About a year ago, I switched from a fat gypsy jazz Wegen (3.5mm) to a Wegen big city (1.8mm). I can't exactly recall why — I think I ordered them from Michael and I noticed that I could play a bit faster with them so I stuck with them. A few weeks ago I ran across my old gypsy jazz Wegen and decided to play a few licks with it. Whoa — the tone was so much fatter. Even my girlfriend (who thankfully puts up with endless practice) said go back to the fat Wegen. The big city pick just sounds tinny and "thin" in comparison.
But here's the thing: I know good players can get warm fat tones out of thin picks because Stochelo uses thin pics... and so do Gonzalo and Adrien Moignard as far as I understand. What are the variables that go into getting good tone from thinner picks (pick angle, hand tension, etc)? I guess I just want variables to experiment with.
I would prefer to play with thinner picks because they have less "chatter" (that sound of the plastic against string metal), I can pick faster with them, and they are cheaper. Is there a string+pick interactive effect too? I usually play with V027s, but have Argentines on now.
I don't know whether I'll ever be an excellent player if I keep practicing, but I'm absolutely sure I won't be if I stop.