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    Can a thin pick like .60mm be used on Pahoehoe strings?

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    Oh, hell no!
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    It's the sound the musician wants that is important. If a pick gives it, the musician decides yes or no. Using a pick (like slap-bass) is just another technique to acquire a desired sound.

    There is no question some strings respond better to different techniques than others. There's only one true way to find out, and that's to try. If in doubt, a little gentle pick work will tell in a hurry if the string will respond as desired.
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    Thanks, it's not the sound I'm concerned about but will a pick damage the strings? I've got the sound covered.

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    Have you considered using a felt pick? It's probably the least likely to damage the strings.

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    Yep, have tried a felt pick years ago and didn't like them. I guess I'll keep using a reg. pick and see if they cause damage or not. Thanks for the suggestion ampeep.

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    Patrick, you're welcome & good luck w/ the pick.

    If you like the attack of the pick, maybe metal strings? The other bassist in our group uses them on his ubass.

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    Thanks for the suggestion of steel strings. I may look into a short scale steel string bass eventually.

    The P's on the Chennell are original so will try a pick to see how it works out. It's about due for a string change anyway.
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    I currently use a medium guitar pick on electric bass but when I played my bass uke (with pahohoes) I tried fingers first and many types of picks. Seems the best (for me at least) was a medium or light guitar pick.

    What I observed was that anything heavier than that caused the string to dance around way too much giving a muddy tone. So try a flexible guitar pick and a light pluck. It may be counter intuitive but it worked much better for me.
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    Thanks UkeN., that helped bigtime. No damage to the strings using a light pick?

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