97 of 103 people found the following review helpful
on February 16, 2007
I've been playing guitar for 22 years now. For at least 20 of those years, I've been using Tortex picks, and I will never stop using them as long as I live.
I tried all of the thicknesses over the course of a few months. When I started, I was playing Ramones style punk; strumming barre chords all day like they were going out of style. It seemed to make sense at the time to use the thinner picks, the .5mm or .6mm. (I think these were the red and the orange ones...) They were totally flexible. The red one barely registered at all, it might as well have been a little piece of tissue paper. But at the time it made sense to my dumbass 16 year old neophyte self.
A little later, I discovered the joys of speed metal. I began picking and peddaling on individual strings rather than just strumming chords. This was when I started experimenting with the thicker picks. .88mm, 1.0, 1.14. These would be the green, purple, and blue ones. Eventually I settled on the green .88mm and I've been using them ever since. I can't even imagine using a different pick anymore.
The reason that I fell in love with these picks is that their edges aren't rounded like standard "Fender" style plastic or tortoise shell picks. The edge of a Tortex is cut at right angles, they have corners. When you peddal on a wound string, you get an amazingly crisp and sharp scraping timbre that just can't be achieved with standard rounded off picks. The catch is that of course the cornered edge wears down rather quickly as you play. You will only get this awesome sound for a few minutes. A professional performer would want to switch to a fresh pick at the beginning of each song. A bedroom virtuoso will get more use out of them.
66 of 74 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2006
Size Name: 1.00mmColor Name: Blue
I know a lot of guitarists aren't near as picky about picks as I am. So why should you be? After all, there is no pick that will make you play better and they are all generally the same.
WRONG. I thought that too at first. I figured it's just a piece of plastic, how hard can it be to pick one? I started out with fender pick because they looked pretty conventional and they were moderately priced. I blindly went through about ten of these due to them all breaking.
If you knew me well you'd know that I thrash my guitar...a lot... Even the thickest picks would wear down on me within a week, and most of them were too slick to stay in my sweaty hand during these crash and burn guitar playing moments. I came to realize that I needed a heavy duty pick with a good grip that would retain it's shape for at least a couple of weeks.
At first I thought metal was the answer. I mean, it's hard as rock and most of them come with a good grip on them. But after playing with them I discovered the sound was not to my liking. It sounded too buzzy with metal. That's about the time I discovered tortex picks. I was amazed. They had the best grip I have ever felt and kept their shape for weeks! I instantly bought every size I could get all the way from the thinnest read to the bulky blue one.
Months later I'm keeping a stock of these picks in my house. For solos I prefer the green one because it's got just the right resistance for that fast picking but not too much so that it slows you down. For strumming I use the orange. It's just perfect...
I cannot express to you how much you need to try this pick. Your wasting your money on anything other than Dunlop. Get the tortex and see what I mean!
25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on June 26, 2006
I love these. Nice matte surface for gripping. They never break, and it takes me months to wear one down.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on May 10, 2009
Size Name: .88mmColor Name: GreenVerified Purchase
Like other beginner guitarist, I thought a thinner pick meant better speed and playing. WRONG.
I ordered these based on the majority of five star reviews and was not disappointed at all. I love them. My speed has gone up and the guitar just sounds better.
Unlike others I didn't have a problem with the shipping. All the picks arrived in the original package though the box was still unnecessarily large. Concerning the ink bleeding problem other reviewers had, I haven't noticed anything like it. The ink just slowly fades over time thought I will admit I never put them in my mouth so I'm not sure how that factors... Just don't eat them.
