Well, I am sick today so I wanted to do very little. I had been meaning to do a pick tone shoot out for some time. I received two great picks for Christmas and so I had all the more reason to run the shootout.
Here it is:
I tested the following picks:
Blue Chip CT-55
Blue Chip TPR 50
Delrin similar to fender “heavy” (still thin)
Dunlop 1.5 Gator
Golden Gate SAGA rounded tip
Red Bear Heavy Round tip
Red Bear Heavy speed bevel (pointy)
Tortoise .053" moderate point
Ultex 1.14 teardrop
Wegen 1.0 BG
Wegen 1.4 BG
Note that these are not the order the picks were recorded in. I figured some of ya’ll might enjoy trying to guess which is which.
I’ll post the actual order sometime a week or later than this original post.
If someone somehow correctly identifies the correct order of the picks, I’ll send a pick of your choice like the ones in the shootout (excluding the tortoise as it’s not replaceable, and also the Red Bear availability might be an issue, but we can cross that bridge when we get to it). The ending date for attempts to identify them will be the end of the day 1/8/2014. Let’s say each individual gets 3 chances to identify the order. Best of luck! Just in case someone gets the bright idea to add a bunch of users and put up each permutation, only usernames in existence prior to this post are valid. If there is a genuinely new user who wants to participate, you are welcome to join in. Just shoot me a PM.
Ok, with the contest out of the way, the reason I recorded them was so that I could compare the tone. The recordings were made in one session with a single mic, an MXL 890. It was located in front of the 12th fret. There is no processing on the recordings other than to edit to run them back to back. The guitar was a D18-GE with Martin Lifespan Phospor Bronze Mediums with somewhere around 15 hours of play on them.
I started with “pick one” using a metronome. I set it to try to keep the speed down to where I would be more consistent and the pick differences might be more apparent. Unfortunately, the metronome annoyed me, so I ditched it after the the first pick.
I have a least favorite tone, but I am not sure I have a most favorite. I have several that are all in the hunt for numero uno.