darkest sounding picks

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  1. feet

    feet Supporting Member

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    funny question, i know. but i was wondering if there was a pick out there that was less zingy than the claytons i've been using all my life (the white ones and the black "raven" ones). just trying to get different sounds when playing clean for recording and such.

    i prefer the rounded triangle shape in the .80-1.00mm range.
     
  2. TB72

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    FWIW, I find that nylon picks give me a mellower tone than those made of celluloid. I prefer them for acoustic guitar (Dunlops or Brains of varying thickness).

    Speaking of which, I find that the thickness of a pick makes AT LEAST as much difference as the material it's made of. Thankfully, that's an aspect of gear where it's not very expensive to experiment.

    Later...
     
  3. starjag

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    Is there anything mellower than D'Andrea?
     
  4. arthur rotfeld

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    Nylon is a great choice.
    The Clayton black raven material is another one to check out.
     
  5. Marble

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    fingers with medium to light callouses
     
  6. Justin518

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    Well if you're only willing to go to 1mm then you're limiting yourself a bit on how dark you can get your tone. Try the dunlop gator 2mm picks, they're really great
     
  7. Grenville

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    I like the Clayton acetal picks, the closest I've found to my loved Dean Markley Pro Nylon picks that are no longer made.

    BUT although they feel the same, the Dean Markley's are a much mellower tone, which I prefer.

    Maybe DM will make them again some day, if there's a demand? Unlikely, perhaps.
     
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    Fingers thing is probably true but also the Tortex at 1mm and higher can be very smooth with the proper angle and dark in an EJ/Gilmour/Timmons way.

    Not as dark/smooth as calloused fingers as Marble above says or Wes Montgomery's calloused thumb was.....
     
  9. Lublin

    Lublin Senior Member

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    A rosewood pick. I love them.
     
  11. jazzandmetal?

    jazzandmetal? Supporting Member

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    Dunlop Jazztones IMO are the darkest sounding picks I own.
     
  12. Davo17

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    Yup, me too. I find I like them better for overdriven amps. Ultex is the exact opposite-quite bright.
     
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    Try red bear originals
     
  14. Jesus freak

    Jesus freak Supporting Member

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    Rounder tips will produce a mellower sound as well. Say like a dunlop jazz I compared to a jazzIII.
     
  15. p.j.

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    I would say next to an actual felt pick Jazztones are the darkest.

    PJ
     
  16. KRaZeE

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    I get some pretty dark, mellow sound from Dunlop Stubbys. I prefer the smaller jazz type, 3.0mm.
     
  17. Martin82

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    Any of the thick V picks, such as th B+ and Freakishly Large heavy picks.
     
  18. Smoky

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    wegen picks but these are not within your mm range ...

    www.wegenpicks.com
     
  19. Ruraltom

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    I agree with the above my Jazztone 207s have a nice mello / "dark" attack. Rounded certainly helps that, that style pick really really helped me finally find that great 'jazz telecaster' sound that eluded me. On the fancier side, there are some nice thick, rounded point picks by V-picks that I use as well.
     
  20. Mundty

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    Those really thick Clayton picks come to mind for very mellow tone
     

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