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The .60mm Jim Dunlop Tortex plectrum (which comes in red), is my standard plectrum (for playing acoustic guitar).
They come in the classic 'pear' shaped plectrum design & each of the 6 different colours represents a different thickness. Red is .50mm, orange is .60mm, yellow is .73mm, green is .88mm, blue is 1.0mm, and purple is 1.14mm. Unlike the standard Jim Dunlop plectrums, you don;t get the really thin picks in the Tortex range, this kind of pick is a bit stronger & gives a more solid & brighter sound.
As with anything, you should try different styles & thicknesses before you find the one that works for you. If you're a beginner playing acoustic you might start off with a very thin plectrum, but in time as you get better it's likely you'll move up to a stronger plectrum. Likewise, if you're playing electric guitar you may start with a medium thickness pick & eventually move up to the thicker options.
They last a long time, I have had some for years, although at 50p each you can afford to have quite a few at any one time & rotate, in fact I've no idea how new or old any of mine are, I just have a pile where I keep them.
As guitarists, there are so many different pieces of equipment we can swap around before we find the right setup. Plectrums are definitely one of these, so it's good that there's plenty of different gauges in here!
-My opinions on each plectrum
For my hard rock band, I used to use the 1mm plectrums (blue) for a long time, then I decided I prefered the 1.14 (purple). Only recently I switched to the small teardrop Jazz III with the sandpaper grip (which isn't in this pack) as I find it slightly more accurate and it's impossible to drop, but I have plenty of Tortex plectrums, and still find them easily usable.
For acoustic, I find that the Tortex 0.5mm is better than any other plectrum I have tried, the tone it gives is brilliant, without all the nasty attack that a heavier pick would give on an acoustic. I prefer much heavier gauges than in this pack for bass (around 2mm). It all comes down to personal preference, so you could end up with completely different favourites. It's nice to have the option to switch between types as you wish!
Having a few different shapes in the pack would be useful for me to experiment with, but if you like this shape then it's ideal!
I used the same plectrum for at least a year and it barely wore down at all. The bright colours mean they're more difficult to lose, although mine still occasionally find a way to disappear forever!
As Amazon is doing these for £1.85 with free delivery, that's very good value for money. I worked in a music shop for a while and we couldn't profit at that price. My local music shop charges £1 for just one plectrum.
Thanks for reading!
As a self taught guitar player I often buy a selection of picks just to see how they suit my style ( I'm a big fan of softer accoustic folk music, and the odd bit of rock on the electric). However these are the picks I find myself going back to time and time again. I think the best part of these picks is the matt finish which helps keep the pick in right place. It helps that they seem to be readily available EVERYWHERE!
The Tortex selection is perfect for all my playing styles! The purple 1.14mm picks are great for hammering out power chords, while the orange 0.60mm picks are great for gentle folk chords... and the Green 0.88mm are a happy all rounder; I think I have at least one in the back pocket of every pair of jeans!
One draw back with these picks, is that they are fairly soft and round down fairly quickly!
When I bought these plectrums, I saw them as a lesser alternative to the Dunlop ones I'd acquired months before. But after using them just a few times they became my natural choice for both strumming and picking. They are arranged in a series of bright colours - great for finding under the sofa and within the chamber of the guitar (if dropped) - and they come in a range of thicknesses just right for covering the many different styles of the guitarist.
I bought them for around £3 on Amazon.co.uk, the website I use to purchase most things nowadays, and they arrived within 4 working-days (in the most absurd amount of packaging for such a small set of items - but that's Amazon for you!) Opening the packet up, I discovered the plectrums, ranging from 0.5 mm to 1.14 mm in thickness (all made of flexible plastic), within a see-through plastic bag containing a company logo. The colours of the picks are as follows: Red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple - in chronological order of increasing thickness.
The thing about the set is that you're bound to find you don't use all the different picks, you favouritise certain thicknesses and stick to them. Due to the picks great flexibility and tendency to return to their original shape with ease, one pick will last years and so I'm not entirely convinced it's necessary to have the full set. But for the price you pay (next to nothing), plus the fact they're inherently quite easy to lose, I don't see a problem with them including 6 varieties!
