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Jul 18, 2021 - 6:52:49 AM
464 posts since 7/13/2008

I usually feel that my thumb picks aren't "quite right." I've been using Herco Heavy and recently a Pro-Pic, but feel that I could use a little extra length on the pick - like I have to cock my hand in a way that makes my index and middle finger positions feel awkward. I used to have a clear plastic thumb pick that felt long enough, but it was so flexible it launched my thumb off the strings (sometimes an advantage other times not). Anybody got any suggestions?

Jul 18, 2021 - 7:07:11 AM
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texasdw

USA

10 posts since 3/5/2020

Blue Chip JD pick has a longer blade than most plastics (for sure the Nationals). Very comfortable, well-made, slide across the strings smoothly, stiff blade. Expensive. But worth a try.

Personally, I prefer the sound of plastic on the strings when I do an A/B comparison. The plastic has a little more 'snap.' But this, like string types is something I'll probably reassess in a few months after I've gotten more experience.

Jul 18, 2021 - 8:52:43 AM
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12137 posts since 6/2/2008

Are you within a reasonable drive to Elderly in East Lansing? If so, probably a good idea to go there and try picks. Or at least see them in case health precautions are limiting the handling of merchandise.

For years, I've enjoyed Golden Gate ivoroid thumbpicks and Dunlop ivoroid or white, both brands in large. The blades seem plenty sufficient.

For my most recent birthday, my son got me a Blue Chip. (It was on my wish list) The blade also seems long enough. I don't find myself picking at the air above the strings! But their longer-bladed model, suggested above, might be just right.

You might also look into Zookies angled-blade thumbpicks. They could possibly keep you from cocking your hand.

Note: On the Blue Chip, I asked for medium because when I tried these at the Blue Chip booth at Grey Fox one year, the large was too loose. I figured it would be easier to bend open the band on a medium than to bend closed the band on a large. I did, and it fits fine.

Jul 18, 2021 - 9:22:02 AM
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2742 posts since 2/10/2013

Since I started using Golden Gate thumbpicks, I haven't felt the need to change. A word of advice. If you have an average size thumb, get the large size Golden thumbpick. I started using them a long time ago.

Jul 18, 2021 - 10:11:59 AM

1525 posts since 1/28/2013

Blue Chip is the pick to use. It's like they took all the complaints, defects and flaws that are related to thumb picks, and designed a pick which eliminated all those flaws and defects.

Jul 18, 2021 - 10:47:05 AM
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25 posts since 12/2/2020

jd blue chip thumb pick
if thats too much cost, and you want to try other options the golden gate to me is 2nt best and 1/20th the price to me.
its going to take some experimentation to find what you like best.

if the blue chip is 9/10, then the golden gate is 8/10 to me. im still searching for the perfect pick, i think id like to try a silver thumb pick, dont know. never stop searching for the perfect gear i suppose.

Jul 18, 2021 - 10:53:55 AM
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464 posts since 7/13/2008

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Originally posted by Old Hickory

Are you within a reasonable drive to Elderly in East Lansing? If so, probably a good idea to go there and try picks. Or at least see them in case health precautions are limiting the handling of merchandise.

For years, I've enjoyed Golden Gate ivoroid thumbpicks and Dunlop ivoroid or white, both brands in large. The blades seem plenty sufficient.

For my most recent birthday, my son got me a Blue Chip. (It was on my wish list) The blade also seems long enough. I don't find myself picking at the air above the strings! But their longer-bladed model, suggested above, might be just right.

You might also look into Zookies angled-blade thumbpicks. They could possibly keep you from cocking your hand.

Note: On the Blue Chip, I asked for medium because when I tried these at the Blue Chip booth at Grey Fox one year, the large was too loose. I figured it would be easier to bend open the band on a medium than to bend closed the band on a large. I did, and it fits fine.


Yup, I live close enough to Elderly.  Don't know that they will let me try the picks.  But I avoid stopping in very often.  I know if I go there looking for thumb picks, the true price will be the cost of a Taylor GS mini.

Jul 18, 2021 - 3:23:48 PM
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12137 posts since 6/2/2008

I just now held a Dunlop ivoroid and Dunlop white next to a Golden Gate ivoroid -- all in large -- and I could not see a difference in the size or shape. From the bulge at the big end of the thumb band to the sweep/taper and length of the blade (not counting tip wear) the Dunlop and Golden Gate were identical. Are these made in the same place from the same molds? I don't know.

The only differences were the Golden Gate ivoroid has thicker and darker grain lines, for an overall darker color. And the Golden Gate plastic is ever-so-slightly thicker. This may result in a slight difference in sound. I don't want to test until I change my strings. They're starting to sound pretty bad.

I have no idea when I bought these.  My guess is years ago. I'm over-stocked on thumbpicks.

Jul 19, 2021 - 10:54:01 AM

96 posts since 3/10/2006

There's talk about the JD Blue Chip having a longer blade. This is not true. The JD Blue Chip has a shorter blade that is virtually identical in length to a National thumbpick. The standard Blue Chip has a much longer blade.

Jul 19, 2021 - 1:06:50 PM

11042 posts since 6/17/2003

Bluechip Russ Carson Thumb Pick

Jul 21, 2021 - 3:26:44 AM

4322 posts since 12/6/2009

plastic thumb picks standard have been used by every pro player since Muley was a pup. if it dont play or sound right.....it aint the pick.

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