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Pick shootout!
« on: August 10, 2013, 09:22:54 AM »
Pick shootout-will any of these bad boys replace my trusty Dunlop Nylon 1mm? Which is your 'pick' of the bunch?
L-R: Dunlop Max Grip, Dunlop Tortex .88, Dunlop Tortex 1mm, Hetfield Black Fang .94, Hetfield Black Fang 1.14, Ultex Sharp, Petrucci Jazz III, Jazz III Black Stiffo, Max Grip Jazz III





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Re: Pick shootout!
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2013, 11:23:45 AM »
I love the black fangs. My only gripe is they dont last as long as my regular black ice picks. I can get a good month or so out of those the black fangs about 2 weeks.

The black fangs do sound and feel better though.
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Re: Pick shootout!
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2013, 11:49:12 AM »
I'm a jazz III guy, but I've never liked the max grip thing because it seems to rip into the skin between the side of my nail. Others seems to love it though, but I've always preffered the standard red Jazz IIIs. They are more versatile too, because I can spin it around and get hugely different dynamics and tones.

I've been wanting to try the petrucci for a while now though. How is it?

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Re: Pick shootout!
« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2013, 12:07:41 PM »
Yeah Im interrested in the Petrucci one too, more info please!

Sides that I am a Dunlop Ultex Jazz III 2.0 kinda guy. The smaller jazz size is a must for me, the ultex feels good and sounds nice and 2mm thickness is just up my alley.
For acoustic I prefer Sharkfins though, usually the white ones. How different the sounds I can get from turning it are is amazing. When I take the rippeled side I can make any guitar sound bright when strumming, really amazing.
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Re: Pick shootout!
« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2013, 12:15:27 PM »
I'd choose the Dunlop Jazz picks any day! Been playing with the black stiffo ones in the XL size and I just can't seem to find another pick that suits my needs better  :)

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Re: Pick shootout!
« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2013, 01:11:25 PM »
Out of those I have used the orange, green, and blue regular size Dunlop picks but I really only use the red Jazz IIIs these days unless I am playing clean open chord strumming stuff, for which I use the orange Dunlop.

Once you get used to the Jazz III it is the best for most things, especially the shape of the point for double-picking rhythm playing.  Or at least that's my experience.

There should be one of those picks that comes with the BKPs in that lineup ;)

EDIT: I should also say that with consumables like picks I tend to go with items that are very widely available.  The more exotic stuff I can't be bothered with.  I just get used to the best one for me out of the selection that's widely available at my local shops.  That way I can always get my favourite pick!
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Re: Pick shootout!
« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2013, 07:00:08 PM »
Nice to hear your opinions guys-still very early days for me, but at the moment the standout ones are the Ultex Sharp and the Hetfield Black Fang-however the Petrucci is currently my front runner; its fantastic-very very accurate and clear on solos, best soloing pick i have tried-hands down, it actually made me play cleaner and better from the off!. What I am trying to see is if i can get used to it enough to play rhythms with the same intensity and accuracy i am used to. So for a pick to work for me, it has to work for a variety of metal rhythm styles-tremolo picking, triplets, 16ths, 32nds, etc.
At the moment i just cant get used to the normal Jazz III picks im afraid, they are so tiny, maybe i should try the bigger ones-i believe the Petrucci pick lies in between these 2 in size.
Will give them all some more spins in the next days/weeks/months-its incredible when listening through headphones how a simple pick can alter the sound, brightness, and clarity of the notes. But as with anything it has to feel right for you and the only way is to see how it makes you play.
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Re: Pick shootout!
« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2013, 07:41:26 PM »
Yeah Im interrested in the Petrucci one too, more info please!

Sides that I am a Dunlop Ultex Jazz III 2.0 kinda guy. The smaller jazz size is a must for me, the ultex feels good and sounds nice and 2mm thickness is just up my alley.
For acoustic I prefer Sharkfins though, usually the white ones. How different the sounds I can get from turning it are is amazing. When I take the rippeled side I can make any guitar sound bright when strumming, really amazing.

I'm an jazz III ultex 2.0 guy too. tried the petrucci and it's alright, a bit bigger, kind of between a jazz 3 XL and a regular jazz 3.

still going back to the jazz III, though i like the V-pick stilleto, have the unbuffed and they're cool, but curious about the buffed version. they're aggressive as hell!
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Re: Pick shootout!
« Reply #8 on: August 11, 2013, 11:28:17 PM »
Only thing I'd like to try are the Dunlop Sharp (are they called this?) picks as I've been told that those are really unforgiving and I like my gear to be like that to improve my playing as much as I can :)

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Re: Pick shootout!
« Reply #9 on: August 12, 2013, 09:53:00 PM »
Yes- is it the Ultex sharp you are thinking of(thats the yellow pick in the photo) its a cool pick-i have ordered some other ones which should be arriving tomorrow, so really interested to check those out also!

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Re: Pick shootout!
« Reply #10 on: August 12, 2013, 10:10:24 PM »
Yeah, the ultex sharp are cool. Used them for quite some time, until I discovered that I like the size of the jazz better.
Still have some lying around for when I want something for strumming which is heavier than my sharkfins.

I think I have about 20 different pics (material, shape, thickness, etc) lying around here. I have my 2 mainly used pics, then some I dig and sometimes use like the ultex sharp and my thumbpick and a lot of special things I use once in a while and for special things like my wood pics for really smooth and soft playing.

Oh and I forgot my absolute favorite acoustic pics. While I mostly use sharkfin I have one I love more. It is less versatile and more expensive though: Claytons. It somekind of tortoise imitate I think and it sounds and feels amazing. The very thin one for strumming on acoustic is second to none for me.
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Re: Pick shootout!
« Reply #11 on: August 12, 2013, 10:21:39 PM »
Thanks Witeter, I need to order some of those :D

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Re: Pick shootout!
« Reply #12 on: August 13, 2013, 12:59:28 PM »
tortex .88 every time  :)
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Re: Pick shootout!
« Reply #13 on: August 13, 2013, 02:05:41 PM »
Gwem i really really tried to like it, but i dont know what it is, whether its the lack of grip or the sound tortex seems to give when hitting the strings but i cant get used to it (though i do like the attack and clarity of the actual sound).Maybe i just need more time with them-thats the tricky thing when having used a particular pick for sooooo many years, do give other models a fair chance can be hard

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Re: Pick shootout!
« Reply #14 on: August 13, 2013, 05:12:34 PM »
Just gave my Clayton .94mm I had lying around a go on acoustic and I really rig it. The way it sounds and feels makes you wanne play very determinded if that makes sense. Direct, full of impact. Powerchords really feel amazing with this. Plus more attack, agression and focus than my Dunlop Ultex Jazz 2mm which in comparison is rounder and softer in tone, but also feels a tad nicer in the hand althoug the slimmer shape of the Clayton really has something nice to it too.

Just this little switch in pics really changes my playing a whole darn lot. Amazing every time.
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