Excellent Jazz III
August 1, 2019
I play and record in a wide variety of projects, and teach guitar. I play a strat, les paul, 175, and a dread and have played a lot of different picks. Wegen, classic celluloid, pick boy jazz picks, all kinds of varieties of dunlops, different shapes and gauges for years. Certain picks do certain things, they're paintbrushes to us. Playing a lot of styles from gig to gig means you have to skip from reggae rhythm, 16th note funk chord stabs, classic rock riffing, blues soloing, intricate shred lines, and bebop. I will use different picks at different times if I'm staying in one vein but skipping around like I do, I need something to rely on. I started with the black jazz iii in college, but always preferred the reds for their tone. The black is very immediate, but is somewhat textured so it's easier to hold (for my skin). When I saw the EJ picks being matte finish and different lettering I jumped at trying them! Needless to say, I still love and dig these picks a few years on. I have a few red ones and try them time to time. The EJ are more clear sounding to me, feel better as they a tad tad tad bit bigger (notice at the shoulder of the pick- different shape than the standards), do not slip and have more give which I think helps the notes bloom more as it isn't one hard strike from a stiffer pick. I give these to students and friends to try, that's how much I enjoy them. This was a valuable update to the jazz iii line.
ProsPrecision, control, more flex than standards- for a 1.38 pick this is nice as it's not hard as stone. Matte finish and raised lettering definitely improves grip.
ConsAny jazz iii takes time to adjust to as they are pretty small compared to standard size picks. Not for everyone, but those that like them, love them.