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This is the TAD-1R pick in 40/1000th of an inch(1.0mm) 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. Nothing like 'em. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 5th Jan 2017

    There's a name for guys like me - I'm a "pickhead." I've got dozen; all shapes & sizes. They're little works of art to me. Without question, my BlueChips are my favorites. They are absolutely worth the price. I bought one because I had to give 'em a try ... Then I bought 3 more. A great guitar deserves the best pick!

  2. Mine is a TAD 35 1R, great pick, great customer service 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 29th Dec 2016

    My guitar playing level is basically, "mid-level hack playing mostly bluegrass." I am always trying picks of different materials, shapes and thicknesses, trying to improve. There are so many variables; speed , tone etc. Some say you need a thicker pick to be faster. I don't know about that. Steve Kaufman plays a .73 delrin. I have several Blue Chips, including a TAD 40 and TAD 50. I requested this pick in 35 thickness. The material is basically stiff anyway. This thinner pick means that I'm not working so hard to push it through the bass strings. The material is still plenty thick and stiff enough to hit solid rest strokes. The rounded edge is very handy. When I'm doing heavy strumming or chops, this is the edge I use. also , sometimes I get a little too heavy on my attack, so I'll switch to the rounded edge to soften it down a little. I'm liking this pick a real lot. But, all the Blue Chips are great. Beats any pick of comparable thickness and shape.

  3. Super Duper 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 24th Nov 2016

    Love these picks. The feel. The sound. Variety of design. They are the best for every way I use them.

  4. Bevels 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 15th Aug 2016

    The bevels are near perfect. They encourage the proper pick angles and direction so that beautiful tone is produced. This has changed my play.
    The overall size is larger than typical picks, so I will probably buy another smaller model for variety. The material of the pick is unbelievable. The rounded corner produces a wonderful softer tone.

  5. Great pick 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 4th Jun 2016

    I ordered two picks based on research and recommendation from someone I trust, Eric Gibson, of the Gibson Brothers. I am very satisfied with the playability of this product.

  6. Amazing! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 7th Apr 2016

    I was blown away with the smoothness and quality of this pick! Sound is impressive! Thanks!

  7. Incredible pick 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 22nd Jan 2016

    This pick is amazing. Somehow it simultaneously sticks to my fingers yet glides along the strings without imparting too much of it's own character. The tone is beautifully balanced. The brown color is unassuming yet purposeful. These are simply the best picks I've used, and I've become something of a pick collector.

  8. A truly excellent "swiss army" pick. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 2nd Oct 2015

    I've had a couple of these picks now - the TAD1 R40 is a wonderfully all purpose pick that I can use for bluegrass picking, folk strumming, and even on my ukuleles -the pick responds very well to a number of major ukulele string brands, with excellent speed and minimum pick noise. I can get wonderful tremolo on my taropatch uke with minimal pick noise - not something I could say about many another pick.

    Guitars are a give, including my newest baby, a wonderful Gallagher Ragtime Special which I shouldn't really flat pick -but do anyway!

    I've also bought my pal one -he's a far better player than I, and he loves his too.

    Nice job, Blue Chip!

  9. Just what I was looking for! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 23rd Jun 2015

    I just got my Tad 1 R 40, and it is "just right"!
    I have used a heavier Blue Chip but ended up thinning one corner down and liked that. So I got the 40 and love it.
    I am still amazed at how little playing and even heavy playing shows on these picks. If someone told me that they last forever, I could not but believe them.
    I even prefer the pick over an old tortoise shell I have, and it's legal!
    Ultimate pick!!

  10. Made mine a 2R 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th Apr 2015

    I took the plunge into Blue Chip world after hearing good results from friends. I have been using fairly heavy and rounded picks for a long time. I had settled on the white Claytons, rounding off two of the tips, and rarely using the sharp point. More recently I have been using John Pearse studio picks, with the three different shapes - sharp, round, extra round.
    I ordered the TAD40-1R because it was about the same shape and size as the Clayton, and the 40 since it was about 1.00mm, which is what I typically like.
    I took it for a test drive against picks with the same shape, both celluloid and the white Clayton material, which seems almost a nylon type polymer.
    After much A-B comparison, I must say the Blue Chip does give a slightly superior tone on every guitar I tried, when up against the same thickness and shape of other materials. I must say, it is not a night-and-day difference. More like comparing a real Lloyd Loar against a really good new mandolin. I have done that comparison myself. The Loar is maybe 10 percent better in tone and 10 times the price. Blue Chip material is like that. Expensive, but at least you don't need to mortgage your home to buy one.
    I liked the one rounded tip better, but the sharper point is good too for a little brighter sound. After deciding to keep it (and after reshaping my Blue Chip thumbpick) I decided to reshape the third point to "extra rounded" -- I used the profile of a nickel as my template and made a Blue Chip with 3 different points.
    I wish they offered that: A TAD with regular, rounded, and extra-round points. I got mine now, if I don't lose it!

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