The CT55 is a pick custom designed by Chris Thile for his personal use. It is very similar in size and shape to our TAD line of picks. However it is only manufactured in 55/1000 of an inch(1.4mm) thickness and has a custom bevel per his specifications. This is the exact pick that Chris Thile is currently using. See his thoughts on this pick on our users page.
Quarters, Nickels and Dimes, if included in the pictures, are for size reference only. They are not etched on the picks or included with the sale. To use this reference, please place a coin on your current non-Bluechip pick and then compare to the pictures of our picks with coins on top of them. This will help you choose the pick that is closest to your current favorite size and shape.
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Posted by Elias Antonas on 5th May 2015
I reviewed the TAD 60 which I chose of four picks I ordered. Although that pick was favored over the CT 55, I still love this pick. It just feels great. These BlueChips picks are so good, that it wasn't that easy for me to 'discover' which was best for me. I think I chose the TAD 60 over this just because of some of my hybrid picking style. But the difference of choice wasn't huge. GREAT PICK !
Posted by George Smith on 30th Apr 2015
I never thought that I would warrant a $40.00 pick to play mandolin. With the CT55 There is such a differance in the sound and the the playing that you can not imagine until you try it. No drag on the strings, easy to get your picking method down. A pick you can hang on to and get good results on those fast songs. Yep, when your ready to play, Blue Chip leads the way..!! Oh, I have 2 now because nothing else compares or will do the job like my CT55..!!
Posted by chris hofer on 21st Apr 2015
As i always try to reach a pure sound quality first and foremost,i had to try the so famous "lubricated"pick . And i am very happy i did give it a go. This little plastic triangle is surely a significant upgrade from my previous picks. The price ,hope i wont lose it ,if i do i may have to climb it on my insurance! Thanks for good and quick service. Cheers
Posted by Coty Greenwood on 20th Apr 2015
I've been playing guitar all my life and recently started playing mandolin. Needless to say, I've tried almost every pick imaginable. Now I can't ever imagine using a different pick.
I had a gig the night I received my pick and decided to try it out then. I was immediately amazed with how effortlessly the pick draws sound from my martin and my mandolin. There doesn't seem to be any pick noise ( a big problem for a lot of picks that are otherwise great).
It seems to remove a barrier between the instrument and I. It just allows me to play comfortably and know that it will sound smooth, round, and crisp. This pick is great in every aspect.
Well worth the $35, I will be sure to buy more soon.
Posted by Gregory J. Brisbane on 14th Apr 2015
This Blue Chip CT55 is the best pick I've ever used. Easy to hold and the ease of attack and tone produced are amazing. It woke my mandolin up out of a deep sleep. I'm totally sold on these picks.
Posted by Andrew Stephen Ferguson on 7th Apr 2015
I have been playing guitar since early 2000. Throughout my short life playing bluegrass, gospel, blues, jazz, and rock guitar, I have always searched for the perfect tone in strings, wood combination, and picks. Tone and playability are two of the biggest deals to me in playing a guitar. I would rather have a $500 acoustic with more tone than a tone machine can develop, then to have a $2000 piece of art that has no tone at all. Anyway, I've grown up playing with my dad's bluegrass gospel group and we have always searched for the holy grail of picks. Just like many of you, I have tried them all, but It was not until March of 2014 that I truly was sold on Bluechip picks. I sat down at a local boutique guitar shop in Pigeon Forge, TN with a $3000 Santa Cruz All Mahogany guitar in hand and 3 different picks to test. One was theirs that they have made of some material, one CT55 Bluechip, and a tortoise shell. After playing several songs with each, it was clear as a Saturday in July that the CT55 Bluechip had the best dynamics, clearest sound, best grip, and no signs of wear.
So, is it worth the money? Let's put it into perspective: The tortoise shell cost $80-$100, the one from the guitar shop cost $55 (and has a disclaimer not to put between strings during non use bc they have a tendency to break due to brittleness), OR $35 for a Bluechip pick that will last 8 times the life of both the other picks with better sound. YES! It is worth every single penny!
Posted by richard stekol on 26th Mar 2015
I was confused and placed an order with a complicated, arcane
description. No problem! They never condescended and were
very patient with me. Not only did they figure out what the heck
I was describing, although that particular pick is not being made
anymore, of their own volition they manufactured me two more.
A great product, but as importantly, they follow up with great
service, which, in my mind, sets them apart.
Posted by Tony C on 20th Mar 2015
I've been a fan of Blue Chip picks for a while now and have been using the TD40 and TD50 for over a year. I decided to try the CT55 since I am a huge fan of Chris Thile (even though I don't play mandolin). I love this pick. I thought it was going to be too big, but it turns out I really like the size of it and the thickness is perfect for every style of music I play from acoustic to electric. The bevel is just right and the pick just glides through the string giving me the perfect pick attack. I have several of these now. Keep up the great work on these picks!
Posted by Charlie on 18th Mar 2015
Best mandolin pick I've ever used. Well worth the money. Sticks to my fingers like glue. Goes through the strings easily and produces a great sound.
Posted by Roger on 27th Feb 2015
I have been using the Blue Chip pick for a few weeks and love it. It is good when you want to dig in on a note but also when you want to get that soft sweet sound. This pick is easier to hold on to than any pick I have ever used
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