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Product Description

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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  1. Perfect for my wife's mandolin!!! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 23rd Feb 2024

    My wife is member of country gongbang! from south korea
    I gave this perfect pick for amazing performance
    see you on stage! many festival in 2024

  2. The perfect pick! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 25th Jan 2024

    I’ve tried quite a few, but the CT55 is the one for me.

  3. For Mandolin and Guitar 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 23rd Jan 2024

    I find this pick to be great for flatpicking guitar and for playing mandolin. I've worked my way up for using this pick for both. Extremely satisfied!

  4. Best pick I have ever played my mandolin with 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 5th Jan 2024

    Tremendous response, smooth release, virtually no pick noise. Brings out the full tone of my mandolin. Thanks BlueChip.

  5. Honestly? Worth it 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 27th Dec 2023

    So, I didn’t love the idea of spending $35 on one pick. But now that I have it, I’m glad I bought it. It’s a total game changer for my playing. If I ever lose this one, I know I will shell out another $35 for another.

  6. Great Pick 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 20th Dec 2023

    Fast service. Great pick.

  7. Absolutely perfect 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 24th Nov 2023

    This pick feels and sounds perfect — I've tried a ton of styles, but this is the best pick I've ever used and it's not even close. Beautiful tone, glides perfectly over the strings, tons of grip and control.

    Plus, it just doesn't wear out. I bought it 5 years ago today, and play all day every day (acoustic and electric guitar), it's still as good as new. I'm going to buy another one just in case, even though I don't need it yet.

  8. Excellent pick for mandolin, so-so for guitar 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 15th Nov 2023

    The CT55 is the best mandolin pick I've ever used. Thick enough to move easily through both strings and get great tone, and precise enough (with the speed bevel) for a satisfyingly smooth tremolo. Lots of dynamic range too. Obviously I'd prefer if they were less expensive—I'd buy some backups!—but this is a great pick and a huge upgrade from my old Dunlop Primetone (1.4 mm).

    I bought it to use with mandolin and guitar because I heard it was good for both. I found it clicky and dull on my guitar—lovely tone for single note runs, but it makes strumming muddy. BlueChip picks are great, but I would pick a different model for guitar. (I like the BC Jazz 40 LGs, which are like Dunlop Jazz III XLs, though I've lost mine at the moment.)

    I use medium gauge strings for both guitar and mandolin.

  9. Brah!!! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 27th Oct 2023

    She's fast and she can slam!!!

  10. Surprisingly worth it 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 4th Oct 2023

    Honestly I bought this because I was curious what could possibly be worth this amount of money. I had enjoyed the Dunlop Primetones so much I wanted to pay this $35 to prove that a $2 pick was just as good. I was so wrong! The CT55 feels like its cutting through the strings. No pick click, grips really well. It somehow simultaneously feels fat and controllable while still feeling very sharp and articulate. It is brighter than similar picks I've tried, but as I got practiced with this pick I feel like I can achieve any tone I want. I bought this for mandolin but now exclusively use it on my guitar as well.

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