TonyKgull , I've got an unopened box, bought within the last two months.... but from an Amazon.com seller. Maybe they aren't the "new" ones after all....
Well, if you try them, and they have flashing around the edges, sound really muted, dull or overly warm and thinner (or "bendier" ) than usual, then that's the new ones. If they're all crisp, clean and have great bright & articulate tone when used, guard them with your life cuz they're the old "good" ones!
===================================== One Alvarez in the hand is worth two Taylors and a Martin in the guitar store!
So I (who am usually a Blue Chip fan) was placing an order and happened to notice some Clayton Blond Wood picks. They were not too expensive so I bought a pack of 3. Wow! I like them, particularly on the Ami. They sound much better than my Fenders and Dunlops, almost as good as the Blue Chips, and much cheaper. I don't know yet how well they will last, but I like them so far.
I have hundreds of picks, Most of the time I use 1.53 to 2.0 MM thick or fender heavy. I tried thumb picks from Dunlop they sent me a trial set can't get used to them. I have large picks and small picks thick and thin. I use them on electrics mostly and sometimes on acoustics. On an acoustic I use a flat pick help thumb and index and use my fingers to the rest. Most times I just hold my index finger between my thumb and middle finger and use that as a pick. I never use my nails keep them all short since they tend to catch strings on the picking finger. I have graph tech they sent me never tried those .I have lots I never tried.
I try new picks frequently, but increasingly, I'm sticking with V-Picks. The best reason is that they stick to me. V-Picks really do grab hold of human skin and hang on, like a gekko on glass. I hate feeling picks turn and slide between my fingers during a song, and these just don't. They're also giving me large varieties of attack and tone, as I try out thick, thicker and thickest, with bevels and without. They're far from the costliest pick, in the $5-10 range. And it doesn't hurt that they're made in my home town of Nashville. It's a small family firm, that's a plus. I got my first one on a visit to Gruhn's Guitars, that's a nice memory.
There are songs and moods that call for something mellower, like a Dunlop. But I love the volume and richness a good V-Pick achieves. I've taken a cedar-and lam cherry Simon and Patrick Mini Jumbo to a soloing workshop and turned heads of Taylor and Martin owners whose picking I could barely hear. I thought of that as my quiet guitar. Last night I had a strum-off with the owner of a pricey custom deep-bowl Ovation, and my SWS Maritime just clobbered it with deep bass. I credit the V-Pick, which is stiff enough to create more string deflection before it releases.
This is a bump from an old thread, but I've been playing Dunlop Ultex for the last year or so. I found a multi-pack on Amazon with different thicknesses, so I could see how the comfort and tone changed as I moved up the line. I play mostly the 1.14mm, but will step up to 1.40mm, if I need a little more drive or bottom end. I can't play anything under 1.00mm anymore, and the 2.00mm gets a little thumpy for my tastes (maybe if I beveled the edge, I'd like it more).
I bought a couple of casein picks to try from Charmed Life picks, I like them to "tone down" the brilliance of my Collings mandolin, but they don't do much on my guitars. When I was going through my latest pick trial, I bought some Dunlop Ultex picks and they really drive the volume of my guitars. And the thickest pick I own is a 0.9mm, I usually prefer 0.7 - 0.8mm thickness. I have tried to like thick picks, but I really can't. They just don't feel or sound right to me.
ladyssolo , never heard of Charmed Life picks so I had a little look at their website. Gee... guess I won't be trying those. I'd be afraid of losing it.
I know I like expensive picks, I detest pick noise so that is part of the reason - Blue Chip and Charmed Life have virtually no pick noise. In a jam, not a problem as I can't hear pick noise, so I use cheaper picks there (also where I might lose one.) I rarely lose a pick, and the Blue Chips I have been using for about 3 years now and there is no wear on them, so they are lifetime unless I lose them. And against the cost of my guitars and mandolins, the pick price is not high. Now, if I lost picks all the time, I would use something much cheaper for sure! (I also bought them when they were offering free shipping.)
I would never settle on one pick, but they're all rounded triangles. My varied collection works like the tone and volume controls on an amp, but for my unamplified acoustics. For a round, sweet tone, I reach for rounded brown 1.4mms like my Dunlop Primetones. For volume, clarity and intensity, I favor my family of V-Picks. Some have sharp bevels, while others are rounded off. The hard acrylic material, similar to Lexan, never wears, and sticks to my fingers like it wants to be there. The most expensive, at $10, is my V-Pick with Ghost Rim. It's 4.1mm thick! Picking my electric with this is like stomping on the old Tube Screamer. My most precious is the Gruhn Guitars signature pick I bought my last time at the shop, when I discovered these slick beauties.