This is the TAD pick in 60/1000 of an inch(1.5mm) thickness. It is shaped identically to the TP, but is slightly larger. All BlueChip Picks are professionally machined, laser engraved, and hand beveled.
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Posted by ruud-haus-quay on 7th May 2015
I purchased the pick out of curiosity, because I am kind of a freak about the influence of picks on one's tone. On initial inspection and feel, the pick did not seem like anything special. Once I started to use it, the proverbial proof was firmly identifiable in the pudding. The pick plays like a dream. The pick does not feel "sticky" or "tacky" to the touch, but it does seem to offer a superb "grip", for lack of a better word. A superior pick in all regards. I suspect it will wear very well, so just don't lose it and it will be well worth the investment.
Posted by Jordan Garrett on 1st May 2015
I'd adapted a long time ago to liking pointed style picks like Jazz III's and its variations. Then a mandolin picker gave me a celluloid rounded triangle type which I made into something similar to a TAD style with no bevel. Shortly after Being that my fathers side of my family is from Palau I used to have pretty good access to alot of tortoise shell amenities that I crafted into picks, until they were gone. So after waiting on Red Bear's for countless months I got them and found they had similar feel and tone to tortoise but were like tortoise, hard to replace, and not very durable. I ordered my first blue chip pick a TD I believe and got it in 2 days shipped to Illinois. Speaking of Blue Chip's durability I had never used a speed bevel so I worked...HARD with an iron file to shape away enough to make it a standard point bevel because thats what I was used to. One day I tried the speed bevel after getting use to the size for so long and I noticed my speed stayed up but I wasn't missing notes and carried alot more power to the string. I of course after one year lost the 2 I had and looked for other replaceable options. A local vintage acoustic instrument shop carried wegens and I got by with those pretty well. Then I decided I had to try the bluechips again and got a TAD(perfect size). I love the perfect bevel they give you. In short I guess its on the same level as tortoise shell, but its different and in my opinion better. For me its the perfect extension and connection to my strings that I can be the least concious of and focus on playing not on working the pick to get what I need. The sound frequency, tonal character, and volume are features I cannot match when using anything else. And I swear if you can get into the habit of putting it away in the same place you will always have it. In this case 3 corners worth and strings will not put a dent in it. If you can manage to not lose it, it will most likely feel the exact same for as long as you have it. And yeah like a previous review said, the bands I play with notice the difference. They are the only pick that I love this dearly and they make them all year round and are always in stock. I've already said too much . Find your shape and Spend the money just to try it. Flatpickers dream forsure. I've developed a frightening attachment to them. So has my Martin.
Posted by Silly Moustache on 20th Apr 2015
Each of my dreads have a TAD40 and TAD50 in the pick box. TAD40s for solo work, TAD50s for bluegrass, and combo work.
I felt that I needed something a "tad" more for my D12-20 and so bought a TAD60. Certainly brings out middle and treble a little more.
It also works quite well on my shortscale Santa Cruz "RS".
Posted by Unknown on 16th Apr 2015
I have to admit that I was completely stunned by two things. 1. The reduction in pick noise. 2. How fluidly the pick seemed to move through the strings.
Posted by Ron Gehrke on 25th Mar 2015
When I first heard about BlueChip picks, I said I would never spend that much money on a pick. Then I started reading reviews and watching YouTube videos and I became sold.
The difference in tone is incredible. Everyone that I play with has commented about it. If I lost this pick, I would buy a replacement or two immediately.
Posted by Travis Nesbit on 9th Jan 2015
The first time I played with the pick, I thought I had made a mistake. The pick felt too slick and I just wasn't getting the clarity out of my playing. I didn't think the pick was punching throught the notes while flatpicking and strumming felt a bit dull. I kept with it and then, things changed.
Having never used a pick with a speed bevel, I had to tweak my angle of attack. Not so much that it felt strange playing thankfully. Once I got that, the pick really showed what it can do. Licks are clean and fast. Strumming is full of sound. Thickness is spot on for me. Size is good and matches the picks I've used in the past but I may try a slightly smaller model for flatpicking.
Admittedly, if I were to rewrite this review in another month, I might rate 5 stars. It's close right now but not quite there. As I said, I'm liking this more and more. It's the first pick I grab now and it's the one that gets the most play. All in all, great product and worth it.
Posted by Sam G. on 13th Nov 2014
This pick is by far the best pick I have ever used. The response is great and the tone it produces is unbelievable. Needless to say, I won't be using any other pick than my Blue Chip. You can't go wrong with 'em.
Posted by Dave D. on 3rd Nov 2014
First off, I love these picks. I bounce back and forth between fingerstyle and flatpicks and had noticed that my guitar's tone was much better with a thumbpick than with my previous flatpick choices. I've tried everything from plastics to woods to faux tortoise (my previous pick of choice) and just couldn't get what I thought the guitar was capable of. While chatting with a bluegrass playing friend I asked if he had any pick recommendations. He said "Blue Chip. It'll change your life."
I ordered the TAD 50 and TAD 60 because I have several guitars ranging from Jumbo 12 strings to Grand Concert 6 strings and wanted to see what difference there would be in sound with a thicker pick. The Grand Concert (GC7 Taylor) was the one that was giving me fits when played with a flatpick and the TAD 50 solved that problem entirely. The overly strong mids are gone and the balance is sweet across all six strings.
I've played the TAD 50 and TAD 60 on rosewood and mahogany Dreadnoughts, my rosewood Grand Concert and a maple Jumbo 12 string from Guild. These picks ROCK. There is no noticeable clicking when the pick strikes the strings, the picks are easy to hold without sliding around between your finger and thumb and the tone is amazing. As I expected, the 60 has a slightly fuller bottom end sound than the 50 but both work wonderfully on all of my guitars. My playing style ranges from soft to hard strumming, bass line runs, even a bit of cross picking and these picks work wonderfully. My little Grand Concert, not really designed to be strummed very hard, is now a much more versatile instrument and my Dreads and Jumbo sound better than ever before.
If you're used to a smaller pick it may take a few songs to get accustomed to the larger size of the TADs, but if you pick up your old pick again you'll notice how much harder it is to hang onto than the Blue Chip.
While I tend to prefer the TAD 50 over the TAD 60, I'd be fine with either one. If you're unhappy with the sound of your guitar, try one of these picks. For the price of a couple good sets of strings it just could change your life.
Posted by Brian Hull on 19th Aug 2014
I own a bunch of all styles and wouldn't play anything else. Tone is great and great playability...I have tried many picks and feel as though Blue Chip are tops....
Posted by Ginny on 18th Jul 2014
My mandolin teacher, Emory Lester asked me to purchase one of these picks. I thought the price was high - until I played with it. What a difference in the sound quality. I have since ordered more and will never play with any other pick. !!
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