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This is the TAD-3R pick in 40/1000th of an inch(1.0mm) thickness. It is identical to the TAD, but HAS THREE ROUNDED CORNERS. 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. Just Get Some 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 4th Aug 2016

    Quite simply these are the best picks I've found, and I think I've tried them all. The 40 is perfect for mandolin and the 50 for guitar. And the wooden box is a no-brainer. Simply awesome products.

  2. Love these picks! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 31st Mar 2016

    I started using BlueChip picks about a year ago and I'm hooked. They are my all time favorites. I use them every day and they still look brand new, not like other picks that I have to replace after a month or two. There are no signs of wear at all. I really like the feel, the way they glide over the strings. At the moment I have three TAD's, a 40, a 50 and a 60, as well as a CT 55 and a thumb pick. When I needed the thumb pick modified to better suit my playing the folks at BlueChip were happy to help. You can't beat that for service. I am definitely a satisfied customer. Thanks!!

  3. Sound like a Pro! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 27th Mar 2016

    The size of this pick for playing mandolin is great! I find the rounded corners with the speed bevel to be just what I needed for all the great songs I am trying to master. When I received the pick in the mail I immediately took it out and began playing my mandolin. To my surprise my wife said - You sure are sounding great tonight. Are you doing anything different? I told her it is my new pick. She told me everything sounds so much purer. I thought that was great coming from my number one critic and fan!

  4. Found THE Pick! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 25th Jan 2016

    I've experimented over the years with different picks, but this has become my favorite. I've always liked brighter, thinner picks (ultem...) for acoustic guitar, and didn't initially connect with the more muted blue chip tone. But this TAD40-3R has a fullness and substance to it that has made it my go to pick. I get plenty of edge as well. My ear doesn't miss the brightness and it has improved the speed and fluency of my technique. To me the TAD40-3R has more presence than the more pointed styles. And it just flies on the strings. www.michaellondon.net

  5. Plesant supprise 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 11th May 2015

    I bought 2 picks, a 40 and a 50, not knowing the difference. I played the 40 first and found it more than good nice and bright, just one of those things when you pick up something good it just let's you do it better. I have been trying picks hand over fist for the past 4 years and at last I have found "The Pick" for me. I then played the 50 and found it muted compared to the 40, it is heavier but not the pick for me. Thanx for the pick, If I ever need another one it just means that this one has been nicked!

  6. It doesn't cost more to go first class, you simply can't stay as long! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 6th Aug 2014

    I'm a novice picker, and purchased two blue chip picks three years ago. I gave one away and kept one. I loved the tone and volume it provided, but thought I was breaking too many strings. I switched back to a nylon, tried several types and ended up going back to the TAD-R3. I don't think I'll ever wear it out, plus I have the added benefit of keeping up with it 'cause you don't want to replace it. I won't complain about the pick price since I use Thomastik strings on my Gibson F5G. It's a great sound all around and I think you get exactly what you pay for!!

  7. Mixed feelings 3 Star Review

    Posted by on 3rd Apr 2014

    I believe a pick determines tone, volume, "shape", and speed. The blue chip is the smoothest I have ever used. Comes off the string so well. But even the 40 is much too thick to throw a bright, illuminated tone. I reshaped the pick, reduced its size, thinned it, and drilled three small holes in it to improve the grip. Oooo, did I really do all that? Yup. If I could buy one that had the flex of a Dunlop .88
    combined with the way the Blue Chip feels on the string, I would be an advocate.

  8. The toughest, sound worthiest, bestest pick ever 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 24th Dec 2013

    I thought I'd never pay that kind of money for a pick, but I did, and I'm glad I did. The sound compares to no other, at any price. I use the TAD-3R 40. three round corners with beveled edges. Its great for bluegrass pickin.
    Matter of fact, I should be on commission, because everytime I pass it around at a jam, someone says where can I get one. I cannot really speak for the other models, because this is the only one I've used. Order the shape and thickness of the pick you use now, and hold on. I'll be using these as long as they make them. The only reason to buy another is if you lose it, because you can't wear them out.

  9. Well worth the money! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 20th Aug 2013

    In my not so humble opinion this rather pricey pick is worth every penny. All my guitars sound better when played with this pick than with any other I've tried and the beveling and rounded corners make it feel smoother to use, too. I find the larger size easy to hold with my arthritic fingers & thumb. One review implied that it wouldn't work well for playing leads - my teacher plays intricate, difficult fast leads with it in performance all the time and recommends it to his students. It's a great product!

  10. If you want a little darker TAD-40 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st Feb 2013

    For me, the TAD-40R delivers a little darker tone than the TAD-40. So if you love the feel of the 40 but want somethimg not as bright, the 40R delivers in spades. The attacks are not as crisp with the rounded corners but the tone is velvety smooth.

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