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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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  1. Excellent pick 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 1st Jan 2015

    I was highly skeptical of these picks, mostly due to the cost, and the over the top comments some people make about them. I've had it now for a while, and it is my favorite pick. It glides through the strings with minimal pick noise, and feels comfortable to the touch. That is basically it, no hype, no exaggeration.

  2. Don't lose it! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 31st Dec 2014

    This is my 2nd CT55 and have played it on mando & guitar for many hours over the past year & half with NO wear! Amazing tone, fit, feel and wearability. Only problem is fear of losing it because of my ability to lose picks. Solved that by buying another one recently but had my name engraved on it. What an amazing product. The only pick I use.

  3. The pick for me 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 31st Dec 2014

    After years and years of using every pic ever made, the Blue Chip pic fits all my needs. This year I ordered a duplicate CT55 but with engraving. I've never misplaced the first one and I will never lose this one. The size, and beveled edges, along with the fact they never wear down makes this the best pic in the business. That's why my jeans have a special pickpocket just for them. They will last forever! Thank you

  4. CT-55 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 30th Dec 2014

    I bought this pick to see if all the talk was true. The talk among The Mandolin Cafe people, is this is the best pick around. I agree that it is. I have since ordered and received another pick etched with my name on it and it really makes it special. I also ordered one with my son's name on it and it is now his favorite pick too. The pick is known for it's resistance to wear, no click noise and speed through the strings. I have been able to perfect Tremola only since using this pick. Well worth the price if you are trying to achieve your best mandolin playing.

  5. All My Instruments Have BlueChips! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 30th Dec 2014

    I have a BlueChip CT-55 in each case, one mandolin and two guitars. It just makes sense for each to have its own...no lost picks and I have a consistent pick for all. I've yet to drop a pick, like I have with several others. I'm sold, in fact, resold.

  6. The only pick I use! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 24th Dec 2014

    I've tried many other picks, both cheap and relatively expensive. Nothing else compares to a Blue Chip. It glides effortlessly over the strings, whether strumming, chopping, playing single notes, or doing tremolo. And after months of use, there's simply zero wear, so I expect it to last forever. Works equally well on both my flattop and my bluegrass-style mandos, as well as my tenor guitar.

    I already had a TAD-3R 60, and decided to try this more pointed model. It produces sharper and crisper notes than the TAD.

    $35 is cheap for something that improves my sound and playing comfort, and will last a lifetime.

  7. Excellent pick 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 24th Dec 2014

    My CT55 pick is wonderful.-- Doesn't slip out of my aging arthritic fingers as I play.-- It's embarrassing to stop and re-position your pick (not Blue Chip) when you are on stage playing.- The BC CT55 pick gives a nice tone.-- Fear of losing it is the only downside but I have a backup BC pick just in case.

  8. Bluechip pick - CT55 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 24th Dec 2014

    I'm an oldie hobby player, folk stuff etc, but over the last couple years getting into Bluegrass music, attending a few festivals etc. I've got loads of picks over the years, and have a tin full, but still thought it was worth trying out one of these. I suppose I'm at an age where I realise quality has a price and that's a fact. Even thought I'm a hobby player, this is a nice pick, I've got a large hand and this just feels so comfortable, and at the same time, precise for practicing my cross picking skills. I use it on both guitar and mandolin and doubt if I can go back to any of the other 'mass produced' picks in the tin. I will definitely be buying more so that I've always got a spare.

  9. Save the Turtles! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 23rd Dec 2014

    Ok, all my bluegrass buddies said, "You've got to have a tortoise shell pick if you are going to pick bluegrass."

    So I got one from a guy that makes them from old hair brushes and stuff he gets at antique stores. It's been a great pick for two years, but then a friend handed me a CT 55 the other day. There was a noticeable difference in sound quality right off. Much less pick noise and clear string sound.

    In addition, these picks stick to your fingers. Not like something sticky, but they are just hard to drop. However, they slide across the strings like they've been oiled.

    I can play all the same notes at Chris Thile now. Maybe a little slower. Maybe a lot slower. Maybe not all the same notes, but most of them.

    These are great picks. Get one. Save the Turtles and get a Blue Chip pick! Please.

  10. A Must Have Pic 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 28th Nov 2014

    I think this is a must have pic if your going to straighten out your picking on the mandolin. I use to use a Dunlop medium and have for years.. I got my Blue Chip CT 55 and the clarity, and sound is unsurpassed. The beveled edges slide through the strings, no comparison to other picks.. It's super smooth and makes the mandolin a lot easier to play.. I didn't think I could warrant a $35.00 pick. It's worth every cent.. Thanks Blue Chip..

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