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Clayton Picks

Ultem Gold Tortoise Pick - Small Teardrop 1.20 mm

This has become one of my favourite all around picks. Perfect size and shape for my taste, with the right thickness, stiffness and bevel for both rhythm and single line playing. It provides a very nice warm tone. Great for both guitar and mandolin.

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Dawg Pick

The dawg is a very nice pick. It feels good in my hands. It has a nice thickness and is very stiff. It is one of the closest to real tortoise shell picks. The combination of its shape and specs makes it the darkest pick I have played. This is probably the pick that works best for me when switching between playing with a pick and with fingers (with the pick tucked in the palm of my right hand) during a same song.

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Wegen Picks

Wegen picks are expensive, but they all have a good grip and provide good tone. They will last a lifetime if you don't loose them. I choose the white ones because that's the colour that is usually the easiest to spot if you drop the pick.

Wegen - Fatone

Wegen - Twin

Both the Fatone and the Twin are the perfect picks for "four to the bar" type of strumming in swing and jazz as well as gypsy swing rhythm playing. They help provide the tone, speed, control and volume needed for these styles. Very fat and warm with flat wound strings. The Fatone is the loudest of the two. The Twin is the most versatile as it also works well for single notes. There is a bit of a click but it is as not bad as some other picks.

Wegen - Big City

Nice little jazz pick. Brighter than the Fatone and the Twin. Works well for single line playing. Good choice to play mandolin.

Wegen - TF-140

Nice large pick. Good for rhythm and flatpicking. Great grip. I find it better suited for folkier than jazzier music and therefore don't use this one that much.

Wegen - The Button

Big fat pick that almost looks like a crude rock, but it's got all kinds of bevels as you turn it around. You couldn't tell just by looking at it, but it works well in many situations.

Wegen Picks

Red Bear Picks

Red Bear TT-XH

Nice large pick with a nice grip, but I never got as comfortable with it as I am with the picks mentioned above. The nice thing about it: the three points offer three different feels. It is quite expensive though and I feel like I could cover the tone colours that it provides with cheaper picks. I have only one of these and I don't think that I would not replace it if I lost it.

Red Bear Style A Heavy "Speed Bevel"

I prefer this pick to the TT-XH. In fact, I like it a lot. I like its size and the way it feels. It has a nice tone and provides a very good attack. It could become a favourite, after the Dawg, the Clayton Ultem Gold Small Teardrop, and the Wegen Twin.

Wegen Picks

Miscellaneous Picks

Dunlop Big Stubby

Nice affordable pick. Good grip. Nice tone and good volume. Could be considered a cheaper alternative to Wegen's Fatone, Twin and Gypsyjazzpick, although it sounds brighter and does not provide as rich a tone. It does on the other hand handle single note lines better than these three.

Clayton Pick

Golden Gate

Nice and stiff, this pick is very dark sounding and I find it pretty comfortable to hold. I would choose this one if I wanted a Dawg pick and did not have one handy. My favourite application for the Golden Gate is when I play tenor guitar. Not sure why...

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Dunlop Felt Picks

Dunlop Nick Lucas Felt Picks

Nice pick. Good for "four to the bar" swing and jazz strumming. It gives a nice muted but very full tone. It sounds as close as anything to the tone you get when you play with the flesh of your thumb. Very much quieter than the Wegen Fatone and Twin, it is also not as bright and it offers a nice dark tone. It could be a very useful tool in a small string swing combo where you don't want the dynamic rhythm to be louder than the soloist. It also works well on a ukulele or if you have to play bass with a pick. It does wear quite a bit.

Dunlop Standard Felt Pick

Stiffer than the Nick Lucas Felt Pick, the tone of the Standard felt pick is somewhat brighter and louder. Contrary to the Nick Lucas, it does "click" a bit, but not as much as a "regular" pick. It does not wear as fast as the Nick Lucas.

Dunlop Felt Picks

Horn Picks

Nice and very stiff picks. They can be made in different shapes and sizes with various bevels. I prefer them to real tortoise (you can't legally get them anyway) or ivory (can't get them either) picks. And they are cheap! They sound brighter than all those mentioned above.

Horn picks

Wooden Picks

I have rosewood and ebony picks. I don't hear much difference between the two types of wood. The ones that I have have a very nice and comfortable grip. They are cheap and very durable. They sound good and play well, both for rhythm and single notes. Being wood, it is relatively easy to modify the shape and bevel to suit your needs.

Wooden picks

Wedgie Rubber Picks

Too flabby. I find them too slow, especially the thicker (and softer) ones. The 3.1 mm thick ones can work well on the ukulele though.

Wedgie Picks

Novelty Picks

The Jellifish

Some people call it a mini stomp-box. I call it a gimmick. Now, it is obviously not aimed at players like me, but more for electric rock guitarists looking for effects...

Bakelite Picks

A novelty really. Something cool, beautiful and affordable for the collectors. Not really to play with...

Rawhide Picks

Now surprisingly, this is a very nice pick. Stiff, fast and playable. It's got a nice tone and is easy to hold. They can come in different shapes and thickness . The problem is: I only know one source for them and it is Mike Barclay (a.k.a. hushnell on the UMGF - Unofficial Martin Guitar Forum) who makes them himself.

Novelty picks

 

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