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  • Anyone tried the TUSQ picks from Graph Tech?

    http://www.graphtech.com/products/brands/tusq-picks

    They now have TUSQ thumb picks too.

    http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/t...rom-graph-tech

    If you've tried either of them, what did you think?
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    Originally posted by Phil O'Keefe View Post
    http://www.graphtech.com/products/brands/tusq-picks

    They now have TUSQ thumb picks too.

    http://www.harmonycentral.com/news/t...rom-graph-tech

    If you've tried either of them, what did you think?
    For years and years I was mostly a Fender 351 medium man. I moved up to the 351 heavy picks when I started to play mandolin in the late 80's.

    I'm not a big Dunlop Tortex, even though they are loved by many. I have seen the TUSQ flat picks in the shops, but never really bothered. Last year after years of reading about Blue Chip picks I bought one. Now I don't want to take away any thunder of the TUSQ picks and the reviews you do on HC, but as a liaison between us musicians and the manufactures. HC and the manufactures should up your budget and salary so you can make a some quality videos.

    The Blue Chip cost me 35 bucks plus shipping. The pick as a smooth as silk, and self lubricating. You really notice less hand fatigue when playing the mandolin. I will order another one soon, and this time get my name etched into it. Might order a few more after I re-mortgage the old homestead.

    I ordered the TD40 after speaking with one of the reps at Blue Chip.



    How is the smoothness and fatigue on the TUSQ? There does seem to be a nice crispy top end to them.






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    • #3
      I haven't tried them, but was thinking about buying a trial assortment after hearing about them. I may have to do the same with the Blue Chip too and get one of those to try as well.

      As far as the pay increase / video budget, I'll pass that along.
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      "Look at it this way: think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of 'em are stupider than that."

      - George Carlin

      "It shouldn't be expected that people are necessarily doing what they appear to be doing on records."

      - Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears

      "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."

      - Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Phil O'Keefe View Post
        I haven't tried them, but was thinking about buying a trial assortment after hearing about them. I may have to do the same with the Blue Chip too and get one of those to try as well.

        As far as the pay increase / video budget, I'll pass that along.


        I took some measurements with a micrometer to select the Blue Chip Pick I wanted.
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        • #5
          I have TUSQ nuts and saddles on a couple of my guitars, they work pretty well. Not sure how much I would like a TUSQ pick. I usually prefer picks that are a bit on the flexier side. That being said, do you think the rigidness of TUSQ would wear out guitar strings more quickly?
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          • #6
            I'm not really sure davie - I am going to have to order a set and give them a try. I'll let you know what I think once I have a chance to play them a bit.
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            "Look at it this way: think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of 'em are stupider than that."

            - George Carlin

            "It shouldn't be expected that people are necessarily doing what they appear to be doing on records."

            - Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears

            "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."

            - Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter

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            • #7
              I ordered a bunch of graph tech parts for my parts caster build I am doing, and they sent me one complimentary pick. I actually like it a lot. I usually use Dunlop nylons, but this grew on me. The thing will stop me from buying more I think is that I am wearing the pick out. I like to play a lot of pinch harmonics in leads and I noticed that in just a couple of weeks this pick was starting to get wear and bevels on it that the Dunlops never did. For what they cost, I can't have them wearing out that easily on me. So, although I liked it a lot, I think I can't afford to buy them as often as I would have to.

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              • #8
                I'm looking forward to hearing your opinion. I've worked with several Tusq bridge saddles and nuts and when I heard about the picks my instincts said too soft. I play indestructible Ultex picks though, so anything is soft by comparison.

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                • Axisplayer
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                  Thats what I noted just above. Soft and wears quickly.
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