These are my go to picks for fast riffing of any sort. If i have to play something complex and fast, these are the best! If you look at many other heavy metal guitar players you'll notice majority of them play with fairly heavy picks like the 1.14mm ones or so. It's thick enough to there isn't any of the flappyness and yet thin enough where the tone doesn't add TOO much. These picks give a rather thick tone and to some, can muddy up your guitar tone depending on how you use it, if that's what you want going with this thickness or higher is a good start.
It's also heavy enough so you don't have to dig in so much and still get the same amount of attack with less effort in your wrist, so you won't get fatigued too early. Again the tortex picks wear out quite easily so you either gotta buy a lot of'em or look into the ultex versions, they seem to be lasting a lot longer than the standard tortex ones.
I'm not gonna lie, I use these picks because of James Hetfield. When I was first learning guitar I was always given a huge variety of picks and used all of them, however, everytime I saw a video of mr hetfield riffing his own face off I always noticed the green little thing he had in his hand and thought, I should try it and see what it's all about. Low and behold, I hated it. It was too flappy, way too much 'flap-back' if i could say, especially if one's trying to play some quick/hard/fast-ish riffs. It's too thin!! I really have no clue how James does it but it definitely didn't work for me, so I switched over to 1.14mm picks for the fast riffing stuff.
Anyhow, eventually, I somehow decided to come back to these picks, I can't remember why or when but it was years after using the 1.14mm picks and I liked it again, not for the fast hard metal stuff but the tone it produced for rock and such was great! It gave off a top end attack that other gauges just didn't give out and I loved it for that. The only problem now is the longevity, these things wear out within weeks for me so I end up buying a buttload. I don't use'em anymore now I've switched over to the ultex versions that seem to give off the same vibe and feel but last 10x longer!
I've recently discovered the difference a good pick makes to my guitar tone. Having recently switched to Dunlop JazzIII and Ultex picks, I played for a whole day with my old Tortex .60 and .88 picks to mix things up a bit.
The difference in tone and feel was astounding! With jazzIII picks, the feel is much more controlled, as single notes and fast scalar runs come off slippery and smooth, and with bite. Switching to the Tortex, the attack is lessened and I had to fight for my shred a little more. The trade-off is that the Tortex material and bigger pick surface/rounder point have more grab resulting in a more growly and open sound and attack. Having adjusted to the smaller JazzIII's controlled attack, the Tortex was actually difficult use and made me play quite sloppy.
I don't care for the Tortex picks when playing acoustic guitars. The way the material grabs the strings accentuates the picking sound, giving strums a "rake-like" effect and that takes away from the natural tone of the guitar. For this purpose I prefer a slightly thicker and rounder edged pick, made of a slippery material, or a very thin Fender pick.
Overall, the .60 and other Tortex picks are great for all around use and have a nice feel to them, which also stays in your hand well when you sweat
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