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ohiopicker
08-16-2018, 01:50 PM
I searched the threads and did not find anything. Who uses a pick?

1) what material?

2) what brand size, and thickness?

I am having trouble getting a nice sharp sound. I am considering a leather pick for my Duke 10, but am open to suggestions.

Thanks!

besley
08-16-2018, 05:14 PM
For a nice sharp - and LOUD - sound, I would recommend the Planet Waves felt pick. I use one with my Tenor Firefly banjo uke.

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61BMi7z2nsL._SL1500_.jpg

https://www.amazon.com/Planet-Waves-DAddario-1FLT9-04-Ukulele/dp/B06XXH2FMW/ref=sr_1_20?ie=UTF8&qid=1534475500&sr=8-20&keywords=felt+pick

bsfloyd
08-16-2018, 11:39 PM
I use a pick on my regular ukuleles :) I like to use the same pick I have used for years for my guitar playing - the little Dunlop Jazz III red nylon. I need to mention that I do not play in the traditional ukulele style. I play celtic, renaissance, and classical - and in fifths tuning. From time to time I use the same shape pick but made from bone and horn materials. I find these give a nice bright tone. The ones I use are made by Bob Colosi. He makes saddles, nuts, and picks from various materials.

Jerryc41
08-17-2018, 01:42 AM
I pick a new ukulele at least once a week - and it arrives a few days later. :D

Jerryc41
08-17-2018, 01:43 AM
For a nice sharp - and LOUD - sound, I would recommend the Planet Waves felt pick. I use one with my Tenor Firefly banjo uke.

https://www.amazon.com/Planet-Waves-DAddario-1FLT9-04-Ukulele/dp/B06XXH2FMW/ref=sr_1_20?ie=UTF8&qid=1534475500&sr=8-20&keywords=felt+pick

I've never felt one of them. :D

ohiopicker
08-17-2018, 02:12 AM
Hi Jerry! I am enjoying my Duke 10!

ohiopicker
08-17-2018, 02:14 AM
Thanks to those with suggestions! Anyone using a leather pick?

Jerryc41
08-17-2018, 02:46 AM
Hi Jerry! I am enjoying my Duke 10!

Is that the one I sold you? I regretted selling it, and I bought another one from someone here.

Down Up Dick
08-17-2018, 04:32 AM
I use Jim Dunlop .38mm or .46mm. I think the .46 is best. My Dummies book says not to use anything over .5mm. I made some from stiff leather, and they work okay too. I also have some big, clumsy felt ones, but I don't like ‘em at all.

I only use picks for picking. When I strum, I use plain ol’ fingers. :old:

ohiopicker
08-17-2018, 11:38 AM
Jerry - that's the one!

Patrick Madsen
08-17-2018, 01:04 PM
Yep use d a Dunlop .46 and up a few. I recently bought a couple of custom picks from Bill Stokes of Showcase. He makes his out of a compound that sounds like the old original tortoise shell picks. I also ordered custom capos for my guitar and a jumbo baritone being built now.

Blows me away of the sound change using a professional pick and a regular Dunlop. His capos are like fine jewelry and don't stretch the strings out of tune like a regular Shubb or clamp down capo.

Anyone tried using a guitar pick on a Ubass with Phaoehoe(SP) strings?

SteveZ
08-18-2018, 01:53 AM
I use a pick all the time on all of stringed stuff I have. Once one get used to using a pick, the versatility at is gained by it maked the effort worthwhile.

ohiopicker
08-25-2018, 12:27 PM
I use a pick all the time on all of stringed stuff I have. Once one get used to using a pick, the versatility at is gained by it maked the effort worthwhile.

Yes, but what pick do you use with your banjo ukes?

SteveZ
08-25-2018, 02:46 PM
Yes, but what pick do you use with your banjo ukes?

Any medium gauge pick. I'm not fussy about brand or such. The inexpensive ones almost every half-decent music store have at the counter are okay by me. I usually get a handful at a time. If I find a few out of the handful that feel and sound good, that's all I need. Considering the number I tend to lose, the inexpensive ones make sense for me.