I am proud to say I destroyed my first pick today. I’ve used it for a while, just occasionally strumming - but when I do, I usually try to dig in as hard as possible to make as much noise, sorry, music, as possible.
I was trying to go fast enough to play Snow (Hey Oh) by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Now I need to lie down, my right shoulder/arm/hand/tentacle is tired.
When I do use a pick I’ve been using a Dunlop John Petrucci signature pick for both bass and guitar. Not the best strumming pick. I go thinner on my acoustic if I have a lot of rhythm and strumming work. Elsewise it’s the JP and me.
Yeah, the Ultex and Tortex are great but the Ultex are way more durable. That’s why I use only Ultex : I can destroy a Tortex in a few hours, but a Ultex lasts for years. I don’t know what plastic they are using on those, but that’s a really incredibly durable one.
I’d used Dunlops before with tortex and they are great but @terb turned me on to the Ultex and he’s totally right, thy are made out of a miracle material. Very durable, with a smooth texture so the strings easily flow off of them, and strong enough to allow a lot of control while picking.
“Somewhere in the cosmos, he said, along with all the planets inhabited by humanoids, reptiloids, fishoids, walking treeoids and superintelligent shades of the color blue, there was also a planet entirely given over to ballpoint life forms. And it was to this planet that unattended ballpoints would make their way, slipping away quietly through wormholes in space to a world where they knew they could enjoy a uniquely ballpointoid lifestyle, responding to highly ballpoint-oriented stimuli, and generally leading the ballpoint equivalent of the good life.
And as theories go this was all very fine and pleasant until Veet Voojagig suddenly claimed to have found this planet, and to have worked there for a while driving a limousine for a family of cheap green retractables, whereupon he was taken away, locked up, wrote a book and was finally sent into tax exile, which is the usual fate reserved for those who are determined to make fools of themselves in public.”