Username: Password:

Author Topic: Guitar Picks... I've learned so much! :o  (Read 369 times)

Nadz1lla

  • Welterweight
  • ****
  • Posts: 1465
    • Arcanum Plectra
Guitar Picks... I've learned so much! :o
« on: October 05, 2021, 11:54:09 PM »
Hey all! Long time no see! Nolly's signature set brought me back, so thought I'd pop in and see who's still around. Hope you're all well. ^_^

So obviously I've not been around here for a fair while, I've been off on some adventures.... physically, spiritually and tonally. I posted a while back about our first trip to Japan and we've been again since, and I'm on the cusp of planning our third for in a couple of years' time. My wife and I are also adopting a kid, and he's all kinds of awesome! We're hoping to plan our next Japanese adventure to coincide with the new Studio Ghibli theme park opening, because much to our joy he loves My neighbour Totoro.  :grin:

But on to something more topical: Guitar Picks. The interface between you and your instrument (unless you're a finger-style player, of course!)

My eyes have been well and truly opened the last couple of years. One of my best mates, John, has been a collector and champion of the thicker pick for a long time, and I decided to have a look through his collection and see if anything could make me cheat on my trusty old green Tortex. By Odin, I had my mind blown, hah! I can no longer play anything under 2.4mm. I've played picks made from stone, agate, horn, wood, tagua, resins, acrylic, juma, kirinite, the list goes on. So far, tonally, I'm really into acrylic acetate and tagua, with hard epoxy coming in a close third.

You get quite a bit of chirpy attack with a thicker pick, but I was surprised at how much certain materials can add to tone in general. Wood and Tagua for example I have found give a bit more of a bassy boost, whilst acrylics / acetates etc can give you a bit more in the mids.

So of course I had to get in on the action, I've started a small collection but honestly the money sink is a scary prospect so I'm being careful with what I choose to buy. I've seen some of these things go for hundreds of depending on what it's made from and who is making it (there's even someone making Diamond picks that go for 1000's, but I can't imagine it sounding very nice.  :undecided: )

I've also started my own range of picks (link in my sig to John's site where my shop is) with my own take on some classic tip shapes. But honestly, before my friend told me about this stuff I thought Plectra were just what you get on a guitar shop counter and that's it, I had no idea there was an entire plectroverse out there. There are some guys making really crazy, out-there stuff.

Here are some of my creations for your perusal, enjoy my weird brain-pictures come to life!  :laugh:
« Last Edit: October 05, 2021, 11:57:00 PM by Nadz1lla »

Dave Sloven

  • Welterweight
  • ****
  • Posts: 4299
    • Get our album here (alnico Black Hawks)
Re: Guitar Picks... I've learned so much! :o
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2021, 07:44:40 AM »
These are cool.

I recently started experimenting with Dunlop Sharp 1.5mm after seeing a video about how they are the favourite of Jeff Loomis.  I am liking them so far.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36FMS_38k9g
BLACK HAWKS
IMPULSES
COBRA-T
WAR PIGS
STOCKHOLM
COLD SWEATS
MIRACLE MAN
TRUE GRIT

https://slovendoom.bandcamp.com/releases

Nadz1lla

  • Welterweight
  • ****
  • Posts: 1465
    • Arcanum Plectra
Re: Guitar Picks... I've learned so much! :o
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2021, 09:26:25 AM »
Ah awesome! Yeah I can't get on with Sharps myself, I think because I like to have more grip surface area nearer the tip. Jeff's awesome, I had no idea he liked that shape so that's a great video, thanks for sharing.  :smiley:

I've done a model called the Ranger which is my take on the Dunlop Sharp. I don't find it comfortable myself but my play-testers who use sharps really like it.  :laugh:

Nadz1lla

  • Welterweight
  • ****
  • Posts: 1465
    • Arcanum Plectra
Re: Guitar Picks... I've learned so much! :o
« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2021, 09:32:16 AM »
I bought this the other week from UCT Guitars in Germany. It's an Acrylic core between Boire wood grips. It looks mad but it's really comfy and a joy to play with!

one

  • Featherweight
  • ***
  • Posts: 299
  • Nailbomb, Cold Sweat, Warpig, Juggernauts
Re: Guitar Picks... I've learned so much! :o
« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2021, 07:46:06 AM »
what is the nice thing about kirinite? I've recently got one I don't know how thick but a lot for sure


Nadz1lla

  • Welterweight
  • ****
  • Posts: 1465
    • Arcanum Plectra
Re: Guitar Picks... I've learned so much! :o
« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2021, 12:37:46 PM »
what is the nice thing about kirinite? I've recently got one I don't know how thick but a lot for sure

Kirinite is a really good material for picks, slightly more difficult to work with than other acrylic variants as it doesn't react well to high friction when being sanded on a machine. However, it's a really long-lasting material and a pick made from Kirinite should last you a fairly long time. As with other dense acrylic variants it gives quite a nice mid-boost and a pronounced but tight low end in higher thicknesses.

Where did you get yours from, if you don't mind me asking? I'm always interested in different Plectriers works!

one

  • Featherweight
  • ***
  • Posts: 299
  • Nailbomb, Cold Sweat, Warpig, Juggernauts
Re: Guitar Picks... I've learned so much! :o
« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2021, 09:53:49 PM »
what is the nice thing about kirinite? I've recently got one I don't know how thick but a lot for sure

Kirinite is a really good material for picks, slightly more difficult to work with than other acrylic variants as it doesn't react well to high friction when being sanded on a machine. However, it's a really long-lasting material and a pick made from Kirinite should last you a fairly long time. As with other dense acrylic variants it gives quite a nice mid-boost and a pronounced but tight low end in higher thicknesses.

Where did you get yours from, if you don't mind me asking? I'm always interested in different Plectriers works!

Osiris Accs, it was a gift from Skervesen. I have been using it for the last two weeks and I really like it but I'm going to quit using it to keep it in shape and go back to my regular ultex jazz III

Nadz1lla

  • Welterweight
  • ****
  • Posts: 1465
    • Arcanum Plectra
Re: Guitar Picks... I've learned so much! :o
« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2021, 02:19:15 PM »

Osiris Accs, it was a gift from Skervesen. I have been using it for the last two weeks and I really like it but I'm going to quit using it to keep it in shape and go back to my regular ultex jazz III

Oooo Osiris are nice! I've been looking at those for a while, might have to grab one soon. :D