The Humble Guitar Plectrum

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  1. Social Exodus

    Social Exodus Lone Wolf

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    A LOT of time, energy and discussion surrounds amps, guitars and effects pedals but man I think the most fundamental change you can make to your sound, and style as a guitarist is the simple guitar pick. Those and strings.

    After years of playing, this rings so true for me. How about anyone else?
     
  2. b_goatman

    b_goatman Supporting Member

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    I couldn't agree more...wasted a lot of time and sold a few guitars that I may have kept before investigating plectrums.
     
  3. bobcs71

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    Yes, thought my sound started being too bright. Realized it was a change in pics that I made.
     
  4. TheoDog

    TheoDog Silver Supporting Member

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    Maybe you are new here.
    We waste a lot of time fussing over picks here.
     
  5. Social Exodus

    Social Exodus Lone Wolf

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    Pretty much 90% of the things that go on here are a relative waste of time.

    Picks are cheaper lol...
     
  6. cadduc

    cadduc Member

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    don't recall the model number, but my fave is/was the herco, triangle green pick,

    I only see it as an archive photo now, and it is not in production at Dunlop
     
  7. Sean French

    Sean French Supporting Member

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    I used standard Fender heavies and later extra heavies until I read the '86 GP cover story about Eric Johnson.
    I got a few red Dunlop Jazz III picks and have used them exclusively ever since.
    Sure, I can play with just about any pick. As long as it's heavy.
    However, the Jazz III is the only pick I'll play with up to my dirt nap.
     
  8. Bogner

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    Every single thing matters. The key is to find what few pieces in the chain work for you and are non notables and work around them.
     
  9. brn2run56

    brn2run56 Member

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    Changing to a Jazz III pick has completely revitalized my guitar playing.
     
  10. RhytmEarl

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    None like it IMHO

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  11. whackystrings

    whackystrings Member

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    Agreed.
    The fresh feel of a new kind of strings that you just installed, a pedal that unlocks another area to explore, different tubes, a proper guitar setup, a new pickup, a bobblehead of Alex Lifeson on your amp, a new pick, how comfortable/uncomfortable your strap is...they can change the physical or psychological experience of playing. Keep things fresh, it keeps things interesting. Nuance+nuance+nuance+trace=completely different experience
     
  12. willie k

    willie k Silver Supporting Member

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    I am shocked at how impressed I am with V-Picks. I went from Mosrite thin, back in the day, Dunlop nylon .78 for years, then discovered Tortex, but nothing comes close to V-Picks. I couldn't imagine using a 4.1mm thick pick, let alone a pointy one, but it has remarkably improved my tone and overall right hand technique. The learning curve was almost negligible. My third order is in the mail. Love love love V-picks!
     
  13. guitarjazz

    guitarjazz Member

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    My fav. I don't think much about plectrums.
     
  14. phretbored

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    coconut shell picks are my favorite

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  15. Hollis

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    The black Jazz III's. Small(er), pointy, surgical precision.
     
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    zztomato Supporting Member

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    You could be right. I ditched the pick about 20 years ago and have not looked back. I like the way I play much better now.
     
  17. whackystrings

    whackystrings Member

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    For anyone enjoying the Jazz III, I highly recommend trying the Ultex Jazz III. I prefer "XL" sizing but I have both sizes of the Ultex and, for my picking/styles, they sound and feel very, very good.
     
  18. BradKinder

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    my favorite as well
     
  19. ToneKing

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    The Jazz III's are it.
     
  20. asatbluesboy

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    Still envy PGS's Andy for his technique.

    But yeah, JazzTone 207s have changed the way I think about larger picks. Used to be all Stubbies and the occasional Jazz III for over 10 years.

    Actually, larger picks and seeing Jack White live and realizing he pretty much only upstrokes. He did say once his older brothers wouldn't teach him how to play properly so he just had to make do. Great making do, IMHO.
     

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