Thickness Matters

By Dave Jone

The thickness of the pick you use is a large component of tone, particularly noticeable on an acoustic guitar. Thicker picks of 2mm and more will produce a darker sound with lots of attack, while thinner picks of less than 2mm will produce a brighter sound with little attack and a more prominent ‘strumming’ sound. Don’t use a ‘stock’ plectrum/pick, choose your plectrums/picks according to the sound you require for the relevant songs. This is a particularly needed piece of information for the studio!

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