on the artists list. Especially when you consider that he has pepole like Carlos Santana and Billy Sheehan on there.

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It is cool. 50% off all guitar picks is a great deal.


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post Feb 15 2012, 10:04 AM
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Customer loyalty deal!


I contacted Vinni to see if he wanted to come and post here and maybe offer a free sample like he has on other sites


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post Feb 15 2012, 10:29 AM
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QUOTE (PosterBoy @ Feb 15 2012, 09:04 AM) *
Customer loyalty deal!


I contacted Vinni to see if he wanted to come and post here and maybe offer a free sample like he has on other sites


Awesome! I actually have a photoshoot at Krank Amplifier HQ in Chandler, Arizona this weekend(thanks to that endorsement), so I may post those pictures in this thread as well. My bassist is getting his amplifier and I am going to test some. They want to help market our album when it is finished. That will be awesome.


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post Feb 17 2012, 01:58 AM
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Congrats man!
I really love v-picks. I have played the small pointed picks a pretty long time.
But as I went into some recordings there where squeaky sounds coming out of my amp. I figured out that this was my picking hand itself. ohmy.gif I am holding the pick not in an 90 degree angle to the strings as it should be. (I try to solve this now for month biggrin.gif)
(But it is just not feeling that comfortable for me...yet... biggrin.gif ). Anyway - this causes more friction to the played string itself. And because the v-picks are made out of some kind of glass compound, they made too much noise.

So I am back with my Ultex Jazz 3 2.0. It is really a pity. If it wasn`t for my picking hand I would prefer V-Picks,
because they are indeed one of the best guitar/bass picks ever made. - In my opinion.

cheers,

S.

QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Feb 10 2012, 08:53 AM) *
I think I could never use such a pick biggrin.gif it just looks so...POINTY!


Yes ! same with me ! laugh.gif Even though I like pointed picks. But you could kill someone with this ! biggrin.gif
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post Feb 17 2012, 02:13 AM
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QUOTE (steve-rec-freak @ Feb 17 2012, 12:58 AM) *
I am holding the pick not in an 90 degree angle to the strings as it should be. (I try to solve this now for month biggrin.gif)
(But it is just not feeling that comfortable for me...yet... biggrin.gif )

That isn't a problem, people pick differently, with all sorts of angles. Do what's comfortable and gives a good sound!


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post Feb 17 2012, 02:48 AM
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QUOTE (dark dude @ Feb 17 2012, 02:13 AM) *
That isn't a problem, people pick differently, with all sorts of angles. Do what's comfortable and gives a good sound!


Thanks for the advice,

I switch right hand technique pretty often, as I try to get as much tone as I can get.
I noticed that most people, especially if the play faster try to pick as efficient as possible. In regards to that I try
to improve my efficiency when picking fast.
But off course there are exceptions. When I see great guitarists like Marty Friedman or Steve Morse, which have a very strange pick holding technique, it gives you the point and underlines what you say.

Maybe I am overdoing it by thinking too much about it. biggrin.gif

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post Feb 18 2012, 01:53 AM
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QUOTE (steve-rec-freak @ Feb 17 2012, 01:48 AM) *
Thanks for the advice,

I switch right hand technique pretty often, as I try to get as much tone as I can get.
I noticed that most people, especially if the play faster try to pick as efficient as possible. In regards to that I try
to improve my efficiency when picking fast.
But off course there are exceptions. When I see great guitarists like Marty Friedman or Steve Morse, which have a very strange pick holding technique, it gives you the point and underlines what you say.

Maybe I am overdoing it by thinking too much about it. biggrin.gif

cheers,

S.


Yes. The Acrylic that V-Picks are made of do have a very distinct Pick Chirp. This page was designed to teach people how to eliminate that:

http://v-picks.com/tipsdetails.php?title=P...F%3F&page=1

I also recommend trying the Picks that Todd had custom made. If that is too large for you(it shouldn't be) then use the Stiletto Buffed like I do. They are so sharp that minimal contact is made(if you learn to pick with the tip. Research the Stylus Pick for that. There are a few threads here, that discuss it). I hardly get any chirp from my Stilettos. Maybe it is because I really only use the tip, and a very slight angle. Oddly enough, I stumbled onto that link a couple days ago. and it instructs people to pick a lot like I do.

