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dp
[that Blue Stingray's pick is super cool: all blue and super-heavy...

does it help you get "that surf tone" going?

what if you lose it?

-dp

Buy another CD??

2012-2013: FILTHY POLAROIDS

MustardMan_
I used to use Jim Dunlop .88 (you know the normal grey ones) or thereabouts.

Last practice I showed up with Jim Dunlop 'Stubby' 2.0 mm pick, which is smaller in size than the old ones. It's a revelation:
- the smaller size seems to encourage better technique, because if you don't hold it right you drop it..
- the thickness of it means very little contact with the string is needed to get sound, meaning far smaller movements are needed.

As a result I think my playing has instantly got 50% faster and more accurate.. the biggest improvement in my playing for years for only 65p!

That's silly. I was using the Dunlop .88 nylons too then switched to small shaped 1.5mm for the same reasons.

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I find that such a heavy pick doesn't get the "snap" I want to really bring out the drip from my tank. I love stubbies, but I can only use them in jazz, where I want to get a much smoother attack.

~B~

MustardMan_
I used to use Jim Dunlop .88 (you know the normal grey ones) or thereabouts.

Last practice I showed up with Jim Dunlop 'Stubby' 2.0 mm pick, which is smaller in size than the old ones. It's a revelation:
- the smaller size seems to encourage better technique, because if you don't hold it right you drop it..
- the thickness of it means very little contact with the string is needed to get sound, meaning far smaller movements are needed.

As a result I think my playing has instantly got 50% faster and more accurate.. the biggest improvement in my playing for years for only 65p!

should mention this is since I got the strings changed to 56-12s, not sure how this would play on the old 10-46s.

Well after using the dunlop green tortex for ever Im trying on some different pics. Mainly because ive been using heavier strings as of late and I want to compensate a tad. The ones ive been using are .88mm. I like these alot but feel I could go a little stiffer. 1mm is too heavy for me, so I found some dunlop delrin .96mm, and also some clayton ultem .94mm. Most other picks are either less than .88 or 1.0mm or more.

Ive never ordered anything from Gherkin Center on-line and when I went there in person they were out of the dunlops. So I figured what the hell.

This is my spoooooky pick!! I am a newbie, I don't know if it's a good pick but it is pretty cool, isn't it?

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btw this is my first post in the forum. Greetings from Spain. Twisted Evil

Last edited: May 30, 2007 03:07:31

My new favorite pick:
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Paul

Atomic Mosquitos

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I use the ones on the right, 3 mm Dunlop Stubby Triangles, the biggest thickest picks I've ever been able to find. When I first started playing, I used nearly paper-thin white floppy ones. Then I started playing bass guitar, and I needed more durable picks, so eventually I found the big purple ones and have loved them ever since. When I started using those picks on guitar, I found I could do a lot more than I ever could with the thin ones. It took a little adjustment to do fast double picking, but I found that I could do it with much more precision and consistency than I could with thinner flexible picks. Probably because the weight and substance of the big pick transfers more of the details of the physical pressures of the pick's string impacts into my physical body. When I tried using the thin picks after becoming accustomed to the thick ones, I found it extremely constraining and annoying. I couldn't feel the string impacts and it felt really sloppy and useless....

When I play bass, I usually play mostly percussive upstrokes, but it depends on the musical context of the bass lines I'm playing, the tone I need, and the tone the gear I'm using is capable of.

When I play guitar, I probably play about 2/3rds downstrokes overall, but I often mix downs and ups for more tonal options. There are so many ways to adjust your tone with these huge picks by constantly adjusting the angle of pick attack, the tension of your hold on the pick, and amount of force you dig into the strings with. And for some reason, I usually seem to find myself holding the pick with only my thumb and middle finger. I wonder why I gravitate toward that...

-Dire

Dang, my favorite picks sound downright boring compared to you guys!! I prefer a simple Fender medium weight pick (in white). I've used tons of different kinds of picks over my 40 plus years playing surf but those little Fender mediums just seem to do it for me.

I like them because I like to work with the strings...sometimes percussively.. but I don't necessarily like a full on frontal assault on them. The medium weight Fender pick allows the best of worlds of flexibility, attack strength and durability for me.

So when you see me play... remember, don't look at the pick.. look at the Jazzmaster, the Dual Showman and listen to the music!! I guess my picks would bore you to death otherwise!! Laughing

Ron (ToneBoy)
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ToneBoy
Dang, my favorite picks sound downright boring compared to you guys!! I prefer a simple Fender medium weight pick (in white). I've used tons of different kinds of picks over my 40 plus years playing surf but those little Fender mediums just seem to do it for me.

I like them because I like to work with the strings...sometimes percussively.. but I don't necessarily like a full on frontal assault on them. The medium weight Fender pick allows the best of worlds of flexibility, attack strength and durability for me.

So when you see me play... remember, don't look at the pick.. look at the Jazzmaster, the Dual Showman and listen to the music!! I guess my picks would bore you to death otherwise!! Laughing

I use the medium fender picks (in tort shell) when I can't find my picks. Within minutes they are demolished, and I must move onto another. It makes me feel like Dick Dale.

I am super sweet
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I like the Tortex Oranges(60s), and (73s) or my new favorate the Ultex (60s) and (73s) as well! I feel the pick is as important to your sound as the guitar and amp itself! Attack is everything. Just MHO.

look how big this pick pic is...

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MOSHAY picks are so cool.

Yeah Shaun, the Fender medium tortoise ones are cool and I know what you mean about demolishing them. I can wear the point off a pick in no time too but I doubt anybody gonna go divin' after one of my worn picks like they do ole' Dick's!!!

Ron (ToneBoy)
The Mariners (1964 to Present) www.myspace.com/themarinersfirstwave
Lonzo & Oscar (1999 to Present) www.lonzoandoscar.net
www.myspace.com/lonzoandoscarcomedy
Billy Henson & Summerstorm (2001 to Present)

My favorites are Dunlop Tortex Red .50's and Oranges .60's. They can handle from Dick Dale-style to Johnny Ramone-style playing. Plus the fifties and sixties were the two coolest decades ever! Very Happy Coincidence?

Augusto Vite

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I like the Dunlop Tortex also, except the yellow ones.

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Grover Allman medium white picks for me, durable, flexible, just right.

lol, I make the holes in mine. I got a buch of Fender medium picks that I just drove a hole in them. And it was cheap too

"One may smile, and smile, and be a villian"

Just wondering if anyone still checks this thread what their take on Dava Control picks are. I bought a pack and think they are pretty good. You kinda get the best of both worlds of a hard and soft pick.

Anyone have any thoughts?

I found a cool original Moshay box with a dozen picks in it at a music store in Bakersfield CA last week:

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Check these picks out, I can't figure out how to post the picture, so I'll give you the link:

http://www.jimdunlop.com/index.php?page=products/pip&id=9&pmh=products/picks

Hope it works.

Paul

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