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9 of 10 found the following review helpful:
Stiffos Rule! May 03, 2010
I had to write this review because of my recent significant experience with Dunlop Jazz III picks, not to be confused with Jazz III "XL" picks, which are larger. I started playing 3 and 1/2 years ago and only took 5 or 6 lessons, mainly to ensure I had the basic form right. I used different picks, primarily Gibson and Fender Mediums, primarily because the guy at the guitar store recommended them, and did not really know what I needed.
As time went on, I tried the Dunlop Jazz III XLs and stuck with them for three years. It worked great for Jazz, Blues, Rock, and Metal. Also, the wide base worked well with aggressive strumming, and the stiffness allowed for aggressive single-note lines. You could really move those strings around with authority and accuracy. Yet I soon realized that I was in a rut, and could not increase my speed during my practice of scales and fast riffs.
A couple of years ago, a guy had recommended the smaller, original Jazz IIIs, but I tried them and did not like them. Around three months ago, I picked one up from the original package that had been sitting around, and I soon found my speed increasing. This was especially true during string-skipping maneuvers. I believe the wideness of the Jazz III XLs made them a little ungainly for me at higher speeds when maneuvering between strings and having to take awkward picking angles. The smaller size of the Jazz IIIs helped minimize these impediments. I use both the original nylon AND the Stiffo versions, although I favor the Stiffo because I don't want my picks deforming too much at speed. The Jazz III XLs do have the advantage when strumming rhythm passages. The wider base gives you more to hold on to and more leverage with the up and down strokes. But, as my fingers adjust and grow stronger, I am finding I can strum almost as well with the smaller Jazz IIIs.
Finally, I like the slightly duller yet solid sound of the Dunlop Jazz IIIs (compared to the medium picks I was using, which were almost "scratchy" and thin sounding), although I have discovered that when playing with distortion, it may be necessary to increase my attack to get that breakup and edge that I am looking for. Since I switched, I have to say the difference in my technical ability, and my tone, has been dramatic!
5 of 5 found the following review helpful:
Absolutely Fantastic Pick Jan 14, 2009
By T. Chung
I've honestly never been comfortable with picks I've used. From Dunlop Tortex, which felt really tough and sturdy but I felt as if I didn't have a lot of control, to even nylon picks that would chip from me playing so hard.
One day, my friend gives one of his Jazz III picks, it was red. I mean this thing is small, just a little bigger than an Altoids mint. Adjusting to it was at first very weird due to it's size, but once I did, this thing was it. It was and has been my main pick for picks for about 2 years now. It's fast, allows you to create a pinch harmonic with ease, and it just feels insanely sturdy and comfortable, despite it's size. My style ranges from jazz, blues, and the occasional hard rock. It does it all, and it just makes the strings sound mellow if you want it, and have a vicious bite if you need it. Now, I found it difficult to play rhythm guitar with it so chord heavy players should stray away from this pick in my opinion, but lead guitarists and everyone else should try this once before they did. It is a FANTASTIC pick.
4 of 4 found the following review helpful:
this color is black NOT RED May 02, 2008
By Matt V
solid, stiff, not flimsy.
This specific one is a set of black not red picks.
You can solo like there's not tomorrow with this one pick.
I've used many...
for ex.. fender, local music brands, guitar center picks, and all the likes...
of other brands...
but I've always come back to this one.
I've also used flimsy ones, light weight picks, stiffer picks, regular stiff, bigger, smaller, average and everything else you can think of...
and STILL I've always come back to this one.
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
"Little Red" sits on top of the heap Dec 01, 2010
By P Owed
First off this little red pick (Dunlop Jazz III) is for lead guitar players who like to switch instantly between playing lead and finger style picking. Here's why. When switching back and forth between styles you quickly roll this little beauty into the web of your middle finger between the knuckle joints of your picking hand. Once safetly tucked away, you switch to playing fingerstyle picking. Once you have mastered this move with minimal practice, you will switch between styles quickly in one fluid movement. Other guitarists on this site have already made comments on how well this pick performs with speed and accuracy. This is one fast little badboy, and you will never have to stick another pick between your lips, or teeth, ever again. Also noteworthy, If you love pinched harmonics, as I do, you will be hard pressed to ever find a better pick for the job. By the way, with practice, you can use this pick for strumming, but you have to hold on real tight. This is hard to do if you are playing fast and loose in the pocket. Lastly...The little black pick is also a great pick that performs in a similar manner as the red one. However, the red pick is much harder than the black one. The increased hardness of the red pick improves it's speed and accuracy, and makes playing pinched harmonics easier, with more consistency. Now go forth and rock on my children, and don't leave home without one.
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
Best Picks for Accurate Players Oct 04, 2010
By B. Mogg
If you're looking for accuracy and speed, these are the picks to get. They take some getting used to because of their small size, but if you commit to them, you'll never go back to a regular pick. The stiffo model is superior to the nylon because the stiffo can take a little bit of moisture and not get slick. Highly recommended for styles that require consistency and aggressive playing, but not so good for strumming or acoustic guitar in general.
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