Can't find a good pick.

Discussion in 'Gear & Equipment' started by James B, Feb 21, 2012.

  1. James B

    James B New Member

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    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?
     
  2. DoomJazz

    DoomJazz Classic Lojack

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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.

    Just my :2c:
     
  3. jordanky

    jordanky SS Contributor

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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.

    http://www.jimdunlop.com/images/products/JohnPetrucciJazzIII-11.png
     
  4. TemjinStrife

    TemjinStrife Power Metal Cellist

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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.
     
  5. groph

    groph surrounded by chairs

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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.
     
  6. Floppystrings

    Floppystrings No like the floppy

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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.
     
  7. CTID

    CTID Duh-Jent

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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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    MatthewK SS.org Regular

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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.
     
  9. Eaten

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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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    havocvulture10 SS.org Regular

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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! :hbang:

    EDIT: .88mm
     
  11. toiletstand

    toiletstand /\'...'/\

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    +1 for black ice picks
     
  12. Vinchester

    Vinchester SS.org Regular

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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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    lurgar SS.org Regular

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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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    ibanezlover New Member

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    purpledc Proud blacksheep

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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.
     
  17. fretninjadave

    fretninjadave Seven String Samurai

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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!
     
  20. Sepultorture

    Sepultorture Murder Machine

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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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