Nothing is for Everyone - But These are the Best I Have Found
Ultex is my new favorite material for picks. Hard and durable, these picks are nearly industructable and wear down so slowly I can barely detect it. Very hard and thick, they force a player to exercise more control over attack - but this good, and the reward is a distinctly noticeable expansion of tonal palette and expression.
The same can be said for the size and shape. To be honest, I *hate* the way they feel. I'm used to the larger "standard" guitar pick - it's what I grew up playing. But I trust my dislike will fade over time as I grow accustomed to playing with them. Despite my reaction to how it feels to hold and play with this small, hard, thick and pointy pick, I feel compelled to go back to it again and again. Because I just *play* better when I use them. Not right away - I have to adjust to it, but that is what the design of these Jazz III picks does - it forces you to employ better, more refined mechanics. Or it does me, anyway. It has to be held correctly, or there will be no pick tip sticking out and pointed in the right direction. The hand and wrist position must be correct, or you simply cannot play. And again, the reward for the initial annoyance in an improvement in the sound and fluidity of my playing. I suppose you could call it a love/hate relationship at this point...but I keep coming back to them because, dammit, it just *sounds* better and my playing improves.
For anyone who never thought the pick makes all that much difference one way or the other, as long as it didn't split or break, you may find yourself very surprised. Make no mistake though, this material is *very* hard. When you drop these things onto a hard surface, they make a distinctive little "tink" that sounds like a chip of stone. But I defy you to wear one out in less than six months...it could be done I'm sure, but we all need to sleep at some point...
ProsMaterial - feel, durability, sound
Shape and Size
ConsThat it's such a great pick...because I *have* to use them, and I still hate the way they feel. Hopefully that will pass.