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Product Description

This is the TAD-1R pick in 100/1000th of an inch(2.5mm) thickness. It is identical to the TAD, but HAS ONE ROUNDED CORNER. All of our picks are professionally machined, hand beveled, and laser etched.


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. Smoothest tone, great grip. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 1st May 2019

    One of my top choices (in rotation) for picks for live and recording situations. Great for use with any guitar, which in my case are all acoustics (archtops, Selmer style guitar, resonator, parlor sized). The quietest pick on the market.

  2. Smooth baby! Very, very smooth! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 6th Jun 2016

    I purchased the Blue Chip TAD-1R 100 about a month ago. I play primarily Gypsy Jazz and decided to really see what this thing was made of, seeing as how I dropped $84 (custom engraving) on it. I decided to go with the TAD-1R, because it has one rounded side which is really ideal for rhythm playing in this style. After a bunch of intensive practices (la pompe, boleros, rumbas, waltzes) and a few clutch gigs (gypsy jazz, bal-musettes) there's barely any scratches on it! The weird part is the surface faces have a few "micro" scratches, but the bevels are almost pristine. Almost as is playing on them keeps them smooth. The two pointed bevel ends are amazing for lead playing, very quick and nimble. I mentioned to the bass player in one of the outfits I play in, about the self lubricating plastic. The reaction mirrored my initial scoff "what the hell does that mean?" Well, it's a thing, and what a thing it is! Smooth baby, very, very smooth! My previous go-to was a Red Bear Tri-Tip, one round, one pointed bevel, and one pointy point. Never used the pointy point, so having an extra pointed bevel is nice. The Red Bear tone is a bit brighter, I think this is due to their plastic (casein based, I do believe) which is chemically similar to tortoise shell. I've done a lot of repurposing of casein buttons to this end, the tone is good, but when I really want to step on the gas I get this crazy squelching sound. I've heard "chirp" get thrown around, but I don't think it's right. It's a high pitch "squeak" like the pick is screaming in pain. I would get the same experience from Red Bears after about 6 months. I think this has to do with a supposition that because tortoise shell was the pinnacle of plectrum technology through the ages, that it will always remain so because it's "perfect". This is a similar line of thinking to "imitation" cat-gut strings. Also, Red Bear is so backed up they don't do orders anymore, they just make what they make. First come, first serve, can't be having that! That being said Blue Chips; though not QUITE as bright, have given me no indication of the "pick death" sound. I've also used quite a few Wegens of various styles. To my experience, Blue Chips do sound superior. They also feel superior. In the hand and against the strings, very intuitive. At the risk of sounding elitist, maybe it requires a player being able to notice such subtleties. I also don't really like having to buff picks all the time, time is money people! For some people, it's not worth shelling out that kinda dough for something you can pay less than $1 for. I've been searching for the right fit for a long time, and for you seekers out there, my search is over. So much so, I just bought another one as back-up (yes, that awesome.) I fully endorse, and encourage you to purchase to keep these guys in business! Happy picking!

  3. Everything else sounds like plastic 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 8th Jun 2013

    I played a lot of picks since nearly 40 years. I played nearly exclusively Wegen Picks in the end , but now , i never play anything else than Blue Chip Picks. Please offer a SR 100 !

  4. A great Pick 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st Jan 2013

    After trying the tad 80 i tried the tad 100.
    This is the best pick i have ever used and i have been strumming for 40+ years.
    Thank you so much for bring my rest strokes to life.

  5. Heavy duty 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 26th Jun 2012

    As the headline says... one heavy duty pick. A whole lot of money for a pick, but the amount of control available is unlimited. And, as with all of the Blue Chip picks I've tried, the tone compares with the best tortoise shell. Note that it is a bit mellower sounding than the others I've played since it is thicker, but it works well for flatpicking, and is just about perfect for gypsy jazz.

  6. Ol' Faithful... 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 11th Dec 2011

    I've tried and own plastic picks, (Dunlop, Martin,Fender, etc...) I've tried boutique picks, (V-picks, RedBear, Heartwoodes, etc...) and I've come to not only rely on but enjoy this pick (plectrum) hands down. I've been playing acoustic guitar now 4 years and because I'm rather young at it one may think I'm not mature enough to voice an opinion... I have gone back and forth with my small collection during my practice sessions and tolerate the others but for performances during chapel services either conus or oconus I don't leave my living quarters without it. Can't say enough about the product without mentioning the owner(s). Thanks for believing in me enough to bless me with such a valuable gift and tool to better myself while honing my craft from hobby to stardom. You guys are the best and I'll never forget it.

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