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Mar 14, 2019 - 7:03:31 PM
1424 posts since 10/29/2007

I have a big bag of fingerpicks and thumb picks, but I must say that the Golden Gate ivoroid thumb pick is great! I just ordered another 4 pack here just in case mine breaks. I would be lost without it. No trimming, no shaping, just stick your thumb in your mouth and put it on! How can you rely a thumb pick so much? Maybe I'm just insecure. :)

Have you tried these? What do you think?

Edited by - Lynne on 03/14/2019 19:20:30

Mar 14, 2019 - 7:15:43 PM
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44 posts since 7/10/2017

I'm still a relative new guy to the banjo, but I agree completely, Golden Gate ivoroid thumb-picks are the best. Although I have been trying the Fred Kelly Slick Pick and have started using that about as much as my GG ivoroid lately.

Mar 14, 2019 - 7:19:46 PM
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9669 posts since 6/2/2008

My current favorite.

My local music shop is inconsistent about keeping them in stock, so I've bought Dunlop ivoroid from time-to-time. They don't seem to fit the same, so the Dunlops get little use I just keep wearing my Golden Gates longer. 

I don't spend enough money at that shop, so I'll buy picks every now and then even if I don't need them.  

For my first 20+ years of playing banjo my preferred thumbpick was white National mediums. But over the years, either the picks got smaller or my thumb got fatter and they started to hurt.

Mar 14, 2019 - 8:51:33 PM

177 posts since 3/29/2018

I started with the Propik thumbpick...metal band and plastic tip...I loved it and it held in place so well, but after about a year I started to experiment with my other thumbpicks again...I currently am really enjoying the clown puke ones....I bought a 10 pack and fiddled with em until I got about 3-4 of em where I like......the heavy character of it is what im enjoying right now....but the best fitting plastic one ive had was a toilet seat golden gate...the white ones....I massacred mine trying to fashion a Don reno pick, but am about to go buy more because even the original thickness and the specific shape, that works wth my thumb, it sounds solid and fat and doesnt many thumbpicks so little time....havent even delved into the Bluechips yet..haha

Edited by - Astrobanjo on 03/14/2019 20:53:08

Mar 14, 2019 - 10:04:39 PM
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76 posts since 3/25/2016

Can't beat the Golden Gate ivoroid or clownpuke thumb picks enhanced with Earl's angled pocketknife cuts on the inside to grab onto the fingerprint ridges ... I agree with Old Hickory: the white Nationals just do not fit as they did "in that old long ago!"

Mar 14, 2019 - 10:47:46 PM

532 posts since 11/17/2018

Used the old-school white Nationals for years.

Couldn't find them anymore so tried the AMB clown-barf extended wear thumbpicks, and haven't looked back..

Might give the GG's a try...price is about the same as the AMB's.

Edited by - OldNavyGuy on 03/14/2019 22:52:59

Mar 15, 2019 - 12:31:33 PM
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79 posts since 11/3/2006

Have two Blue Chips,,but always go back to the Pearload Golden Gate,,they are just hard to beat.

Mar 15, 2019 - 9:49:46 PM

33 posts since 4/27/2005

I've been playing since 1960 and tried so many thumb picks - love the Golden Gate picks. They match up so well with my National finger picks. For me there is no better matching of thumb and finger picks than GG's and old Nat's.

Mar 16, 2019 - 7:38:16 AM

10409 posts since 2/12/2011

Once I tried Blue Chip I never went back to anything else. Got sticker shock at first but finally bit the bullet. It's not like you buy them every week.

Mar 16, 2019 - 7:47:49 AM

1083 posts since 2/10/2013

I have found that the advertised size of the Golden Gate thumbpicks is misleading.
I consider my thumb size to be a medium. But the large size Golden Gate's fit much more comfortable.

Note that there has been an earlier posting that mentioned this.

Mar 16, 2019 - 9:29:44 PM

9669 posts since 6/2/2008

Wore a Dunlop ivoroid for practice today and have to say it felt pretty good. Also think there's a chance it's the same pick as the Golden Gate.

Mar 16, 2019 - 10:26:24 PM

2422 posts since 2/16/2017
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I love my blue chip, but the golden gates are my close second favorite. The only thing that makes the bluechip better is their slickness on the strings.

Mar 18, 2019 - 2:41:26 PM

1234 posts since 3/24/2006

When the "old" white Nationals became impossible to get I switched to a Golden Gate clown barf and have been perfectly happy.

Apr 8, 2019 - 7:45:27 PM

19 posts since 6/18/2017

i too use large golden gates, ivoroid and easy-to-spot clown barf.
I like the feel.

ill try scoring the inside. they seem to fit so snugly that my thumb tip will turn bluish after about and hour or more. Ive also used hockey tape strips wrapped, sticky, effective, but leaves adhesive residue on thumb, at times.

FWI, I also bought a box of the large pearloid extra heavy picks. Due to the thicker plastic, they pinched enough that they were unusable for me and I sent them back.

Apr 8, 2019 - 8:10:03 PM



192 posts since 2/8/2019

I always used the white National then started experimenting when I got back in to playing recently. My latest purchase was a few GG picks. They are too tight for me really, but I like the pearloid one better than the clown one.

My favorite now is the Pro-Picks. I have one with the plastic tip and the other is all metal. I'm enjoying both of those but am starting to use the metal one more and more. I like the tone it gives on the low end and it's comfortable to me.


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