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    What are the pro's and con's of using a thick pick versus a thin pick?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DannoVH View Post
    What are the pro's and con's of using a thick pick versus a thin pick?
    I have trouble getting the strings to sound with a thin pick, they just glide right over the strings way to gently.
    I use nothing but heavy guage picks .80 or higher, to me they are easier to pick faster with and also easier to squeel.
    this is all just my opinion of coarse.
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    Thanks Rol,

    One more question....Do you get a different tone with a heavier pick?

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    I prefer a thin pick when playing acoustic guitar, as it helps accentuate the already present percussive sound of playing an acoustic. Otherwise, I've always been comfortable using something about halfway between a heavy and medium for electric playing; there's still some meat to the tone, but I'm not fighting to get from one string to the next, and pick slides are still relatively easy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DannoVH View Post
    Thanks Rol,

    One more question....Do you get a different tone with a heavier pick?
    I certainly think so, to me there is much much more attack
    with a heavey pick,
    staccoto (sic) ? stuff sounds much better with a heavy pick.
    But this like so many other things is all in the way you play and to each his own, these are just my opinions, I suggest you try them all and use what works best for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrewThomas.net View Post
    I prefer a thin pick when playing acoustic guitar, as it helps accentuate the already present percussive sound of playing an acoustic. Otherwise, I've always been comfortable using something about halfway between a heavy and medium for electric playing; there's still some meat to the tone, but I'm not fighting to get from one string to the next, and pick slides are still relatively easy.
    Agreed, I always use a thin on acoustic, it just brings out that acoustic sound. For me, on electric, gotta' have a fender heavy. It's all a feel, and of course that is personal preference.

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    I guess we'll find that alot of us use thins for acoustic playing.

    Generally speaking, yes there are pros and cons when it comes
    to the gauge of the pick. Many things such as a player's style
    (how hard or softly you hit the strings), the guitar's setup/action,
    gauge of strings are all a factor. Too thin a pick has alot of give -
    if you're doing a lot of fast alternate (or even sweep/economy)
    picking, this can slow you down by increasing the pick motion.
    If you're inexperienced a thick pick sure can help to pop a string.
    If you've got a real light action and whack the shit out of the
    strings you get an abnormal amount of buzz.

    I use a few different gauges, but I don't like really flexible thins.
    I think a .71 or above Dunlop Gator or Tortex might be a good
    place to start. As Rols pointed out, you've gotta use what works
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    I use heavy, always have. I hate thin picks.
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    Thin picks will not cut it.Even mediums are a little too thin as well .They just dont recover quick enough for speed picking or heavy cord playing..Use what you want but Heavys are the common picks for rock music .
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    i like a medium thickness pic made from a rigid material.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick S View Post
    i like a medium thickness pic made from a rigid material.

    Dunlop Tortex , Green .88 s
    I use the same, mostly. I think the Fender picks sound better, but I can shave one of those things down in an hour--and I play significantly lighter than I used to! So the tortex picks last a good long while and don't slip easily.

    We guitar players are geeks. I've often joked you can collect a dozen guitar players, put them all in a small room, then crack the door and say: "Hey, what kind of picks and strings do you use?" Close the door and come back in two hours; they will still be talking about strings and picks, and in very great detail!

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    2.0mm black gator grips for me. I can't use anything else. Thick picks lend themselves to a fatter tone, maybe less bite, a little smoother sound.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jape Man View Post
    2.0mm black gator grips for me. I can't use anything else. Thick picks lend themselves to a fatter tone, maybe less bite, a little smoother sound.
    when I was younger, I used thin. I can pick much faster and cleaner... as I got older and more into tone, I went a bit thicker. It does make a difference on your sound and attack
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    agreed with most of the points here, i use mainly a dean markley .76mm pick i have found it offers about the best recovery and attack for my particular style of playing,
    when i played in punks bands i did use thinner picks but only because when i was playing fast rythm parts over whole chords the heavier pick sometimes rotated round or completely flew out of my fingers.
    for acoustic i use a really light pick and for 12-string i just use my fingers.

    my advice is go out and buy a ton of different picks from different manufacturers and see which one suits u best

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