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    I'm a regular thumbpick user. Can't play without one, actually. For the past couple weeks I've been A/B'ing the Fred Kelly Delrin mediums (orange) with the Dunlop polycarbonate medium (white). I have to say that I'm convinced the Delrin picks produce a much better sound than the polycarbonate type. The polycarb sound is muted by contrast with the Delrin and the pinch band is kinder to the thumb.
    Be back when I get back. TTFN.

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    I'm the opposite. I prefer thumbpicking bareback. It just feels more natural. I won't say it sounds better but I play so infrequently nowadays it's more about comfort than it is tone. Of course, I've been trying to use one of those gawdawful thick plastic Dunlops and it chokes the **************** outta my thumb, plus the pick surface (?) is about an inch long which is murder on the wrist.
    Gear:
    2013 Official Luthier's Forum Medium Jumbo (Western red cedar/mahogany)
    2012 McKnight McUke (soprano ukulele, redwood/mahogany)
    2010 Martin D-16GT
    2006 Larrivee OM-03R
    1998 Fender American Standard Stratocaster (natural ash finish)
    1989 Kramer Stryker
    197? Epiphone Texan FT-160N

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    • #3
      Don't use thumbpicks all that often, but when I do it's a Fred Kelly Slick Pick (orange).
      Three Dreads......2 Martins and 1 YamahaA fiddle, a mando, a uke, eight harmonicas, a Zoom H2, a Panasonic recorder, coupla penny whistles, an Italian made Titano accordion, three handguns, at least a dozen chess sets, more power tools than Bob Vila, and one old Westclox "Big Ben" wind-up alarm clock that still works! Oh, BTW, I forgot to mention my ocarina and maracas.

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      • #4
        I use a dunlop (white one) too but it is really tight (chokes the **************** outta my thumb too...) I saw something where a guy put one in boiling (or nearly boiling) water and then put it on his thumb to mold it. Seems like it would work but has anyone tried it? After 20 mins to a half hour of play with it on at the minute my thumb feels almost numb when I take it off which cant be good...
        "If you walk through the streets of life looking behind you, you're gonna bump into ****************"

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        • #5
          I, also, prefer the orange Fred Kelly...best thumbpick I've found, and a perfect fit from the get-go!

          Bullettoothtony, yeah, that how it's done...boiling water to soften it up a little, wrap it around your thumb, then immediately dip thumb and pick into a bowl of ice water to get it back as before. Also, you can trim the blade to a more comfortasble length w/ a file and then polish it smooth again, but try out the Fred Kelly thumbpicks...you might like 'em as-is.
          God(s) bless the rest of the world(s), too

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            • #7
              I wear my nails long with pride and use them almost exclusively. I've never liked the traditional thumbpicks (or fingerpicks) and would rather use flesh than resort to the horrible things.

              HST - a few months back I badly broke my picking thumbnail so I tried out an Alaska pick. To my surprise I found it very comfortable and easy to use. I think this is partly because I use the classical picking technique with my fingers perpendicular to the strings and my thumb somewhere between perpendicular and 45 degrees. The other reason is that the back of the picking edge fits under the nail which gives excellent control - much the same as using the nail.

              http://www.alaskapik.com/
              Howard

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              • #8
                trady guy here (almost), Dunlop Zookies 20 Medium here, the one with the 'twist' which I use because of my 'angle of attack' of my thumb.
                I'll need to try out some o' these new fangled things, these for instance look interesting -
                The Perfect Touch Nickel Thumb Pick

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                • #9
                  trady guy here (almost), Dunlop Zookies 20 Medium here, the one with the 'twist' which I use because of my 'angle of attack' of my thumb.
                  I'll need to try out some o' these new fangled things, these for instance look interesting -
                  The Perfect Touch Nickel Thumb Pick


                  That's interesting...
                  God(s) bless the rest of the world(s), too

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                  • #10
                    After struggling off and on to adjust to thumb and finger picks I was happy to hear Mark Hanson, a very good player and instructor from Portland Oregon, say that he quit using a thumb pick when he was at a party and someone handed him a guitar. He reached in his pocket, discovered he didn't have a pick and realized that he couldn't play anything. His arguement is that if you learn to play with all your flesh and nails you can do almost anything that you would need a pick for, and so much more. Kottke quit using them when he developed tendonitis - that is good enough for me.

                    I still try to use them when playing lap style because I think it sounds "right" but then I catch a pick on a string and it jumps under the couch and hides and I go back to my nails.

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                    • #11

                      HERCO FLEX 52 BLUE NYLON THUMBPICK

                      Not really established with a thumbpick, but for me this is the most comfortable best one I have tried, I always keep some near.
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                      • #12
                        I played bare-fingered until a few years ago. I had to play graveside at my father-in-law's funeral and needed to be heard, so I got a thumb and finger pick; now I use them all the time. I especially like them with the 12-string. I use the Dunlop thumb pick and the Alaska finger pick. The thumb picks are bit tight unless I luck into an extra-large.
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                        Gary Blanchard
                        www.garyblanchard.info

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