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Sam Roberts on his go-to guitar pick

Jacquie Lee

Sam Roberts Band came through CBC Music for a First Play Live of their latest LP, TerraForm. We grabbed Roberts before the show to ask him about his go-to guitar pick for the second instalment of Show Me Your Pick.

It was only when Roberts started touring aggressively that he developed a real preference for a pick. His go-to pick is the Jim Dunlop 1.0 millimetre standard nylon pick. He particularly appreciates the ridges on the pick, ensuring he maintains a good grip on it, so he doesn't lose it as he sweats or plays through other distractions onstage. "My bandmate Dave Nugent has this habit, he likes to make a beer spray fountain and I inevitably get beer all over my hands," Roberts told us.

He used to use a lighter 0.88 millimetre gauge pick and switched to a 1.0 millimetre pick — watch the video above to find out why.

And if you'd like to watch more from this series, start with our first video of Metallica's Kirk Hammett below. In it, he tells us about the guitar pick that changed the way he plays.