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Mar 30, 2023 - 9:14:41 AM
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2222 posts since 4/18/2006

Here's a boring thumb pick comparison video I made that you all might like.

Mar 30, 2023 - 11:00:35 AM
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207 posts since 5/14/2013

Count me as one who enjoyed it!

You didn't test it here, but it was pretty remarkable to me how different the Russ Carson Bluechip sounds vs the JD. The Russ might have the blade tip very slightly more forward and is a bit longer.

There are a lot of Bluechip folks, me included. It is interesting to me to hear pros, especially young and fairly progressive pros, with a strong preference for plastic. But sometimes there is a pragmatic choice to make: Jens Kruger mentioned preferring the tone of the plastic thumbpick, can't remember which one, but he uses the Bluechip for the durability and consistency. (Maybe just when on the road.)

Edited by - pickthefive on 03/30/2023 11:01:56

Mar 30, 2023 - 11:44:47 AM

70 posts since 3/10/2009

I use the Dunlop Ultex thumbpick myself. It produces a very nice tone and is a comfortable pick. Never could get used to the metal band picks either. Enjoyed the video. What finger picks do you use?

Mar 30, 2023 - 11:51:37 AM

129 posts since 10/12/2018

I like the ultex sound, but it's too small and make my thumb go numb. Any way to loosen it up?

Mar 30, 2023 - 5:30:30 PM

284 posts since 7/24/2021

Agreed . Too small! I love the way they sound but after about an hour of picking I looked at my thumb and it looked frost bit . Anyway, I always enjoy your vids. Thanks for posting

Mar 31, 2023 - 6:49:40 AM

2222 posts since 4/18/2006

I know that the boiling water trick doesn't work well on the ultex picks, however, I've heard that if you put a coin or two between the blade and the band and bake them for a short time at a low temperature that actually loosens them a little bit.

I use old National fingerpicks.

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