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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful.
The go-to pick (for me)
I've been a guitarist for 25 years, 12 of that professionally, though no longer. I play casually, though compulsively and I gig a few times a month - your typical almost-was-has-been. This should give some frame of reference as to my usage of the Jazz IIIs.
After years of playing I gravitated to smaller picks and finally to Jazz IIIs in general. I played the Nylon and the Stiffo and even the MAX Grip picks that are described as Carbon Fiber. The shape is the same and the feel is pretty similar (though I never got used to the max grip) so I'm not sure that it's necessary to comment on the functionality of the pick's shape. What is a big step ahead with the Ultex is the texture and durability. I can feel some difference in attack. The Ultex picks are significantly harder than the Stiffo or the Nylon and seem to slide off the string as the pick goes through. Acoustically, the harder pick is a little noisier. You can hear the attack, there is some string noise. It's not distracting and after some time is something I prefer. It's a click, not at all like the cardboard sound of a thin pick as it bends and snaps back to shape.
The material defines these picks. It's smooth and, as stated, very hard. The hardness does not denote brittleness - I've yet to have one snap - but rather a lack of give. They don't bend, as the nylon Jazz IIIs do a little. This being the case, they wear slowly. I'm much more likely to lose one than wear it out. also, the smoothness does not imply that there is no grip. Raised letters insure soe friction to hang on to.
I still use a few different picks for specific usages, but the one in my wallet is always the Jazz IIIs. It means a lot to me, as well, that they're stamped U.S.A. as I like to find products made here and creating jobs here.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
My one and only
I play prog. metal primarily, though jazz and other styles as well. I Won't use anything else anymore. Normal sized picks feel so bulky in my hand now. There is no way you could break one. And I highly doubt you will ever wear one down sufficiently, not before you lose it first, which is why a bag of 24 is a great idea. Trust me, these things are a translucent yellowish/brown color that blends in insanely well with all sorts of flooring, especially wood. If you have wood floors and you drop one, just consider it gone.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful. See all 44 customer reviews...
Wonderful picks! Excellent sound
By Jack H.
Wonderful picks! Excellent sound, good grip, free of sharp casting marks. The shape is just right for my tastes, not as small as a tiny jazz pick but smaller than a standard pick. I like a fairly heavy pick, and let the pick rock between my thumb and finger for a lighter attack; the stiffness is there when you want to bear down a bit though. Everyone has different preferences; these are well worth trying.