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Mar 27, 2020 - 7:50:59 PM
2168 posts since 12/31/2005

I realize that most plastic thumb picks would not be worth posting for sale, but there do seem to be a good number of Blue Chips that end up for sale here. Is it the sizing issue? I have a large that will not stay on. Ordered a medium. The band part fits well, but a much smaller blade to work with.

Superior blade material, that's for sure. Any theories?

Mar 27, 2020 - 8:53:04 PM



670 posts since 4/12/2004
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If used, all-plastic, thumb picks could fetch a price in the $30 dollar range, I suspect they would also be made available for sale. If the price of new, Blue Chip picks were the same as new, all-plastic picks, I doubt that anyone would be trying to sell used Blue Chips. It's a price point issue.

Mar 28, 2020 - 4:59:34 AM
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359 posts since 9/12/2006

Well, I suspect that some folks who have tried the blue chip pick, just don't like them as much as they hoped they would. so they turn around and offer them for sale. I too, tried them, and just didn't like them as much as I did other thumb picks i had used. In addition, the cost of the blue chip pick is quite high compared to most thumb picks. Now obviously that isn't a real issue, but the fact that folks just don't like them as much as they thought they would. If you're not going to use something you have purchased, i suppose the thought is "I may as well let someone who will use it, have the opportunity to do so."

Mar 28, 2020 - 6:02:58 AM

2168 posts since 12/31/2005

Was your issue the fit? I love the blade, but the large size does not work for me and the band really does not bend to fit. Maybe if one trimmed off material at the end it could bend to close.

Mar 28, 2020 - 6:14:38 AM
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990 posts since 1/26/2011

If you contact Blue Chip and tell them exactly what you want, like a small with a longer blade, they’ll probably make you one. From what I’ve read they are very customer service oriented.

Mar 28, 2020 - 6:54:24 AM
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1051 posts since 9/28/2003

It's my guess that there is a whole boat load of Blue Chip picks out there, the ones that show up for sale are but a very small portion of how many have been sold, just my opinion. By the way I love mine!

Mar 28, 2020 - 7:06:33 AM

183 posts since 6/19/2017

I really want to love Blue Chip thumb picks but I can't get mine to work for me. I have small hands but even the size small just doesn't fit tightly. My hands sweat and it rotates like crazy. I have to use golden gates with sandpaper glued to the inside. I wish blue Chip made an extra small because I would have to shave metal off to make the size small fit tighter.

Mar 28, 2020 - 7:17:42 AM

85 posts since 2/21/2020


Rough up the part that touches the pad of the thumb, you can also make
some knife cuts.

Put a Famous players name on it and you've got instant sales.

Mar 28, 2020 - 7:32:40 AM
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213 posts since 8/4/2006

I read all the hype about the Blue Chip picks on the Hangout and thought I’d better try one. At a festival last year I tried one. It did not “wow” me, still I bought it thinking I would grow into it. I ended up going back to my National/Fender plastic thumb picks. The BCP is in its nice tube case in my drawer.

For me, and I emphasis “for me” I feel the BCP subdued the feel that a plastic pick offers. The plastic gives a bounce, resonance and better connect to my thumb. There is a cleaner connect with the string. The BCP seems more insulated and not as raw.

I think the BCP is a great idea and gives us an option. I also bought one of their guitar picks. It too sits in the drawer. I prefer my tortious shell picks for the same reasons.

Mar 28, 2020 - 8:01:49 AM
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3374 posts since 4/27/2004

I've never been a fan of the bluechip. I was given one and tried it for a while. For my personal taste, the material the tip is made of, makes my banjo sound too "harsh". I've used Golden Gate for years because they produce the tone I "clown puke" color, no less!

Does anyone remember the "dobro" hard clear plastic thumb picks? I used to use them too, but I thought the sound was very harsh, very much like the BC.

Mar 28, 2020 - 8:31:09 AM
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10742 posts since 2/12/2011

I love Blue Chip. And Shelor stainless for the fingers.

Mar 28, 2020 - 10:36:26 AM
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2674 posts since 11/15/2003

look guys, the blue chips were created for one reason and one reason only,

" to make you guys think it improves your playing"!

who once said.." build a better mouse trap, and the world will beat a path to your door"!

we banjo pickers are a gullible bunch!


