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What kind of picks and strings do you use? "I use Fender Heavy picks, and I use a different set of strings for each guitar, and I have about 22 guitars. To give you an idea, I use either an .008 or .009 on top [E], an .011 or .012 on the B, a .016 or .017 on the G, a .024 on the D, anywhere from a.032 to a .038 on the A, and anywhere from a .046 to a .052 on the low E. So it's medium on the bottom strings, and they're mainly all Ernie Balls. " - From Guitar Player Magazine, Jan. 1977, written down on the Zappa Wiki "Wiki Jawaka"more
I don't always play with a pick, but when I do I will usually drink dos equis. Wait, that's a lie, I don't care for XX that much. Nor do I care for Fender Heavies, but I got a free bag of them from Fender so I typically grab them when I need a pick, just to use them up. So I wound up getting used to the slippery little buggers. If I can't use one of these I grab one of the crappy picks guitar center or sam ash have out with their logo on them. Those are 'free' too. I always walk out with some and throw them in the bag of Fender Heavies.