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merlyn wrote: Fri Jun 24, 2022 10:21 am I like an inflexible pick. If I can bend it, it's no good for me. In the mainstream there is the Dunlop Jazz III which a lot of players use.

Jazz III FTW. The Ultex version is my standard pick, though I still haven't settled on the perfect strumming pick. I can't play rhythm with it.
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merlyn wrote: Fri Jun 24, 2022 10:21 am I like an inflexible pick. If I can bend it, it's no good for me. In the mainstream there is the Dunlop Jazz III which a lot of players use.

I'm a big Brian May fan and own a Burns replica of his Red Special guitar. I always play it using an old sixpence, just as Brian does, for authenticity when attempting Queen songs... but it works very well on non-Queen music and brings out harmonics and overtones in arpeggiated chords and such-like that my plastic plectrums cannot achieve.
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Forum Admin wrote: Mon Jun 27, 2022 11:17 am I'm a big Brian May fan and own a Burns replica of his Red Special guitar. I always play it using an old sixpence, just as Brian does...


I'm very rich so like to play with a five pound note. It makes rapid picking difficult but I can always pay someone else to do that on my behalf.

Otherwise, Jim Dunlops of various thicknesses depending on the whether (I can find them or not).

Some days are a .73 day while others require an .88, thankfully I've not needed to hunt out anything beyond that for a while.
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shufflebeat wrote: Mon Jun 27, 2022 12:48 pm
I'm very rich so like to play with a five pound note. It makes rapid picking difficult but I can always pay someone else to do that on my behalf.

:D

I remove the metal strips from multiple £50 notes, melt them down and cast them using a mould I made from a sixpence, thus getting the benefit of both the above choices. ;)
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Classy.
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I used to have a cup full of Jazz IIIs. I preferred the red ones, which were made of nylon I think. A friend seeing the cup asked "Do you think you have enough picks?" The obvious answer was "Yes." I wasn't going to run out in the foreseeable future.

I now use Dugain picks :

https://www.dugainplectrums.com/

It was a friend recommended these. He had tried the wooden ones, but found they wear down quite quickly as he plays hard. He had graduated to agate. Really. It appears Dugain don't offer stone picks any more, but they do offer stainless steel :

https://www.dugainplectrums.com/metaldu ... -pick.html

I use the Minidug and I recently got one made out of 'Synthetic R' whatever that is. I tried the different types of plastic -- acrylic, acetate and delrin. Acetate was good, but it wore down quickly, so I used delrin for a while. That also wears down eventually, so I'm trying synthetic R which is "very, very resistant". If it still has a point after a year I would concur that it is indeed "very, very resistant".

There's also a new material -- galalith or milk stone. This is what used to be plastic before plastic. It's made of milk. Really. Tons of milk used to be used to make this before oil based plastic. It's probably what Django used, and I noticed it's what some of the picks on the Wegen picks site are made from.
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I buy my most commonly used picks (Herco Flex 75s) in boxes of 100. I'm currently close to running out on my 4th box (since the mid 80s), which means that each pick lasts me just over a month before I either lose it or decide it has become too worn to be any good.
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BJG145 wrote: Wed Jun 22, 2022 12:36 pm A set of "spudgers" or "pry tools" has been delivered to my desk, for cracking open laptops and tablets. And it includes a couple of snazzy guitar picks...I'm having those... :D
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merlyn wrote: Mon Jun 27, 2022 3:06 pm I used to have a cup full of Jazz IIIs. I preferred the red ones, which were made of nylon I think. A friend seeing the cup asked "Do you think you have enough picks?" The obvious answer was "Yes." I wasn't going to run out in the foreseeable future.

I now use Dugain picks :

https://www.dugainplectrums.com/

It was a friend recommended these. He had tried the wooden ones, but found they wear down quite quickly as he plays hard. He had graduated to agate. Really. It appears Dugain don't offer stone picks any more, but they do offer stainless steel :

https://www.dugainplectrums.com/metaldu ... -pick.html

I use the Minidug and I recently got one made out of 'Synthetic R' whatever that is. I tried the different types of plastic -- acrylic, acetate and delrin. Acetate was good, but it wore down quickly, so I used delrin for a while. That also wears down eventually, so I'm trying synthetic R which is "very, very resistant". If it still has a point after a year I would concur that it is indeed "very, very resistant".

There's also a new material -- galalith or milk stone. This is what used to be plastic before plastic. It's made of milk. Really. Tons of milk used to be used to make this before oil based plastic. It's probably what Django used, and I noticed it's what some of the picks on the Wegen picks site are made from.

Michael Wegen doesn't say exactly what his picks are made of but I'm pretty sure it's an advanced acrylic used to make dentures not caesin (he keeps the exact formula a bit if a secret). His pics are all hand made and machined from solid not cast (he's a model maker by trade).
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I see. It turns out the galalith picks are not Wegen. They're on the djangoguitars site :

https://www.djangoguitars.com/Galalith- ... dg1gal.htm
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Yes I've heard of those, one is a replica of the pic Django was known to have used. I s'pose it's a sort of 'Organic Bakalite' :D
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I remember there was a certain formula of pick that was like a mini firework when you set it on fire. Flames in all directions. Almost exciting!!
ok - we all can’t afford to burn a guitar!
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