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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. Best there ever was 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 12th Aug 2019

    As a long time guitar player, I foolishly decided to pick up the mandolin. After countless efforts at finding the right pick, I decided to take the plunge on the CT-55. The first couple of days, I tried to find things wrong with it but just couldn't. For my mandolin, it's the only one I'll use. It's worth every penny.

  2. It to a while, but now I'm hooked 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 4th Aug 2019

    I've been using the Golden Gate and Grisman Dawg-style picks for as long as they've been around and are all I have consistently used on my mandolin. After borrowing a friend's BlueChip recently (can't even recall which model) I took the plunge and bought several. While I initially liked the CT 55, I just couldn't get used to it right away. Now, after about 2 solid weeks of use, I'm having a hard time going back to the Golden Gate/Dawg-type picks. In particular, I like the more defined corners of the CT 55 as I feel like they help in articulating notes a bit more clearly. Not crazy about the price but, in the relative scheme of things, it won't break me either. All-in-all, a great pick!

  3. Nice crisp sound on my mandolin 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 29th Jul 2019

    After only a month my impression is that the CT-55 is a great pick. Gives a very crisp sound as well as feel. Hard to believe how these Blue Chips "stick" to your fingers. Has encouraged a much more easy right hand grip on the pick which may lead to better tone and speed. Only reason it is not a 5 is that the TAD60 3R is my favorite at the moment but that could change the more I play both.

  4. Simply the best 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 22nd Jul 2019

    I've tried just about every kind of flat pick there is is over the past fifty years. Nothing else even comes close. Worth every penny and then some. I've purchased 4-5 picks over the past seven years, just had one custom made. Excellent product, stellar customer service. Thanks BlueChip!

  5. i can feel the inprovement! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 22nd Jul 2019

    The first time playing with this new pick I can feel improvement! It makes me a much more confident player and improves the sound my mandolin makes! Worth the price, thank you!

  6. Finally a pick that works best. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 10th Jul 2019

    My Blue Chip CT55 is the best all around pick I have ever had.....I use it on my guitar and mandolin......It somehow sticks to my aging 78 year old fingers and doesn't slip.....I have tried almost all picks available and The BC pick is the best.

  7. wish I would stop losing them & dog ate one 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 2nd Jul 2019

    Keep coming back— cannot use anything else - these are the best, all other picks are junk. Just about cry when I lose one because I love them! Dog ate one - lost one working on the car - lost recent one snap keychain came open and it fell out somewhere in the yard in mulch. Have to keep a spare on hand ! But fast shipping and love the engraving my telephone #

  8. CT 55 - The best pick I have ever used... 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 25th Jun 2019

    Other reviews say it below, but this is truly a remarkably designed pick. Right off the bat, it just makes everything easier to play. Its very comfortable and allows you to get clearer, tighter notes without straining. It makes your playing more elegant because you arent fight the pick / strings as much. I have been using it on every gig so far and its been fantastic. Thank you Blue Chip!

  9. Blue Chip are the best 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 18th Jun 2019

    I have tried almost every guitar, mandolin pick ever made and Blue Chip Picks are the best..They stick to your fingers and click on the strings better than any other....I have been using one for several years now and there is no sign of wear.....Great picks

  10. Great Pick! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 3rd Jun 2019

    Love the large triangular shape. Tucks into my hand perfectly to allow speed and accuracy. This pick definitely improved both my mandolin and guitar skills.

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