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Unread 07-30-2012, 10:05 PM   #1
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Long Lasting/Durable Picks

So... I wear out standard picks like no-ones business.

I tried going thicker & thicker (don't use anything under 1.00mm these days) and still they become unusable too fast.

So recently, I bought an assortment of Horn/Bone picks (between 2.0 & 2.5mm) and even they are wearing faster than I expected...

So I've now ordered (hasn't arrived yet) a pick made from petrified wood (@ $12 buck a pop I'm only ordering one until I see how I like it) so I'll see how that does...

Anyone else have this same problem? What picks have you found to be the most durable/longest lasting?
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Unread 07-30-2012, 10:07 PM   #2
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Have you considered metal picks?
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Unread 07-30-2012, 10:29 PM   #3
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The best picks every in my opinion are gravity picks. I have been using the same pick every day for about 2 months and its just starting to ware out. They also come in many different transparent colors.
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Unread 07-30-2012, 11:36 PM   #4
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Gravity pics hold it way better than any other pick I have tried yet. Well, I did not tried the expensive rare .... pics, but still, these had been a nice improvement for me.
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Unread 07-30-2012, 11:50 PM   #5
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Unread 07-31-2012, 12:10 AM   #6
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Ultex Jazz III should last...forever?

If you can't get used to Jazz III's, I feel for you. I remember back when picks wore out, and were always a little different in shape.
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Unread 07-31-2012, 12:11 AM   #7
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V-picks.... done! have all shapes including the jazz 3 style.

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Ultex Jazz III should last...forever?

If you can't get used to Jazz III's, I feel for you. I remember back when picks wore out, and were always a little different in shape.
Exactly this ^^

I think its smarter to find a pick you like and buy a bucket of them (I got a bucket of jazz 3s for like 60 bucks) and use one until its lost or worn and just throw it in the bin and use another of your 2 trillion picks.
Much smarter than buying picks that you dont like or are not comfortable with for the fact that they last forever.
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Unread 07-31-2012, 05:27 AM   #10
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I would stay away from wooden picks, they wear out much faster.

How about PHD picks? If you wear one of them out you're doing something horribly wrong.
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I just got a set of Dunlop Carbon Fiber Max Grip thingys. They are my favorite pick so far. They are so tough I'm finding I don't have to pick as hard to get the same dynamic level as with the Jazz III's or Jazz III Ultex's I used to use.

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Unread 07-31-2012, 06:37 AM   #12
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Ultex Jazz III should last...forever?

If you can't get used to Jazz III's, I feel for you. I remember back when picks wore out, and were always a little different in shape.

I use these, been on the same pick now for a few months. I tend to lose more than I change with them
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Unread 07-31-2012, 06:51 AM   #13
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Try Dava nickel silver Rock Control, it's plastic with a metal tip, best of both world.
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Unread 07-31-2012, 12:04 PM   #14
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I use a .73mm wedgie pick



ive had it for like 2 years, great pick. my buddy uses dava's and swears by em. its all preference i guess
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Unread 07-31-2012, 12:15 PM   #15
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Another vote for Ultex Jazz III's, as others have mentioned. Not only do they last a long time, but they sound great too.
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Unread 07-31-2012, 01:28 PM   #16
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V-picks.... done! have all shapes including the jazz 3 style.
Yep! I ordered from them and they threw in a couple free picks as well! One of them was a blank that you can sand and shape yourself!

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Another vote for Ultex Jazz III's, as others have mentioned. Not only do they last a long time, but they sound great too.
I just picked up a set of tortex and ultex dunlop picks to give a try. I have the Jazz III but they didn't have the ultex version so I just have the normal ones. I bought a set of Dava Jazz Picks as well. I kinda like them but they fall apart rather quickly.....

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I use the jazz III xl stiffo's and they wear down on me in about 4days and their too small for my fat thumbs, gonna end up trying some gravity picks next.
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Unread 07-31-2012, 03:08 PM   #19
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Honestly I don't know how people go through picks so fast. I use Max Grip Jazz III 1mm's and never wear through them. I pick hard too...

Anyways, metal or stone picks may be worth looking into!
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Unread 07-31-2012, 08:59 PM   #20
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Metal picks are sort of a last resort for me, I've never been a fan...

There's a few mentioned on here that I haven't tried yet so I'll probably be ordering some test picks soon!

Anyone tried stone? Got one on order but not here yet...
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Unread 07-31-2012, 09:09 PM   #21
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I've never worn out a Jazz III. I still have a few from 2004 that I used regularly until early this year. The only reason I don't use them any more is because I switched over to the Max Grips.
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Unread 07-31-2012, 10:58 PM   #22
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If you want to get into the Acrylic picks I would recommend Gravity picks over V-Picks.

I find them Gripper, cheaper and more consistent from pick to pick.

Plus them come in all kinds of crazy colours.
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Another echo for gravity picks. They are light-weight and extremely durable. The razor's have a nice sharp point to them that stay sharp for a very very long time. I went from dunlop nylon's to gravity pick's razors 1.5mm and it took a full year of abuse to wear down the tip to where it was useless. Does not leave plastic shards all over your guitar or shredded plastic all over the pickups after abuse - and i play 11-52's in D with a very heavy right hand.

I never liked Jazz III's, the gravity picks give me something to hold onto. Cant say enough about them - they are worth every penny. A package of 1.5mm's should last many many years.
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Unread 08-01-2012, 02:45 AM   #24
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I tried one of the gravity's first batches and hated it but im tempted to try again
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I use these Rock Vibes when I can. If I can't find them, purple tortex is nice, but lacks the tone.
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