Dunlop John Petrucci PrimetoneJazz BK

Pick Set

  • Set of 3
  • Model Jazz III
  • Thickness: 1.38 mm
  • Custom bevel edge is based on John Petrucciss's well-worn pick
  • Made of Ultex for durablility and loud, bold sound
  • Raised lettering for better grip
  • Rounded tip
  • Colour: Black

Further information

Strength 1,38
Material Ultex
Included in Delivery 3
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The Math of Picking: Dream Theater man's Dunlop picks

The Eric Johnson of Helsinki, 25.07.2017
First up, in Britain we call it Gear Acquisition Syndrome but it's something that many musicians suffer from. Lots of people spend lots of Euros and Pounds on great amps by Engl (amp of choice for another master alternate picking guy who, hint, also flies planes), Mesa (Petrucci), Victory (Rob Chapman, Guthrie Govan), and Koch (Al Di Meola). Guitars. Yup, we like guitars. And don't get me started on pedals (think I had five different compressors at some point).

But the fingers and the pick by extension is where it's at. Van Halen always sounds like Van Halen, come what my.

Physics bit: with Jazz III style picks, more power is transferred to the string because there's a greater transference of energy from your fingers to the nickel and steel.

This doesn't result in a tougher tone, just the less kinetic energy is wasted. More about that in a minute.

There are two kinds of Petrucci picks, I think. These are the more expensive ones, but they are so worth it. They're exact copies of the very picks the man uses. They are very easy to grip because they are like those old Rhino type picks they sold back in the nineties. They will not fall out of your hand. Which is just as well because if you lost one on a dark stage, you'd never see it again.

When I said less kinetic energy is wasted, I didn't mean this makes things easier. In fact Jazz IIIs need more precision, just like Petrucci. You've got to practice (or you could always buy some Paul Gilbert picks, which always make me sound better than I really am). My own set-up is Jazz III, Kotzen Telecaster, TC Flashback, and sometimes some Fulltone stuff, into a totally unforgiving THD Bivalve. If I screw up, and sometimes I do, it's like I've got a "kick me" T-shirt on. But if I'm up to speed, ain't nothing like making things hard for yourself (pardon me vicar).

If you're up to it, give these a go. The challenge is a learning experience and the results are awesome.

I promise.
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Super allround pick

Neocampus, 25.10.2016
My fundus on different picks is great, especially I have tried over the years through all Jazz III variants. Again and again, I was back to the classic, the red Jazz III, because it was the best all-round pick for me. There were times that were better for fast solos, some that allowed a finer rhythm, but none fulfilled the sum of all requirements so well.

Well, I am writing in the past, because I think that this year I have two picks, which are better than all-rounder, namely the John Petrucci Primetone Jazz III to be rated here as well as the unsigned Primetone Jazz III.

Both are made of Ultex, have chamfered edges and sound (clearly) louder and lighter than the usual Jazz III. Compared to the non-signed Primtetone Jazz III, the JP variant is slightly thicker and has a raised lettering for the gripping instead of the ripple. I personally like Letzerer better, the rippling is simply not gentle enough to my fingers ;-).

Conclusion: If you like the Jazz-III format, you should test both the John Petrucci Primtone Jazz III reviewed here and the unsigned copy. Strong recommendation!
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