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    I started using the purple Dunlop Tortex picks back in the 90s and bought a 100 pack in like 95 or 96. Still find them randomly when looking for things - crazy after all the times I/we've moved since then these still show up in the most random places. Shoe boxes, small kitchen appliance boxes, the linen closet...



    Always had issues hanging onto them, especially when I was sweating under the lights. They'd slowly start to turn in my grip, and if I didn't adjust I'd drop it.

    Then a buddy turned me onto the Big Stubby a few years ago and no more dropping picks. Way easier to grip and I *think* they add to the thicker tones I get... maybe... #Superglue


    I finally broke down and bought a 25 pack of Stubbies the other day and based on how long the Tortex have lasted, I'll be finding Stubbies in my retirement home in 25 years...

    Then I saw an ad for these Attak picks yesterday and wondered if anyone else had tried them.



    Not sure what the tip ridges are suppose to do, but it made me RCA dog the ad...



    Right now, my picking speed isn't so much an issue to playing faster as my left hand. And, I can't do a decent pick squeal to save my life. So, those are my only two issues I'm concerned with, but I don't think changing picks again will make any difference... but figured we could waste time at work talking about picks for the umpteenth time...
    Don't expect much, it's not like I'm a Rocket Surgeon...

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    Those look a bit odd to me but i would try one to see why they are made like that.

    You should try the flow picks if you like the stubby. The normal ones have a nice raised grip section (the tortex ones are smooth)




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      #3
      I've gone from the green Dunlop Tortex ones, to 2mm Clayton small teardrops, to the Petrucci Jazz 3s... I hate flex in picks, I want them to be as rigid as possible - but I also grip them with my thumb and two fingers the majority of the time, so the Jazz 3s are too small for me.

      Finally settled on Dunlop Ultex Sharps in 1.14mm. Bought a bag of like 70 of them a couple of years ago, so I should be good for a while!

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        #4
        I use the Clayton acetal regular pick-shaped picks, 1.21mm. I tried the Jazz III size and the teardrops for a while and went back.

        Doesn't seem to matter what material I buy, I wear the tip off in less that two weeks

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          #5
          I've used the same orange Dunlops for as long as I can remember. Much like strings, I found what I like and stayed there. I've tried the teardrop/Jazz picks but I like a little flex.

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            #6
            Ah. The semi-annual "I'm overthinking picks" thread.















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              #7
              Since the stroke I had been on the lookout for a pick that I could manage to not drop. Tried all sorts of thumb picks, the Chris Broderick thing and eventually you guys got me onto the Black Mountain thumb picks which are great, way better for rock players that anything else out there. Then a strange thing happened, I got some MM picks from Chris..... well it turns out that the dry/non glossy finish on them as well as being the right size, slightly bigger than jazz 3s I think, was what I should have been doing all along . So if you have not considered finish i,e, gloss vs non gloss, then it may just be that simple.

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                #8
                Originally posted by bigdave View Post
                Since the stroke I had been on the lookout for a pick that I could manage to not drop. Tried all sorts of thumb picks, the Chris Broderick thing and eventually you guys got me onto the Black Mountain thumb picks which are great, way better for rock players that anything else out there. Then a strange thing happened, I got some MM picks from Chris..... well it turns out that the dry/non glossy finish on them as well as being the right size, slightly bigger than jazz 3s I think, was what I should have been doing all along . So if you have not considered finish i,e, gloss vs non gloss, then it may just be that simple.
                The purple MM pick is basically the same as the purple Tortex I mentioned above. So, if you run out of MM picks, you can order more of those. Or if you like the purple I can mail you a random one as I find them every few weeks.
                Don't expect much, it's not like I'm a Rocket Surgeon...

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                  #9
                  Always been a 1.14mm Jazz III person. Currently playing with the CF Max Grips one. I tried a .88 Jazz pick at Coop's place and I feel like maybe my trem picking was a bit better, so ordered a 10 pack with my strings to try out, see how they are long term.

                  I used to grip tape my picks but that was a huge pain in the ass but I stopped, kind of feel like it might be something I circle back to.

                  This is Mike's cue to say "Learn how to grip your pick"

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                    #10
                    Just 3d printed some picks to try out, scaled the thickness down. I like the shape, but I think I would need to use a different material like Nylon or something. Or, you know, just buy a bag of ready made picks Figured it could be a good way to try different thicknesses and whatnot, but thinking PLA had too much flex in comparison to regular picks.

