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Do you chew up picks quickly?

phoenix 7

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By playing? Or is it just me? I use fairly heavy Dunlops and the edges of them get pretty rough after one long rehearsal or gig. I don't like what that does to my tone. So I use 600-grade sandpaper to smooth them out. But within a few days the tip of the pick gets pretty rounded (which I don't really like).

I'm also wondering if there's a pick out there of comparable thickness and flexibility that doesn't get chewed up so quickly.
 

alivegy

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1,176
I use jazz III that start off small already. After using one for a few days the point is usually gone and it's like playing with a plastic penny.
 

iggs

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Yup ... on rehearsal or show and they're gone, sometimes more then one ... I play REALLY hard but only live, practicing at home not nearly as much.
 
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I literally chew them up. I put them in my mouth for safe keeping (I'm mostly a finger picker) and when I get into the music, I ruin picks. sad but true.
 

Skreddy

Silver Supporting Member
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Only time I chew up my picks is from pick scrapes. Avoiding those, I can use an "ultem" material pick for (probably) months.
 

paulydangerous

Silver Supporting Member
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I use the side of the pick. I still use picks I bought back in the 90's.
 
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cheameup

Member
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714
I lose em before they die usually.

I redid my music room studio early december. took everythiong apart and moved around the layout of the room . I found about 25 picks under various things

when we got out new couch we moved out the old one and there was 13 or something in and under the couch
 

BoiceBox

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363
Other than pick scrapes I don't get any wear to speak of at all on my picks and they seem to last almost indefinitely.
 

66Park

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I've been using the same Wegen Trimus 250 for about eight months, and it shows virtually no wear at all.
 

11justin22

Member
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242
Yes use the purple gator gripes, wear them out after a session or two. Have tried several other picks but I can't find anything I like as well. They are slighty smaller than a standard but not jazz small. I like the attack to, have been thinking bout ultex sharps.....
 

DavidLM

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892
Started on the Dunlop Ultex clear yellow ones lately and they seem indestructible. Sound good too.
 

tonejunky

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^ ^

I havn't decided if I like the way that they sound as much as the Tortex.. but I'm on my 3rd or 4th day of using one of the translucent yellowish/amberish Ultex picks. Havn't noticed any rounding on the tip yet.
 

TwinkleDaddy

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Only time I chew up my picks is from pick scrapes. Avoiding those, I can use an "ultem" material pick for (probably) months.
Same thing for me! I do a lot of finger tapping and I chew hte **** out of my picks. But i don't really care.. I've been using the same picks forever. Dunlop Nylons are the best!
 

oxtone

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I use the Dunlop Ultex 1mm (regular), and they are tough, and last a long time. Best picks I've ever used in 40 years - have never broken one, and they sound great. They have a great feel to them, whether picking lightly, or digging in, which I do a lot.
 

Kev O)))

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I've been using Herco Flex's that are virtually indestructible but like Marc [Skreddy] said, pick scrapes really burn them up.
 




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