Mar 28, 2020 - 12:00:20 PM

2625 posts since 12/4/2009


The sample size in this reply is too small to warrant the demise of BCP. I enjoy using BCP JD pics on all my instruments. I like the micro cuts inside for anti-slippage.

Despite reading Earls comments about his knife expertise, my knife cuts were bothersome. I tended to break plastic pics. Having a pic rotate is never fun. Playing multiple instruments requires good thumb pics. The BCP work for me.

For guitar pics, I gave up on BCP. GraphTech pics pull better tone out of my Martin D35. They also endure pretty well and better than the BCP.

As for why, Pandemic is causing everyone of us to place value on things when asked to be off for 2-4 weeks. People hoarding TP, HS, and HW and price gouging say that having cash is important.

Having your state’s attorney general is better. My state says to report hoarders.

Delrin was claimed to be durable. I have several infant mortality failures where the tips would break off. I agree that we look for durable solutions. 

Edited by - Aradobanjo on 03/28/2020 12:17:27

Mar 28, 2020 - 12:27:47 PM
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85 posts since 2/21/2020

Im a fan of "Clown Puke" Golden gates. I dont know if they are the best
sounding thumb picks but it's like my golf outfit, you can see me for miles!

Now, I'm about to release a Tone Ring that could make you sound like
Earl, JD, Sonny and Ralph all at once, without practicing ! E-MAIL me to get a spot on the list.


Mar 28, 2020 - 12:38:36 PM

458 posts since 2/6/2018

Amen, brother.
Originally posted by kmwaters

I love Blue Chip. And Shelor stainless for the fingers.

Mar 28, 2020 - 1:54:43 PM



132 posts since 8/8/2012

To answer the original question, we all like to try out the various available thumb picks, and sometimes we like them and sometimes we don't. I think the Blue Chips are the only thumb picks of sufficient resale value to end up in the classifieds. Just my opinion.

I have bought two, one regular and one JD, the blades of which on both I have filed down to where they are essentially identical, as I prefer a shorter blade. The band being solid metal is somewhat difficult to bend to shape, but it can be done with effort.

I think the ProPik with the split metal band is easier to bend to shape, but as of recently those are no longer available, and their blade material does not last as long as the Blue Chip.

Mar 28, 2020 - 4:55:32 PM
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575 posts since 10/10/2004

I also have a Blue Chip not being used. For me it's a comfort sizing issue. I think it has superior sound, I just can't get comfortable with it.

Mar 28, 2020 - 8:07:18 PM



2356 posts since 7/18/2007

I purchased two of them to try out. Nice idea but the blade felt like picking with a popsicle stick for me. Definitely not for everyone and thus many are for sale. 

Edited by - banjoez on 03/28/2020 20:14:04

Mar 29, 2020 - 6:32:09 AM

185 posts since 4/10/2018

I have two blue chip flat picks for playing guitar and they are both awesome and worth every penny. I play clawhammer so picks are a nonissue for me.

Mar 29, 2020 - 7:04:40 AM
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761 posts since 2/15/2014

the band does not bend very well to fit the thumb but the blade is not too bad but it is a ripoff price.
If earl did not need bluechip then why would anybody ?

Mar 29, 2020 - 8:04:18 AM



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I've only heard of the thumb picks on here & have heard mixed reviews. Somebody mentioned flat picks & I didn't know they were available . I looked them up but don't see any listed for B.G. flatpicking.

At 35 bucks a crack I don't think I'll try one! 

Apr 5, 2020 - 12:06:08 PM

2999 posts since 6/29/2003

I love my bluechip thumbpics.......they don't wear out like my others.....I've had mine a good many years and it's like new.....

Apr 8, 2020 - 6:45:55 AM

4712 posts since 9/5/2006

old white dunlops and i put a small twist in the blade,,, cheap and sounds fine

Apr 12, 2020 - 5:22:22 PM



148 posts since 6/17/2003

Not happy with mine. Gave it to a friend. Back to wearing out or breaking white plastic ones, but their feel and tone suit me.

Apr 13, 2020 - 1:19:43 AM

4261 posts since 5/29/2004

Wouldn't be without my BlueChip, got fed up buying cheap plastic thumbpicks every couple of weeks..

Apr 13, 2020 - 10:29:33 AM

565 posts since 1/27/2005

I use a Bluechip for one reason only: they are considerably more comfortable than any plastic thumbpick I've owned. Maybe I've just got one of those fatter-than-medium-but-not-quite-large thumbs.

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