What picks are you using?


#105

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Haha! I know what you mean, they take a bit to get used to. I haven’t tried the Becker ones but they’re the same mould so I assume they’re pretty similar.


#106

I tried a bunch of V-Picks, but none of the really big lads. They feel and sound great, but they seem to lose their tips pretty quickly.


#108

Have you tried anything thicker before?


#109

The Psycho was nice because of the 3 even designed tips. When one tip goes dull, move to one of the other ones.

I got a Big Fattie for the first time from V-Pick in the mail yesterday. It really just plays like a Psycho with worn down tips. I can definitely say for sure that I prefer playing with a nice point on my pick VS anything rounded off.


#110

Bought some Pick-Boy 1.00mm edge carbon fibers and they’re getting the job done. When my hands are really dry they slip around a bit but otherwise I like the shape and size. The V-picks are still my favourite grip but I’m not down to pay ~$45 for five or six picks that take two weeks to arrive. I’ll save those for special occasions such as recording sessions.


#111

No, I haven’t.

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#112

there is a very good chance that Dunlop will release the Andy James Ultex 2mm signature pick at NAMM.


#113

I use Tortex sharp 1.35. Great picks! :slight_smile:


#114

I also think I’ve been using too small picks, I thought they bring precision, but at least for me, not. When learning two-way pickslanting, a large pick gives more feel to the slanting itself, the motion still being the same. Another a bit strange thing: A woodworker friend made for me one large wooden (lignum vitae, very hard, but endangered species) pick 3-4mm, about jazz lll -shaped, 1.5 times bigger, and it feels very good! It has a lot of friction with the strings and it sounds real edgy, but to me, after a couple of days, might be the thing. Have you tried wooden or bone picks?


#115

I keep trying out those Tortex Sharp picks but I find they grab the strings too much, especially on the wound strings. Maybe I’m not giving them enough time to get used to them.


#116

I haven’t tried wood before. The one issue I am having is with ‘flex’. My current form hits the string pretty hard… so I need something that is pretty firm… bone sounds good though. I honestly wouldn’t mind going even larger… it just feels so comfortable… and long picks are really nice for cross-picking.


#117

This one I have is very stiff, but these aren’t on the market. Maybe one made of stone? Maybe you’re right, the bigger, the better, though the hand may get tired…


#118

Yes, that’s why I mentioned it to Mile-High. I do not have giant musclular arms like him… I have more of a Paul Gilbert body… so my forearms tend get a ‘little bit’ fatigued with the larger picks… but since I am not always playing staccato… its normally not a big deal.


#119

Is there such a thing as a pick with a Tortex-type attack but that doesn’t wear out? With the Blue Chips and Primetones and so on it looks like we’ve arrived at the era of “Everlasting Gobstopper”-type picks that wear very slowly or not at all. Which is great. But all those picks are super smooth. Is there anything in the everlasting category but with a Tortex feel where it’s got that softer, ever so slightly abrasive feel without being scratchy?


#120

I think I tried nearly every material and pick I could think of… and basically came to the conclusion that the pick has to ‘wear’ itself to make that particular sound. I remember I used to buy the tortex in bulk… and I used to have sandpaper/griptape on the back of my guitar so that I could ‘reform the point’… but it was never as good as a fresh one. I havent used tortex/jazz iii for about a year… but I still find them lying around in every corner of my house… getting stuck in the vacuum… etc.


#121

V-picks offer what they call a ‘ghost rim’ on many of their picks. They claim it cuts down on the ‘chirp’ you can get from thicker picks.

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This makes the picks less smooth, but don’t know if it would give you the feel/sound you’re looking for. And while V-picks definitely last longer than typical picks, they do wear down…the points on my V-picks are definitely duller than they originally were.


#122

Does anyone know what the largest picks available are? By size I mean height/width rather than thickness. I would love something larger than the Stubby triangle.


#123

@Troy have you tried picks made from acetal? http://www.steveclayton.com/acetal.php

@hamsterman I think it would be the V-Pick Colossal - https://v-picks.com/shop/
@milehighshred is the V-Pick expert on here and I’m sure he can advise you regarding getting a super thick pick.


#124

Enjoying those white tortex jazz iii I presume? I’ve tried a bunch of picks and nothing really cuts the highs like the tortex I’ve tried. I stopped using tortex because I want more high end in my attack.

I had some Clayton acetal sharps that sound similar to torex, but I wore those out faster. One good Metallica tune and you can toss the bitch in the trash.

@demizach the ghost rim makes the attach “chirp” MORE. They frost the edges to make the surface abrasive. You get a high end chirp added to your attack from the sandpaperized acrylic. Reminiscent of extreme edge picking. Blah.


#125

According to info on the Vpicks homepage…

" If you do not like the chirp a thick pick can sometime make, then the Ghost Rim option is for YOU!"

Don’t shoot the messenger…just reporting what they claim. :wink: