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I've been looking for some nice compact felt picks for bass, but these really aren't the right choice for that low action sound. Outside of that use case I've still experienced fast wear on this product when using it on full nylon strings with a Ukulele.
I bought these to try and lower my plastic use, it was a bad idea, felt tooth picks can't get into the crevices of the tooth. Usually I use the flossers that you can buy at any store. Would not buy again, left my teeth hairy and even more dirty than before.
I bought these because as a guitarist I find it easier to play bass with a pick rather than my fingers. These help me get a softer sound. I've used felt picks before and most of them shed badly and lost hardness so quick that I was going through three or four during a short set. These have held up through three worship sets and I've not seen felt bits anywhere on my bass. I have to admit I'm impressed. I will be buying them again when I ware these out.
I'm a guitar player and I pretty much suck at bass, but I originally learned to play bass with my fingers. For some genres, especially metal, a pick is required, though, so I bought this pack to see which ones I liked.
This is a great selection of felt picks (lots of bass players I've worked with over the years have used similar ones), but I'm still having a bit of trouble adjusting to using a pick. Which is not intended to mean that these are not great quality picks, just that there's a bit of a learning curve to using them if you're used to using your fingers to pluck the strings. There are very thick picks all the way down to smaller ones, so you get to learn which ones suit your playing style the best. The picking attack is quite good, and the picks feel solid in my hand.
If you're after a quality selection of felt bass picks, this is it.
Thick enough that they don't lose their rigidity too quickly. Can really mellow out sharp pick attack of common plastic picks. Not as mellow as bare fingers, of course, but getting there. Useful for many other instruments than uke. I love these on my fretless bass with flatwound strings — punchier attack than fingerstyle, but still very mellow, whereas plastic picks make the fretless/flatwound combo sound almost as bright as a fretted/roundwounds setup. I also use them for oud as opposed to the more traditional horn or plastic plectrum. Sound great on nylon string or silk-and-steel string acoustics for a 50s/60s folk-revival tone, like early Joan Baez or Leonard Cohen.
I mostly strum, but I have a few styles that use quick reversals and selective string strums, and the thickness of these felt picks makes for some clumsiness. They have nice stiffness, with the soft attack you would expect from a pressed felt. They measure 7/8" thick (.37 cm) which for my uses is pretty thick. Maybe good for younger players who plan to simply strum-strum-strum and want something that's easy to hold onto. Will not be re-ordering.
These felt picks are great for quiet strumming, even quieter and warmer sounding than nylon picks. I've never used felt picks before and won't use them most of the time, but I'm glad to have them available for quiet, warm, sedate tones. My daughter is learning Ukulele and I'd like to play along with her, but my Martin 000-15m is so loud with normal picks that we'd never hear the Uke. These felt ones should be perfect for that, as well as playing on the back porch without disturbing the neighbors.
I got these to use with a bass just to experiment with the sound and I was pretty impressed. The felt pick sound/attack really sits somewhere between a traditional pick and finger-style in a very interesting way. It's not going to replace either pick or fingers when that's what's called for but it's a cool third sound/attack option to have in your kit.
Surprisingly, at least to me, the black picks, which are the thickest in this set, are also the softest. If you wet a black pick and flex it back and forth a bit, when it dries it sounds pretty good on a uke, Mellower than finger strumming, but not as muddy as the large, floppy felt picks from the "olden days", and a relief for arthritic fingers.