I have favouritised the yellow pick and use it for everything - that's the yellow one. Unfortunately, due to the material (and this applies to the Dunlop series picks I also own), the picks black markings showing the company logo and information tend to fade - a minor disadvantage.
The picks grip to your hand and are generally not very easy to drop. They stick and sweat/warmth of the hand and fingers doesn't compromise this. In general, I can't see anything wrong with the product, and as I said at the beginning, they are better than the Dunlop ones, and cheaper! Can't find a reason for you not to buy a set of these colourful plastic niblets.
As I said in a previous review I'm a professional studio vocalist (session singer) and have been for years. Luckily I'm surrounded by very talented musicians three too four days a week and one of my session guitarists was kind (and patient) enough to teach me the guitar. It took me a long time to master it and I'm still improving every day but it's one of the best things I have ever done. Especially as I now can feature on my recordings as lead guitarist.
Whether playing the acoustic or electric guitar I always use a plectrum. These brightly coloured "picks" as their known are the Tortex multipack plectrums. These are produced by Jim Dunlop and are simply a brightly coloured collection of picks to suit most styles of play. There are actually six plectrums in the pack these include : the heavy thicker style of pick such as the purple, this measures 1.14mm this is actually the thickest in the pack and they go down in size from there on, I find the purple suitable for stronger notes where the sound of the guitar must resonate through other more prominent instruments, in this case I'm referring to using this with an acoustic guitar in a studio setting.
Of course the level of volume can be adjusted in the mixing process but when recording being able to feel the strength against the strings makes for a better recorded result I find. There is also the thinnest plectrum in the pack this is the red one at only .05mm this is great for the higher, thinner, notes for the more delicate of tracks. There is also an orange pick at .06mm, the yellow at .73mm and the green at .88mm. Then back to the thicker style there is the blue at 1.00mm. Each pick has a different feel to it and produces different results depending on the style of play. Each of the picks has a little turtle print on it but this fades quite quickly with regular play this can be annoying as it is then hard to recognise these from all my other picks as most are all brightly coloured. Amazon.co.uk is selling this pack for only 85p according to dooyoo, so for that price you can't go wrong.
These are basic but useful plectrums and as they are in a multi pack you can decide which one suits you the best and all for very little money.
Thanks for reading :0) 2night.
If you were to walk into a decent guitar shop and ask for a pick you would not simply be given one. That would be like walking into Tesco and asking for a box of cereal. As with cereal, picks come in all different varieties. The fact is as well that it is about more than looks, we are talking about different sizes, different shapes, different thickness and even different materials. A decent guitar shop usually has whole table full of guitar picks to choose from. Type guitar picks into a search engine or into Amazon or eBay and you will be blown away by just how many picks there are available.
When you have been playing guitar for a while you tend to settle for one specific guitar pick. I have my own personal favourite which I use more often that not. When I first started playing guitar though I tried quite a few different ones to work out what kind suited me the best. At one point I bought a pack of these. A multipack of Tortex guitar picks. These are actually made by Dunlop which is a big name in guitars and Dunlop also make lots of different picks. The thing that appealed about these picks when I bought them was that there was a nice mix of colours and they were a simple variety.
These picks are dirt cheap. The fact is guitar picks are usually very cheap and if you buy them online you can get them for next to nothing. This is handy as guitar picks are very easy to lose and any one who plays guitar will no that you do often go through quite a lot of picks over the years. Buy a pack of Tortex picks and you should have no problem getting them for less the £2 if you shop around online a little bit.
The packs come in a fairly simple little plastic sleeve, it's barely worth a mention. So what are they actually like? Well they are simply little bits of plastic. The thing I like about this pack though is that they are all different thicknesses. This is the key to selecting a pick that you like, some players opt for very sturdy thick ones where as other players like a very thin one. A different thickness of pick will make a very different sound on the guitar strings. After buying this pack I discovered that I much prefer a nice thin pick and have been using thin picks ever since.
As you can see from the picture these come in a nice mix of bright colours. Admittedly these may not be to everyone's taste but at the time I thought they were rather nice and it also occurred to me that a bright pick may take the focus of what I was actually playing when performing in front of people! All the Tortex picks are the same size and shape, it would have been nice if they also came in a variety of shapes but not to worry.
