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  1. There have been many updates in the file since the previous post. An important point : Some people wrongly think the pick can be compensated for by playing techniques. This is not true. The pick drives the strings to make sound. The pick is an important piece of the chain. The only technique to compensate for a slow pick is to play by fingers. Now, there are pieces where the pick does not influence the play as much ( usually, slow pieces ) and pieces where the importance of the pick is extreme ( usually, fast pieces ), but, there is always an influence. In other words,
  2. Fender Tru Shell picks can also be easily unwarped, when they are heated by the fingers to the human heat of 36.5 degrees Celsius and then finger pressure is applied in the direction opposite of the warp. The pick, although extremely hard, gives under the pressure.
  3. I have updated the document with the new picks. Also, I have purchased and received the Teflon pick. 1mm is too soft for Teflon. Even 3mm may flex. Must be >= 3mm, best be 5mm not to flex. Otherwise, may be OK. Cannot say for sure because the pick flexes a lot. I have switched from Dunlop Carbon Fiber to Fender Tru Shell for now. The Fender Tru Shel pick self healed the sides, the top and the bottom of the modified tip to be smooth and lighting fast. How scratching sound. Maybe, light and heat from fingers ( 36.5 degrees Celsius ) did the trick after played for a while. An amazing
  4. Help the Pick : In some cases, with some picks, one may increase the speed by twisting the picking hand ( right hand is assumed ) to upper and slightly to the right.
  5. Who Uses What : 1. Yngwie Malmsteen : http://pickingpower.com/yngwie-malmsteen-guitar-pick-brand-gauge/ Dunlop Delrin 500 1.5mm 2. Eddie Van Halen : http://www.evhgear.com/news/2014/01/ask-eddie-all-about-the-picks/ 0.6mm Nylon < 0.6mm in the 80's Brass and Copper before 3. Steven Vai : http://www.vai.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=18112 Ibanez Steven Vai Signature pick, 1.0mm Heavy 4. Angus Young : https://www.guitarworld.com/artists/let-there-be-rock-acdc-lead-guitarist-angus-youn
  6. Also, I have been playing with Fender Tru Shell Extre Heavy ( modified ) and Gravity Picks Acrylic Sunrise 1.5mm ( modified ). 1. Gravity Acrylic Pick ( Modified ) The two picks perform excellently. The acrylic pick needed a lot of playing to achieve fast playability and is an ultra fast pick thereafter. 2. Fender Tru Shell Pick ( Modified ) The Fender pick is more interesting. I am not sure whether I am right or wrong, but, after modification, the pick has to stay for a while to “ harden “. Because the pick is made of proteins, this may be true.
  7. 1. The Hardest Wood I Can Find I am exceptionally proud to inform you I have found African ( Gaboon ) Ebony wood and I have made a couple of Ebony picks. I need to test these picks more, but, the first impression is these picks are ultra fast, yet, a bit scratchy, i. e., abrasive. The picks are not scratchy when sanded often with a succession of 1000, 2000 and 3000 grid paper or sponge. There is zing but not as high as metal, normal as with most any pick except some. African ( Gaboon ) Ebony is extremely hard, one of the hardest woods on the planet. Best be cut with hac
  8. A List of New Ideas : 1. Stone Picks ( in a Process to Order ) : https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Tooyful-3-Pieces-Guitar-Finger-Picks-Pendant-Plectrums-Malachite-Stone-2mm-for-Guitar-Bass-Banjo-Ukulele/32841803542.html ( There are other stone picks at AliExpress and elsewhere. ) Please, note : Stone and bone picks may not be faster than metal and may generate just as much ( or more ) noise, thus, to test stone picks may be just for entertainment purposes. Please, note : there are Agate picks at AliExpress.com 2. Winspear Picks ( May Be Difficult or Impossible to Find )
  9. 1. Fender Tru Shell Extra Heavy I am proud to inform you all I have received the Fender Tru Shell pick. This pick has been made of proteins and is, therefore, organic. The organic structure has been made to copy this of the tortoise shell. The pick, however, came warped in a factory sealed wrap. Fender claims the pick must not be in a high temperature and the pick had never been. Most likely, however, strong light can also make the pick warp. This may have happened to other warped picks I have had. I played with the original pick without any modifications.
  10. I played with the picks I last purchased : 1. Gravity Picks Sunrise 1.5mm : The material is OK. May be slightly brittle and, thus, abrasive. Difficult to tell because of the lacquer. Did not remove the lacquer with Acetone ( nail polish removal can be used too as the nail polish removal is mostly Acetone ) because the pick is very expensive and want to keep close to original. Slightly sharpened the pick horizontally to widen the horizontal angle ( not as pointed as the original ), but, very slightly. Made a very slight vertical angle, just 1mm to 2mm from the tip. Sandpapered, thus
  11. Another, still subjective, but, slightly more objective way to test materials may be to scratch the pick with a file, sand paper or knife and examine the scratches with a magnifying lens.
  12. A simple diagram of the pick shape I use. Please, note, the diagram is NOT proportional.
  13. This is to inform all interested I have just acquired two picks, $7.50 each, Gravity Picks Acrylic Sunrise pick : 3mm and 1,5mm. I have not played them yet. They look extremely beautiful and the material ( Acrylic ) looks very strong and slick.
  14. 1. I guess what I meant was, is there a particular set of dimensions and angles you work towards when refining the shape of your picks, and how did you arrive at those values? Not clear what you mean when you use terms like horizontal / vertical angle, sharpening vertically etcetera. A diagram defining what these terms refer to would help. I shall try to attach some simple diagram. Please, note : the diagram is not proportional to the real picks but is just to provide an idea of the discussed terms. I will try to explain again : When one puts a p
  15. Thank you for your excellent input again. I will answer in turns. 1. Cubic Zirconia ( CZ ) I have never seen, nor touched Cubic Zirconia. I know this is used for artificial diamonds and, some specialists say, the clarity of CZ is greater than this of a diamond. The hardness is not greater but is very high, higher than some real gems. You are 100% right : the greater the hardness, the greater the breakability ( brittleness ). The question is whether CZ is brittle enough to be broken from guitar playing. I do not have an answer to this
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