TONE ...as heard through picks

Discussion in 'Tone Zone' started by eS.G., Sep 14, 2015.

  1. eS.G.

    eS.G. Well-Known Member

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    Wanna have some fun kids?????? O.K. go to the "bay" order up a packet or two of assorted "picks" in a smattering of thicknesses and sit down with your favorite guitar and amp....and JUST swap the picks.....play ....swap.....play swap......the tone changes and pick attack variables would have a major league statistician reaching for the Advil!!!!!!!!!
    And it is a damn load of fun for like 4 bucks!

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    You need to try a wider variety of pick types than that for the full effect!
     
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    smitty_p Well-Known Member

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    I think you need to glue a few together...
     
  4. eS.G.

    eS.G. Well-Known Member

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    there are many thicknesses....plus I allready had a small cup full of them from Bass guitar picks like 2.8mm thick and covered with rubber to .58mm
    nylon....tortex...funky Fender celluloid...even a FIRST ACT celluloid!! I used to have a metal pick ---that was weird....
     
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    smitty_p Well-Known Member

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    Here are a few weird ones.

    First, a glass pick I made from the bottom of a pickle jar:

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    Next, a pig skin pick that I made from...well...pig skin!

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    I have a 2mm graphite pick around here somewhere. I bought it in 1987.
     
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    eS.G. Well-Known Member

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    The rubber one is very odd sounding the mfct. claims it sounds like a human finger (it doesn't---not even close)
    My favorite is a Nylon Jim Dunlop 1mm

    I also know that "back in the day" I favored the very very paper thin ---I thought they where "faster".....now I lean toward the 1mm or better.....wierd
     
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    Metal89 Well-Known Member

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    I've always leaned toward really thick picks. I tried playing with thin and flexible ones, didn't feel right and I just kept breaking them. I'd be in the middle of playing aggressive power chords and all of a sudden I only have half a pick left....Now I play with Dunlop 1.14mm gator grips and don't have that problem anymore
     
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    zisme Well-Known Member

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    Dunlop Tortex 0.88 (green) is my happy place
     
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    I bought some pickups off a guy and he was nice enough to send a bag of about 10 assorted pics. I tried them all consecutively and they each produced a noticeably different sound and affected my attack. An unlikely candidate among them became my new favorite, made of recycled nylon and copper. Since the company did not sell small quantities, I bought about 80 in 2 different gauges!
     
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    Ditto here!
     
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    Says METAL89! :dude:

    Good thread eS.G. Picks are very interesting soundwise; oft forgotten when we're buying $200 pickups and $100 ODs..

    I've found these Cortex picks to be my current favourites:

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    Grey Dunlop 60 mm
     
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    Lately I've been using Dunlop tortex, 1mm. Speaking of metal picks eS.G, I was sent some of these from the US a few years back, alloy, 1.25mm thickness. While not Brian May's thripence they have a unique attack tone. Cheers WP_20150916_001.jpg
     
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    Cortex??? Thats a new one on me......will have to find one of them. ;)
     
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    Let's start a pick exchange program - cycle around some picks via mail that we like to members who participate - participating members can keep passing them along in the chain - great way to try many picks with minimal expense and recommended by players you trust. Cost US would be .49 cents per transfer.
     
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    All right.......I will start!
    The packs I bought are duplicates of each other. I will send one to the first mother trucker what posts up here and PM's me their address!

    Might even throw in a couple other brands/types of picks I got lying around.....
     
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    Brainy picks. They remember what you played last night.
     
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    I will send the nylon/copper picks that have become my new favorite and the rest of the picks that the fellow sent me with the pickups that I did not take to. Anyone good at logistics so this plan can have some legs?
     
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    PICKS ----get YER KICKS, swapping some PICKS! --- Play some hot licks with a fresh set of picks....come on lads don't be dicks, sign up now and git yer kicks. We ain't no drummers we got no sticks but we damn sure got a big ole pile o picks!!!! (instrumental---solo--here) weather your girl is a Sheila or out turning trix......you can play HARDER with some spanking new PICKS!!!

    And THAT is why I am in sales and NOT song writing! BAZINGA!
     
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    Cortex as in made from the wood of roots or from cerebral cortex? :smile:
     

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