Also they are durable as heck. Used the same pick for a month and the only difference is it loses the slightly powdered green it comes in and turns a shade darker. Overall very happy with them and would recommend the picks to anyone and everyone.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on April 1, 2007
Size Name: 1.00mmColor Name: BlueVerified Purchase
These are easily the greatest guitar picks i have ever used. They are easy to grip and i have never dropped one since i have used them. A must for guitar players who hate dropping picks!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2006
Size Name: 1.00mmColor Name: BlueVerified Purchase
These things are great. Im no pro, but they do the job nicely.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 10, 2008
I use the Tortex, and the Clayton picks more than anything else, and I honestly can't tell you which is better, but I know I love these picks for their sound, and variety of stiffness and the positive grip they provide. I have these picks in all thicknesses except .90+. I do a lot of flatpicking and find I get great results from the .75 and .90s. But the .60s are a great for strumming and soft picking.
Honestly If you haven't tried the Tortex picks out you owe it to yourself to give them a try.
13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on May 24, 2011
Size Name: .73mmColor Name: YellowVerified Purchase
My only gripe with this product is that after a couple uses the black dunlop design wears off. I could care less about the design wearing off but it comes off on your fingers which will undoubtedly tranfer to your guitar and strings.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 16, 2008
Size Name: .60mmColor Name: Orange
I love the tortex picks! They're easy to hold, they're durable, and this particular size allows you to strum without feeling like you're going to break the pick or the strings if you strum hard, yet thick enough to produce a good strong sound.
Please be aware, however, that with this particular order you are going to get a package of 12, and not 72 as stated on this page.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 16, 2014
Size Name: .50mmColor Name: RedVerified Purchase
These picks are great! I mean, preference is going to vary from player to player, but these .50 (in Red) and the .60 (in Orange) are good for my style of playing. These are the two sizes I use so I won't speak for any of the other sizes.
WHAT I LIKE ABOUT THEM:
WEIGHT AND THICKNESS - The .50 and .60 are not too heavy and stiff, however, if you hold them just right, they can be played like a much heavier pick. I tend to use the .60 for electric (leads, legato, sweep-picking, etc). The .50 works great for acoustic (when I'm mostly strumming).
MATERIAL - The TORTEX material has a nice feel to it, and I don't find myself dropping picks unless I'm really being careless or playing sloppy. Also, it's worth noting that these picks do not break easily like the average celluloid pick, for instance, when you're madly flailing away at a really heavy rhythm.
SHAPE - I really wish these came in sharps, but as of the time of this writing I have not been able to find any. It's not a big enough problem to dock any stars (in my opinion) but a 'pointy-er' tip would be nice.
OTHER NOTES - Some of the 1-star reviewers seem to complain that the ink printed on the picks wears off too fast. Well, of course it does! When you apply heat/pressure/friction to something, certain results can be expected. Of course, there are other picks out there that maintain their printing a little better. Seriously, folks, who cares? THE PICK DOES NOT SOUND ANY DIFFERENT AFTER THE INK WEARS OFF! I feel this is a really moot point and I'd rather complain about something that actually matters (seriously, I could not care less about the ink).
Also, I do not feel that it changes the grip, although I will agree with some reviewers that these pick can get a little slippery from time to time, especially when strumming. Once again, however, part of this has to do with my playing style and not being mindful of my picking hand. I don't necessarily blame the tool itself for my own lack of discipline/concentration. There are picks out there that do have better grip, for example the Dunlop Ultrex material pick (which do come in sharps and I love those picks as well!), however, I find that I break a lot of Ultrex picks, and much more easily (even the .73's/heavy strumming will do that). Since it is pretty hard to play with a broken pick, I tend to lean towards the Tortex material a little more often. The Tortex are about the closest thing to indestructible that I've played thus far. Once again, it's nothing more than a matter of personal preference.
FINAL WORDS - Anyone who uses a pick to play will invariably spend a great deal of time trying out different picks. There are so many shapes, sizes, materials, etc. from which to choose. Some folks won't be too wild about these, that's okay. Personally, these are very comfortable for me and fit my playing style well.
These are the picks I look for when I got to the store to buy picks. You can choose any pick you want or no pick at all for that matter. For the price paid, I do not think anyone would regret buying these picks, even if only just to try them out. Happy customer right here!
Hope someone finds this useful.