Archive for January, 2012

Yep, this blog is about plectrums. Up until about 5 years ago, I didnt really give a damn which plectrum I used. It was usually what ever I could find lying around on the floor, in my guitar case, in my washing machine (as they always end up there.. ) etc. However, I started to look abit more seriously about the ones I used and the materials they are made from. So, this is current selection of the plectrums Im using now.

My current crop: Jim Dunlop Jazz 3 XL, another Jimp Dunlop Jazz 3 XL (thicker guage, hence the black), a £1 coin (for measurement), a Paul Gilbert Ibanez signature plectrum and a Dunlop Ultex Sharp)

A bunch of plicks..

So, the red and black Jim Dunlops are the “go to” plectrums for me. (Just say, the £1 coin is just there for size reference, I dont use it for playing with..). Its nice and firm and doesnt keep my hand too far away from strings for alternate picking. I also like the pretty sharp points on them.  Another recent fave is the white Paul Gilbert ones as they made of a different material again so they also have a nice zing to them but are a little bit thinner. Also, they are smooth all over which isnt a good or bad thing, its just different. Again, the point is nice and pointy but not too rough. Finally, the newest one Ive been trying out is the Dunlop Ultex pic. This takes up more space in my hand but the edges are “bevelled” so they have a hand finished quality about them which helps the strings slide off the plectrum, rather than the rougher edge of the other three.

All in all, the thing I find with plectrums is that you have to get on and try them out. For me, I find that the Ultex plectrum sounds fantastic and feels high quality but its just too big for faster picking sections but it certainly has opened my eyes (and ears!) to a new product.


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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all you guys and gals out there. I hope 2012 is a fantastic year for you all and I hope to see you all for some cracking lessons! This year I’ll be updating the blog with some lessons and advice on playing and hopefully, some new items that you all find interesting.


So until then, keep checking back for updates as they happen!

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