Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: West Sussex, England
Re: What size pick do you use?
Just because today i was in a musicshop looking around gear, i thought i'd bring this back up again.
I started using Jazz III's (black) a while back and find them really great pics. Also, while i was in the musicshop today, i looked at some of the newer picks they had in.
I bought 3 Dunlop Tortex 1.14 Jazz picks and a couple of 3mm stubbies and this is my conclusion:
The Tortex Jazz picks are too thin for shredding. They're too flexible i find and don't put up too much resistance. I also found them quite hard to grip. The upside to this is they're very good accoustic picks i found and can do pretty well for strumming and sweeping.
The 3mm stubbies i decided i would only ever use on my 7-string, just to give it the added beasty sound. I found them too fat to use for shredding and found the Jazz III's to be nicer.
And an added thing: as i was looking through this thread, i noticed people saying they find it hard to shred on anything lower then 2mm picks. Well, the Jazz III picks are 1.48 i think, and they're probably the best i think. I've seem shredders use really really light picks and use a technique where they apply pressure to the pick to tense it up and make it stronger. This means they can have flexable riffing but fast tight leads. Quite a funny technique. I haven't mastered it, and probably never will want to, but you guys should give it a go