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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. ct55 awsome pick& tad 40 crazy good

    Posted by GARY"RICK"PHILLIPS on 9th Jul 2014

    I have a custom d41 porter wagoner martin,
    these ct55 and tad 40, gives my guitar a very clear bassy
    sound, no pick scratching sound any more,
    great bluechip picks, thanks allen and matt,

  2. ct55 awsome pick

    Posted by GARY"RICK"PHILLIPS on 9th Jul 2014

    ct55 is a awesome pick to my surprise, I was looking
    for a clear tone, and this pick did just that,more bassy sound,
    but I tend to like something a little thiner, since I play more rythem following the banjo. so I ordered a tad 40 whitch is a 1mm, ,but the ct55 is 1.4mm, is a great sounding, picking at home by myself,its really hard to chose a pick,so I have about
    $80 bucks of picks to choose from, THANKS ALLEN,

  3. I'm a beginner - amazing difference!

    Posted by newbie on 26th Jun 2014

    Though I'm just a beginner when it comes to playing mandolin, I notice a HUGE difference between the CT-55 and all my other picks. Big difference in both feel and sound. Helps my technique AND my enjoyment! Never would have thought that a little bitty thing like a pick could make such an amazing difference.

  4. fantastic quality...amazing tone

    Posted by Danny on 18th Jun 2014

    I don't know what to say other than I was as skeptical as anyone who is used to picks being cheap and replaceable, but now that I've played with a pick that brings so much to the table tonally, that is so much fun to play and that brings with it so much subtlety, I can never go back. Since I learned to play fingerstyle, picks seemed to only be able to offer volume...and at the cost of so much tone that it wasn't even worth using one. But this pick makes me never want to put it down. Consider me a lifelong customer.

  5. CT-55 Perfect!!!!

    Posted by dit on 18th Jun 2014

    I have used the TAD 40, 50, 60, and 80 BC picks. All have a unique feel and tone. The 40 has found a good home living with my telecaster : ) ! The 50, 60, and 80 are retired in favor of my
    new and possibly forever love, the CT-55. For me it has the perfect feel and produces the tone I have always dreamed of in my Martin D-28 special and Martin D-41 dreadnought guitars. This pick in combination with broken in 80/20 medium or medium nickle strings on these instruments makes my heart sing.

    I have used several premium pick brands and all have good attributes. Blue Chip picks seem to combine the best of all these good attributes into one pick!

  6. Amazing Difference

    Posted by Cecily on 13th Jun 2014

    I've been using ProPlec and Golden Gate for the past year. However, my new CT55 really amazes me. What a difference in the sound it makes! My hubby was upstairs and heard me play, and said "Now that's better!" Normally, he can't even hear my playing from upstairs. My fellow jammers also noticed the better quality sound right away.
    I like how it feels and stays with me even with a loose grip.
    The engraving looks great; nice to have it personalized.
    A great product!

  7. Personalization makes great gift item

    Posted by Mike on 9th Jun 2014

    I've happily used a blur chip pick after borrowing one and noticing the tone and control available from this material and shaping. Decided to give a couple away (birthday and graduation) to some pickers who might enjoy the very special pick that was personalized for them. It worked. They liked the gifts.

  8. Could a pick make you a better player?

    Posted by Suzanne on 14th May 2014

    Love these picks. Perfect mandolin picks for my hand. Makes me a better player. Love the "heft" and feel of the pick in my hand. Still a beginning student but decided to invest in good picks to enhance my playing experience and it has done just that. Just reordered a few more to have in the lovely pick pouch I also purchased.

  9. best pick ever

    Posted by Jan Willems, NL on 16th Apr 2014

    I've been playing and picking my old Martin D28 for over 45 years now, experimenting with lots and lots of different plectrums. Well, Blue Chip CT55 are the very best !!! Great touch, great sound, very well shaped and superb grip.

  10. CT55 is Nice!

    Posted by bdh on 25th Mar 2014

    Mando player. Came from using mostly a Wegen 14. Seems easier to control dynamics with this pick (playing pianissimo to forte). Nice touch, nice grip, great sound. I'd like to try a rounded BC but hesitant to drop the cash as I typically don't like the sound I produce with a rounded edge (eg Dawg or Golden Gate).

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