These picks are quite easy to play with. I have since found a design I prefer over these but these ones are really the classic design when it comes to guitar picks. The plastic they are made from is fairly easy to grip so it is less likely these will slip out of your fingers when you are playing, something that truly is every guitarists worse nightmare.
Overall then I would have to give these picks a big thumbs up. They do everything a decent guitar pick should, they come in a nice variety of colours and thicknesses, they are cheap to buy and last very well. So if you are unsure of what pick is going to suit your style of playing, then why not opt for this little multipack. Chances are you are sure to like at least one the picks in there.
As one of the world's leading producers of musical accessories, Jim Dunlop sell guitar picks of all shapes and sizes, made from a variety of materials, and tailored for every preference. I've already reviewed Dunlop's standard Nylon Plectrums, and today it's the turn of their 'Tortex' variety. In the past, guitar picks were frequently made from real tortoise shell - they apparently had a great feel... although it wasn't so good for the poor tortoise. Thankfully, tortoises no longer play a part in plectrum production - partly because Tortex was devised as a material to replace our little green friend's shell, hence its name.
Price & Availability
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Costing £2.58 from amazon.co.uk, the Tortex multipack comprises six plectrums, each one a different thickness. The thicknesses is represented by the plectrum's colour - 0.50mm is red, 0.60mm is orange, 0.73mm is yellow, 0.88mm is green, 1.0mm is blue, and 1.14mm is purple.
Design & Appearance
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The fact that the pack contains six different thicknesses of plectrum means that it's very useful for a range of situations - my personal preference is the 0.88mm variety which I find to be great for both strumming and picking. The front of the plectrum is adorned with the maker's name, plus a decorative black line pattern. Both the text and the pattern wear off over time, but for me this isn't an issue whatsoever - it certainly doesn't effect the pick's performance. Each Tortex plectrum feels comfortable to hold (they're of the classic pear shaped design), and produce a nice and bright sound (not that the plectrum has a lot of influence over a guitar's aural output). I don't find them quite as easy to grip as Dunlop's standard nylon variety, but they're by no means slippery.
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In terms of the longevity of the plectrums, I've found that they last a very long time. In fact, I've only ever had one that's broken - the only reason I normally have to replace a Tortex pick is due to the fact that I've lost it (guitar picks are notorious for suddenly disappearing when one's back is turned). Overall then, I would hightly recommend the Tortex Guitar Pick Multipack - it's especially good as a starter pack for those who are relatively new to the guitar, and want to try out a variety of plectrum thicknesses to see what each one can offer.
I find that the Jim Dunlop brand in general is trusty and reliable brand for guitarists. These picks (or plectrums, as I prefer to call them) are no different and they are suitable for the task they are designed for.
It is difficult to get too excited or carried away when writing a review about what is essentially a small piece of plastic to aid your playing, but I have over the years used some rather cheap and nasty plectrums and whilst I can't say a plectrum has ever completely ruined my playing (that really would be a case of a poor workman blaming his tools), a cheap plectrum can detract from the pleasure of playing guitar.
I have always found Jim Dunlop plectrums to be good quality, comfortable to use and very durable. They are not gimmicky and are very much designed for the task rather than for visual effect, which I feel is a huge plus. Whilst it might be fun to have a plectrum with a picture of Yoda (I haven't got one, but have seen them) or Kenny from South Park (I confess to having one of those), such plectrums always seem to satisfy aesthetically rather than when actually playing. Jim Dunlop plectrums are the stark opposite - they are good for playing, but not particularly exciting visually. Chances are you'll like to show people the one with Yoda, but always choose the Jim Dunlop when playing.
This pack itself is good for people who want a variety of plectrum sizes, or who aren't entirely sure of their preference when it comes to plectrum thickness.
The plectrums range in size from a very thin 50mm to a very thick 1.14mm. Personally I use the ones in between those extremes, the 1.14mm purple plectrum was far too thick for my requirements and found itself being owned by the bass player in our band, whereas the 50mm red plectrum on the other hand felt like I might as well be using paper so found itself in the bin.
Those comments are just my personal preference and do not detract from the quality of the plectrums, but it illustrates the point that the whole range will not suit you. This is why in conclusion I would say the pack is perfect for a beginner who is wanting to find out which thickness suits their playing. I prefer to buy plectrums individually so that I've got a supply of ones that suit me rather than a range that includes some that suit, but some that don't.
