I've never given much thought to picks, I normally finger pick (no nails) or strum with my fingers (I have a hard time holding a pick steady). Until I started strumming with this unmarked "tortoise shell" pick that I got with some guitar. I was strumming the Yamaha FG-300. It sounds so full! I tried other picks and was amazed at the differences! But none of them sounded as good! Even ones that seemed to be the same thickness. Different materials/thicknesses sounded brighter or duller. I think the pick material and thickness make far more difference than string gages/material. It was ear opening!!!
Post by RockyMtnGull on Jun 29, 2016 17:05:14 GMT -5
I've recently found that the shape of the point also greatly affects the tone. I was reading something on the AGF about it but decided to try it for myself and was quite surprised. Try this for yourself if you are so inclined.
I used a Jim Dunlop Tortex .60mm triangle pick to have the same thickness pick for each point shape for the test. I left one point standard as it comes on the pick, rounded one other point and made the third more pointy.
The standard point is.....well.....standard, the tone of my guitar was what it normally sounded like. When I used the more pointed end the tone brightened up quite a bit and when I used the rounded end the tone really mellowed out and almost deepened. It was, as CTGull said, quite ear opening. I can't say if that tone difference would come through if you were plugged in with a UST pick up, maybe if you were using something like the old Godin QII system with a condenser mike or other similar pick up you might hear some tonal differences.
I keep that modified pick in my desk at work for when I need to go for lunch time guitar therapy sessions and it really makes guitars sound different.
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