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 #125094  by mkaufman
 Sun Mar 03, 2013 6:07 pm
I really like the Adamas pick, however, as a Bobby player, I'm wondering if there's a similar pick which may be less bright. I'm finding that as I sweep, sometimes the higher strings can sound too bright.

I need brightness to give me that glassy Weir sound, but not too much on the high end.

 #125128  by Sparechaynge
 Mon Mar 04, 2013 6:03 am
Can you lower the pole pieces on the treble side of you pickup(s)? I play lots of Bob-style stuff with my Telefunken (close enough) and ran into the same thing. I adjusted the pickup on my Esquire and it sounds fine now.

If you can't/won't or it just doesn't suit you, perhaps try a Gator Grip, Stubby, or Tortex pick. They are *similar* to the Adamas, but certainly way less bright.
 #125130  by Sparechaynge
 Mon Mar 04, 2013 8:12 am
Although, for 100% accuracy maybe you WANT it to be crazy bright.... :D :roll:
 #125162  by Sparechaynge
 Mon Mar 04, 2013 5:05 pm
Ha, yeah I kind of figured. Definitely try lowering the poles first since it won't cost you any money. I have been using a Jazz III XL for a while for Bobby stuff, it's easier to hold due to it's slightly larger size (in between that of a regular Jazz and a traditional Fender pick) and has better definition than the nylon Jazz varieties. YMMV
 #125169  by gmchart
 Mon Mar 04, 2013 6:16 pm
You could still try the pick-up mounting screws. Tilt the whole pup away from the strings a bit on the treble side. Just did this this week on my guitar. When I've got the compression set where I think I want it, hitting the high strings was a little too harsh. Helped a bit we'll see.