Guitarists: Which Plectrum Do You Favor

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  1. midi-man

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    I tried these really didn't like them. I used the yellow.
     
  2. Jim_T87

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    Jim Dunlop .88 , .73 and .60 mm nylons. I mostly switch thicknesses according to the tune and which guitar I'm using.
     
  3. Haliax

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    I'm forever losing plectrums, so use the front of my nail. I hold my thumb and finger together like I'm holding a plectrum, and if I need extra attack I'll use l the end of my nail. It works really well for me
     
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    too small they are. I am in need of grip and speed - so dunlop maxgrip .88 is the only acceptable pick.
     
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  5. midi-man

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    Glad you liked them. Those are the same size as your Dunlop but they have some cuts at the top for grips for your fingers.
     
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    Gravity Picks Stealth XL 3mm Orange Multi Grip

    These are my favorites. But I also use the 2mm and 1.5mm variations, Big West Creations ultra thin trangle steel ones...
     
  7. midi-man

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    This is not a snob or arrogant post but When did a pick become a Plectrum?
    I have been playing for like 40 years and can not remember a pick being called a Plectrum.
     
  8. chumbo

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    I used to use the Dunlop Stubby 3.0 mm and through internet hype, decide to give a 4mm V-Picks a try....never went back to the Stubby since!
    They are not 50USD but still 8-10USD on average.
    Gravity Picks are also great and in the same price range.
    In both cases, I've preferred the unbuffed versions, but that's personal taste of course.
    Another great find was shaping picks out of little pieces of old washed up glass on the beach. It has totally lost it's sharpness and shine which gives it that nice raspy tone, much like the unbuffed above.
     
  9. johnyrebb

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    Tortex 1.14 purple ones. Been using them for 30 years. Before that I used Fender extra heavy but they wore out very quickly, hence the switch. That's for electric guitar. For acoustic I use Dunlop Ultex 1.10. Brighter sounding picks and they last for quite some time! And I always sharpen the point of the pick to get more attack and precision.
     
  10. Ak3mi91

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    The best budget guitar picks: Dunlop Ultex Jazz III and Dunlop Ultex Jazz III John Petrucci.
    The best boutique guitar picks: Winspear Amber/Amber Standard Shiv (Link).
     
  11. Paul Pi

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    First attested in English 15th century, the word "plectrum" comes from the latin plectrum, itself derived from Greek πλῆκτρον (plēktron), "anything to strike with, an instrument for striking the lyre, a spear point"

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plectrum

    Used in the development of the harpsichord, seems they started out using the feathers of crows, ravens & vultures... which might explain why their ilk are so seldom seen knocking about music shops these days... :)
     
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  12. Tommy GASH

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    1. ChickenPicks BADAZZ III 2.0
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    2. Dunlop Jazz III Plek. Max Grip carbon Fiber 1.38mm
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    3. Dava Jazz Grip Delrin Picks
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    Yellow is my 6th favorite :winker:
     
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    True story i once asked The Edge for his Pick, and he didnt understand, then he said oh plectrum, In the UK thats how they have always been known, Pick is a modern Americanism.
     
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    oud.jpg Vintage-Japanese-Shamisen-Plectrum-Wooden-Bachi-Musical-Instrument.jpg Tanbur.jpg Just for the fun of it! Plectra for Japanese Shamisen, turkish tanbur and arabic oud.
     
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    The best pick I have used in regard to that was a stone pick I got sometime in the late '80s. I loved the way that pick played. But then I lost it.
    I once used picks that I hand cut from brass. I would take stencils, and cut my picks from them. Great tone and feel, I felt at the time. Wonder what I would think now.
     
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    Use Dava Jazz picks almost exclusively. When recording I use a jazz sized Surf pick. Surf picks are made out of lignum vitae, the hardest wood on the planet and they sound fabulous. I'd use them on stage too but, at $15 a piece I'd have to jump into the audience every time I lost one.
     
  18. Lois Lane

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    Paul Pi gave a fine accounting of the derivative of the word. In the USA everybody calls them a pick which the common slang.
     
  19. Lois Lane

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    The store where I buy some of my supplies (another store has the strings I use at 75% of the price store that I buy picks, stands and harmonicas from) has the Timber Tone Purple Heart 2713 wooden pick. It is supposedly much less bright than the Lignum Vitae and will check one out. The only wooden pick that I ever have played came as a sample with the Thalia capo (perhaps another thread to talk about capos, I have a bunch of those too.) It kind of sucked, probably because it was too thin with no bevel. I tossed it into a campfire and watched it burn baby burn.

    And from Surf Picks website, so DON'T LOOSE YOUR PICK!


    My suppliers have no more Lignum Vitae
    The only source sells stock for industrial bearings for about $100 a pound.


    As a result, some styles of Surfpick are no longer available.

    Thank you for your support & I'm sorry if in the future this website is no longer here to fulfill your guitar pick needs.
     
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  20. ddoctor

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    maybe there are different versions or I don't know the exact name of these claytons I have but they are narrower - maybe the same length, but the edge is also different.
     
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