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 Post subject: The "pick" of the litter
PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 1:37 pm 
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Well, in my ongoing attempt to find more ways to spend money I just popped for some Blue Chip Picks that I have been reading about on the Collings forum.

I've spent more money for less so what the hell. I figured with all the positive reviews it was worth a try so I ordered different configurations of the 40's. Very interesting comparisons to TS picks.

Here is the link Blue Chip Pick Discussion


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Very interesting. I'll wait for your review.

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I've got some real tortise, amd some opf the red bears, and some of the D'Andrea pro-plec 1.5, and a bunch of others. They all are good. Some songs need the heavy pick, some need a thin.

I'd be interested in what your thoughts on this one are.

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Beal, if they live up to advanced press and you haven't caved into the pressure and picked some up, I will bring them with me to the Collings fest!


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I probably won't cave unless you give some glowing review, and then I might still wait till Austin.

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you know at first i was thinking you all got to be pulling my leg no body would pay $35 for 1 pick and then i read that there are rightys and lefts??? OH COME ON
I play with some really good bluegrass pickers who will not in any way loan there turtle shell picks ,and a few mandolin players who wont even show you what they are using so I guess it must be true just hard to think about paying that for a pick :shock:


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$35 pick for a $1000 - $5000 guitar or mando???

That ratio really doesn't seem out of wack, does it?


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guess if you look at it that way ------my problem is I know for a fact that since i have never worried that much about pics, if i loose them or break them or give them away it really is not big deal but a $35 dollar pic would be a pain to loose and knowing me Id loose it before i even got to use it to much


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Just drill a hole in it and attach a logging chain to it. :)

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There is the concern of loosing it but somehow when you pay that much for it you're more careful. I've only lost 1 Red Bear @ 25.

I do have to say that I use a variety of picks depending on the song, some are the hard blewgrassers and some are the hard regular shape which are a little more flexable than the BGs, and some medium normals.

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Up until a few years ago I always used the same type/style/thickness/brand of pick.

I had no idea of the wide variation in tones that a pick could make.


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Yeah, me too till I switched to the Heavy ones and then started playing with a Fender medium one day, BIG DIFFERENCE. Also within the same week I read an article on Brian Sutton and he uses all kinds in the studio, depending on the tone required.

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So, Beal, did Takman28 talk you in to getting any Blue Chip picks?

I ordered one of their 60s, tri-tip with one rounded corner. Had it about half a day and ran into a friend of mine who'd given me a real tortoise pick. I gave him my Blue Chip, so I'd feel better about keeping the tortoise pick. Ordered another Blue Chip. I really like it.

Now each of my guitars has its own fancy pick stuck in its strings when it's hanging on the wall: a Red Bear FM in the classical, a "lignum vitae" wood pick in the 12-string, a Red Bear TT-XH (with holes and one rounded tip) in the Takstrat, the Blue Chip in the SBG, and a Pro-Plec 1.5 in my F-340S at school.

I keep the tortoise pick in a key-fob pickholder in my pocket all the time, and a whole bunch of miscellaneous picks in an old metal piggy bank I've had since I was a baby.

Pretty crazy, huh? I guess I've spent enough money on picks now, though I think maybe I'll get one more Blue Chip, a thinner one, maybe the classic pick shape. Then back to buying guitars, I guess. Need some more electrics (so will have to depart from exclusively buying my beloved Takamines.)

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I really like the Blue Chip and the Red Bear and Jim Kelly on the Collings forum just sent me some Wegens to give a spin.

It's really strange (not really!) but I find that on some guitars I really like the sound of the Blue Chip best and on other guitars the Red Bears really shine.

The Wegens are a notch below but still pretty good picks and worth the much lower price.


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 Post subject: Re: The "pick" of the litter
PostPosted: Sat Jan 22, 2011 8:17 am 
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I'd like to thank the spam-bot whose long-deleted post brought this thread up from the bottom of the list. Saves me digging for it.

I treated myself to another Blue Chip pick, a TD40. I've developed a preference for large, thick picks, and I have a number of them now, but I thought I'd see what a thinner Blue Chip, in a conventional shape, felt and sounded like.

Very nice. Its stiffness holds up, where nylon picks at this thickness will flex a little, and it has that turtley rattle when you drop it on a tabletop. The Blue Chip site shows a new model, the TD35, that's even thinner. I might try that someday soon.

I've gotten to where I don't even try to convince anyone that it is worth spending double figures on picks (some of you will be happy to know,) much less which exotic pick is "best", but Blue Chip is a definite favorite for me. They arrive very soon after you order them, too, unlike some of my other favorite brands.

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