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Old 02-25-2009, 08:46 PM   #1
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What picks do you use?

Figured this would be the best place to post this since it did not fit much anywhere else.. Recently, I've noticed how much of a difference a pick makes, from tone to speed, and I've also noticed I can never find a happy medium with picks. If I use my Dunlop Tortex Pointed (Just under 1mm, sizes are all faded off) picks, I can play very clear and fast on my .70 gauge low string, however, it is too much for the high strings and it kills my playing ability. Now, I have IcePix Steel Flex picks that I have filed to a point that if I use for the high strings I can play almost twice as fast with, however, it gets stuck on my bottom strings and is very hard to play with.

So my question is, what gauge/type of pick do you guys use on your sevens and have you had this problem before? I can't really seem to find pick that can play smoothly on a .011 gauge string and a .70 gauge string.
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Old 02-25-2009, 08:50 PM   #2
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Old 02-25-2009, 09:02 PM   #3
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I like my Jim Dunlop nylon .73mm picks.

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Old 02-25-2009, 09:20 PM   #4
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Dunlop Ultex "Rhinos" (As i affectionately call them) in 1.0's. The ones with the picture of the Rhino on them. I use both the regular ones and the Triangular shaped ones. I've been using them for years and years and years. I use them till the tips just begin to wear then throw them in a jar full of 100's of other used "Rhino"s, i'm wasteful like that! Dunlops rule though.

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Old 02-25-2009, 09:39 PM   #5
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I happen to have some Dunlop Ultex Triangle picks laying around, they do play alright but it bothers me that I can barely the notes I'm playing sometimes over the loud grind of the pick against the string.
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Old 02-25-2009, 09:41 PM   #6
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Jazz IIIs.



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Old 02-25-2009, 09:50 PM   #7
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Jazz III's here as well. I tried the Dunlop 1.14's in a jazz shape, but it changed me tone and hindered my playing some, so I went back to III's
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Old 02-25-2009, 10:03 PM   #8
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Yep, Jazz IIIs here as well.

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Old 02-25-2009, 10:17 PM   #9
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I've always avoided Dunlop Jazz just because the look like tiny, fat stubs. Maybe I'll give them a try though.. Do they play smooth on the higher strings?
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Old 02-25-2009, 10:36 PM   #10
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^^ You get used to it. I used to use Jim Dunlop 1.14 (the purple ones) and I thought they were the best. A few people were raving about Jazz IIIs so I tried them, and loved them. Now I find it impossible to play with anything else, normal picks feel huge.

They just play very well overall. I just don't notice I'm holding it, they're that comfortable. Just how a pick should feel IMO.

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Old 02-25-2009, 10:44 PM   #11
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I've been using cool picks. The jazz III shape, 1.5mm. They're super rigid and super slick, apart from the sandpaper pads on 'em. They're pretty badass little picks. Kind of spendy, though, compared to celluloid or tortex, though.
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Old 02-25-2009, 11:11 PM   #12
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Jim Dunlop Teckpick Aluminium



They were a lot smaller than i expected them to be initially, but i really love how fast they feel, and how much resistance they have when playing. It's encouraging me to play a little softer, and get a lot more accurate
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Old 02-25-2009, 11:24 PM   #13
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I use Dunlop Tortex 1.14mm picks.
I might get thicker picks one day though, but the 1.14 one aren't bad.
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Old 02-26-2009, 12:54 AM   #14
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Jim Dunlop nylon .88's and jazz III's
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Old 02-26-2009, 03:31 AM   #15
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Snarling Dogs Brain picks. .73mm/red They are textured and don't slip at all.

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Old 02-26-2009, 03:54 AM   #16
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Old 02-26-2009, 04:02 AM   #17
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green peavey .88 i have 2 left and cant find them anywhere
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Old 02-26-2009, 04:04 AM   #18
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Stubbys 3.0mm. Easier for sweeps.
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Old 02-26-2009, 05:29 AM   #19
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I use the green Tortex .88 picks, never really got on with anything else. I do find that playing with a new pick is a bit fiddly, you have to wear them in a bit first.
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Old 02-26-2009, 08:50 AM   #20
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I prefer a pick with a little bit of "give" in it. Being primarily a rhythm player, i find that heavier picks don't give me the kind of smooth and natural pick attack i like to hear. To my ears, the sound of a fingernail on a string is the ideal blend of warmth and attack. And for a number of years, that's how i played, Jeff Beck-style with nails and fingers. But at some point, i damaged the nail bed of my right index finger, so that nail never grows as thick or as strong as my other nails, so it wears down and tears easily.

The small size and relative stiffness of the Ultem material (like Ultex) as well as the pointed tip means the .56 Spike is actually pretty perfect, and the closest thing to that natural "fingernail" attack that i like. They have excellent sound, great feel, and they're very versatile.

I used Stubbies and Big Stubbies for quite a while, and while i loved how "efficient" they made my playing feel, but i found they had a very stiff sound to them. When recording, i could also hear a distinct "plink" on my pick attack with Stubbies, because the material is so hard and bright-sounding.

I also find that with very stiff picks, they have a tendency to jump out of my hand during energetic picking or strumming. I have to grip a stiff pick much more tightly, which tires out my picking hand a lot more quickly.

The .56 Clayton Spike is the best pick i've ever played.



I use the small ones on the right. If you like Jazz III style picks, you MUST try these. They're available in .56, .72 and .80.
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Old 02-26-2009, 08:54 AM   #21
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Old 02-26-2009, 08:55 AM   #22
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Used to use .73 tortex, then gradually got into the larger sizes. Once I got my interceptor, I found that the .88s weren't cutting it anymore and switched to 1.14s. Jazz III now.
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Old 02-26-2009, 09:21 AM   #23
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I use pickboy pos-a-grip 1mm(the red transparent with holes) and dunlop ultex jazz III
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Old 02-26-2009, 10:30 AM   #24
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I use V-Picks. I purchased a few of their different models, and I'm quite pleased with most of them. They're a bit more expensive than your average pick-- $4 for most models-- but I feel that they're worth it. They do give a different feel that kind of 'glides' across the strings, not a change that requires an adjustment of technique, but one which makes picking a bit more comfortable.

I used to use Jazz III's, but wasn't entirely pleased with them, and Dunlop standards had what the Jazz III's didn't have, but with other weaknesses.

Not to sound like a walking advertisement or anything, but I'm really satisfied with my V-Picks. You can see my review of them in the Gear & Equipment forum. Hey, I think it's in the "Similar Threads" thing at the bottom of this page.

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Old 02-26-2009, 11:05 AM   #25
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I like Jazz IIIs too - for lead stuff .

For rhythms, Stagg .46 -I LOVE the scratchy surface against the strings - it just sounds so much heavier to my ears. That's why I hold the pick sidewayss
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