Pete B. wrote:If I had to guess, based on my own observations... I'd say that Jer liked these picks for the tone of the "wound" strings.
'Used the pick at a trio jam (guit/bass/drums), and the tone of licks like the intro to Cold Rain and Snow, Loser, West LA, etc... is really noticable.
I didn't mention the pick to the guys, but they both said I sounded more treble-ee. The bass player said my tone had a certain "tink" on the high end.
That is whenever he wasn't playing without a pick and finger picking
, especially West LA and Loser. I have to agree, I played West LA last night, started out finger picking it, which has a different sound and dynamic plus a few more notes for texture, switched to my pick during the solo then never went back to finger picking. I liked the way the lick sounds with the pick, much more spank on the low notes, it cuts through better too. Now that it has been mentioned and I am tuning into it, there is a difference with the graphite versus Plectra and louder volumes make it more obvious.
I would think Jerry used them with the acoustic too (speculation), he preferred a thick pick all around, and a lot of times he finger picked without a pick at all. A lot of the old timer blues guys down here play finger style, they can do some amazing things, like dire straits (Mark Knophler style). I have been focusing on that lately by learning the tricks and trades, super cool sounds and speed.
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