- Oct 31, 2019
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I thought I chimed in on this topic, but maybe it was on
some OTHER forum. Yes, I'm picky about picks.
I'm a Clayton Picks convert. A guy walked up to me after a set at a
festival more than 15 years ago, and offered me a selection of Clayton
picks. I loved the feel of them immediately. AND the tone... I think they
make a difference... so I'm a convert.
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These are my acoustic picks... Clayton .63mm to Clayton .73mm.
These work well for me, and I buy them whenever possible. (I have enough now).
I believe there have been advances in Pick Technology, and I like what I hear.
In the past I used Fender medium, large rounded triangle, WHITE...
I started using WHITE pix while playing bars, because on some sweaty and
greasy nights the pick would fly out of my hand in mid song, and if it was
WHITE I could find it under dodgy lighting conditions.
In those days, the tone rendered by the pick was not discernible... bar venues
being noisy, with drunks yammering, video games hooting and beeping,
cash register boinging and all that. In those days, what seemed important
was the beat, more than anything... But there have been advances in live
sound technology too, since I quit playing bars. Picks make a big tonal
difference IMHO, when you can hear it.
For electric I prefer thin picks, Clayton .5 mm... They have a couple different styles
but I like the small rounded triangle. These fit my fingers, I play them well, love the
tone they render... and when using these, I never break strings. The picks will rip first.
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I just threw that "Grover" pick in there for a joke. That came free with a set of
Vintage Keystone tuners, and I tried it and liked it. But it wore out fast... see the tip.
The Clayton .5mm work great for electric guitar for me, and I sometimes use Dunlop in the same thickness, or close. Dunlop is ok too.
Which is your preferred choice of pick?
Personally I primarily use my fingers, but when not I prefer my picks relatively thin.
My favorite is the light gray Dunlop USA Nylon .60mm:
Using the round corners for single string picking, as the pick is slightly thicker and stiffer there, but still more flexible than the tip of a .73mm nylon pick, and using the thinner and more flexible pointy tip end for chord strumming.
However I think next time I am buying picks that I am going to get some Dunlop Nylon Max Grip .60mm picks instead, since those are essentially the exact same picks, just with a higher raised grid pattern, but placed much further away from the round corners of the pick, which I think would be an advantage the way I use my pick, since as soon as I wear the pick down to where the raised grid pattern starts it will rub against the strings when picking and produce unwanted scratching noises.
I like heavy or medium picks if im using one, im not too picky. I was also recently turned on to V-Picks and i do enjoy using it.
This is the one i have. Carlos Santana and Billy Gibbons and a few others also have their version.