Megadeth's Dave Ellefson: "Weekend-warrior bass players give me sh*t about playing with a pick"

David Ellefson of Megadeth performs live at Gods of Metal Festival in Milano, Italy, on June 2 2016
(Image credit: Mairo Cinquetti/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

To pick or not pick? That is the question… that keeps being asked of Dave Ellefson, apparently.

In a recent interview with Metal Asylum, the Megadeth bassist was asked if he ever "got crap" from other four-stringers for using a plectrum rather than playing more “authentically” with his fingers.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.