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    Do you use a thinner pick when you play old ovals than on your more modern mandolins?
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    I don't own any modern mandolins. That said, my most common mandolin pick is a Fender extra heavy in celluloid. If I want a brighter sound, I use a Dunlop Delrin 1.14. If I want it brighter yet, occasionally I'll use a Dunlop Delrin .96, but sometimes it might inhibit my technique because it's thinner.

    Picks are individual to the player. One man's meat may be another's poison. And a pick that sounds good on one mandolin may not sound as good on another.

    Go to your friendly neighborhood music store and buy $5 - $10 worth of different picks and see what suits you and your instruments.

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    Simple answer to this question is to try out as many as you can until you find one you like, that's how most players do it.

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    Default Re: What pick for a teens Gibson?

    Quote Originally Posted by Br1ck View Post
    Do you use a thinner pick when you play old ovals than on your more modern mandolins?
    I tend to use a thinner pick on a more lightly strung mandolin, which my old oval is not. I have my last set of Sam Bush monels on my snakehead and play it with a 1.4 mm pick. My Poe flattop runs J62's, however, and as a result, I drop down to a 1.2 mm and sometimes even a 1.0 mm Wegen.
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    I actually used a slightly heavier pick when I had my '27 A-jr - it seemed to sound best with a 1.0mm pick so I used a 1.0mm Weber celluloid pick that I had laying around, or a Blue Chip TPR40. When I got my MTO I went back to using a Blue Chip TPR35 (.88mm).
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    My snake likes a thin but stiff pick with a point. it have a john pearse that sounds great with it -- it didn't particularly like the blue chip jazz pick -- which my Eastman likes. the mandolin itself will tell you what it likes -- so just try different picks and see what sound you like.
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    I often use a Blue Chip TAD-1R 40. My mentor uses either Dunlop or Herco heavy nylon picks on his 1909 A. Another friend uses Tortex .88 on his A-2.

    Am not totally satisfied with my Blue Chip on either oval or my octave mandolin. So still searching. Problem is, it's the pick that cuts through the best at a show.
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    I tend to use either a Golden Gate or a Dawg on my A-5. I've found oval holes like the rounded edge less. I've used a Wegen BG 140 on vintage Gibsons to good effect. (Depends on your playing, of course....)

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    Default Re: What pick for a teens Gibson?

    So far it seems to like a 1.2 Wegen dipper. I use 1.8s on my other mandolins.
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    I use a Bluechip TP 50 on my 1920 A-2
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    The heaviest pick I use is a 1mm Wegen, the old Gibson doesn't seem to care, and sounds good with most any pick. I usually use a Dunlop Pro pick at .76, but I mostly use the rounded corner and not the point.
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    I have a hundred or so picks accumulated over the decades.When time hangs heavy upon me, I'll grab one of the mandolins and try to pick the pick that brings out the best. Every mando is different, and of course so is every player.

    Pick the pick that sounds and plays best for you. Enjoy the process.

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    TPR 45 or 50 on my 1921 Gibson A-4. But I like these picks for guitar and my Pava F5 as well.

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    Wegen 2mm guage works great on all mandolins including old Gibsons. I used it to great effect on a 1915 F4.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob A View Post
    I have a hundred or so picks accumulated over the decades.When time hangs heavy upon me, I'll grab one of the mandolins and try to pick the pick that brings out the best. Every mando is different, and of course so is every player.

    Pick the pick that sounds and plays best for you. Enjoy the process.

    Be thankful that you're not looking for a violin bow.
    I've been in and dropped serious coin in some of the SF Bay areas finest violin shops. I know of which you speak. When it's suggested that you spend 1/3 the cost of the $12,000 cello you just bought your daughter, it's a sobering experience. Went through it again with viola.
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    I use a Dunlop 1.5 mm. It's got tiny raised dots on the broad side to improve grip. Must work because I've had it for four years. I picked it up while visiting the guitjo player from Old Crow, a friend of a friend. He goes through at least one every gig, even though they seem barely used to me. His table was littered with them. Should have grabbed a handful, a lifetime supply.

    The spare in my case is a Dunlop 2mm. never use it, but it's there if I ever need it. I like a stiff pick with a bit of flex, and that's a bit too stiff. But it's a really pretty shade of purple.
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