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Pick problems...

Post by Fenderfan » Wed Oct 27, 2010 8:00 pm

I've always really played finger style, however sometimes desire that distinctive picked sound. What pick do people prefer - thickness, type? Have previously played guitar and tried a few different picks, 1mm, 1.5 etc but don't seem to get any good sound at all. I'm trying for that punky-type fast pick sound... any ideas? or maybe it's my technique (or lack of) thats the problem!
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Re: Pick problems...

Post by Jazzbass » Wed Oct 27, 2010 8:10 pm

I've settled on JD 1.0mm (the black ones).
I'm very good with a pick, but for the music I now play, hardly ever needed.

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Re: Pick problems...

Post by john » Wed Oct 27, 2010 9:08 pm

I like the purple totex picks.
Have you tried moving your pick hand around to notice the tone difference?
Close to the bridge might sound good for what you are discribing.

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Re: Pick problems...

Post by timi » Thu Oct 28, 2010 8:34 am

Jazzbass wrote:I've settled on JD 1.0mm (the black ones).
Same here. Used to use the .73s I've always used for guitar but they took too much effort to play on bass, gave me bad cramp in my hand. Nylon has a lot of flex which results in a slightly softer attack, only downside is they soften up as you play when they heat up. I usually leave some picks on my cab and swap between each song or two.

I don't like hard plastic picks because they sound too clanky with too much attack, no matter how thick or thin. I seem to snap them too.

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Re: Pick problems...

Post by dannowilso » Thu Oct 28, 2010 8:39 am

Jim Dunlop 3mm Big Stubby for me.

Most punk bassists play well back towards the bridge I've noticed.
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Re: Pick problems...

Post by timi » Thu Oct 28, 2010 10:23 am

Fenderfan wrote:Have previously played guitar and tried a few different picks, 1mm, 1.5 etc but don't seem to get any good sound at all.
Using a pick means more top (end and if you also use overdrive that's even more top end). In my experience this upper content is really hard to get right, you simply hear it more and probably need to adjust your amp settings accordingly. I find some of the clang from using a pick can be tamed with overdrive or compression, personal preference.

If you are new to using a pick technique will be an issue too, should get it pretty fast though. Much like fingers you need to work on timing and dynamic consistency, and like fingers you can get a quicker bite nearer the bridge or a slower bassier thump nearer the neck.

If I played clean with fingers I guarantee I would be nowhere near as picky! Pun intended. Lots of amps and cabs have really ugly top end to my ears.

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Re: Pick problems...

Post by zero » Sat Oct 30, 2010 7:10 am

I use Dunlop Tortex 0.73, but the triangle version, so there's a bigger surface area. I've found this helps allay hand cramp, and because it's got a bit of give, it helps the bass sit better in the mix.

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Re: Pick problems...

Post by martyforrer » Wed Nov 03, 2010 1:58 pm

I work for the Dunlop importer, and we have a Dunlop pick specially for bass players. It'd called a Primetone Poly and comes in 3.0mm and 5.00mm! Yes you read right. They're great picks, guys that have tried them love them. Ask your local store to get some in if they dont stock them. They're not cheap, rrp is $5.00.

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Re: Pick problems...

Post by Jazzbass » Wed Nov 03, 2010 2:21 pm

Thanks, Marty.
I'll grab one next time I'm in a music shop. :)

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Re: Pick problems...

Post by Shaeve » Sat Nov 27, 2010 11:55 am

I have always played with a pick, I dont do finger style or slap. I play with a .73 anything thicker than this and I cant play quickly, check out the attached for bass playing pick style


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Re: Pick problems...

Post by Pablo Basso » Sat Feb 19, 2011 10:36 pm

martyforrer wrote:It'd called a Primetone Poly and comes in 3.0mm and 5.00mm!
That sounds mighty chunky. I've always used Jim Dunlop 0.88 or D'Addario Delrin (now Planet Waves) 0.84. As long as it's bright green it's fine by me. Firm plastic, that with use moulds a little to your thumb.
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Re: Pick problems...

Post by Vince » Sun Feb 20, 2011 9:13 pm

I normally use the Jimmy Dunlops, either 0.88s or 1mm ones. Lately, though, I've been using some green ones with a turtle on them, whatever those are.

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Re: Pick problems...

Post by martyforrer » Mon Feb 21, 2011 7:49 am

The turtle picks are Jim Dunlop Tortex.

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Re: Pick problems...

Post by Clorpet » Tue Dec 06, 2011 11:13 am

Try Jim Dunlop nylon .73 or .60mm.
I use lightest gauge strings available and strum fast and strum chords sometimes.

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Re: Pick problems...

Post by mr.13 » Mon May 28, 2012 2:06 pm

I generally use either fender california clear heavies or the dunlop big stubbies anywhere from 1mm to 3mm. Best advice would be to try out as many different kinds as you can get your hands on and pick whichever feels and sounds right to you.

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