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    I associated the name Herco with thumbpicks, nothing else.
    But evidently they have a legendary flatpick that was favored by many British Invasion guitarists. As the old song says, "I Never Knew."

    I've never played them and I'm not really searching for a new pick. Just wondering if anyone here plays (or played) these and what they thought about them.

    Dunlop Herco Holy Grail Guitar Picks .75 mm 6 Pack | Guitar Center

    HERCO FLEX 75 GUITAR PICK




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    I'll give them a try. I have a pick thing..

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    Quote Originally Posted by skiboyny
    I'll give them a try. I have a pick thing..
    So do I! But with these I was most surprised to hear they had been around for decades and were used by several of my boyhood guitar heroes. I wonder how I managed NOT to know that!

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    i'm not your boyhood hero, but i've been using herco flatpicks for decades..haha

    they were the first nylon pics that i recall...when the company was actually herco...

    just looked thru my oldest tin of picks and found the first herco flatpick i ever had..

    orange nylon flex 55...made in usa...

    have a few older grays and some newer golds too..always liked them

    then they disappeared and dunlop nylons came in...and then dunlop brought back the herco brand

    cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by neatomic
    i'm not your boyhood hero, but i've been using herco picks for decades..haha
    I only knew of the Herco thumbpick. Johnny Winter used them. (I've never understood how he could do all that he did with a thumbpick.)
    Hot Nashville picker / studio legend Brent Mason uses those too. Lots of country players use a thumbpick for hybrid picking rather than (or in addition to) Carter picking and Travis picking.

    But the flatpick??? Maybe they just weren't available in the States way back then and that's why I never heard of them.

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    im talking about flatpicks!! they were available in nyc in the 70's!..herco was a usa company

    my orange herco 55 flatpick is over 40 years old!!

    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by neatomic
    im talking about flatpicks!! they were available in nyc in the 70's!..herco was a usa company

    my orange herco 55 flatpick is over 40 years old!!

    cheers
    Okay, okay, I believe you!

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    LOL!! I had one, in gold. Got it in '69, and kept it for decades. Never without it, it was infamous in my circle as "the magic pick", given to me by the bass player who was my first mentor - he taught me the bass part to "Louie Louie" and I kind of took it from there - and I finally lost track of it. I must have taken it to work or something terribly stupid like that. I used to love just holding it. The texture was fascinating - it performed a kind of "worry bead" function - something of a meditational aid. Quite handy for playing guitar, as well!

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    I still have several of the gray and a couple of gold Hercos; I found them to be really good electric bass picks.

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    So I got some of the Herco flex 75 to try out. I had a look through my pick collection and had some Nylon 1.01mm that looked quite a lot like the Herco flex. I must have used them in the past and had 4 or 5, I have to imagine they have been around for a while. I started using them while I was waiting for the flex 75 to come. I like them quite a bit there is a bit of warmth to the nylon while still having a bit of snap. They are slightly warmer than say a Fender medium with a similar feel. The Hercos came today and they are a personality of their own I must say. They are a warm sounding pick with a bell like tone on the notes. Almost like a harmonic on single notes. I like them quite a bit for cords but not sure about single note lines. It almost feels like a heavy pick with a thin tip if that makes any sense. I have to put a little more time into them but there is some input for you..

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    PSA: The Herco Holy Grail 75s are 25% off for a pack of 6 at MF for a limited time. I bought a gross-24 packs x 6 each- of them.

    Dunlop Herco Holy Grail Guitar Picks .75 mm 6 Pack | Musician's Friend

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    How do they compare to the Dunlop Primetone picks?

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    I ordered a half dozen of the 75s.
    Grippy.
    Interesting nylon---not too thick yet not too bendy either. Retains shape without feeling stiff. Not clacky.
    Nice tone.
    I can see why people like them.