In general Jim Dunlop plectrums are worth 5 stars, but I am reviewing the pack and that is let down by the fact that they can't all suit everyone. I like Walkers crisps and would score them very highly, but if reviewing the multi-pack option I would have to score them down because I don't like Prawn Cocktail. That very much sums up how I feel about these plectrums and hence the reason why I have dropped a star.
~Tortex pick me ups~
I feel that the range of guitar picks or plectrums produced by Jim Dunlop are quite varied which means that there should be something amongst the selection of products available that will suit most playing styles and requirements. One of the Jim Dunlop plectrum types that I have found works reasonably well for general play has to be the cheap and cheerful Tortex Standard Plectrums which offer a good deal of flexibility backed up by plenty of strength and longevity.
When wanting to review the picks that came in my Tortex Guitar Picks Multipack which included the Tortex Standard Plectrums which I feel are the best of the Tortex bunch, they were not listed here so a product suggestion was made. As the Tortex Guitar Picks Multipack has now been added to the Dooyoo database I am now able to share my thoughts about the selection of picks that come in this versatile multi pack set.
Jim Dunlop say that their range of Dunlop Tortex Standard guitar picks/ plectrums are used by many millions of guitarists on a daily basis all over the world. The blurb about this range of plectrums says that they have been 'made famous by bands like Metallica' and are a good choice to buy for 'speed playing, strumming and thumping and palm-muted riffs'. Although I can agree that the range of Tortex Picks is useful for varied styles of play I do find that the range does have its limitations at times, although having said that I still rate these Tortex picks as being a good all round buy.
~What is in the pack~
Within the Tortex Guitar Picks Multipack there are a set of 6 Tortex Picks which include the following picks: The thinnest and lightest pick is the red coloured .50mm pick, which can be good for bringing out richer sounding pinched harmonics. This is followed by the orange toned .06mm pick which is lightweight yet durable, the thin to mid range sized .73mm yellow pick is the third offering, which is a good light yet durable pick for all round guitar styles. The other 3 picks are slightly thicker and heavier with the green toned pick being an .88mm mid range pick, the blue Tortex pick is 1.00mm and has a good grippy feel to it once you wear it in and can be used for a variety of styles. The purple at 1.14mm pick is the thickest and heaviest pick in the multi pack making it a good choice for jazz styles etc, or for use with a base guitar if wanted.
~Durability and ease of use~
The multipack contains a good mix of picks to suit a wide range of playing styles/ needs and as such they are super for those who have not tried this range as they give a taster of what each individual pick can do. As the cost of these multipacks is generally reasonable it means that value for money is good as you can pick up a set of these for between £1.50 and £2.50 which is cheap for 6 guitar picks. The Tortex range are widely used by all manner of guitarists as they do offer a good degree of reliability at cheap prices. Although the Tortex range of picks is a budget one in many ways, they are a versatile type of pick which have a good feel to them.
In use the designs on the picks from this multipack will become faded in time and I have found that the little turtle design on these Tortex picks can fade even after a very light number of uses. This means that where as sometimes you may want to buy a pick not only for its ease of use/ suitability for the style you want to play as well as for its funky artwork, with the range of Tortex picks all the artwork and text on these fades super quick. This means that after a few uses all you end up with is a pick with no markings on at all in a simple one colour finish.
~Summary and rating~
I don't mind the fact that the artwork fades too much with these as I have not tended to buy these particular picks for their beauty, so the fact that any artwork has faded from the few of these I have left is not of any concern. Over time I have found that the surface of these Tortex picks becomes more grippy than it is when they are new and I feel that this is a bonus in many ways as it means that you don't worry about the pick slipping out of your hand. Once thing to mention though is that when the Tortex picks end up feeling really grippy, it generally means that they are on their way out and would possibly snap or chip in use, so its best to stop using them before they get to that point.
Over all I feel that the Tortex Multipack offer a good way to try out the Tortex Guitar Picks range as there should be something in the set to suit everyone. As these are a well known budget buy pick they are widely available to buy at fair prices and as such they should be easy to source. My over all rating for the 6 piece Tortex Guitar Picks Multipack is a generous 4 stars as I feel the pack offers a good way to try each pick out to see which of the picks most suits your needs.