Jim Dunlop USA
Every artist has their preference on stage, from cables and chords, to guitars and monitors. We also get a lot of questions about what tools we use to create our sound live on stage or in the studio.
This short "On Stage" entry is about one of my favorite accessory manufacturers, Jim Dunlop USA. I like their pics and pic holders, especially -- two small things that make a huge impact for me on the daily. And for the price, they really can't be beat.
They make a host of other great accessories, as you can see below. They are known for their stellar pedals and I really dig their Jim Hendrix "Authentic" guitar straps.
A pick is really important in that it connects you with your guitar. Like a cable, it has to fit right, not just tight. I like my pic to do its job seamlessly. I want it to do its job to the letter, but I don't really want to notice it. You know? When I'm picking and singing, I have other things I'm thinking about, and I don't want to be distracted by my pick. Believe me, it is possible.
One of the keys to a great performance is not having to think about where things you need to play are. Things like capos and pics can be a real pain in the ass. I always keep my pic's organized on my mic stand, with Dunlop's black rubber pic holder.
For me, its the little things that can make a great performance and Dunlop's pics and pic holders are two that make my shows a success.
My Top 5 Jim Dunlop Favorites on Amazon:
1. Max-Grip Picks. They come in two versions, the standard, which I use, and the Jazz version which other professional guitar pickers I know use. I like that you don't lose grip on them even when your hands sweat. Anyone who performs outside in the summer knows this can be an issue. Keepin' hold of that pick. Yes, I am.
2. Pick Holder. It doesn't just look cool (and it does), it is my favorite "low cost" on stage tool. I keep three pics in my Dunlop pic holder, right on my stand, and another two in my pocket. With the back-ups right there in case I drop one, or want a new one, they're right there, easy to reach. I also find when I use the Max-Grip Pics, I use and loose, less picks every show. Here's one that can hold a slide if you're so inclined.
3. Head Stock Tuner. One of my favorites because I keep it in with my acoustic for occasions when I'm writing or playing without amplification. Maybe I don't have my phone turned on (it has a tuner on it too), or I left it in the car. Whatever the case. Here, I can always be ready to rock -- even in a meeting with just my briefcase and guitar.
4. Pedals. Dunlop is known for their pedals and I know many pros that swear by them. I don't use a lot of pedals myself, but not mentioning Dunlop's selection of innovative pedals would be a disservice. I hear great things about the delay and comp pedals specifically..
5. Authentic Hendrix Guitar Straps - If you enjoy retro guitar straps like I do, you should check these out. Very nice designs, crafted well and durable. Plus, they're just plan cool.
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