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Where Purchased: www.Saddlethumbpicks.com
I saw these thumb picks advertised in the banjo newsletter a couple of years ago and wanted to try them. So I viewed the instructional video at their website and was intrigued. They came in the mail and I sized them to my thumb as instructed, put the soft cushion inside the pick where it contacts the nail and tried it on.
1) They are sizable to your thumb from super small to super large sizes.
2) They wrap completely around the thumb which eliminates any chance of the string hanging up in the pick like most other picks.
3) They can be sized slightly smaller or larger even after they've been cut to size. On a hot day when your thumb swells up, you can make it slightly larger. (Or smaller on cold days)
4) Comfortable to wear
5) They have the same sound as any other plastic pick
6) They come in two varieties (at this writing). The first generation has a shorter pick, the second generation has a longer pick end. I prefer the shorter.
1) Depending on where you wear your thumb pick, you may need to spin it slightly downward to make it feel like your old picks. I didn't feel like this was a problem for me, but thought I'd mention it.
2) They cost more than regular picks at about $8 each when you buy 2. For me it is worth the money to have a pick that doesn't hang up in the string.
I gave them a "9" because they are the best thumb pick I've ever used. Even the blue chip at $40 doesn't work for me. I would only rate blue chip a 6 because of the gap in it...just like every other thumb pick out there. I hope someday soon they catch on with other banjo players too. They're awesome.
Overall Rating: 9
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