There’s a pile of guitar picks in front of me, so I’ll talk about picks.
I am a fan of the guitar pick. Some people abhor it, and some can switch seamlessly from pick to no pick (Jeff Beck). I like it.
Picks are often underestimated when it comes to tone. I play with heavy picks. Specifically Dunlop Celluloid Extra Heavys (I prefer the white pearloid ones). I play hard and need something I can really dig in with. These do the trick. Thanks to Julien Kasper for turning me on to them.
Let’s just do a quick guitar gear post. This is going to revolve a lot around Julien because he’s responsible for the strings I use, the picks I use, and some of the pedals I use. Julien is a phenomenal guitarist and teacher. He teaches at Berklee. I took his Jeff Beck lab and his Jimi Hendrix lab in addition to private lessons with him. I wish I had taken four semesters worth of lessons with him instead of two.
So the picks. I’ve never liked thin picks. They’re harder to use. You can get a gorgeous sound out of them while playing acoustic guitar so I might start to dable with them just to see what happens. But I will always go back to my heavy picks.
As for strings, I use GHS Boomers - 10s on the Strat, 9s on the Tele - and Elixers on the Taylor. I love GHS strings. They last a long time and maintain for a long time. They’re also cheap. I was asked on Tuesday at Guitar Center by the person waiting on me if they sound better than Ernie Ball. She said I was the first person she’s seen buy them, and I said, “Yes. Far superior.” I used Ernie Ball strings for close to six years before I made the switch to GHS. I have no desire to go back either. They’re silky but not goopy like Elixers (I find them goopy), and the stay in tune so well. That’s probably more the guitar than the string, but still worth mentioning.
For capos, I prefer Schubb. They’re easy and fast and grip the strings well without feeling like they’re going to snap your neck in half. I also like the Page capo because I can’t lose it since it’s on my guitar at all times. Except for right now.
For cables, I like Planet Waves the best for live. I got their American Stage cable for Christmas and I tried it out tonight for the first time. It’s so clear! I also have George L’s running through my pedals which are powered by a Voodoo Lab Power Two Plus which is fed to the amp via a Mogami cable. Honestly my pedals and guitars have never sounded better. I’m looking forward to gigging with all of these.
I also love the little grey cables that come with some Fenders. They’re cheap but they’re gritty which I like.
Those are all the notable things. Stay tuned for Canary’s tune! I’ll go back to songwriting tomorrow. Or something else. Even I’m not fan of guitar gear talk. Mainly because I have no idea what I’m talking about - I’m incredibly inept when it comes to gear.
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