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Thumbpick Face-Off: Propik Super-Tone vs. BlueChip

Jan 26, 2023 - 10:07:26 PM
504 posts since 10/21/2009

As many of you know, Propik introduced a premium thumb pick 6 mos. ago, they call it the “Super-Tone.” The blade is made of high tech composite, PEEK. (Pick sells for $35.)

Obviously, it’s a contender for the BlueChip market.

The BlueChip is the premium pick today, enjoying widespread adoption for years now; the blade is made of high tech composite, Vespel. (Pick sells for around $40.)

** So what say y’all about the tone and playability of these two compared to each other? **

I know some of you BlueChippers have tried out a Super-Tone by now and can give us a good comparison and your premium analysis :) .

Which composite produces better tone? (Please tell us if you’re generally more interested in Scruggs style/tone or Bela style/tone.)

The face off is on…


Edited by - rockyjo on 01/26/2023 22:08:51

Jan 27, 2023 - 5:45:29 AM
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101 posts since 5/30/2016

It will be interesting to see what people think. PEEK is a very different material than what Bluechip uses. My understanding is the Bluechip material is trying to be similar to the old tortoise shell picks. PEEK has more in common with metal finger picks than plastic thumb picks. It is an interesting material.

Edited by - mud400 on 01/27/2023 05:47:53

Jan 28, 2023 - 5:44:37 PM



504 posts since 10/21/2009

Well, I’m surprised there are no posts .. yet .. from those who have tried, or put both, picks through the paces.. :(

Hey, we’d love to hear from you if you’ve played both!!


Jan 28, 2023 - 6:25:10 PM

563 posts since 11/10/2022

I have propiks delrin thumbpick. I love it since I can seemlessly switch between flatpicking and fingerpicking. It is built well. I also use it on the banjo. Delrin and PEEK have been around for a long time. Pretty much the same aside from PEEK is a thermal material, but perhaps acoustically do different since PEEK wears more slowly. Both are fairly RF transparent and make for good circuit card stock...if that matters lol.

I think propik has a defense industry MechE owner be my guess!

I prefer the sound of a metal pick on my banjo but like the delrin on acoustic guitar.

Jan 28, 2023 - 9:35:11 PM
like this

2212 posts since 4/18/2006

Jan 31, 2023 - 9:23:12 AM



504 posts since 10/21/2009

Thanks for the link, Gabe, I didn’t know you had a comparison up!


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