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Sep 22, 2019 - 7:57:12 PM
6 posts since 3/1/2017

Has anyone tried using different gauge finger picks for the middle and index fingers or perhaps a different material, like plastic?

I was listening closely to my playing and notice how much more the first string drone sound is. Taking off the pic from the middle finger seems like the correct direction in order to cleanup the over all blend of sound, from all the strings.

Therefore, I’m thinking that a different gauge pick or even a different material for the middle(e.g. plastic) finger pic would be helpful. Short of relearning my picking style or attack.

Has anyone experimented with differing pics? I use vintage National with with a thick gauge.

Sep 23, 2019 - 7:33:16 AM
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431 posts since 6/2/2011

Two thoughts:
Different picks can affect the tone you can achieve . But attack and angle have a lot to do with your tone and volume.
When picking upstroke (like Scrugg style). Your attack can be different for each finger and thumb resulting in variation in volum and tone.
Work on striking the strings with equal force and in proper timing Rather than different pick thicknesses or material . Then you’ll have a better understanding of the differences the picks can make.

Sep 24, 2019 - 5:57:43 PM
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447 posts since 4/17/2019

Try stainless steel from

Sep 25, 2019 - 5:15:07 AM

258 posts since 9/21/2018

I thought we were all required to have a large box of random pics around and only use the same three but never dispose of the rest?

Only sort of kidding.

I switched to a heavier gauge finger pic not terribly long ago. I think the volume vs. effort was changed more than overall tone.

Sep 25, 2019 - 6:51:19 AM

70093 posts since 5/9/2007

I always use .025 Dunlops.If I use thinner gauges the wrap loosens when I dig in.

Sep 25, 2019 - 2:12:49 PM

5452 posts since 3/6/2006

I happen to use a .0225 on my index and a .025 on my middle, but I'm not sure how much difference it makes. As others have said, other things like hand position, pick angle, 'snap' etc. have a bigger effect on tone. And then there's bridges, head tension, setup...

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