Product Review: Blue Chip Picks
|The standard "teardrop" shape I purchased|
I was initially hesitant to spend the premium price ($35 plus shipping!) for these picks, but kept hearing from all my friends how unbelievable they were, so I ponied up the cash for a standard "teardrop" guitar pic and a "tri-tip" mandolin pick. Wow! They actually live up to the hype! The tone they deliver is silky smooth, rounded and deeply resonant with minimal pick noise. They are polished to a smooth finish and really slide off the strings making them super-fast. Best of all, they are nearly indestructible. I've been playing the TP every day for over a year and it looks just like the day I got it! No discernible wear of any kind other than some very faint surface scratches. Even the engraved logo is sharp and clear. I used to buy a dozen Dunlop pics every few months, but haven't bought ANY picks in over a year (so maybe the $35 price tag is actually cheaper in the long run!).
That isn't to say that the product is perfect--nothing is. I've already mentioned the steep price tag. Also, the super smooth finish can be slippery and hard to hold onto--especially in hot, sweaty jam sessions (although, the engraved logo does have sharp corners and doubles as a gripping surface). Finally, the medium brown color, which evokes the look of tortoise shell, is nearly impossible to see when dropped in the grass or a dirt parking lot, making the choice of this pick for casual festival / parking lot picking dubious at best.
Overall, this is a great product and I recommend it to anyone looking to "trade up" to a premium pick. And to answer the question in the title..."Yes! Yes it can!"
John P. Bayerl