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Sharpen your picks for better tone!

Friday, March 2, 2012

    To vastly improve the tone and overtones of your banjo (or guitar), sharpen the tips. I use Ernie Ball Pickies finger picks (which already have a far more pointed tip), and used a flat file to thin the underside of the striking surface of the tip of the pick. I also sharpened my thumb pick, and filed it to almost a knife edge. I am amazed at the beautiful tone I am getting as a result, both with my bluegrass banjo and my guitar. You might want to utilize a looser head (giving more overtones, but a darker sound) if the picks seem too bright as a result of filing. I tune my banjo one fret lower than standard pitch, which also gives more overtones. For guitar players, I find that the best pick is a fake tortoiseshell (such as the Clayton .56 mm), and then I sharpen and thin the pick to make my Guild-sized jumbo rosewood/spruce guitar come ALIVE!

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Playing Since: 2008
Experience Level: Novice

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Occupation: X-ray tech

Gender: Male
Age: 73

My Instruments:
Goldtone OB250+ from kit, heavily modified with a custom-made Tony Pass Thinskirt rim, Bob Fults 1934 Pro-5 Tailpiece (mounted very high), Kat Eyze pegged top bridge; Goldtone Whyte Laydie openback from kit. I replaced the rim altogether, with a Tony Pass "Woodie" custom made; Kat Eyze pegged top bridge and Fults Pro-5 tailpiece (mounted very high).

Favorite Bands/Musicians:
Irish music... especially from 40 years ago, such as The Dubliners.

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Home recording engineer; play piano, guitar, bass, banjo, violin, and learning drums. Not an expert in playing any one instrument, but have a discerning ear for quality sound.

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