Guitarists: Which Plectrum Do You Favor

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  1. Lois Lane

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    I've so far broken two of my favorite picks, both casein Charmed Life and each of which cost about $35. I'm feeling foolish. One I snapped while I was putting it in the "pick pocket" of my jeans, the red one which was super special, and a blue beveled number which was divided in two when I closed the leather holder of my Elliot McKinney capo, it was in the pick pocket. I still have three left but am now seriously paranoid about them breaking. If they are destroyed I will just use and be very happy with the Blue Chips which I love.

    Funny side story...I was in my back yard playing what in my mind was my Martin D-15M while thinking that it sounded amazing with the new Phosphor Bronze strings that put on the day before, so much different than the Martin Retro that were on it, more punchy and brighter than it ever had been. I looked down and I was actually playing the D-18. I laughed at myself as I am sure you are doing right about now.
     
  2. oldskoolproductions

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    My favorite Guitar Picks would be the Black Hole and the Switchblade from V-Picks. They both have teh same specs, but the black hole has a hole in the center for better grip.

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  3. Strat4ever

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    I used Dunlop Nylons from the thin white right up to the hard black , but for most part it was the medium greys. I've used Dunlop almost exclusively since the 70's, they didn't break like the plastic or tortoise shell picks, I've had metal picks made from quarters and some from gem stones made for me by friends, but the JD Nylons were always my favorites they used to be around $1.00 for a dozen. I used to buy them in a plastic case of 50 assorted for about $5.00. Now the prices they charge today are ridiculous $11.50+tax for a 12 pack, I bought one pack because I needed them at the time. Since then I ordered 100 nylon guitar picks of a brand called Alice from China which cost me $10.00 free S&H, I gave away about half to guitarist friends, because I don't need 100 but that was the package deal I got. they are every bit as good a JD picks. So JD lost a loyal customer of well over 45 years, And now since the others I told about the deal liked the picks I gave them, they want to order some also.
     
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  4. tylerv

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    dunlop jazz III has my go to for the last couple of years. great for precise fast picking.
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    i also like the dunlop big stubby 2.0 mm for when i want a slightly larger pick
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  5. lpu2n

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    I use a very stiff bass pick I got at a concert as my primary guitar pick. :rofl:
    I play a lot of metal and I find downpicking, alternate picking and chugging so much easier with a very hard pick. Some people think I'm crazy, but it's just down to personal preference. Now I'm used to it and other picks feel to weak to me.
     
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    Depends on what I play, I tend to swap ...

    But if I had to pick one it would be, good old simple ...

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  7. rollerball

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    For studio use and general playing, I use something very similar to this:
    Same shape and thickness, but a different brand.

    For live, I really love the Dunlop Max Grip Jazz III picks. They have extreme amounts of grip and there's no way they can slip out of your hands. Really helpful since my hands get very sweaty.

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    Better then rest...
     
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  11. tylerv

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    man, i need to check that maxgrip jazz III out. ive never come across one but looks like it may be the "perfect" pick
     
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    Has anyone ever tried a toenail?
     
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    yeah but i just couldn't get a good enough grip on her toe
     
  15. DoubleTake

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    Which plectrum?
    I like the yellow ones.
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    ...for guitar and bass respectively. I used to use slightly lighter gauge for guitar (0,88mm I think), but then noticed I liked the picks I used for bass worked better for guitar as well.
     
  17. Lois Lane

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    Although the online store is closed until this weekend as last month orders broke records and the small 2 man shop needs to play catchup, Charmed Life is using a new material which is a polymer much like Vespol (Blue Chip picks are fabricated from it) with qualities such as sliding effortlessly over the strings and sticking in your fingers like nobody's business. They are also stupid expensive but I've asked a couple of 1.0mm picks to be added to my order of three of the galalith (casein) that I've been waiting for.

    I somehow misplaced my Blue Chip TD40. I am really pissed at myself.
     
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    Hey there midi-man, I'm not implying that an inexpensive pick is cheap or no good, but rather what I am saying is that since the Walmart family is the wealthiest in the country and that they pay their employees peanuts, don't hire full time so they don't need to pay benefits, care not one iota about the working conditions of their supply chain toilers and only look at the bottom line to line their pockets, that I vote no with my wallet because I just don't cotton to their awful, ranking turd odor tactics and refuse to give them my business. The picks seem to be made well though.
     
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    Yes they do as you have stated. I am sorry I misinterpreted your original statement. The picks are pretty good when your hands get sweaty those notches on the tail help in holding them
     
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