Which PICK is the best?

Discussion in 'Guitar Gear Talk Forum' started by piyushsood2312, Oct 24, 2012.

  1. piyushsood2312

    piyushsood2312 New Member

    Hi people,

    Can anyone here help me to choose a right pick for my acoustic guitar??

    which one do you use?
    Do I need different picks for strumming and soloing??

    I hope i get replies.Thanx in advance!
  2. guitarplayer729

    guitarplayer729 New Member

    I use a Dunlop Jazz III everytime. For rhythm, soloing.
  3. piyushsood2312

    piyushsood2312 New Member

    Thanx For the reply, man!!
    what is the thickness of the pick that u use?

    can u elaborate that how much does the thickness of the pick matters??
  4. piyushsood2312

    piyushsood2312 New Member

    I hope other guys do use the pick.. Please help me out choosing the best pick or picks!
  5. guitarplayer729

    guitarplayer729 New Member

    The more thick a pick is, the easier it is to dig in the note because the pick does not bend and you hear the note well.
    I don't know its thickness because it just says Jazz III, but use 2mm or above for solos. I actually wanted the 2MM stubby but it was out of stock. Try Triangular pickups for soloing too.
  6. ayu135

    ayu135 New Member

    For an acoustic guitar my personal preference is a pick no more that 0.73 mm thick, thicker picks tend to not work too well for me on acoustics. I use personally use a Dunlop Tortex 0.60 mm one. But if you are just starting out try to buy a pick as thin as possible it will help you progress faster, nylon picks come in super thin gauges. I used a Dunlop nylon standard 0.38 as my first pick. I dont use separate picks for lead and rhythm playing, the Tortex 0.60 or the 0.73 works fine for both.

    EDIT: Check this out http://www.justinguitar.com/en/BC-107-PicksHolding.php
  7. aryasridhar

    aryasridhar New Member

    2mm pick for lead on acoustic guitar? That would mean that each string would buzz out of anger, no offence but that a really heavy thickness......Guitar strings are not as thick as Bass to use such thick picks.......

    For a beginner learning rhythm its better to use thinner picks, less than .5mm that helps strum well, and may increase the thickness over time depending on the player.....
    I personally use Tortex and others, however most of these are no more than 1mm maxxxx.....i tried using thicker ones, but failed miserably to get speed, maybe i am not a great player, but then its personal preference, Try out some picks, there is no right pick for everyone, so try out many picks to find which one suits you better, hand size, strings used, player's level, all these things matter, even the style of playing matters a lot in choosing the right pick.....
  8. wylder

    wylder New Member

    I personally use Dunlop Jazz III on electrics but I must admit that they might not be the best for acoustic strumming. I however use them on acoustic strumming only because of familiarity with the pick (I have been using only these for about 5 years now...).

    I used to use 2mm Big Stubbys before. Tonewise, they are a little bright on the attack. Pretty good for fast picking.

    The Jazz III is similar but much smaller, about half the size of a regular pick. So getting used to it initially was difficult. But once you are past that, it lets you focus on accuracy and precision as the smaller pick allows you to limit the amount of movement during picking. Also, since the pick fits in your fingerprint, changing the angle of attack while picking is very easy. This makes it easy to switch between alternate and sweep picking styles. I like the material of the pick as it gives it less brightness and pick attack compared to Stubbys.

    On the flipside, I find it tougher when strumming funky rhythms as hard percussive strumming with a thick pick is a little uncomfortable for me. The tiny size of the Jazz III makes it a little worse than the Stubby in this regard. But you can partially overcome this by learning to strum a little softer or gripping the pick a little looser though you'll lose out a bit on the percussion in your picking in the process.
  9. piyushsood2312

    piyushsood2312 New Member

    .71 mm pick for acoustic lead is good??

    (I wish i could buy an electric guitar :( )

    Can U please tell me that is it worthful to practice legato and shredding things on an acoustic guitar?
  10. piyushsood2312

    piyushsood2312 New Member

    Thanx For the reply , dude!

    .71 mm for acoustic lead is good?
  11. piyushsood2312

    piyushsood2312 New Member

    No, I dont think 2 mm pick wud work for acoustic soloing..??
  12. guitarplayer729

    guitarplayer729 New Member

    Legato would be difficult on the acoustic as most of the notes would die out.
    It is difficult even on an electric.

    I used a Planet Waves .71mm for the acoustic.(For a month only)
  13. Evil.Bunny

    Evil.Bunny New Member

    1. Try out cheap picks of every possible size and shape that you can.
    2. Experience 1st hand and know what suits you.
    3. Buy good quality pick of that variety.
    4. Become a Guitar Legend.
  14. piyushsood2312

    piyushsood2312 New Member

    Thanx For ur Advice, man!
    Points 1 and 2 and 3 are nice ones!
    I never knew that becoming a guitar legend is so easy :p No offence!! :)
  15. varundbest

    varundbest New Member

    Yep bro, it is! Just no bullshit, hold the guitar and a pick and forget everything ;)
  16. aryasridhar

    aryasridhar New Member

    Piyush ---- Please do NOT buy cheap picks even to try....

    Those cheap picks feel cheap and sloppy in the hands (and why pay for such crap?)
    Get some nice picks, choose 1 each from different trypes of picks....
    A pick should really blend into your hand and should always give you a feel of control over your playing.....it is a really important thing to consider getting good quality ones.....and not cheap ones, not even to try.......

    Most guitarists who start off with the guitar always want to go for everything cheap, maybe due to financial issues or restrictions....however, one major thing i have heard guitarists doing is, I will go for a cheap one first, if i like it and if practice enough and get better at guitar i would go for a better guitar etc etc etc.....which is crap.....

    Do not buy a guitar if you cannot devote the time it needs, no one in this world started playing malmsteen in a month or 6 months.....
    I hate it when someone says that to me.....I just tell them...you will outgrow the instrument in a few months if you devote the time and you will then need to spend again on a quality instrument.....so why not today.....

    Sorry to go off topic, but this is a fact.......and hope to see people thinking of investing rather than spending when they buy anything related to a guitar.....

    All the Best!!!!!!
  17. tirtha2chester

    tirtha2chester New Member

    What I use...

    Jazz 3 for soloing anyday (good harmonicking ability, small in size so better speed)..
    Dunlop H and the Dunlop Tortex for rhythm playing (the latter for pick scraping)...
    Dunlop L for playing funk and chords on the clean channel...
    Alice (LOL :p) and personally made steel pick out of a 2 Rupee coin (by filing it down) for playing acoustic (I mostly play acoustic without a pick, though)
  18. piyushsood2312

    piyushsood2312 New Member

    Thanx for the reply! yeah, very rightly said!
    I appreciate your answer!
    BUt u know financial issuse do cause a problem!
  19. piyushsood2312

    piyushsood2312 New Member

    Dude, Great!!
    Right now I think I should buy Jazz 3!!
  20. tirtha2chester

    tirtha2chester New Member

    Though I have got a set of Dunlop Jazz III with me, I also have a couple of these Jazz III copies, called Olizer Jazz III... Costs Rs 15 apiece, half that of the dunlop... I found them selling in a nearby store and decided to pick a couple up...

    To be very honest, these doubles feel the same as the originals and I find no difference whatsoever while playing with these... They seem as hardy as the Dunlops and scraping them against the strings don't eat them up... IMO they are a great investment...

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