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What kind of flatpick do you use? 93 Replies

Started by Scott Nygaard. Last reply by kevin Apr 2, 2013.

Tortex vs. Gravity picks 3 Replies

Started by Diamond Dave. Last reply by kevin Mar 9, 2013.

New to Fiddle Tunes 4 Replies

Started by Mark Kennedy. Last reply by Mark Kennedy Jan 7, 2013.

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Comment by Denny Baer on January 28, 2014 at 5:02pm

In case nobody has seen this twist on Elton John's Rocket Man:

Comment by kevin on December 30, 2012 at 5:40pm

well, i bought a couple used Wegens--the large rounded triangle 1.20 mm & really liked them, until i got a V-pick medium (about 2.5mm) & a Gravity Stealth (2.0 mm)

now i use both of them exclusively (theyre both about a medium rounded triangle--i find that shape most comffortable for me to hold.  i guess the jurys back.  these new-fangled breed of 'slip-ressistant' picks are better for me than what i had been using.  at least for now  :)

Comment by ra harris on November 11, 2012 at 5:37pm

I have a Poppas but I don't use it. I go back and forth between the Dawg and the Wegen Trimus, depending on what I'm playing.

Comment by kevin on November 11, 2012 at 5:16pm

anyone use a Poppas flatpick?  saw them on Janet Davis' website & just had to order one--curious

Comment by Dan Losh on July 25, 2011 at 6:32pm

Been using the Dunlop .60 picks for more years than I can remember. Good for both picking and strumming, and I don't think I've ever had one slip away while I was playing. I've had them slip away while I was out of the room though, but that's a different story.


Comment by Gerald Germany on July 23, 2011 at 7:27pm
I'm not crazy about the V-Picks....I have some, but I really just am not impressed with them at all. I also have Red Bear, Wegen, and Blue Chip. My preference of all of those is the Blue Chip.
Comment by Ken Bellingham on July 21, 2011 at 2:13pm

   Following up on Michael's Swisher's remarks, I wanted to mention that I have noticed little serrations wearing into the edge of my picks that impart a scratchy sound as the pick brushes against the strings, so I too have been beveling and polishing the edges of my picks.  Also, it is my subjective impression that thicker picks may produce a warmer tone, but thinner picks may allow faster picking of single notes, so I have experimented with beveling the edges of thicker picks in an attempt to achieve a satisfactory compromise.  I purchase emory boards from the cosmetic departments of drug stores which women use to file their synthetic fingernails, which are also acrylic compositions.  The ones I currently favor are the "Kiss" brand that are half red and half blue on one side and half gray, half white one the other.  That one emory board thus provides four progressively finer grits to shape the bevel to your liking and then bring the edge to the smoothness of polished stone.

   Another hint:  James Alan Shelton, lead guitarist in Ralph Stanley's band, says he glues a little strip of emory paper to the inside of his guitar strap, so that he can polish up the edge of his pick on the fly during a performance.

Comment by Michael T. Swisher on July 21, 2011 at 12:59pm

Bernie & Michael,

V-Picks are made from an acrylic which being resonant imparts does impart a sound to the strings. It is also why they stick to your hands. Celluloid is less resonant which is one of its charms. Fingernails have no resonance to speak of.

The thicker V-Picks are three-dimensional and the thins are sharp edged. One of the things that keep me going was experimenting with the range of attacks that I possible across the range.I used to play with stiff mandolin picks because as a cross picker the stiffness gave me more control.

If this hasn't exhausted your patience, take a close look at the edge of your favorite pick – wear and all – and use some extra-fine emory paper to copy it on the V-Pick. This worked for my wife's guitar playing with an V-Pick ultra-thin matching her usual Dunlop Tortex. And when the V-Pick starts to slip you just wash it in soapy water to get the sticky back.



PS. Being sixty-years old, squeezing a pick just hurt my arm too much. So finding something that let me loosen my grip paid big dividends even if it took a few days to re-tool my picking & strumming. If grip is a problem with your usual plectrum, try Gorilla Snot. It's available from Elderly Music. It really works.

Comment by Bernie on July 20, 2011 at 2:24pm
I tried the V-Pick I myself didn't care for the tone I got from them. They do "stick" well though
Comment by Michael Berish on July 20, 2011 at 1:58pm
They are available in all shapes and sizes; they don't go by medium, etc., but by mm, like .83mm and they go way up.

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