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 Post subject: What guitar picks do you use ???
PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 4:28 am 
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I know ... real players don't need no stinkin' picks.

For the rest of us - Just curious what picks you use. Size/shape, thickness, material, specific brand ???

I bought 12 GROSS of Fender picks about 20 years ago. That's something like 1500 pics. I haven't even made a dent in the pile. I think the model is 346. Regular tortie looking celluloid, traditional shape - thin.

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I have a batch of "CoolPic" mediums with the pebbles on one side for grip but I mainly use the couple of "RED BEAR" pics that I got a couple years ago.

Expensive but really bring out the tone.

I think one of them is the Style B with the speed edge bevel and the other is the Style C.


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Almost exclusively for the last 36 years I've used Martin medium tortie celluloids. Have tried heavies and lites but the mediums have always felt the best to me.

Last Christmas my son gave me a custom pick, he found in Alaska, made from Fossil Walrus Ivory. Very cool but I find it is too hard for my style of playing. Your attack has to be so aggressive or you get a slight buzz from an already vibrating string as it is plucked. I'll have to spend some more time with it.
Very unique gift.

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Real players do use picks if thats the sound the music calls for.

I keep a variety in the case all the time. Different tunes call for different tones and picks are a major componant of tone.

I use picks ranging fro Herco nylon 0.60 to Tortex 0.71 and 0.96. Fender celluloid .7 and 1mm. Wegan big fat rascals and Red Bears. Felt picks and I still have a few of these big triangle shaped picks Robert Fripp gave me 20 years ago. Those are great to play but they break quite quickly.

A nice easy rhythm played on Nashville tuning will not sound as sweet played with a heavy pick. But those light Herco nylons are perfect for that.

So don't get stuck in one pick mode. they are the cheapest accessory you can find. (Ok the Wegans and Red Bears will make you dig deep) But the rest are just pennies a piece. So look for different tones for different tunes.


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 Post subject: Re: What guitar picks do you use ???
PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 1:37 pm 
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Just curious what picks you use. Dave


Whatever I can find/borrow/steal.

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Never heard of Wegan big fat rascals. Are they just like the Red Bears?


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fender extra heavy first choice usually the big ones or heavy

I got a couple of wood pics made by a guy in fla and I liked them and use them also would like to get a few more but forgot who the guy is.

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Tried loads over the years. Now totally sold on Dunlop Tortex triangular - which in my experience don't break and I really like the rather unusual surface texture of the material they're made of. Plus, you get three picks for the price of one! I also happen to like that there's more pick to hold on to :D You can vary your tone by holding the pick at different angles which is hard to do with a regular pick and still have a good grip on it. I use different thicknesses depending on the style I'm playing.


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For electrics, I use Dunlop Jazz IIIs. Very small, but very fast.

For acoustic, I use Dunlop Tortex Mediums (Yellow), though when I need to get a bit mot speed and precision on a lead part, I'll use the Jazz IIIs for recording.

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Brad Davis was showing us one made of milk by-products.

For the few times I don't play without a pick or use a thumb pick, I use the old '70-'80's style Martins. I need that built-up area. If not, I use a hole punch.

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Tony, those are the Red Bear that Brad uses. I like those too, the heavy tri tips. Then sometimes I'll a d'Andrea pro plec. I've got the 1.5mm triangles and I sharpen one side to a point for leads and the other rounded for rhythm. Other times just a regular shaped heavy or medium will work. For special stuff I use a tortis triangle. They will all give you a little different sound so you pick what you want.

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In the past 2 months I've purchased every pick brand and thickness available at the music stores and am currently waiting for my Red Bear. I'm playing an Epe Masterbuilt at the moment and found the Dunlop 500 (pink of all colors) to be my favorite. However, as mentioned by others, my music stand now has 3 or 4 picks on it and I use them all for different effects on different styles. Never did that before, always used a Fender thin, but was playing mostly rythm in church so it was OK.

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Currently testing the Blue Chip picks which might be the best yet.


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So, how about a brief preliminary report?

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WOW!
what can I say but WOW!
Finally got to compare the Blue Chip versus the Red Bear the weekend on a variety of guitars (Collings, Bourgeois, Takamine, Adamas) and I can say that while the Red Bear certainly sounded good, it was more of a muted, lullaby type of sound while the Blue Chip was crisp and clear.

There are certain songs I play or that I have written where the Red Bear sound might be preferred (a sad song - a ballad) but when I leave the house to go pickin and playing somewhere, the Blue Chip is the one that's gonna be in my pocket!

I did prefer the 2 smaller sizes "TP & TD" over the "TAD" larger triangle and I believe I am going to order a couple of the 50's and 60's in the TD and TP size.

Overall a great feeling pick that was well worth the investment!


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