Submitted September 19, 2008 by a customer from drmmp.com
"For serious guitar players..."
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So many guitar heroes use this pick - Eric Johnson, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, John Petrucci, Shawn Lane (R.I.P). Many famous metal guitar players also use Jazz IIIs. These guys could play using any pick they want, unrestrictive of price. There's a good reason for this. Look, if you want the best pick for the money, look no further than a Jazz III (and no, I don't work for Dunlop!)
Not the best choice for playing strumming acoustic guitar, but it has an unbelievable sound for electric guitar, It's all I've used for the past 15 years and I've tried just about every pick known to man. Thousands of professional guitar players using this pick can't be wrong! It's really easy to get pinch harmonics when playing. Because the tip is so sharp, less surface contact is made with the string for reduced "pick attack". That makes it ideal for fast lead playing with reduced noise (less "chug-chug" in the sound), especially when using distortion. Eric Johnson knows this to be true. This gives a very legato and almost "violin-like" sound when playing cross-string or 3-note per string passages. Works great for sweep picking. However, when used for rhythm playing, the very rigid and stiff feel of the pick lets you really dig into the string if needed for heavy palm-muting, power chords and rhythm guitar. Also great for metal or 7-string guitar styles.
The only features really are the color (red or black) and that is your personal choice. These picks are smaller than most, except for the Jazz III XL which are larger. The black ones shave a better "grip" than the red because of the matte finish. The red finish is more "glossy" and may cause you to drop your pick on the ground more often.
Ease of Use
Using a Jazz III pick for lead guitar playing takes a little getting used to if you've played for years using standard picks (Fender, etc). Most traditional picks are larger, are usually thinner, bend more and have a more rounded tip. However, once you get used to using a Jazz III, you may never want to play using anything else again. You'll be surprised at how much a pick can improve your tone, improve right hand control and be versatile at the same time.
Extremely durable. Picks don't bend and wear out. The sharp tips take a long time to become dull. Dunlop is a great company which has been around for years. They endorse an impressive list of musicians. They don't make crap and that's why they've been around so long.
There are more expensive picks out there...most of these are radical and gimmicky. There are also cheaper picks that are nothing but crap.
Tremendous bang for the buck!!!
Only dealt with Dunlop a few times and they've been great. Very friendly and accommodating.
The Wow Factor
It's simple..It's does what it's supposed to. Come on! It's a friggin' guitar pick!!
But, it really makes a HUGE difference in how you play and the quality of tone you can get from your axe.
Producer, Enginner, musician
Progressive Rock, Instrumental Guitar Rock, Metal
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