$20 for a pick?

Discussion in 'Accessories [BG]' started by ThingsAbove, Jun 10, 2021.

  1. Is there a reason to spend $20 on a pick

    Gravity Picks Gold Striker - Standard Size, 1.5mm

    I felt extravagant when I spent $4 on a Gravity pick. Admittedly it is better than my other picks but wondering how much better a $20 pick would be?
  2. Yango

    Yango Inactive

    Apr 14, 2008
    At a guess I would say five times better.
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  3. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Bootlegger guitars : S.I.T. Strings Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2007
    Florida USA
    I’m speechless ...
  4. cxcxcx


    Mar 8, 2019
    One thing that is missing at TB is a good old fashioned “Why is _______ so expensive” thread. It’s simply something we don’t do often enough.

    I, for one, celebrate the fact that there’s nothing forcing me to buy one of these picks. YMMV.
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  5. So, there's likely nothing mind-blowingly better in a $20 pick.

    The marketing department probably said "Hey, let's set a ridiculous price on this small piece of plastic and see if people buy it"
  6. jmattbassplaya

    jmattbassplaya Supporting Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    IIRC, some Blue Chip picks go for $50.
  7. In my experience boutique picks do bring out nuances in acoustic guitar tone. A $3k+ acoustic 6 or 12 string guitar will respond differently to various pick materials.
    When playing electric bass with a pick I choose Fender medium
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  8. spufman

    spufman Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Central CT
    I do like the Blue Chip picks on mandolin and other acoustic instruments. The feel and tone is worth it in that context, to me. But for electrics, I stand by the Primetones, 3-packs for about $8.
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  9. I paid ~35 for BlueChip Mandolin picks- 3 of them(one for flatpickin geetar) about 11 years ago.
    They never slip out of my hands and do not wear out.

    Now i am down to 2 thanks to kids and cats but they were worth it for me.
    One tends to remember where they set a $35+ pick

    I am much less...picky :facepalm:for bass picks which I only utilize occasionally when the tunes call for it. Mostly using the Darkglass plectrum that came with the B7K Ultra II.
  10. rufus.K


    Oct 18, 2015
    I won't touch a pick that costs less than $3k
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  11. Lowend65

    Lowend65 Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2006
    San Jose, CA
    You guys should see what the Gypsy Jazz guys spend... I have a buddy who doesn't bat an eye at an $20 pick

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  12. Okay, so expen$ive picks are a thing. I wonder if any other piece of music gear has as high a profit margin?
  13. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music. Supporting Member

    Gypsy Jazz or Manouche picks.
    I've paid that and more for a single pick.
    They're not something that you buy in bulk.
    And they are generally 4.00mm to 6.00mm thick.

    Djangobooks picks.

    The bottom row are from $30.00 to $50.00
    Pricey picks.jpg

    The guys at Djangobooks like me!$$$:laugh:
    Picks - DjangoBooks.com
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  14. Are they like custom mold IEMs? Do you send them an impression of your thumb and forefinger?
  15. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music. Supporting Member

    But the Dugains are offered in two types.
    Both have a thumb recess.
    But with and without an index finger indentation.


    The Djangopicks are generally smooth on both sides.
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  16. NoiseNinja

    NoiseNinja Experimental-psychedelic-ambient-noise-drone Inactive

    Feb 23, 2011
    Well, if someone like a pick enough to pay 20$ for it then bless them (I have a morally harder time giving my blessings to whoever charge 20$ for just a single pick though).

    Personally I am just glad that my absolutely preferred pick is something as cheap and simple as a Dunlop USA Nylon one, the .73mm to be exact.

    However I do get the subtleties of differences that can make one pick better than another for someone, I personally like to sand the tip of those .73mm Dunlop USA Nylon picks slightly rounder before I use them, but I would feel bad about charging anyone 20$ for that customization.
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2021
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  17. More expensive = better? Isn't that how it works?

  18. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    I spent $5 on one of their picks just to see what it was like. Was way too pointy for my tastes but I did like the material. That said, I like the material of way cheaper picks, too :D
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  19. marchone

    marchone Since 1951 Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2009
    McCartney uses flattened pennies. He’s been known to place them on train tracks himself. But then, he’s always been known as a cheap bastard.
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