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After best part of a year spent trying out (and reviewing) all sorts of picks, I have changed the picks I used for soloing.

 

But I find that I am wearing them out pretty quickly. I have tried to refurbish them, with very fine grade abrasive paper.

I start at about 1200 grit all the way down to 7000 or even 8000 grit.

 

So I web searched 'hard picks'. I found this crazy diamond indeed :o for $7500

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Well there are plenty out there.....RyanH recently posted a meteorite pick....

Like many others I am a Jazz III diehard but also have Tortex and Ultex picks the same size and shape. V-picks are good too though I haven't got the right one yet.

 

Good excuse for my pick pic again! Selection from the collection.....out of the box so to speak....the big stone one is agate.

And as you can see that is a proper Victorian sixpence with far superior tone to the more modern ones that bloke in Queen uses.......

 

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Well there are plenty out there.....RyanH recently posted a meteorite pick....

Like many others I am a Jazz III diehard but also have Tortex and Ultex picks the same size and shape. V-picks are good too though I haven't got the right one yet.

 

Good excuse for my pick pic again! Selection from the collection.....out of the box so to speak....the big stone one is agate.

And as you can see that is a proper Victorian sixpence with far superior tone to the more modern ones that bloke in Queen uses.......

 

Picks2013_zpscf4bbdaf.jpg

 

Fine collection jdgm. I had pretty much settled on the V-Pick Freakishly Large Pointed. Similar to yours in shape. I am now looking at stone/glass/ceramic options. Your Agate one looks interesting. Where did you get it?

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But I find that I am wearing them out pretty quickly. I have tried to refurbish them, with very fine grade abrasive paper.

I start at about 1200 grit all the way down to 7000 or even 8000 grit.

 

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Hello!

 

Polishing papers that fine, cost 10 times more per sheet than a pick. :D

 

I have crafted my own picks from various brass coins (Swedish Krone, Euro). Even perfected the shape after many attempts. If the edges are formed, and polished up perfectly, they last long and do not chew away the strings.

 

Cheers... Bence

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Your Agate one looks interesting. Where did you get it?

 

Many years ago from the small ads in the back of Guitar Player magazine.

It is called a 'Min'd Pick' (presume agate is mined?) and Pat Martino had one.

Works very well but is just a bit big.

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The person who spends $7500 on a guitar pick has way too much money and not enough common sense. I'll stick with my Jazz III Max Grip carbon fiber picks for 75 cents each!

Those really are excellent picks, I don't use anything else for electric now. I spent years trying to find a pick that I didn't keep dropping and felt right.

 

Ian

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Hello!

 

Polishing papers that fine, cost 10 times more per sheet than a pick. :D

 

I have crafted my own picks from various brass coins (Swedish Krone, Euro). Even perfected the shape after many attempts. If the edges are formed, and polished up perfectly, they last long and do not chew away the strings.

 

Cheers... Bence

 

Not when you use V-Picks Bence. They don't come cheap.

 

Yesterday I tried reshaping a Chicken Pick into a V-Pick styling. I seem to have made the bevel too acute though. I'll have another go this evening. I did improve the sound though. The fine polishing has eliminated that 'white noise scrape' that it originally had.

 

It didnt even occur to me to use a coin. Probably because I never cared for Brian May's sound.

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For more than 20 years I used nothing but Gibson small teardrop mediums, and I bought a big supply of them back in the 80's. Gibson stopped making them back in the Dark Ages, so when my supply ran out a few years ago I really struggled to find an equivalent, but eventually discovered Jim Dunlop Tortex Small Mediums, which are very slightly larger but near enough identical in feel, shape and thickness. Trouble is the logo is poorly printed, and this smudges and becomes slippery. So now I run a large metal file over the printing to clean it all off, which has the added benefit of roughening them too, so making them easier to grip.

 

When they become worn I also 'sharpen' them too for re-use, using a file, then use some 1000 grit wet-n-dry paper to smooth the edges. My contribution to a 'greener' world! However this works well until the damn things become so short so as to be unusable. As you can tell, I like to get my money's worth!

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