Musicians are notoriously "picky" about gear--what gauge strings they use, which effects pedals, capos, tuners, slides...right on down to how many thousandths of an inch they prefer their flat picks! Over the years I've grown to prefer thicker picks for acoustic guitar, anywhere from 1 to 1.5mm. For electric, anywhere from .88 to 1mm tends to work well. But that's just me. Every customer has a very specific pick preference, and I'd like to think that we stock something for everyone here at Sylvan.
With all that demand for specialized thickness and feel, there are now companies making boutique and customized picks. Would you believe that?! Who knew that their would be a demand for $40, $50, $75 picks! Crazy, I know. Companies like Blue Chip and Red Bear picks are just a couple of the brands slangin' high dollar plastic. But luckily, you don't have to spend the big bucks to get great tone out of your instrument. Here at Sylvan, we stock a wide variety of picks by companies like Wegen, Dunlop, Clayton, Golden Gate, and many more. One line that I am currently a big fan of is the Primetone by Dunlop. I will forego an explanation of what makes these picks so great and direct you to a description from their website:
Primetone Sculpted Plectra will glide off your strings and bring out the true voice and clarity of your instrument. With hand-burnished sculpted edges, these picks allow for fast, articulate runs and effortless strumming. Made from Ultex for maximum durability and superior tonal definition. Available in three different shapes with a low-profile grip or a smooth traditional surface.
There you have it! These work for me. How picky are you going to be the next time you stock up on plastic??
McCoy Tyler is a salesman at Sylvan Music with an aptitude towards acoustic guitars, amps, and pickup systems. When he's not spouting musical knowledge on the sales floor, he can be found doing some hot picking and sweet singing with his group The McCoy Tyler Band.