Banjo Hangout Logo
Banjo Hangout Logo

Premier Sponsors

108
Resonator Guitar Lovers Online


Jun 9, 2024 - 7:18:59 PM
likes this

Petros

USA

67 posts since 9/7/2023

I heard Rob Ickes mention he uses Blue Chip thumb picks (he said other picks go after each concert but these last a long time) and I bought a JD model and was pretty amazed at how different it sounds. This one has a metal band like a ProPik but it's not the band that makes such a difference over the all plastic ones (Dunlop, GG, Zookies) I think it's the material and the bevelled edges. Really a sweet sound with more lows on the bass strings which amazed me how much different it sounds. I'm getting won over despite the $40 price. (And yes those are lefty thumb picks) anyone plays these?


Jun 10, 2024 - 4:11:25 AM
like this

WGale

USA

63 posts since 4/15/2022

Well worth the money. Best thumb pick I've ever used. I like the standard reso model over the JD model, its alittle longer.

Jun 10, 2024 - 4:56:57 AM
like this

LukeL

USA

386 posts since 5/11/2018

Well worth the money.

Jun 10, 2024 - 7:34:57 AM
like this

511 posts since 1/29/2013

I’ve used the JD Crowe model for quite a few years now. I don’t mind spending money on anything relating to music if it makes me sound better or inspires me. It sounds a little better than any other thumb pick I’ve tried.

Jun 10, 2024 - 8:23:02 AM
like this

Drewboy

USA

595 posts since 2/26/2011

Been using them for over 10 years now, and never going back. And they last an insanely long time. Well worth the $40 investment.

Jun 10, 2024 - 8:39:59 AM

17 posts since 7/29/2011

They are well worth the money in my opinion. They do take a bit of getting used to at first. Make sure you get the "reso" JD model. The blade is a bit heavier to withstand the added thickness of the dobro string compared to a banjo.

Jun 10, 2024 - 9:47:05 AM
like this

4768 posts since 7/27/2008

Petros asked if anyone here uses BlueChip thumpicks?

It's the only thumbpick I've used for the past 12 years. My first one was the regular Reso pick, but  I thought the blade was a bit too long for my taste.  Then I went to the JD (Crowe) Reso pick and that's the ticket.

There are many discussions here in the archives over the years regarding BlueChip thumbpicks. 

I also have a couple of the flatpicks for standard guitar. They live in in one  of those little  wooden storage boxes BlueChip sells with their logo stamped on top, and they are the only flatpicks allowed in there.  Otherwise it would be too easy for me to lose them. 

If  I were to guess, it wouldn't surprise me if at least 50% of our active members are BlueChip players on lap style reso. 

Edited by - MarkinSonoma on 06/10/2024 09:49:13

Jun 10, 2024 - 10:00:06 AM
likes this

653 posts since 11/28/2012

Yeah, I was a late adopter, but eventually found my way to the JD Crowe Blue Chip. No looking back…it’s the best I’ve found.

Jun 10, 2024 - 1:01:51 PM
like this

797 posts since 1/18/2012

Yep. Quite a few years now on the same pick. One definitely has an aha moment upon the first test drive.

Jun 10, 2024 - 4:58:24 PM
like this

4768 posts since 7/27/2008

Below is a post Jerry Douglas wrote on his forum back in September, 2009 - not long after he began using the BlueChip. I saved it here to the hangout for future reference back in 2016 since Jerry's forum went away several years ago. Something to know about  Jerry aside from the fact he has accumulated many thousands of hours in his life playing resophonc guitar: He broke his right thumb two or three times as a high school football player in NE Ohio, so it is no longer "oriented" on his hand like the average person. When he picks with his thumb it often strikes at an angle to where he is sort of cutting into the string with edge like it's a knife and he often doesn't hit it square. This is part of the reason why he could blow through one or more picks like Zookies or Golden Gates in a single evening. 

"I have never used a thumbpick like this ever before. Always shied away from any metal banding and multi-material picks until now. I saw some of my friends moving from tortoise to these picks and that got my attention. Usually, I wear out a pick, Zookie, Golden Gate, Slickpick, National, I've tried everything, in one hour of playing. I have been using the same Blue Chip JD(Crowe) thumbpick for more than a month. Through the Elvis Costello tour where we played at least 35 songs per night, and all shows since. I have never had a pick long enough to actually form a relationship with it in the way guitar players I know, Dan, Tony, Bryan can have. This stuff is incredible and has better tone and moves across the string in a way plastic never will. I am amazed! They are costly I know, but see what you think if you get the chance to try one. You better get two. I haven't bent the pick in any way since I first picked it up and slid it onto my thumb (I wear a large). I have used two picks since May 20th. Usually I would have gone through at least 20 Zookies by now and had to get use to slight changes in each one. I'm finished with that. My hat is off to Matthew Goins at Blue Chip. Now I'll get down off my soapbox."

