Discussion in 'Acoustic Instruments' started by Billy Moss, Oct 29, 2017.
Dunlop Ultex Sharp .73
Dunlop Tortex III .73 (yellow)
Been using Bluechips for about 8 years now. Have a number of them. Have a TP45 that I use on Electric a lot. Acoustic I use a CT55, TAD50, TAD60, some tortoise shell picks, Wegens, and sometimes a Red Bear.
Wegen BG 1.40mm
That's one I like a lot, except the tone of mine need a little brightening. Dressing the bevels a bit ought to do it.
For some reason I can't use anything other than Fender Thins with acoustics. With my electrics, I use Jazz IIIs but these days I'm only playing my acoustics.
Over the past 40 years I’ve tried picks made of almost any material you can think of, from tortoise and ivory (see pic) to cut-down silver coins, wood, stone, shell, horn, etc. Turns out what works out best to my ear are plain old Fender picks in a heavy gauge.
V Picks Tradition Lite. 1.5mm
Dunlop 471P3C Carbon Fiber Max-Grip Jazz III for electric and acoustic.
I used V-Picks for a long time, but lately I've been really liking the Dunlop Ultex Jazz III XL. I find it even grippier than the V-Picks, a nice thickness (1.2mm, I think, something like that... no flex).. all the nice properties of the Jazz III shape but you can actually hold 'em.
Same as I use for electric playing, Fender 351 "Heavy" (.93 mm measured). I use that for 90% of my acoustic playing, which is mostly flatpicking in a style I call "imitation fingerpicking, using a flatpick."
On rare occasions where I want a more mellow (dark) jazz tone, I switch to a 1.5 mm D'Andrea "Pro-Plek" in the 351 shape.
Clayton acetal standard 1.00mm
The JHS Gravity picks.
Got one this week.
I love Cool Picks, it is all I use for Electric, I use the 1.5mm Heavy.
I have been using them with my Acoustics and I like them, but I think I could go down to a Medium pic for a change.
Fender 451 shape either thin or medium depending on my mood. I also have a few Dunlop Tortex in different thicknesses.
Funny, after years ( 25-30) of playing only with either .88 ( green) or .73 ( yellow, similar gauge to Medium, I still use these on electrics) Tortex picks, rediscovering Fender Mediums on my acoustic was a real revelation.
They have a great feel with just the right combination of ' thwack' ( pick attack noise), and actual tone that really brings out a great sound from my acoustic.
I'm all over the place with picks. On electric I use Dunlop Derlin .96mm. On acoustic, I sometimes use a Wegen 1.4mm, several different Blue Chips or a Tortoiseshell. With the mandolin, there is no telling what I'll use at any given time. My current favorite is an old Golden Gate MP-12, similar to a Dawg, which I also use. Also on mando I may use Blue Chips or Wegen's.
This thread made me get out my pick stash, grab my acoustic, and compare a bunch of picks.
Before I started he comparison, I was using Dunlop Ultex .88s. By the end, I liked the Ultex 1.00s the best. I went through the different gauge and shapes of Primetones, some of the Gravity 2mm picks I use on electric, some nylon picks, Fender heavies, etc.
So I guess for acoustic I really like the Dunlop Ultex picks on acoustic. .88 - 1.00 mm.