Pick thickness?

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  1. Dawn of the Shred

    Dawn of the Shred Chugs and Sweeps

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    I was wondering what size picks everyone is using and why? I’m currently trying lots of different sizes out trying to figure out what I like best. Just wondering what everyone else’s opinions are?
     
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    SpaceDock Shred till your dead

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    I’m really liking the new Petrucci Trinity picks! I have used jazz 3 and their variants for years but I like the multiple tips on the trinity, otherwise plays just like a jazz. I use Dunlop thin grey on acoustic guitars just because stiff picks are too percussive.
     
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    KnightBrolaire thy fart is murder

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    Jazz III style picks around 1mm or so are my go to. Stiff enough to really dig in, but not so thick that it makes them unwieldy. Overall shape and material used makes a bigger difference than thickness ime.

    If we're talking specific picks, then my current favorites are (from most to least expensive)
    blue chip jazz 60
    winspear bloodline jazz shiv in UHMPWE
    dunlop JP trinity jazz (3 jazz iiis in one pick!)
    primetone jazz 3


    I've tried all kinds of pick shapes and materials over the years but always come back to jazz iii variants.
     
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    TheWarAgainstTime "TWAT" for short

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    I've been using the .88mm Tortex Sharp picks for a few years now, and before that it was the 1.14mm version for another few years.

    I find the .88 gives me a bit more attack and scrape that I love from the Sharp models without feeling flimsy. Too much "give" from the pick against the strings feels weird to me, kind of like a slight sluggish delay between when my right hand strikes the string and when the note actually happens.
     
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    Black Fang .73
     
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    Just thought of it too, I really like the Dunlop pink delrin picks for when I want a less stiff, rounder pick. Those are .71 and I’m down to my last one.
     
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    Been alternating between Jazz 3 1.0 mm and Prodigy 2.0 mm (white ones) picks.. For faster playing, prefer the prodigy 2.0..
     
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    I tend to prefer Tortex III or Ultex Black/White fangs , anything between 0.6-1.14mm over the past years
     
  9. 70Seven

    70Seven Ibanez Foerever!!!

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    For the last 10 years, maybe a bit more than that I've flipped between Dunlop Jazz 3 Tortex 1.14 and the Dunlop Gator 2.0,1.5 and 1.14.. About a month ago I went back to the pick I pretty much started with a Dunlop Tortex 1.0mm (Blue) and I think this is where I'll stay for a good while. I realized I'm not a hard picker, so with Jazz picks my notes never rang out enough.. The tortex pick really fixed that for me.
     
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    V-pick Screamer (I think it's 2.75mm)
    Gravity Pick Stealth 3mm
    Or if I don't have either of those, a good ol' Big Stubby 3mm will do it

    For strumming based music I like a .50 tortex or .60 nylon
     
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    I use a Jazz III 1.14 mm (the black tortex ones). I cannot stand a pick with ANY flex, except for when I dabble with a acoustic guitar.

    I love the size of the Jazz III, that pretty much the only reason I use them. I converted the other guitarist in my band, he used to use some floppy Fender shit. As soon as he tried one of mine his eyes lit up, been using them ever since.
     
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    Tortex 1.14mm. Like the thicc, digs in when you need it to and lasts a good while.
     
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    Humbuck Can't stop, won't stop

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    Gravity 4mm Stealth XL. I never thought I'd like anything that thick...I used Green Tortex for decades...but when I tried one, I just couldn't go back. More comfortable and somehow more intuitive all around. Game changer for me.
     
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    Been using the Jazz III 1.14 for years. I've dabbled in other sizes, but the smallest I can go is the Tortex Green .88 before things get too floppy.

    In terms of speed once you get used to it a thinner pick is just as playable, and there's a difference in tone. I play really hard so a lighter pick keeps from digging too hard. But at the end of the day a thicker pick is just comfier for me.

    I have recently switched to the Jazz III XL's and I like that a lot, just wish the Max Grip came in XL size.
     
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    I've been using the same tortex .73 yellow for more than 10 years...
    Now depending on the string gauge and tuning I change to a thicker one, 0.96 or even 1.14
     
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    I’ve never found picks with a more crisp and satisfying attack than Tortex Jazz III. I prefer 1mm
     
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    I have been using Ibanez Paul Gilbert almost exclusively for 20+ years. However, they have become rare and expensive, and they wear out very easily. I have tried many picks, the best so far are the Jazz III 0.88 mm, but I wish they were a bit bigger. May try the Flow soon
     
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    Gravity razer 4mm polished for the last year or so. Before that was a 5mm (?) tapered broadsword from Winspear.
     
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    Spicypickles Sweeps & Mops

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    Really digging the Dunlop flows, .88. I like the thinnest pick available without the pick giving against the strings. I used ultex forever in .73 because they were stiff as hell, but these flows sound the same but I have more control with it.
     
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    Purple Jazz iii 1.14 Tortex
     
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