Pick Sharpening

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  1. Gianni

    Gianni Well-Known Member

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    So, you have a bunch of Standard picks, the size of which you’re comfortable with, but would rather they had a sharper, Jazz III-like tip and attack, for speed and precision playing. Well, a little friction can work wonders! :thumb:

     
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    Pick-sharpening is clearly not this guy’s only skill! :yesway:

     
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    I use Ultex Jazz III Ultras. They already have the sharp tip on them.
     
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    I watched this the other day and tried last night....works great on rounded off picks that I would normally throw away. I'll buy less picks now!
     
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    This is bizarrely a really good tip (no pun intended).

    I have refurbished loads of worn picks.

    :rock:
     
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    Carpet or pant leg. Always sharpen my picks.

    Thinking of trying Chicken Picks.
     
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    I’m very glad you found this useful! :yesway:

    I felt rather stupid when I tried it myself, but was quite amazed at the results! :D
     
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    Same here!
     
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    Looking at their prices, I sure hope carpet-sharpening works on them too! ;)

    http://www.chickenpicks.com/webstore/
     
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    Rather than sharing it in a new thread, and since I’m the one who started this one, ;) here’s what you can do to make sure your pick always stays in place:



    I only do the drilling part myself (three 3mm holes in my 1.5mm Tortex Jazz III picks), as I like to still be able to easily move and ‘hide’ the pick when I need to use my fingers, and have not dropped one since I started doing it. :yesway:
     
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    been doing the carpet trick for decades now. works great.
    also, I use to be a diehard tortex fan. I would use a Heavy Grade
    emory board to rough up the picks for grip. this works wonders too.
    done in seconds no drill needed. ;)
     
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    I took a trip to Walmart and bought a 10 pack of Revlon nail files. A year later, hundreds of picks sharpened and only used one file lol.

    Never need to use the carpet again lol... ( I did for 20+ years ha!)
     
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    I have always used a flat metal file I got from the hardware store to sharpen my rounded off picks.
     
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    I use those bendy nail files , and go steady and gentle
     
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    I dont like the tone the Jazz III's give
     
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    It takes three swipes on the carpet to give a Standard Tortex pick a Jazz III tip. One swipe will give your old picks the tip they had when you bought them. :yesway:
     
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    I re-use old, rusted strings... but I've never sharpened a pick. I'll have to try that. Thanks!
     
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    I'm going to reform my old habits of using a well worn out pick and attempt to reaclimate to one of those pointy things. Carpet trick is interesting. I'll give that a try too. I don't think my go to pick is salvageable though for that mod. I'll keep that around though in case I fall off the wagon.
     
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    I HAVE actually tried this myself, but it takes forever in comparison, and the edges never really get as smooth as with the carpet. Actually, I don’t even use the carpet any more. I use a doormat I keep on my workbench to lay my guitars on, so as not to have to kneel down to do it. :yesway:

    There’s just no way I’m ever going back to this, at 2:06: ;)

     
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    LOL that guy is doing it all wrong (IMO). And yea I use the same Compact Emery Boards.

    I go length wise, 2 passes on the coarse side, and then 1 pass on the fine side --> My pick of choice --> Dunlop Tortex .60mm's. (the orange ones)

    Basically set the Emery Board down and use it just like you would if you were doing it on carpet. Zip the length of the file up and down on the coarse side, change pick sides, zip up and down again, flip over the Emery Board to the fine grit side, and a single pass to smooth the edge.

    Anyways, whatever works hahaha, this works for me and takes about 10 seconds.

    I have about 100 picks that I've been using for a few years. I sharpen after a couple songs worth of playing.
     
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