June 7, 2019 at 6:31 am #135204
this is an open discussion on guitar picks, which kind last the longest, and when do you personally consider a pick ready for the grave yard? different types, pro’s & cons, what ever you can pass along to help new players
June 7, 2019 at 6:36 am #135205
I am currently going between Fender 346 Rounded Triangle Shell Picks & Cool Jazz Guitar Picks – Heavy / 1.2mm with Rubberized Grip.
June 7, 2019 at 6:59 am #135208
Can’t recall the type I use tbh, each of my guitars has it’s own plectrum(pick)and when one loses any of its shape I run the edge through a carpet which reshapes the edges, got to be one of not 2 years since I last bought any.
June 7, 2019 at 8:36 am #135211
In answer to your question, ‘How long does a pick last’ In my case, when I played gigs regularly I would get through about 5 or 6 a month.
None would wear out, I’d just carelessly drop them through the air vents in the top of the amp. Every now and then I’d take the back off the amp, and it was ‘bonus time’ and the cycle would start all over again.
I didn’t realise at the time how advanced I was at ‘recycling plastic’
June 7, 2019 at 10:39 am #135217
Brian May used a sixpence I am told, Robben Ford used the back end of the pick so how long it would last depends on what it’s made of and used.
I usually use Dunlop Maxi Grip from 1mm to 1.5 some with rounded of tips on grit paper, the rounded tip sounds softer and less clicky ,rotating the wrist and how tight you hold and amount of pick protruding can affect the sound too. I usually use my fingers so my picks last longer if I don’t loose them first.
June 7, 2019 at 2:09 pm #135229
I am using Dunlop Jazztones. They come in about 5 different shape/sizes, and I find them all useful. They are very stiff and about 2.5mm thick. Easy to grip, they don’t slip, and they don’t wear down very fast. I’ve never gotten rid of one – but I lose picks all the time.
I tried V Picks, which are very expensive, earlier this year. There were two that I liked a lot, but they are clear acrylic, and after dropping them, finding them is harder than finding a lost contact lens. If they dyed their picks, I would use them. As it is, that would just be too expensive.
June 7, 2019 at 2:41 pm #135231
Hot tip..”dont buy black picks”, that must be the easiest lost colour for anything man made..
June 7, 2019 at 4:22 pm #135243
I started off with very flexible picks, on the assumption that they would be easier to strum with. By now I have moved to quite stiff picks, since they allow me to pick individual notes more precisely. Most heavy metal shredders use super stiff picks and hold them so that only a tiny bit of the end of the pick sticks out from your fingers. I do prefer picks with some kind of grippy stuff – printed texture or coating – on the part you hold on to. Otherwise they end up rotating around in my hand while I play. But now days I play fingerstyle 80% of the time anyway. I only use picks for songs that have very fast runs that can’t be done fingerstyle.
June 9, 2019 at 4:30 am #135349
I’ve gotten used to playing fingerstyle because I like the sound better and I’ve developed a better feel for the sound.
Regardless, I would like to switch between the pick and fingerstyle; Sometimes I do it, but I still lack some of the skills.
I have not found a pick yet, as Thomas Blug (www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLTkQoo8r_Y) plays it. The rounded corners are not so comfortable for me to change.
So, from worn picks I can not speak of any experience in my use.
June 10, 2019 at 9:31 pm #135490
San Luis ReyParticipant
If you want to get more life out of a pick just rake it backwards on a carpet about 8 times on each side. It puts a shape back on the tip. Or don’t be cheap like me and break out a new one!
Dunlop tortex 88mm or Sam Ash heavy
June 16, 2019 at 2:21 pm #135738
I am using the orange Dunlop tortex .60 I have also started practicing my hybrid picking from time to time. As of the lesson I am working on now ep240 I am starting to feel comfortable hybrid picking. My finger tips are a little sensitive. But the lesson is coming along nicely.
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