Pete B. wrote:
Historically, my main method of pick-to-tone control has proven to be (in my hand at least)... the thinner/flick-ee-er the pick, the treble-ee-er the tone.
I think generally that is correct but there's something about the graphite that doesn't make it sound like a bass pick. I still use the Adamas picks but since I discovered the Wegen picks I have been using them more and more. Their "bluegrass" pick is reasonable thin but totally inflexible. It's very bright sounding. I also use the 2.5mm gypsy jazz picks about the same size and beveled so it doesn't act like a big, fat bass pick. It is close to the Adamas in brightness. It's funny when I first got the Adamas picks I was looking for something fatter than the Fender celluloid picks - I kinda destroyed my right hand trying to over-grip the thinner picks as it now sounds like pop-corn when I make a fist. I didn't even know Jerry used them until later and I can see why he did use them. You can loosen your grip and get a smooth strumming sound like a thinner pick and then tighten up to get more articulation and control. I had a couple of tortoise shell picks that I really, really liked but they accidentally both went through the wash/dryer and didn't survive. They are, by far, the best material to make a pick from. Better than celluloid, graphite, or whatever. But of course, they are a protected species and you can't go around killing these endangered animals so we can have great picks. The ones I had were from a guy who goes around to yard sales/swap meets/etc and buys antique jewelry boxes that have a tortoise shell inlay on the top. I don't think I'll get another since they go for $40-100 a piece now and that's a little too much.
Wegen gypsy jazz thin (2.5mm)