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Old 03-12-2001, 06:22 AM   #1
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Edge plays with pick "backwards"

I've read in some guitar "hero" book that the Edge plays with his picks "backwards". He says it creates a smoother / deeper tone. Anybody else ever read this?

Also, I've watched the videos close up and see this to be true. I've tried it and discovered it to be difficult at first but fantastic with practice. The picks he uses are from Germany and have bumps on them that cause a raspy sound against the strings. If anyone has some accurate info please pass it on. Believe me, it really changes the way a guitar sounds. I play a Fender Tele Standard, which has a plucky sound normally, but with the pick like this, it brings out a whole different sound.

Any other guitarist out there with any info is welcome to pass on some info.

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Old 03-12-2001, 10:43 AM   #2
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Lot's of guitarist play with the pick like that. Edge uses Herdim brand picks, they have bumps on the back, and help bring out a "chimey" sound when playing.
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Old 03-13-2001, 09:25 AM   #3
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I've been looking for Herdim picks for about 2 years and can only seem to find the ones with three different edges, not just a normal plectrum with one edge. I've seen Edge's picks up close when I was at MTV's TRL and they are quite a sight. Anyone know where I can find these?
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Old 03-14-2001, 06:02 AM   #4
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I may have found a place where you can get them. I'll be trying myself. I've noticed that his picks are blue most of the time and these are called Herdim hard blue picks in the "teardrop" shape. Not the triangle. The two sites I've seen these at are the following:

musicfolk.com
stoneyend.com

Give it a shot and let me know what happens. If you need more info just post here.
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Another good pick to use is a Pickboy Nylon 66 which has grip nodules on each face. I possess only one of these picks and cannot find any suppliers in the UK. I use the nodules on the face of the pick to strike the strings going some way towards recreating the 'Edge Tone'. It works really well when playing Where the streets have no name. I only hope I don't lose the bloody thing!
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The nylon Dunlop's work good too. Not as good as the Herdim's though.
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That thread is interesting.

...though it is already over 2 years old!
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Old 01-19-2003, 01:41 PM   #8
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Re: Edge plays with pick "backwards"

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I've read in some guitar "hero" book that the Edge plays with his picks "backwards". He says it creates a smoother / deeper tone. Anybody else ever read this?

what does it mean to play with pics "backwards"????
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Old 01-21-2003, 12:22 PM   #9
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=doesn't use the pointy part...
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aaaaaahhh...so that's how...I've been doing it for a long time!!!
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