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post Aug 1 2007, 12:36 AM
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Hello Eveyone
What king of guitar pick works best for you?Example fender heavy ,thin ,medium,dunlop ect.There is a pick called Dava control pick that i used to buy but i havent seen in awhile.It had thin,medium and heavy gauge all in one it all just depended on here you held it.Other than that right now im using Fender medium california clears.So what do you use and do you think there is a better pick than the rest.Also what gauge pick do think works best for sweeping?I'm interested to see how many people are different and what they prefer and why smile.gif


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post Aug 1 2007, 12:39 AM
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I'm using about 2 mm for electric and about 1 mm for acoustic.


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post Aug 1 2007, 12:40 AM
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i use a pick called planet wave at thin gauge.


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post Aug 1 2007, 12:42 AM
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QUOTE (muris @ Jul 31 2007, 07:39 PM) *
I'm using about 2 mm for electric and about 1 mm for acoustic.



Are these the ones that you endorse and light up? smile.gif


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post Aug 1 2007, 01:00 AM
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Yeah. smile.gif

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post Aug 1 2007, 01:03 AM
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i use fender EXTRA heavy (silver shine)


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post Aug 1 2007, 01:09 AM
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yea, i usually use an extra heavy too, i cant go too fast with lights and medium just not as easy for me as heavy


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post Aug 1 2007, 01:35 AM
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I use Jim Dunlop USA Nylon 1mm in black biggrin.gif
But I think I need some that are a little bit bigger, but I am happy with them right now wink.gif


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post Aug 1 2007, 01:39 AM
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Dunlop 1.14 and 1.5mm.

I used really thin ones at one point, like 0.46mm because it was easier to strum as a beginner.


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post Aug 1 2007, 01:47 AM
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.88mm medium jim dunlop grip pick

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post Aug 1 2007, 02:40 AM
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I use medium Dunlop Celluloid Classics. When I was still in my first few years of playing, I tried out different picks pretty frequently, but I've used my current pick choice for years now. The green .88mm tortex pick was what I used for a long time, and they're more durable and easier to hold on to, but the tone of the celluloid is way better in my opinion. It sounds like it has a sharper attack and cleaner release.

In case you're interested, I play on 9-42 strings when in standard tuning, and my bands have ranged mostly from thrash to progressive metal. I felt that this pick gave me good separation between the fast palm muted notes that you'd typically find in the rhythm parts of a thrash band.

I felt that lighter picks sort of 'flopped back and forth' too much when doing fast rhythm and speedpicking -in that when I had just played one note and was about to play the next, the pick was still bent from playing the first note, which had the effect of forcing bigger right hand movements to compensate which of course slowed me down. Basically, the light picks didn't return from bent to straight in time. Heavier picks don't bend at all, so you have to move the whole pick the complete distance to play the note cleanly whatever that distance happens to be -but still much faster than the lighter picks. I like the medium because they do bend, but they return to being straight very quickly. Because the pick snaps back to being straight so quickly, I'm able use that snapping motion to do some of the picking movement for me when I'm playing a fast series of notes -so I'm able to move my picking hand less for more speed and less fatigue. It's kind of hard to explain this since it all happens faster than the eye can see, but I wanted to at least try to explain this effect.

I also do some sweep picking for my solos, and my current picks work just fine for that too -but I'd like to just briefly say that this is one technique where I prefer a heavier pick. This is because here, any bending of the pick is only going to mess up the articulation of the sweep. I think lighter picks 'forgive' some of the little right hand mistakes that you'll make while you're still learning to sweep, but I think you'll want to move up to heavier picks once you fell comfortable with the technique to get better volume and cleaner articulation in your sweeps.
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im ordering a light pick.. currently i use Alicia Medium Blacks. and like dunlop 1.5mm or less.. for a bit i was using this black pick with like a yellow tip.. it was almost medium with a solid tip but the body moved and it had a little indent grip for your finger.. i loved it but now ive lost it sad.gif gotta get summore..

Medium always.. solid but thin.


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post Aug 1 2007, 02:50 AM
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i have about 50 1.14mm dunlop picks lying about my house.

love them.

just the right thickness so they dont move about too much when speedpicking and speedriffing and still easyish to strum =P
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post Aug 1 2007, 03:21 AM
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Dunlop 2.0mm Gator Grip Heavys, Extremely durable, with absolutely NO GIVE. just the way i like it.
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QUOTE (muris @ Jul 31 2007, 06:39 PM) *
I'm using about 2 mm for electric and about 1 mm for acoustic.


while the thick pick is of course fast, problem I have is the attack is not sharp enough. maybe if I could find one with a bevel on it. Or sharpen it myself. But for now, the ones I use claim to be 1.5, but I don't think they are that thick. but I think I have the thickest of that brand. they also have little dots in the plastic molded in at the grip, I like that. And it does have a bevel at the edge, so a very sharp attack, much more clear than other picks. Not sure of the brand name, it has a little symbol on it that looks like the NIKE symbol.
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post Aug 1 2007, 04:51 AM
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Hey, I'm just wondering if anyone else has heard of this stuff called Gorilla Snot. It's a tacky kind of goop that you put in your pick and rub a bit into your fingers to hold your pick. Before I started using it, my picks would always slide sideways. Works wonders for my drummer to, now we can get through the song everytime (even when we're drunk haha)

This was a bit off topic, but I was just curious if anyone else uses it...and it has something to do with the pick.


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QUOTE (Sircraigery @ Jul 31 2007, 11:51 PM) *
Hey, I'm just wondering if anyone else has heard of this stuff called Gorilla Snot. It's a tacky kind of goop that you put in your pick and rub a bit into your fingers to hold your pick. Before I started using it, my picks would always slide sideways. Works wonders for my drummer to, now we can get through the song everytime (even when we're drunk haha)

This was a bit off topic, but I was just curious if anyone else uses it...and it has something to do with the pick.



Yes
I have heard of it. smile.gif I havent used it straight or drunk laugh.gif but i know that it's been out for awhile now.Musicians friend used to sell it and maybe still does.


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QUOTE (Sircraigery @ Jul 31 2007, 10:51 PM) *
Hey, I'm just wondering if anyone else has heard of this stuff called Gorilla Snot. It's a tacky kind of goop that you put in your pick and rub a bit into your fingers to hold your pick. Before I started using it, my picks would always slide sideways. Works wonders for my drummer to, now we can get through the song everytime (even when we're drunk haha)

This was a bit off topic, but I was just curious if anyone else uses it...and it has something to do with the pick.


thanks, will find and try that. although, they really came up with a disgusting name on that one. and this comes from a guy who has 8 cats, i clean out the world's largest litter box daily. I am not easily disgusted.
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I make my own picks...not from scratch but what i do is...i glue 3 hard fender picks together with super glue then shape them the way i want...i usually make them very small...the reason i do this is that i like my picks to be super stiff n there's no pick out there that is stiff enough for me biggrin.gif

EDIT:oh n I glue a small piece of 60-grit sanding paper on it so it doesn't fall...cuz my hands r kinda toooo sweaty

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