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Old May 17th, 2018, 10:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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V Picks...anyone use 'em?

Anybody here using V picks? What do you think? Personally, Vinnie Smith's foray into acrylic plectrums has been a Godsend for me. For years I've used what I thought was the ultimate pick for me... A Golden Gate 1.5mm mando pick....about the size of a quarter in a rounded triangle shape. Loved 'em. Fast forward to about a month ago. My basal joint (thumb base) arthritis had gotten to the point that it was becoming a real challenge to play sometimes. Some years back, I had ordered a set of pickups and the vendor threw in a medium round V Pick. (I had tried it once, thought "Ehh...OK" and tossed it back into the box of wayward picks) As it's pretty stout at 2.75mm and I thought it would be easier to grip, I dug it out. Wow, what a difference. A slight learning curve (maybe an hour) and I realized how much more fluid my playing was, in addition to my thumb feeling much, much better. With the added thickness and the slight tackiness of the acrylic, I could hold it with less tension....this even helped my other fingers stay looser and improved my hybrid picking. It has a different tone than the GG's....a bit sharper attack and a slight chirpiness, but nice strong mids. A total winner for me....I just ordered more.

So, excuse my verbosity, please....but anyone else with a V Pick opinion?

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Old May 18th, 2018, 03:38 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I did try one a few years ago but for me it was a bit thick and awkward to use. Not sure what size it was.

To be honest I am extremely happy using a mix of my fingers and some cheap 0.96 mm plectrums. When I use a plectrum, I tend to be quite aggressive so get through 2-3 a gig, hence the need for cheap ones.
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Old May 18th, 2018, 08:50 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I have been using Dunlop Tortex for a long time. I don't break them very often, they don't deform under stress and they are quiet.
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Old May 18th, 2018, 11:47 AM   #4 (permalink)
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About 20 years ago I tried something similar...I think they were Dunlop Stubbies or something. I got great picking harmonics a la Billy Gibbons but they were terrible for playing rhythm. I stopped using them after a month or two. I have since mastered the picking harmonics using the rounded edge of a celluloid Fender 351 pick. In fact, I never even use the pointy portion of the pick anymore as I prefer the richer tone I get from the rounded edge
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That's why I went to the Golden Gate mando pick, Rob...it was like having a pick with three shoulders of a 351....smoother and richer. While it is thicker, the V Pick's thickness really makes it easier for me. I had ordered and just received two of the large round...these are the same size as the GG's (the medium round was a tiny bit smaller); while the shoulders are a hair more pointed than the GG's, overall the pick works just great for me. It's amazing how much difference different picks make in playing and tone.
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Old May 19th, 2018, 08:13 AM   #6 (permalink)
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It's amazing the different tones you can get just by changing to a pick of different material. Try using a coin and check out the tone...quite different.
Doesn't Billy Gibbons use a Mexican Peso? And I believe Brian May uses a sixpence to get his sound.

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I'm a V-pick guy, at least half the time!
I use Vinnie's Tradition Lite in Sapphire Blue, and I sometimes switch to a Dunlop 1mm Tortex. On some songs, and only in my in-ear monitors I sometimes hear the click of the V-picks hitting the string. I have learned that this is a lack of technique on my part, and when I am playing well it is not noticeable.

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Old June 22nd, 2018, 07:20 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Yes, I made the transition to V-picks a couple years ago. I use the Jalapeno model, with the holes in it for electrics. For acoustics I used the heavy rounded, as I play bluegrass mostly. I love them. From what I can tell, I'll never wear 'em out...the issue has been losing one every now and again. But they are great picks for sure.
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