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Unread 02-21-2012, 11:17 PM   #1
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Question Can't find a good pick.

I need a hard pick that is going to last and stay still, since I have a problem with certain picks slipping out of my fingers. What are the benefits of jazz picks? Would you consider one of those drop picks or are they too bulky?
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Unread 02-21-2012, 11:23 PM   #2
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I used to play ultex III's exclusively, and loved them to death, but, if you've ever listened to the tonal difference between a thin pick and a thick pick, the thin pick has a much much sweeter sound.

That being said, I now use Planet Waves Black Ice picks in .80. It's the same shape as a jazz pick, but it's a little lighter, so you get that tone without loosing jazz accuracy.

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I've used both the Ultex Jazz III and the PW Black Ice picks and I love them both, but I keep migrating back to the Eric Johnson Jazz III's. Then again, the John Petrucci Jazz III's are on their way and they look to be pretty sweet. I'm going to give them a shot.

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If you want a hard pick that sticks to your fingers, the Dunlop Jazz III Max Grip Carbon Fibers are pretty awesome. No flexibility and the grips really work. Too well for me, actually; I prefer the Ultex or Tortex Jazzes.
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I use the standard Dunlop 2.0mm but they do sometimes slip. I get a great attack with them but I might try out something textured down the road.

Never got along with Ultex picks, the material just feels bad. I had a long affair with Jazz IIIs, but the 2mm picks have an undeniable heft that helps with tone.
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I use black Jazz III picks and they have really good grip.

The shape isn't for everyone though, a friend of mine hates them.
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I use Tortex T3 1.0mm's. They're basically a standard Tortex pick with a Jazz III tip. They're the best pick I've ever used.
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I've gone back to regular old black jazz III's, not crazy about the sandpaper feel of max grips. I have a Red Bear too, not a fan.
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same here I played Jazz III, played with Ultex for a while, now back to Jazz III again... I don't know why but even if they're small they tend to get stuck between my fingers in a good way
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I use the standard Dunlop .83mm picks. At first the were a bit slippery. I just score a grid pattern with a kitchen knife onto both sides of the pick and BAM! unbelievable grip!

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+1 for black ice picks
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+1 for black ice! I love those though their grip is not as firm as a Jazz III.

I'm currently using the Jazz III XL series. It's very durable, the edge stays sharp and hard even when I do pick scrapes a lot. The XL size makes it so easy for my fingers to control it as well. I find the normal Jazz III to be way too small.

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I'm just using the .88mm black dunlop tortex picks. I used the Jazz IIIs for a long time, used a Red Bear, and some other assorted types. I just keep coming back to these things for some reason.
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I use dunlop tortex greens. These will slip out of my fingers but I take the tip of a sharp knife and I make a cross hatch pattern on the grip portion to prevent slipping and they become the grippiest picks on earth. I also grind the tips to a point with the grinder in the garage. I know most might be thinking why not just buy sharp picks? simply put they dont work as good as my customized picks. And the grip I put on them is second to none. And if you need ultimate hold you can take self adhesive sand paper and cover a portion of the pick with it. The only downside is it makes repositioning the pick for different techniques very tricky.
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I used to have that problem as well. Check out Dava picks. They have a rubber grip and are super comfortable IMO.
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I've started to use dunlop hetfield's blackfangs 1.14mm and I love 'em. definitely worth to try them out.
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I would check out sik piks i've been using a red d35 for a really long time now since before christmas atleast.And mine is still good!
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I say it everytime, if yer pick slips, then get a Max Grip Jazz 3, i find the carbon fiber ones last a great deal long than the rest
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I went from Jazz IIIs of various types to Gravity Picks. I find I really like them and they don't seem to slip around as much as the Ultex Jazz IIIs did on me.

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+1 for black ice! I love those though their grip is not as firm as a Jazz III.

I'm currently using the Jazz III XL series. It's very durable, the edge stays sharp and hard even when I do pick scrapes a lot. The XL size makes it so easy for my fingers to control it as well. I find the normal Jazz III to be way too small.
The xl is great. I think the jazz III is too small, especially with a 7 string. The extra sixe really helps with the grip and chunk
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I use Dunlop Jazz III XL and they are PERFECT!

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try planet waves black ice, I've yet to find a better pick

it sounds great, grips great, feels great and doesn't wear down much compared to everything I've tried. so far each pick is lasting me 2-3 weeks and I pick very hard, so not bad going at all.

Jazz iii ultex wore down very quickly, it rounded out after about 3 days
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Gravity picks look cool but I can see those slipping, thinking about going with the Max Grip Jazz III Carbon Fiber picks but I'm still looking around.
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