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.
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Posted by Marylou Ferrante on 19th Mar 2014
I originally purchased two blue chip picks and gave one to a friend of mine who also plays mandolin. Then ended up losing the other one I owned. This time I decided to try this particular pick and get another TAD 50 for guitar. I love both of these picks the 55 is perfect for tone on mandolin. I play classic blues from the 20's and 30's and am presently recording and these picks are great for performing and recording. I even have the JD thumbpick that I have managed not to lose. These picks are really fine they never wear out.
Posted by Cole on 17th Mar 2014
When I first decided to try higher quality picks, I overlooked Blue Chip because of the price. Instead, I went with clear acrylic picks, which I liked, but I wore through them rather quickly so I finally decided to give Blue Chip a try after learning how durable they are.
Now that I've played with my CT-55 for a while now, I know I don't have to settle for durability alone. Not only does it not have a single sign of wear (and keep in mind I play with a heavy hand - I was eating through the acrylics in under a month), but it is simply the best sounding pick I've ever used. I used to think the acrylics were the best sounding picks (and I've used hundreds), but when I switched to the CT-55 it was like the whole band kicking in after a vocal break. The midrange just bloomed in a way it had never had before.
I should also mention that these picks somehow stick to your fingers very nicely, and yet they glide across the strings with zero resistance. The amount of control I have with this pick is phenomenal. The speed bevel is perfect. I ordered mine with one rounded corner, and I'm very glad I did. I mostly use the pointed corners, but the rounded edge is perfect for smooth, warm, and delicate playing.
If you're hesitating due to the price - don't. It will pay for itself if you consider the cost of all the other picks you would be chewing through over the life of this pick. When you factor in the incredible tone and control this pick offers, it's more than worth the price. This is my ultimate pick.
Posted by Dennis Lair on 25th Feb 2014
For a mandolin, this pick is the best for me. I bought a TD50 at the same time which I like for my guitar work but the CT55 really shines on the mandolin. Extremely fast with no extraneous noise at all. Love it.
Posted by Hank on 23rd Feb 2014
It takes time to get accustomed to the sound and the feel of the pick. Day after day I am more satisfied with it.
Posted by Greg Morton on 13th Feb 2014
Having played the guitar for 45 years now I have tried almost every pick on the market. I ordered the CT 55 after hearing wonderful testimonials about this pick. I knew that a good pick makes a huge difference in sound and play ability but never found the perfect pick until I tried the BlueChip CT 55. Ordering was easy and the delivery time was surprisingly fast. Once I picked up my guitar and played a tune with this pick, I just couldn't put it down I played for at least 4 hours just because this pick felt so smooth, and sounded so amazing ! I started telling all of my friends about this pick and even purchased several as gifts. Some may be hesitate because of the price but when you think about it, you may have purchased an expensive instrument or expensive equipment to help you sound good, The pick is the very first contact for your sound once it hits the string. It only makes sense to spend just a little more for a pick that will make all of the difference in your tone and play ability. These BlueChip Picks are A MUST for all musicians! Simply The Best Pick Ever Made! Cheers, Greg Morton
Posted by Jack on 23rd Jan 2014
I previously used a TAD1R 50 on my mandolin for a couple years. I rarely used the round edge. I could get good tremolos out of the sharp edges. I now have been using the CT55 for a month. I like it better. The sound is clear and like my other... It flys! I do think I lost a little on the tremolos, but have gained it back by adjusting my pick angle. It would be cool if they offered 2 sided CT55 and one sided TAD50(not the round but sharp TAD) Also, it has good grip, but could be better. Once and a while I'm playing in Hot places and hands get a bit sweaty.
For two years now... I just don't feel right without my Bluechip!
Posted by Michael McCormick on 22nd Jan 2014
I have struggled for 25 years with which pick works best for me and that struggle/search is over. I would never have considered spending that amount of money on a pick myself so I thankfully have a wife that pays attention and she got me a gift certificate. I took 3 hours to review which pick would be the one and am completely satisfied with my custom printed CT55. The only problem is now I need a back up...
Posted by Andrew on 21st Jan 2014
This pick is just phenomenal. I've tried everything but the CT-55 is the pick for me (I've tried lots of other Blue Chips, too). I loved it some much I blogged about it. The search is over for the perfect pick!
Posted by Josh Newell on 11th Jan 2014
If i could give this pick four an three quarter stars I would. There is nothing this pick doesn't do well. It feels great, grips well, No major complains at all. Is just a touch brighter then some other premium picks out there, so for those of you hold the dark rich tone as the absolute most important aspect of a pick, you might be dissapointed. Best pick Ive ever used (and I've tried a ton).
Posted by Chris on 10th Jan 2014
I've tried many of the top tier picks on the market and I continually come back to BlueChip as my favorite. I use a TAD-50 on my Collings D1A guitar and a CT-55 on my Collings MT mandolin. The CT-55 produces and nice round, fat, woody, loud tone.
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