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    how many people here use a Dawg when playing there mandolin. an which one do you prefer the original style or the new style ones.

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    I've had a couple for several years but I don't know whether they're the old or new type - perhaps someone could explain the difference? I suppose some people love 'em and some hate 'em - I'm in the latter camp; they just don't seem to produce any volume.

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    For me, they’re great if I want to practice extremely quietly. Seriously, I can’t pull volume out of that pick shape. There are a lot of pickers who love them, though, so you’ll have to check them out. I believe the original ones were made out of a different material than the current product, but I’m not 100% sure, and can’t recall when the switch occurred...
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    The "new" ones are pretty much the same but one edge comes to a very slight point, however its still fairly round.

    I have a new style one. It spins in my hand and kills my tone and volume. I'm not a big fan. But I do keep it around to use it for when I play early in the morning before the kiddos get up. I also use it every now and then at Church for a soft, tremolo sound.

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    I tried them but they were not pointy enough for my taste.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mandolin tony View Post
    how many people here use a Dawg when playing there mandolin. an which one do you prefer the original style or the new style ones.
    I have mostly used pointier picks tho lately have gravitated to rounded triangles—not quite Dawg-like. This is my main BC for most playing tho for classical I use a pointier pick, depending on what mandolin I am playing.

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    so what pick do most people use here. wt. & size wise.

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    It really depends on what I'm playing and the sound or tone I want to produce.

    The ones used most right now:

    Primetone triangle 1.4 (smooth)
    Primetone round 1.3 (smooth)
    Wegen TF120

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    Default Re: the Dawg is a bust.

    Why are you blaming the pick?
    I mean, if I played Crusher, it wouldn't sound good. Not Crusher's fault.
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    I use the exact same pick. No problem with volume, but Iíve been using something like it for so long, itís hard to change.

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    no ones blaming the picks. just trying to see what is the most popular & what other people here use.

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    Zach who do you buy them from.

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    Blue Chip is it for me.

    I started with their 'CT' model and realized the potential of the basic material.

    Then I devised the ideal radius and thickness for me and...

    Voi La ! !

    I have my perfect shape and material component. While one mandolin likes a slightly sharper point, overall it is the best I've found.




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    I have developed a small arsenal of picks in my go to pile:
    Primetone smooth 1.3, 1.4 small triangle, 1.4, 1.5 lrg triangles (wish there was a 1.3 lrg)
    John Pearce fast turtle thin and med.
    John Pearce Sarod horn, bone, coconut
    BC TP60, TAD60 ( need to get these in 50's or thinner)
    I have too many in my "don't us, but can't get ride of pile". Wegens, dawgs, golden gates, clatons, dunlops.
    My pick case looks like a subset of the sampler, for the heavy bg picker.
    I need to try out the itone and the eml offerings
    Want to also get d'andreas and some of the casin jazz picks(manouche)
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    Default Re: the Dawg is a bust.

    There is no consensus on which pick to use, and not even a consensus as to whether on should even settle on one pick.
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    I use a bunch of different picks, depending on the music I am playing, the venue I am playing in, and how many I am playing with.
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    I couldn't get a tone out of the really rounded picks like the Dawg ones.
    I need a bit of point.

    I like the Blue Chip CT55 the best.
    It is the right balance of size, thickness, and material.

    I also enjoy using the Blue Chip TAD 60, and TAD 80.
    They feel much thicker, but are great for heavy picking or on the guitar.

    I have one TAD 60 1R, Which has two pointed corners and one rounded corner.
    That gives you points, but also the ability to rotate the pick for a rounded corner.

    Beyond Blue Chip, I really really like the Wegen TF140.
    It is really similar in shape to the blue Chip Tad, and similar thickness as the CT55.
    It has a slightly brighter, more biting tone, as there is a slight texture to the pick, which I kinda like.
    Good for hard hitting Bluegrass.

    The Dunlop Primetones are pretty good too.
    I like the opaque ones for the mandolin, and I sometimes use the translucent ones for guitar.

    The Blue Chip picks are pricey at $35, but they are totally worth it.
    Most of the other ones are pretty cheap, so you should just get a bunch of different ones and try them.
    I find some picks work great on some instruments, but not others.
    The Blue Chip CT55 seems to work great on all my instruments.
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    Default Re: the Dawg is a bust.

    I like Wegen picks for mandolin and mandola, so that's what I use.
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    There's no real answer to your question - simply a lot of personal preferences !. The only thing that you can do is what most of us have done - experiment with a variety of string brands / gauges & as many picks as you can realistically get hold of. Somewhere down the line you'll find a string / pick combo. that suits 'your' mandolin. However,a good start might be the inexpensive but very fine Dunlop 'Primetone Sculpted' picks - the Red & Brown ones on here :- https://www.jimdunlop.com/category/p...s/primetone.do
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    I bought the Primetones from musiansfriend (free shipping).

    They seem to be my favorite right now. I use the round type for a softer sound and for lots of tremolo. I also use the Wegen a fair amount. It feels best in my hand, but it sounds brighter.

    I bought them locally at Dusty Strings (nfi)

    Like others have said. Try a bunch of picks and eventually you'll find what you like.

    I still haven't tried the Blue Chip yet. I can't justify the cost cause I'm picky.

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    Fender heavy or equivalent, in the traditional "351" shape. Now and forever!

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    I currently like the Primetone smooth. I like the Wegens a lot too but the Primetones seem to have a bit less pick noise. They have sound very similar to the Bluechip but cost 1/17th the price. I'm not a fan of the Dawg picks either. They make the mandolin sound dead.

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    The thread title is...ahem...

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    I settled on the CT-55 by Blue Chip for mandolin and the TAD 60 BC for guitar. I tried the Dawg picks when they originally were sold and I did not find them to my liking. I sorted through my pick collection and cases yesterday looking for two particular picks and found two original Dawgs still hanging out. This is why I avoid going to the attic. R/
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    The thread title is...ahem...
    Here you go Alan, this should make you feel better about it:

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