Hope this helped!

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post Feb 18 2012, 02:44 AM
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QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Feb 10 2012, 04:09 AM) *
I feel the same.. it's like playing with a Dorito ! laugh.gif


If you are playing the Tortoise picks like BEN, with the rounded tip, this thing will seem ALIEN. smile.gif If you are playing pointy picks already, it's not that much of a stretch. But it does have that Dorito shape!

I got the Dorito pick in the mail! And yup, it's the pointiest pick I've ever had. Even more pointy than my Custom Unbuffed Vpick Switchblate! I'm going to give them a shot and record some bits with them as well.

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QUOTE (Nihilist1 @ Feb 18 2012, 01:53 AM) *
Yes. The Acrylic that V-Picks are made of do have a very distinct Pick Chirp. This page was designed to teach people how to eliminate that:

http://v-picks.com/tipsdetails.php?title=P...F%3F&page=1

I also recommend trying the Picks that Todd had custom made. If that is too large for you(it shouldn't be) then use the Stiletto Buffed like I do. They are so sharp that minimal contact is made(if you learn to pick with the tip. Research the Stylus Pick for that. There are a few threads here, that discuss it). I hardly get any chirp from my Stilettos. Maybe it is because I really only use the tip, and a very slight angle. Oddly enough, I stumbled onto that link a couple days ago. and it instructs people to pick a lot like I do.

Hope this helped!

-Brandon


Thank you for that Brandon. The article was very nice to read and informative.
I think I will give it a try.

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I hope this thread isn't too "old", to get a few responses back...


Love my v-picks. Tone is awesome. BUT, I tend to get sweaty on-stage and sometimes get the sweaty hands for virtually no reason. Sweaty hands = Slippery V picks.

Has anyone come up with a solution?

I went to a craft store and found several possible "options". I haven't tried any, but intend to try/consider trying the following options to modify a v-pick:

-Adhesive "fabric" tape. It may give just enough "fabric" to absorb minimal sweat. It's very thin as well.

-Sticky "dots". They are literally a sitcky little "dot" of clear plastic goo. Not my first choice, but it may work if nothing else does.

-Fuzzy/"velvet-y" stickers. Same thought as the fabric tape.

-Spray on material: I know they make cans of "spray on truck bedliner", which could provide some extra grip. But, it's probably not absorbing any sweat. If they made a spray on "tortex" material, that would be AWESOME!!

-Wax: I'm thinking about dipping one "Maker's Mark" style. Probably still not grippy when sweaty.


Any other ideas? I expect several "fails" before finding the right modification.


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post Mar 5 2012, 01:35 AM
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QUOTE (derper @ Mar 4 2012, 11:01 PM) *
I hope this thread isn't too "old", to get a few responses back...


Love my v-picks. Tone is awesome. BUT, I tend to get sweaty on-stage and sometimes get the sweaty hands for virtually no reason. Sweaty hands = Slippery V picks.

Has anyone come up with a solution?

I went to a craft store and found several possible "options". I haven't tried any, but intend to try/consider trying the following options to modify a v-pick:

-Adhesive "fabric" tape. It may give just enough "fabric" to absorb minimal sweat. It's very thin as well.

-Sticky "dots". They are literally a sitcky little "dot" of clear plastic goo. Not my first choice, but it may work if nothing else does.

-Fuzzy/"velvet-y" stickers. Same thought as the fabric tape.

-Spray on material: I know they make cans of "spray on truck bedliner", which could provide some extra grip. But, it's probably not absorbing any sweat. If they made a spray on "tortex" material, that would be AWESOME!!

-Wax: I'm thinking about dipping one "Maker's Mark" style. Probably still not grippy when sweaty.


Any other ideas? I expect several "fails" before finding the right modification.


Try to find some way to relax and sweat less. I think the goo might work, but I do not sweat excessively when playing--unless it is summertime in California and I am in a hot garage.


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