i cant fault these picks, they let me pick more accurately which is a must for lead playing but yet there not unsuited for heavy rhythm either (although when the picks are unused there is a scraping noise of the pick scratching the string winding but after an hour or so the noise goes away as the sides get smooth.) these picks do wear away slowly, but so does any pick, but when these start the wear the point becomes flat so you need to scratch it on the carpet or on your trousers so the point becomes sharp again and when i mean sharp i mean SHARP. there good for fast picking, ultimate riffige, dem arpeggio sweeps and everything in between, i have not tried thicker variants of this pick but then i wouldn't want to, as im stuck with .73 for life, and by the look of things, if you buy 72 of these your going to be stuck with them for life too. i would only go back to regular shape picks if i tried like the thing that Chris broderick has like the weird clip that goes round his thumb. but other than that i would never go back to regular tortex, i even found an old 1 mm tortex which was new and i thought i looked really weird but im sure that the sharp picks will eventually grind down to the regular shape at which point you can just reach in the bag and grab another 1 out of 72!
I use these picks for two years now, and they fit my aims. Especially artificial harmonics are easy to squeeze with these; you get a sharp sound from these sharp picks. Hardly i have a fearly high wastage because the little turtles loose grip very quick.
In my opinion, these are the best picks around. You have very good control over your picking technique - it's like if the instrument was "closer" to you than with other picks. Using them is a quite direct way of playing the guitar. They are especially good for lead guitar and funky rhythm with strong strokes but I use them for any playing style or genre. The resulting sound is quite brilliant; for parts that need a more soft and dull sound I just use my fingers.
The picks last quite a while. I buy a new pack of 12 maximum every six months. That also means that they're relatively cheap. But keep in mind that they don't stay as sharp over time. The picks get a little rounder but can be resharpened through cutting it.
The only real thing Dunlop could have done better is the grip. When being new, they have a slight grip (not comparable to these Ibanez sand paper picks I used before). But this slight grip wears off relatively fast so the picks tend to slip through sweaty fingers. My solution is carving chaotic patterns in both sides of the picks with a sharp tool. This enhances grip quite reliably.
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