Tips for a longer pick life
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Take advantage of the free reconditioning service
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Don’t bend the picks by hand
I guess this is the most frequent issue I see which can lead to disapointment. It is very common for guitarists to want to evaluate the flexibility of a pick by bending them. For Stadler picks this does not make much sense however since the material sounds and feels so differently when you play them, It’s better to just play the pick to get a feel for it. Due to the natural fibres of the horn the material is a bit weaker from side to side than from top to tip. If you must bend the pick by hand then only deform the pick perpendicular to the grain and not parallel to it (the horn grain runs from the top to the playing tip of the pick)
A natural playing bevel will emerge
This is a normal and desired feature of the material. Since the edges are precisely leveled and highly polished when you get them the wear will be very even so a natural bevel tuned to your playing style will evolve over time.
Changing strings is a good thing
Not only does it reduce the abrasion of the pick while playing making it last longer. But new strings will also have better sound, better tuning intonation and be much easier to play.
Horn starts to deform when it is exposed to temperaturs higher than 40°C/104°F. Make sure you don’t leave your picks in the sun or on a hot amp head too long.
Picks can break if you bend them too much by hand
Bending the picks by hand will remove the natural flexibility of the material. Bending in the wrong direction can also break the pick. Picks never break when you play however so you can let it rip while playing.