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What picks do you use?

Posted: Fri Aug 15, 2008 9:47 am
by pjaydee
Hi Guys,

Just wondered which brand and gauge of picks everyone uses and for what reasons do you like them?


Posted: Fri Aug 15, 2008 1:31 pm
by fyrie
Cymbolic medium. The thin version is pretty good too. The thin version is still pretty thick compared to regular picks.

It's the best most expensive pick ever. I love the attack and dynamics this pick has. Also they allow you to really get the strings going. It's almost like having a boost pedal compared to regular picks.

Posted: Sat Aug 16, 2008 3:25 am
by Mr Clark
usually ibanez paul gilbert/cesareo picks 1mm :)

Posted: Sat Aug 16, 2008 6:10 am
by al
Blakc JD 1.00mm Picks nothing else :)

Posted: Sat Aug 16, 2008 9:29 am
by Mr. Supertron
I use Dunlop Tortex .60mm picks ( The Orange ones). I really like the how it attacks the string. The thickness isn't to much where it feels clumsy but its not too thin that its flimsy. I feel I have the best control with these picks.

Another Pick that I like is Dunlop Ultex .60 I had one and its one of the best picks I have ever used. They actually might be better in one way then the Tortex. Ultex seems stronger. Tortex picks wear out quick. Pick slides and pick tapping ruins Tortex picks. Eats them alive.

Posted: Sat Aug 16, 2008 6:22 pm
by Azrael
I use Big Stubby almost exclusively. I love how thick it is, but that it has a beveled edge for speed and accuracy. It's also a very sharp pick so when you split a harmonic, you can really hear it howl.

Posted: Sat Aug 16, 2008 11:17 pm
by sunai
2.00 mm Big Stubby
the small one's are nice too, but they started feeling very weird to me..

Posted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 8:24 am
by llamahead
dunlop jazz 3 1.38mm

people complain about not being able to strum with it but i can do it fine, i can alternate pick easy, i can sweep pick easy, and harmonics are especially easy :D

Posted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 8:37 am
by lydian2000
I used to be a big strict alternate shredder with Dunlop tortex Sharps(0.74 to 1mm but mostly the 74 purple ones) or I sharpened them with my swiss knife and even rounded the edges to increase precision when skipping strings....

then I eventually tried the notorious Dunlop Jazz III I had heard so much about, and it was like I discovered a new more precise and subtle attack, sweeping licks just unfurled smoothly and harmonics came out effortlessly.

But on a daily basis I use many different ones just for the sake of it, for example I rather uses 1.00 mm and above for the higher gauge I have on my gibson which plays mostly metal these days.


Posted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 9:09 am
by calos
PICK BOY 0.75s yellow ones, though I think I've tried every pick possible over the last 25 years.

I get though them pretty fast, mainley because the bass player keeps pinching them for certain numbers hehe.


Posted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 9:27 am
by Svelt Pen
Purple Ibanez Paul Gilbert 1mm picks (the little sharp ones), as well as Dunlop Tortex 1.5 and 2mm, Planet Waves Satriani (as well as the 'Chrome Dome') and Vai Ibanez picks....Plus a bunch of others...Depends on what I'm playing and the sound I'm going for...

Posted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 10:16 am
by prman
I`ve tried so many picks in my life but at the moment I`m down to three (and my fingers). The pick I use depend on the song I`m playing and the sound I`m after. My choices:
- Dunlop Ultex Standard 1.0 (my default pick for most situations)
- Dunlop Nylon .38 (for acoustic strumming)
- Dunlop Jazztone 206 (for clean and fat traditional jazz sounds)

Why Dunlop? They sound good enough and you can get them in most stores.

Posted: Wed Aug 20, 2008 7:18 am
by Pif
I've tried Dunlop Jazz III 17 years ago, and never looked back.

Occasionaly, I'll try something different, and see no gain in adapting to another pick.

That, and my fingers.

Posted: Wed Aug 20, 2008 7:53 am
by nato101010
Dunlop Jazz III's and Paul Gilbert Ibanez picks. And any light-to-medium for open strumming, witch I don't do much. :D

Re: What picks do you use?

Posted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 10:02 pm
by Cesar Huesca
Dunlop ULTEX Jazz III since 2009.

Once I tried them I couldn't play with anything else, those are easily the best picks I've ever used. I wish Dunlop could manufacture the XL version of those. If for some reason I don't have the ULTEX ones, I can survive with the traditional black stiffos, but all in all I prefer the ULTEX all the way.