How Long a Guitar Pick Lasts

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  1. antvas1963

    antvas1963 Member

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    I’ve been playing guitar often on since I was in my 20s I’m in my 50s now and I have to admit that I don’t think I’ve ever worn out a pic. I’ve lost a lot of them but I’m pretty sure I’ve never wore one out. I’m kind of curious because most guitar picks I see don’t have a point to them. They seem rounded on the tip the contacts the string. Does the tip of the pic flatten out as it wears? Is it shredding or is it a lot of strumming that would tend to wear a pick out faster.
     

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  2. ieso

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    When I used Dunlop Stubbies I would go through two per hour and burn up one bag per day. We used to have "Stubby dust" jokes at my old website

    Jazz III 2.0mm Ultex lasts me a few hours when I'm working on alternate picking but I can make one stretch out a day if I'm not being .... uh ... picky :D

    Fender Tortuga about two days.

    Petrucci Flow lasts about a week.

    Other picks last a week while I have a few here that have lasted more than 10 years and I also have a couple of Blue Chip picks that show no wear after a lot of use -- probably never have to replace them.

    It all depends on what you're doing and the material. If I was a strummy dude I'm sure I could get by with a few picks per year.
     
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    Very interesting.
     
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  4. Jay Will

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    I don’t know, I’ll lose them faster than I’ll wear then out.
     
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    I usually get 2 weeks out of my Ultex J3, but really should change them more often. I like the tip fresh.
     
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  6. muzishun

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    It takes me forever to wear the "k" off a pick;)

    Seriously though the Jazz iii's I use, maybe 10 of them, I have had for at least 5 years!!! (amazing but true!) And I occasionally sharpen them by dragging across a rug, but they will be lost before they wear out.

    These are the XL's, which are pretty much normal sized. Hard yet flexible, and the tip stays pointy.
     
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  7. Bluesful

    Bluesful Supporting Member

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    So many variables here to provide an answer.
     
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  8. galibier_un

    galibier_un Supporting Member

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    It amazes me when I read comments about pick wear.

    I sometimes wonder if I'm doing something wrong - not seeing or feeling pick wear after hundreds of hours' use :confused:

    Dunlop Primetones, Gravity acrylic,etc. It doesn't matter.

    So, one guy in this thread posted photos. I agree with the poster who commented that the worn out pick looks like a nice speed bevel to me.

    https://www.acousticguitarforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=368437&page=2

    Other odd things I'm reading are comments about a pick wearing out over the course of a rehearsal, but otherwise lasting considerably longer. Aren't you supposed to practice the way you perform (Pete Townsend types notwithstanding )?

    ... Thom
     
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    Years. The answer is years.

    I lose'em before I wear'em out.
     
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    So I looked more closely at my Dunlop Small Triangular Primetones (516R) and now see some pick wear. These don't have pointy tips to start with, and they're made with a speed bevel.

    The main wear I see is the speed bevel, which I would characterize as break in (since I like it) :D

    ... Thom
     
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    eh, pointy tips can make for plinky sound. It's all genre specific. I've moved to Tortex for electric and Gravity for acoustic. I'm looking for a duller attack.
     
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    Film pics, or digital?
     
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    Pointy picks don't work for me either. From time to time I'll play with them, but only as a teaching tool - to enforce accuracy.

    ... Thom
     
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    eh, (meh) curvy can sound swooshy and insincere
     
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    Guitardave Supporting Member

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    That's because you pick 1000x faster than a normal human being...
     
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    I've got dozens of picks floating around here, and simply grab the nearest. I've got no idea how long an individual pick might last, I only know when it doesn't cut the mustard for me.
     
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    galibier_un Supporting Member

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    Get back to me when you can
    Get back to me when you can play as well as Chris Thile.



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    Wow...that was amazing! But when it comes to tone it's hard to surpass this....

     
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    galibier_un Supporting Member

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    Gorgeous!
     
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    Ok
     

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