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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. Amazingly it's worth every penny 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 13th Mar 2017

    You wouldn't think that a $35 pick would be worth it, but it is. I use this pick for all my instruments - mandolin and guitars. It's perfect and feels like an extension of my soul. I lost one once and didn't feel right until I replaced it with the exact same model. I once dropped it and stopped the show to ask everyone to help me find it. I swear that it makes my instruments sound better and my playing is more inspired. I don't know how, I just know it's true.

  2. nice pick 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 1st Mar 2017

    Well I had been using the TAD 50 and thought I'd try this one out. I like it! Seems easier to hold, and I have a little more volume.

    I like blue chip picks so I might partial.

  3. The Best! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 24th Feb 2017

    I've tried all types and brands of picks and this one is the ONE for me! Great feel, size and shape for my playing style, sound and overall playability. Try one and I guarantee it will be your favorite.

  4. Incredible 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 5th Jan 2017

    This pick has become essential to my mandolin playing. For years, I used picks that I considered adequate to good. I had no idea what I was missing. This pick allows for more even tone, clarity, speed, and comfort. Do yourself a favor and get one.

  5. never leave home without it 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 3rd Jan 2017

    Sounds great, feels perfect, right thickness, right size.

  6. Head and shoulders above any other make of flatpick 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 1st Jan 2017

    This is my second CT55. Not that there's anything wrong with my first one, just that I thought I'd better have a back up!

  7. Love the low amount of pick noise and durable material 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 29th Dec 2016

    I've tried a lot of different picks including tortis (fake tortoise shell pick), tortoise picks, and coconut shell, horn, etc. Some pick give a real nice bright tone but also come with a lot of pick noise when the pick strikes a vibrating string. This pick has just the right balance between brightness and pick noise and is very durable.

  8. Just What The Doctor Ordered 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 28th Dec 2016

    I've been playing mandolin for 11 months. I've been studying grip, speed, tone... with a variety of picks. I had to try this one after all of the favorable reviews, and Chris Thile is from my town. Wow, everything is true, stays in my hand extremely well, and awesome tone. I've clocked about 25 hrs. on it in the 4 days I've owned it and my timing, quickness, command.... have improved tremendously. I have some picks that sound good on the higher strings and some that are good on the lower ones, I like the volume and tone of this pick everywhere.

  9. CT55 is the best 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 28th Dec 2016

    I've been using these CT55 picks on my mandolins for several years and they are absolutely the best. They are smooth on the strings, very "grippy", have a great tone and wear like iron. My old one is still in great shape and will continue to see duty as my "spare". I bought this new one just because I wanted a shiny new one with my name on it... pure vanity!

  10. Another great BlueChip pick in my box 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 28th Dec 2016

    The CT 55 is the thickest of all the bluechips I have.To be honest, I now have five BlueChips all different thicknesses and 3 different styles and I give them all five stars.

    The longer I play them the better they respond. None better

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