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                    There's a .6, .76, .88. I like the bit of a pointier tip than the Jazz picks I have, but thinking if this were something I'd do regularly I'd have to print in PETG or Nylon.
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                      #11
                      Originally posted by JJ Rodriguez View Post
                      This is Mike's cue to say "Learn how to grip your pick"
                      Shit no. I use the Claytons because the finish is grippier. I drop the fuckers all the time.

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                        #12
                        Nice, we finally found your Achille's heel

                        I don't drop my picks, but find they'll rotate or just move around a bit. Not too much of an issue on single string stuff, but usually happens when playing chords and whatnot.

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                          #13
                          I'm all over the map. Been reaching for the Tortex Sharps more recently. I'd like to try the Loomis picks which are similar..

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by JJ Rodriguez View Post
                            Nice, we finally found your Achille's heel
                            That and general lack of talent.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Mike View Post

                              That and general lack of talent.
                              I thought that was a Division requirement?

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                                #16
                                Originally posted by Chris View Post

                                I thought that was a Division requirement?
                                Why do you think I rehired Crooks?

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                                  #17
                                  Originally posted by playstopause View Post
                                  Ah. The semi-annual "I'm overthinking picks" thread.

                                  Damn straight, I totally went overboard during the lockdown last summer, and went pick crazy

                                  I really wanted to try out that new Flow and Flex shapes, and emailed Dunlop directly to see if I could get a thickness sample pack, which they didn't offer. So, I bought a 12-pack of each thickness . For a short while I had a Reverb FS ad up, selling thickness packs, but it was a bother because I was mailing them in envelopes, which have no tracking numbers, so it was a mess. Long story short, if you want a little baggie of a Flow or Flex or both with one of each thickness, shoot me a DM, I'll drop some in an envelope

                                  I had so many, I finally got a case...

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                                  Then, I have this little pack, which is essentially just a subset of the above case, but it lives in my gig-bag, so it goes with me to band practices and such.

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                                  The red paper stuff is crocus cloth, a polishing abrasive paper. It's really nice for taking burrs off the tips/edges.

                                  The slide is a short slide, no real manufacturer. I grabbed it as part of a set, just trying out slides, and I REALLY like it. I ordered a second one in case I lose this one. I have some foam taped to the inside, which makes it really feel like a part of my finger, instead of just some sloppy jazz hanging off my hand that I have to think about.

                                  I've been trying out the Hetfield picks, but that material really develops a burr quickly, and is time-consuming to polish down.


                                  Really though, I tend to use one of these. The red Troochi fattie gets used on my Bb tuned guitar. The black one is a Rebea sig pick, basically a Flow shape, but the same material as the Troochi, at 1.0mm thickness. The 0.73 Flow is my bass pick.

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                                    #18
                                    I like the 1.0mm Flow picks. I think they're ugly though.
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                                      #19
                                      Well, damn. That's a pick lab Leon.

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                                        #20
                                        Originally posted by playstopause View Post
                                        Well, damn. That's a pick lab Leon.
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                                          #21
                                          I have a mini guitar case I keep them in.

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                                            #22
                                            Like ten years ago when I was in a band, we got a big bag of picks with our logo made. I don't even remember what kind they are without checking but I'm still just using those.

                                            Edit: just went to check and they're the gripx ones from InTune. 1.5mm. They're great. Nice and grippy and they last forever.

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                                              #23
                                              Big Stubby 2.0 for life.

                                              In the early days, I tried everything, but was always most comfy with thicker picks, and I've broken anything thinner than 1.0 sizes. The purple Tortex 2.0s were really good, then made the Big Stubby change. Though at one point I had to switch to the red Big Stubby 1.0s since I was told I was picking way too hard. But I've switched back to 2.0.s

                                              I've been flirting with Gravity picks, namely the Standard Classic 2, which are nice. But I'm always reaching for the the big purple picks.

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                                                #24
                                                Originally posted by Iron1 View Post
                                                Then I saw an ad for these Attak picks yesterday and wondered if anyone else had tried them.



                                                Not sure what the tip ridges are suppose to do, but it made me RCA dog the ad...
                                                :wtf:



                                                I watched a few seconds of video, and it's like Dunlop Strum Rose/Strummer, meant to sound a bit like a 12-string.

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                                                  #25
                                                  Originally posted by Dominic View Post

                                                  :wtf:



                                                  I watched a few seconds of video, and it's like Dunlop Strum Rose/Strummer, meant to sound a bit like a 12-string.

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                                                  Don't expect much, it's not like I'm a Rocket Surgeon...

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