Edited by - MarkinSonoma on 06/10/2024 16:59:01

Jun 10, 2024 - 5:38:09 PM
likes this

Brian E

USA

8 posts since 8/6/2017

I've been using since the very beginning. I still have a "reso prototype" that Matt Goins sent me a long time ago.
Currently, using the Josh Swift version, which has slightly meatier tip than the standard JD or Reso versions.

Jun 11, 2024 - 4:22:39 AM
likes this

WGale

USA

63 posts since 4/15/2022

Thanks Mark for saving the Jerry post from his old forum, I miss it.

Jun 11, 2024 - 5:48:10 AM

653 posts since 11/28/2012

quote:
Originally posted by Brian E

I've been using since the very beginning. I still have a "reso prototype" that Matt Goins sent me a long time ago.
Currently, using the Josh Swift version, which has slightly meatier tip than the standard JD or Reso versions.


Brian, I don't see a Josh Swift version on Blue Chip's website store (unless I'm just missing it...)  Is this publicly available, or a one-off / custom pick?  Is the length similar to the JD, or the longer standard reso thumb pick?

Jun 11, 2024 - 7:15:54 AM

Brian E

USA

8 posts since 8/6/2017

Correct. Custom. Sent you a PM with instructions

Jun 11, 2024 - 9:28:45 AM
likes this

824 posts since 8/8/2008

I have one in each reso case and my standard acoustic guitars. They are great picks and Matt is top notch, he never hesitated to donate picks for us to raffle at ResoGat.

Jun 11, 2024 - 12:52:58 PM

Andy B

USA

159 posts since 11/4/2008

I like the Blue Chip flat picks for mandolin and guitar-they are what I use almost all the time. But I have never warmed up to the thumb picks for reso. I can’t seem to get the same stability on my thumb with them that I can get with a large Dunlop Ultex. When the pick blade hits the string with the Ultex, the pick feels solid on my thumb. With the other it feels like it’s about to rotate. I do like the Blue Chip thumb pick on banjo, but there the thickest string is a 20 D string rather than a 56 G string.

Jun 11, 2024 - 1:30:41 PM

4768 posts since 7/27/2008

Andy, this is why it's a good thing that there are different thumbpicks out there. 

I'm a long time cyclist, so I regularly peruse sites like Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace for potential good deals on used bikes.

I wish I had a dollar for every time I'm reading an ad for a bike and the seller neglects to include the size of the frame. It's the  Number 1 most important aspect of shopping for a bike! 

I usually send a note to the seller: "can you please tell me the frame size? Bikes are like shoes - one size doesn't fit all."

Thumbpicks and fingerpicks are no different. The BlueChip doesn't work for everyone, but it seems to work for a whole lot of players.

Perhaps Petros should have entitled the thread : Does anyone NOT use a Bluechip? 

Jun 11, 2024 - 2:47:09 PM

26 posts since 2/20/2016

I bought a Blue Chip reso thumb pick recently and it is great!

Have been using a Perfect Touch thumbpick for the past seven years, on reso and lap steel, after taking some time to get used to it, I love it!

The reason I got the Blue Chip, there were a couple rehersals where I only took the dobro and forgot to check that my go to tube of picks were in the case. I have spare picks in the case but my thumbs/fingers are short, stubby and somewhat gnarly. The Dunlop plastic spares were old
and promptly broke when I put them on.

Found a never used Blue Chip thumbpick on Reverb for $21.35 includin ship/tax, when it arrived, did an A/B comparison and most definitely it sounded better on acoustic dobro than the Perfect Touch thumbpick. I do not hear any difference when I play plugged in.

So now there is a premium thumb pick in my dobro case. And a different brand in the lap steel case.

I did not like the Blue Chip on lap steel, I am sure it would be fine with more practise, but my thumb is so used to the length of the Perfect Touch. I was missing the strings often on the lap steel, with the Blue Chip.

Jman

Jun 11, 2024 - 4:42:48 PM

797 posts since 1/18/2012

> “I did not like the Blue Chip on lap steel”<

Yeh, as much as I like the Blue Chip on dobro, I prefer my Golden Gates on lap and pedal steel. Not sure why really, but I do.

Jun 12, 2024 - 7:25:51 PM

Petros

USA

67 posts since 9/7/2023

Guess I hit the "jackpot" I actually am left handed but was forced to play righty by a guitar teacher in 8th grade and before I bite the dust decided to play lefty dobro so now practicing both ways and the JD Blue Chip was the only BC lefty I could find, I do believe it's the dobro pick it is shorter blade than others I've used but I like it now better I agree best thumb pick ever!

Jul 4, 2024 - 5:00:02 AM

214 posts since 3/8/2014

They get rave reviews, but I lose picks so quickly I'd spend a grand a year on the dern things.

Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Privacy Consent
Copyright 2024 Reso Hangout. All Rights Reserved.





Hangout Network Help

View All Topics  |  View Categories

0.234375