The Obligatory Pick and String Brand/Gauge Thread

Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by OSdave, May 31, 2006.

  1. OSdave

    OSdave Strat-Talk Member

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    Okay, it seems that every guitar forum you go to has at least a couple dozen threads regarding preference of brands/gauges of picks and strings. So, I’m going to nip it in the bud and combine the two into one thread. I’ll start:

    For picks, I usually use either Fender Medium tortoise shell, or Dunlop Ultex .60’s. I use these for both electric and acoustic, as I don’t like to have to carry around two different picks. I play a little of everything and find that the medium gauge suits me well for all styles of music.

    For strings, I use Elixir Polyweb 12’s exclusively for my acoustic (though I do like the new phosphor bronze Elixirs and may switch to those). For electric, I used to use GHS Boomers 10’s for all my guitars, but lately I’ve been using D’Addario 10’s and I’m really liking them.

    Your turn.
     
  2. AZMike

    AZMike Strat-Talk Member

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    Picks: Fender medium tortoise, white, or moto. 351 shape. Same picks on acoustic or electric.

    Strings on electrics: D'Addario XL 120s (9 thru 42) , down from XL 110s (10 thru 46) due to age and arthritis.

    Strings on acoustic: Elixir poly or nano 12s on my Guild dreadnaught, Elixir 11s on my old Yamaha FG-150 000-size. Considering moving down to 11s and 10s respectively for the reasons stated above. Also considering giving the D'Add EXP coated strings a shot because I like their electric strings so much and they are a little cheaper.

    Mike
     
  3. weelie

    weelie Strat-Talk Member

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    Picks: Dunlop or Fender shell medium or heavy. or D'andrea/Fender/Dunlop thumb pick (medium).

    Strings: Webstrings 10-52. Haven't played with different gauges for a year now, but I will again. Currently thinking I'd want 9-46 and/or 11-49. Just cannot make up my mind.
     
  4. highway jammin

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    Just like our guitars, it's pretty cool to see that everyone has product loyalty on their strings and picks. At least it's not just me.

    I use the orange dunlop tortex picks (I think that they are .60) and DR Blues .10-.46
     
  5. totallyfrozen

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    Simple...

    I'm kind of a simple guy (not mentally, I hope!)

    I just use Ernie Ball Regular Slinky strings; and Fender white MOTO medium picks. I used to use a thicker jazz pick but I've decided that like the mediums...the color is just because it matches my pick guard.
     
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    11-52 d'addarios. picks are any medium guage, i got about a dozen different brands scattered all over the place.
     
  7. Stratosaurus

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    I just switched from tortex picks to dunlop gel picks. I prefer the thinnest one they make, marked only by an "L", or the "M-L" when I want a little thicker.

    For strings I've been experimenting lately as well. I just put a set of Peavey Elements on and they seem to be working out pretty good.
     
  8. nvosmeier

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    Fender Medium and Heavy Picks

    Extra super slinky ErnieBall - 8 guage
     
  9. ch0pz

    ch0pz Strat-Talk Member

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    Picks - Fender Heavy's (blue pearl) and occasionaly Jim Dunlop 1mm Stubbies
    Strings - D'Addario....light guage (dont know exactly what they are)
     
  10. CAFeathers

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    For picks I use V-Picks www.v-picks.com They only come in one thickness but in several sizes.

    For Strings I make my own sets of either 9's or 10's using a combination of Dean Markley Flatwound and Dean Markley Blue Steel.
     
  11. augustwest

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    Picks: I don't really have any preferance. I have mostly Dunlop Tortex mediums right now.

    Strings: Fender 9's almost exclusivly.
     
  12. fendrguitplayr

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    Picks - vary depending on which instrument, usually medium 351

    Strings - D'addario, nickel wound 10's
     
  13. mustang_steve

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    Fender 351 Blue Moto, Medium.

    Fender nickel-plated ball-end strings. Standard pack of 9s.

    I also have some heavy black motos, and some light white motos as well.
     
  14. bobthecanadian

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    Strings - Ernie Ball Regular Slinkys

    Picks - Fender heavy (the red, white, black and blue ones)
     
  15. Strat-Talk

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    Strings Ernie Ball Slinkys and Fender Medium tortoise shell picks. Since 1968 I've used this combo. I went thru 5 or 6 years of trying others and always come back to 'em.
     
  16. rscornutt

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    Strings are Ernie Ball Slinky, picks are Dunlop Big Stubby in 3 mm.
     
  17. bobthecanadian

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    You know, sometimes I like to use a Hybrid set of Slinkys. Basically a set of elevens. However, if I am not playing at least two hours a day I can't afford physically to do it. Although, I really prefer the tone and having strings that fight back.

    Bob
     
  18. rscornutt

    rscornutt Strat-Talk Member

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    Yeah, when I was doing it for a living I played with either 11 or 12s because the tone was too good. I mostly use 9s now and there's no that much of a difference, but they do sound a little thinner.

    Plus there's nothing like the look of awe you get from a newbie when you tell them you play with 12s ;)
     
  19. bobthecanadian

    bobthecanadian Strat-O-Master

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    Yeah, playing with 11's or 12's is a little bit like wrestling a beast. But there's just something about bending strings that put up a fight that feels good. Oh, yeah... I think the tone is also too good.
     
  20. mustang_steve

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    My tastes changed.

    Strings: D`Addario EXL110
    pick: Mojo Picks. I love those things....killer tone.