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reverendrob
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May 21st, 2018 12:28 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

'm a sucker for 2mm picks, but...after trying the new Ernie Balls, I must say....hard pass for future.

At 8x the price per...the slight improvement in grip (not an issue anyway with a 2mm wedge, not like they go anywhere!) and identical sound in my A/B tests on multiple instruments....nope.

I should also add that the slightly smaller point doesn't seem to add to precision but adds a slight amount of flex versus the turtle as well, which makes it actually inferior on bass/Bass VI.

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Pinetree
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May 21st, 2018 04:14 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Purple Turtles for the win.

I have a gross of them.



reverendrob
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May 21st, 2018 06:53 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yea, I have most of one left myself - not leaving the house sure does mean I lose a lot less of them!

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May 21st, 2018 06:58 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

There is a trend in the guitar community, especially in the acoustic world, to use a pick that costs a ridiculous amount of money for what you're actually getting.

Extremely tight tolerances! Lay-zerrr etching! Only $35.00!

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May 21st, 2018 06:59 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I wonder if--at checkout--they offer you a two-year extended warranty for only $10.

reverendrob
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May 21st, 2018 07:00 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yea, I've seen the silliness emerge.

These were on the edge of what I was willing to even consider - and well, it's on par with artisanal strings et cetera...I just don't care enough!

reverendrob
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May 21st, 2018 07:09 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hard to say!

I'm not throwing my limited money around that much!

A $10 "what the hell" purchase (mostly financed by reward points) is about my limit.

I say, as I consider custom-engraved truss rod covers for the LPs

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May 21st, 2018 07:12 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

ah, well, yeah. I have them on my Gibsons so... [rolls eyes]

reverendrob
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May 21st, 2018 07:20 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It's a moral imperative the longer the two LPs sit next to each other.

I'm ok with the tortoiseshell one on the 339 that came with it...and normally, I'd leave it be...but...

The things are such oddballs as they are (and are really the crazed evolution of the LP Custom) that they just demand something else.

reverendrob
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May 21st, 2018 07:29 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

And I already broke my tradition of always taking pickguards off on things like LPs, Casinos, etc - admittedly made easy by the HP on-off pickup ring mounting system that actually is ingenious!

We won't talk about my inner six year old's choice of having the pickguard dolled up, nor the fact that alpine white just doesn't stay clean, ever.

No step!

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May 21st, 2018 07:58 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Any of you ever try the dunlop sharps? How do they compare to the standards?

I've always favored the fenders myself. Med and Heavy, only because i've caught two in my life, one from Rickey Medlocke and the other from an unknown member of the Outlaws (unknown to me) show was in the 80s i believe lol

reverendrob
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May 21st, 2018 08:08 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Not the guy to ask - I shred strings with anything smaller than 1.5mm *IF* I can keep ahold of it due to nerve damage on the right thumb.

Paradoxically, I get maximum control out of zero-flex monsters thick as a large coin.

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May 21st, 2018 08:12 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I figured that when you said you like the 2.0mms

I'm just now thinking of trying a 1.0mm



reverendrob
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May 21st, 2018 08:15 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

One other benefit of the big monsters: almost nobody ever begs, borrows, or steals them!

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May 21st, 2018 08:16 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

LOL I hear ya Rev.

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May 21st, 2018 09:18 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Snek?"

That is hilarious!

There was a vid recently discussed here that covered Mike Stern's rig. He talked about gluing his pick to his right hand because he has nerve damage too.

He didn't mention the name of the specific stuff he uses, but it's

this: Gorilla Snot. Click the Sweetwater link above and check it out.

reverendrob
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May 21st, 2018 09:35 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If I ever need to go that route, I'll consider it.

It hasn't gotten any worse in twenty-five+ years - in my younger, stupid days I took a knife through the thumb (and a couple other knife wounds to the right hand and forearm).

Paradoxically the one that got "proper" medical treatment did the most damage - the stitches messed up some wiring fierce. The homebrew medical with duct tape and spite ...no problems.

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May 21st, 2018 10:18 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Paradoxically, I get maximum control out of zero-flex monsters thick as a large coin."

Ever try a large coin?

Pretty cheap.

I'm more of a small change person but I do like the zero flex and what they can add to the tone.

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May 21st, 2018 10:36 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If you do go with the coin option, use a smooth file to take down any ridges the edge of the coin may have.

Left on, those ridges will shred the wound strings pretty fast.

You can even file and then polish a large coin into a pick shape pretty easily. Unless you use a nickel, they are pretty soft metal.

reverendrob
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May 21st, 2018 11:03 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Tried the coin route, and have used it in a pinch.

I preferred the purpose-built monsters, and the purple turtles haven't ever been expensive.


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