What picks are you using?



I’m really starting to like these ones. Small, grippy, and a lot of control!


Saw these Chicken Picks in my local shop, I’m dying to try them, but currently having to rest up due to hand/arm issues (just a pinched nerve I hope!). I swear I can hear them call me from the sofa… I may give in to the temptation!


Chicken picks are cool! I like the Jazz III style ones the best.


Currently using these:

Does anyone know of anything that is longer (not thicker), that isn’t too expensive?

I am tempted to use a 3D printing service to create something longer.

The longer picks just seem easier to double-escape, at least for me.


I was going to pick some of them up actually, in 2mm and 1mm.

Do you mean longer but the same shape and with the beveled edges?


I guess it doesn’t have to have the same shape. But with larger picks, it tends to work better if they are a bit thicker/stiffer, and if a pick is thick, I’d prefer it have a bit of a beveled edge. I’m willing to try almost any material, nylon, tortex, wood, plastic. I just wanna try it to see how it feels.


So I tried them out…the shredder (3mm on the right) was a lot like the JP Flow in terms of feel- glided across the strings effortlessly, but what I found was that the quality of note ‘bloom’ was poor and was akin to rubbing the string as opposed to plucking it. The difference unplugged was even more pronounced. I could play with my usual Dava and hear the the note pitches as clear as day until I switched to the Chicken pick Shredder - all the notes just disappeared!!!

The Jazz type pick on the otherhand was very bright in tone and note ‘bloom’. As expected with tough thick pick, there was a fair bit of chirp - a tad more than the Dava and at the etreme of what I can tolerate, felt great on the thinner strings - lots of attack and speedy. This would have been an outright winner for shred if it werent for the scrapey feeling on the bass strings. Feels disgusting and puts me off. Shame really. I suppose my question is do I hust suck it up and get used to it?? Or just stick to the Dava???

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Dava are hard to beat - very underrated picks.


Recently started using 2.0mm Ernie Ball prodigy minis. Great picks.

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After searching high & low on the internet for xtra-long picks, I’ve given up. I feel like I’m shopping for shoes in a size that nobody has. I think I am going to just 3d print them. I honestly don’t know what service to use, so if anyone has any suggestions, let me know.

This guy did it, and he says it ends up being 10 cents a pick & they are very durable. But I assume he has his own printer.

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ok, I went ahead and ordered some 3d-printed picks. This is my first time using a 3d-printer service, so I have no idea how it will turn out. But I am using sculpteo.com, since it seemed cheap, and you can choose pretty much any material. I chose vinyl.

I’m sure any 3d program is fine, but I just used 3dsmax to create it, I started with a beveled/chamfered cylinder, and deformed it to the shape I wanted. I stacked 3 different sizes on top of eachother. They’re really massive, and I’m not an engineer, so I have no idea how stiff/strong they will be. But it comes out to ~ $1.00 a pick (with coupon).

Here’s a pic of their dashboard:

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What a dizzying array of variety here.

I used to like the Jazz III reds.
Now I just use these exclusively. I seem to be the one here with these. I like the slippery round edge, they wear in rather quickly these days, but they’re cheap enough and sound perfect for my needs, I some times slash them with a penknife for a better grip if the humidity is very low. Though the last bag of 72 I got were stamped logos, not the screen printed variety, I must have got lucky.

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Dunlop are now making the flow picks in tortex

I’m not sure whether this will impact on pick-life (maybe if its thicker than the usual tortex?)
I have one, I’ll give it a whirl - it might be just what I’m looking for- the James/JP type flow pick that doesnt chirp like a box of crickets!


When will you get the picks?

This looks cool! I would love to see a picture of them.


I just got them. It’s exactly as pictured, super smooth, but the only problem is that I made the scaffolding between the 3 picks too thick, so I have to get a hacksaw to remove it before I can use it. Once I do that, I’ll make a video of it.

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I haven’t seen anyone mention them, so, my favorite pics are Dragonheart. I mainly use he Hardened Version, and I love it. Hasn’t worn at all in over a year, big pick with nice attack and it looks totally badass.
I switch between these and the John petrucci Jazz iii picks.