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 LL on 13th Oct 2014
I have tried the usual suspects, Dawg, Golden Gate, V-Pic, etc. This is the best for me,for both tone and feel.
Posted by Kowboy on 8th Oct 2014
I had heard so much good news about this new pick that I had to try one. They are pricy, but if you want to play your very best, here's the pick for you. I had difficulty mastering tremolo, but now I can glide the pick through the strings evenly and quickly. There is no clicking sound of pick contact with the strings either. I understand that the Blue Chip picks are made from something that makes them last literally forever. I only purchased one but I am going to place another order and surprise my friend with a couple of picks as well. Chris Thiele uses these so they must be the best.
Posted by Ben Ford on 12th Sep 2014
This pick has a great feel on the strings, at least so far; it glides easily with a clean release. But the most noticeable difference is the tone -- it gives a rounder, fuller sound to the notes on all strings, even the trebles, but still plenty of brightness and projection. I love it! I just wish I could afford to buy one for each of my instruments.
Posted by John McMahon on 8th Sep 2014
I ordered Wegen picks as well and found the size and feel of that product better suited to my playing. the CT55 is a little large and harder to keep a steady hold on ... using it for mando simply because of the price - have to justify the money :)
Posted by RG on 20th Aug 2014
There is nothing like finding your lost CT55 after three months to be vividly reminded: full tone! great dynamics! faster AND more comfortable! That's what has been missing...
Posted by Lonnie Cole on 14th Aug 2014
THESE BLUECHIP PICKS ARE BY FAR THE BEST I HAVE EVER USED. MY BROTHER (MARK COLE) FORMERLY OF LARRY SPARKS AND THE LONESOME RAMBLERS, LOVES THEM TO. KEEP MAKIN THEM AND WE WILL KEEP BUYIN THEM! PS. MAKES MY GIBSON MANDOLIN AND 1943 D-18 SOUND EVEN BETTER
Posted by Chris on 11th Aug 2014
Love it! Wish I have bought one sooner.
Posted by David Mansfield on 6th Aug 2014
Since switching to the CT55 I've gained significant speed, flexibility and accuracy on the mandolin. And being able to order a custom bevel means that I can get as much or as little top end as I want. I'm converted!
Posted by Ron Shipman on 5th Aug 2014
I bought the CT-55 for two mando players on my gift list and both were delighted! Blue Chip has been great to deal with and beyond my expectations in fulfilling the orders and prompt and great service. I'm playing a BCT-JD and bought a spare to make sure I don't have to be without it! They're worth every nickel! Thanks, Guys!
Posted by Kerry Laird on 5th Aug 2014
I'm just an average intermediate player. I was at the first Saturday bluegrass jam in Magnolia, TX, when a fellow mandolin player, one a lot better than I, began to rave about his Blue Chip pick. My jaw hit the floor when he said how much he had paid for the pick. I have tried a variety of picks, even the vaulted Golden Gate pick, and to me an inexpensive pick seemed just as good as its pricey brethren. But a Blue Chip is not a brother to an inexpensive pick. Heck, it's not even a first cousin. We're talking about a three times removed famous relative here. The Blue Chip CT 55 has great volume and glides over the strings, even for an inexperienced player such as myself. I swore that I would write a bad review if the pick did not live up to the hype, and here I am, another skeptic turned believer in the almighty Blue Chip difference. This pick is worth the price.
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