Guitarists: Which Plectrum Do You Favor

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  1. Haliax

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    Dude, you have found all my lost plectrums
     
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  3. StinkyPat

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    Dunlop Jazz III for the last 25 years!
     
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    Some might find this funny but the best picks I have are made from wood.

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    -ash
    -laburnum

    A plastic plectrum (even thick ones) makes a lot of flop, flop, flop noise which is a damned issiue especially when you record an acoustic guitar. These wooden pick doesn´t have this problem at all ..... all you hear is the sounds of the strings.

    I also have a plectrum made from flint but that´s a challenge to play with :)
     
  7. Lois Lane

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    I'm planning on trying a purpleheart wooden pick the next I get to the store due to this thread. The BlueChip pick that I bought doesn't make a clicky sound and slides off of the strings like water off a duck's back, silently.
     
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    The yellow .73mm Jim Dunlop plectrums for me, and all I have used for about 25 years!
     
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    Dunlop ‘Sharp’. Used to use a 2.0mm...
     

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    I used to cut a shape out of a plastic coke bottle, or whatever was about. :D
     
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    The differences in good Picks is subtle but very important.
    I have used Tortex picks for years.
    I play and record with an acoustic band (I play a dreadnought guitar with heavy gauge elixer strings) and there is no better pick than a Bluechip ($50-$70 for one).

    I own Wegen ($45 for 3 on custom order) picks too.

    Almost on par with Bluechip is Dunlops Primetone at 1/10th the price ($5) .

    Is it worth it? well if you are serious about tone and your craft, like strings and your instrument.. absolutely, without question.

    If you cant tell the difference, then I guess you may not be that serious about tone, which has been a quest for me.

    Like I said, if you Try the Dunlop Primetone, its very very close to my bluechip picks
     
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  12. rudolph

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    Primetone Standard, 0.70-75 the thinnest for electric, my acoustic is classic nylon , no plectrum, four nails. Cheers.
     
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    Any gigs forthcoming?
     
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    Does nobody use an Ebow?
     
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    I used to. Just a warning: you need skills if you want it to sound well.
     
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    Ultex Jazz III
    At first I thought they are way too small but now I don't wanna go back to larger picks cause the picking feels much more precise and direct.
     
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    The good ole DUNLAP TORTEX with a bit of cocaine sprinkled on top for grip.

    Also, their thin white and light-grey picks too.
     
  19. Georg Figél

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    I've tried countless picks and the overall best seems to be a Dunlop Nylon .73mm

    Thick picks are rather dull sounding. Except, if a very round Jazz tone is what you're going for, you can try a V pick (the pointy one)
     
  20. Lois Lane

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    The Primetone line is certainly worth trying and and as you say get close to the Blue Chip sound.

    I'm a member of the The Unofficial Martin Guitar Forum (I have D-18 and D-15M Martin guitars) and was introduced to Charmed Life Picks which are hand made by Scott Memmer. He has a few lines using different materials, Vespol like the Blue Chip and cassien (milk protein). I purchased two of the cassein (I ordered 1.15 mm and they came in at 1.12 and 1.17 mm) that look like and some feel respond almost identically to tortoise shell which is now illegal to sell (people who keep tortoises are probably allowed to make them and gift them to someone, not like a Bald Eagle feather). They now are my go to on the D-15M as it articulates the transient of the strings while still allowing the smoky all mahogany sound to follow through. I have come to really appreciate the bevel of the Blue Chips, and although these come flat edged have beveled them myself using 400 grit sandpaper followed by a four sided fingernail buffing thingy bought in the cosmetic department at a department store to polish and shine them up. I highly reccomend checking them out. https://www.charmedlifepicks.com/
     
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