Oh yay, not another "which guitar pick should I use?" thread. Well... no. It's not one of those. I've just tried a lot of guitar picks and I'm never 100% happy with any of them and I feel like every guitar pick I've tried feels like there's some sort of compromise and there's no "best of both worlds" kind of deal. The intent behind this thread is to give you an idea of what I like and don't like about each pick and maybe you'll think of something I haven't thought of. I'm going to write up my thoughts on each and every pick I've tried, so this is going to be a wall of text. Fair warning. Rather than spam out pictures of all of the picks, I'm going to link to each one as best I can because uploading pictures to somewhere just to post them on here has become a bit of a nightmare. Also, these days I'm looking for something that has mass availability and don't have to order online (or if I do, I can do so through Amazon). Anyway... the reason I've been trying so many picks is because I'm getting older. It's getting harder for me to comfortably play for hours on end (which I do) with a Jazz III. I've noticed that with the bigger sized picks where there's more to hold on to, I don't get this problem. To give you an idea of how I hold my pick, on general rhythm playing, I hold the pick between my thumb and index finger, but the rest of my hand is in a relaxed state. Think signaling to someone "okay". On faster leads, I hold the pick between my thumb and side of index finger while my hand makes a fist with my knuckles being staggered. Onto the roundup... 1. Dunlop Tortex Pitch Black Jazz III 1.14mm Pretty much the gold standard for anyone playing metal. What I like about it is that it's a great feel in between the fingers and gets just enough of the string to feel like pick attack isn't a problem. Not an overly loud pick noise. What I don't like is the size. It just doesn't work for me anymore and the hand cramping is real trying to hold on to this thing when your hands get even a little clammy. Even under ideal circumstances, it still starts to hurt after a while. 2. Dunlop Gator Grip Jazz III I thought that by solving the "hard to hold onto" part of the Jazz III, my problems would go away. Nope. Sure, these are a little easier to hold onto when the sweat starts to build up, but every other problem I have with the Jazz 3 shape remains. I did really like the feel in the grip though. 3. Dunlop Max-Grip Jazz III Stiffo More grip solves the problem, right? Big nope. On top of that, since these have a slightly beveled edge to them, they don't feel like they grab the string the same as the previous two picks, they just kinda rub the string and not actually grab it. 4. Dunlop Stubby Jazz Pick 1.0mm Big fucking nope here. First of all, 1mm thinness combined with the general shape of this pick make it feel like you're not holding anything at all. Damn thing hurts to hold for long periods of time. Second, does not feel good in the grip at all. Third, oodles of pick noise. 5. Jackson 551 Black Heavy 1mm Basically, a slightly improved Jazz III. For a few years, these were my go to picks. The more teardrop shape coming to a sharper point is really great for guitarists who want the Jazz III shape but more pick attack. Great pick, but again, getting harder to hold. 6. D'addario/Planet Waves Black Ice 1.10 A very slightly larger Jazz III, but not as much of a point at the business end. Basically feels like the pick just rubs on the string without any pick attack at all. Generally I found these terrible. 7. Dava Jazz Grip Delrin I used these a lot in the mid 2000s. I definitely liked how grippy they were. Overall a good pick. Switched because at the time, you couldn't find them available en masse in stores (which has since changed), but these days I find the pick attack is lacking when compared to some of the other picks I've tried so I've generally moved away from these. But also, it's a jazz size. I wouldn't be able to hold these for extended periods anymore. Also, I remember the rubber basically falling apart and getting gross when my acidic sweat ate away at it. 8. Dunlop Jazz III XL Stiffo pick Okay, surely I've learned my lesson that it's the size of the Jazz III that is the cause of my discomfort, so SURELY the scaled up version of them will be the solution, right? I wish... Everything I loved about the Jazz III didn't translate to the XL version here. Maybe it's the stiffo variants as I've yet to try either of the Tortex XLs as of yet. But the stiffo has the same bevel that the Max-Grips do and pick attack suffers. The tactile feedback I get of the pick grabbing the string is just missing from this. 9. Dunlop Tortex Flow 1.0mm I didn't like this one. No pick attack at all. The bulbous point just makes the pick glide over the string without actually grabbing it. The size is damn near perfect though. 10. Dunlop Standard Flow 2.0mm & 1.5mm This one was interesting. The textured grip kept the pick in place in my hand and the Standard variant didn't suffer from the same problem that the Tortex variant did. The pick attack isn't completely removed as the pick starts with that uncomfortable rub against the string that the Max-Grip and XL Stiffo does, but at the very tip, this one grabbed the string. Playing fast with this, I can see it, but I'm not sure that rub and grab (gentlemen, minds out of the gutter please) is something I could get used to. It's just not enough feedback for me. Definitely preferred the 2mm to the 1.5mm though.