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FDP Forum / Non-Fender Gear Reviews / V-Picks: Or, More Guitar Pick Madness

HappyDog
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USA

I like pie. Pie is good.
Apr 6th, 2008 03:21 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I read a positive review of the V-Pick on www.dolphinstreet.com. Since picks are a lot less expensive than guitars or pedals, I have a habit of buying new picks to allay my GAS. PAS, if you will. (Any jokes about PAS and GAS are probably deserved.)

The V-Pick is designed and made by a guy named Vinni Smith. According to the website he never actually planned to make guitar picks for a living, and just fell into it by accident, more or less. The picks are hand-finished, which interested me. He also makes some claims about the picks on his website that intrigued me, so I went for it.

I ordered the Medium Rounded, and got a nice non-form-letter e-mail from them after the order, thanking me for ordering the pick and asking where I heard of it. That kind of personal contact doesn't happen a lot.

The picks arrived a couple days later. I ordered just one Medium Rounded but they threw in a Small Pointed as well, which was nice of them.

I got the Medium Rounded because it's 2.75 mm thick, close to the Dunlop Big Stubby 3.0 that I use regularly. The Small Pointed that they threw in is slightly more pointed but not obnoxiously so. The Medium Rounded is about the size of the Dunlop but a bit wider perhaps, and the Small Pointed is a little larger than a Jazz III.

Now, let's tackle the claims on the website. Do they stick to your fingers without being tacky, like the man says? Yes, they do. They don't slide around in my grip at all. One of the reasons I liked the Big Stubby was that it had an indent in the grip that deterred slipping. The V-Pick doesn't have that but it stays put just as well, even better perhaps.

Does it help you play faster? Well...yeah, it does. It does indeed slide over the strings, but not in the same way a stone or metal pick would.

The note definition is clear and a bit more rounded than the Big Stubby. As I play with the V-Pick more I find that it sounds better, less icepicky than the JD. It seems to make arpeggiations easier - again, like the man said. It's stiff but not heavy or clunky feeling in the hand. Super-comfortable.

Is it cool-looking? Again, yeah. It's clear plastic, polished, and shiny. If you look at it close-up and sideways, it looks hand finished, and pretty nicely done as well.

The Medium Rounded is my favorite of the two. The Small Pointed is great for individual lines but to be honest, I play a lot of chords and small picks always make me feel uncomfortable playing chords. I will say that the V-Pick Small Pointed is a hell of a lot more comfortable than a Jazz III and less finicky-feeling. I'm still getting used to it, but the Medium Rounded was an immediate hit with me.

Bottom line? I am pretty sure, after spending a week or so with this pick, that I have found my new regular guitar pick. It sounds good on chords and single note lines, it moves well over the strings with good note definition, and it does not slip out of my hand at all. I like it, a lot. Is it worth $4.00 a pop? For me, it is. The difference between the V-pick and what I was using is significant, and the V-pick, to my ear, is entirely better.

I would recommend these highly. It works with what I play, which is originals, classic rock and blues. It sounds good on both acoustic and electric guitars, clean, clear and lots of definition. He will have return business from me, that's for sure. If you're like me and like an inflexible pick that provides good sound and lots of control over the string action, you need to check these out.

V-Picks Home Page

Gaz40
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Toronto, Canada

Papa Ain't Salty
Apr 6th, 2008 08:02 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've read afair bit about these on here and elsewhere, I think) and like you like trying out new picks once in a while. I also am interested in the claims on the web site and don't dispute them as the type of pick used really does/can make a big difference to how you sound and how you play.

The one thing about these that sort of holds me back is that I *know for a fact* that I would lose/drop one and *never ever find it* again because they're a clear plastic colour. It's like dropping a contact lens or something! I'm not sure why they's make it in that colour - manufacturing reasons/cost?

I'll look into them if/when they produce them in easy to find colours! Make a blue one and I'm all over it.

Leftee
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NC

Apr 6th, 2008 09:17 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've been using them for over a year now and I love 'em. I've tried to go back twice and couldn't.

My fave is one he sent me for free (I forget why that was now). It was a pointy med. sized one for acoustic. I sanded down the pointy-points a bit and it is my go-to for electric. I need to order a couple more of these.

The dropping/losing them is a factor. A flashlight is useful for finding them. They would be cool in colors though.

I know the owner of the company had posted here against the rules. This thread can survive as long as the FAQs are observed.

HappyDog
Contributing Member

USA

I like pie. Pie is good.
Apr 6th, 2008 06:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hm, I didn't know that the owner posted against the rules! I hope I observed the rules properly. I wanted to make sure everybody knows my write-up was a review and not a sales pitch. I don't think these picks are for everybody. Anybody who likes any flex to their picks is not going to dig on these.

I would definitely like a transparent blue model, that would be most cool. I like the clear because it reminds me of an old Cort pick that I had when I was a kid that was big and thick and transparent, which I unfortunately lost, being a kid.

X - Road 28
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S Florida

Will I Ever ?
Apr 9th, 2008 08:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have been on the fence about getting a couple to try out and after reading this post decided to go for it.

I called V-Picks in hopes of getting sized for the correct pick and left a message, not 10 minutes later I get a call from Vinni. We spoke for about 15 minutes and he suggested the Sm pointed and the Md round, I also chose the glow in the dark option for an xtra buck each.

I'll let you know how they feel when I get them, as far as customer service - todays call and time with the customer more than paid for the picks. To boot, he says , "' If your not happy them call me back and I'll ship something else free until we get you what you need " - geeez.

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IPLAYLOUD
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I play an Esquire...

...because I can only afford ONE pickup.
Apr 9th, 2008 08:45 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I never thought much of my picks except for "Medium" and what color it was.
I started using Pennies. You get, um, 100 for a Dollar.
Sometimes I use a Quarter...they run more. Like...um, 4 for a Dollar.

;-)

Leftee
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Goodyear, AZ

Apr 9th, 2008 10:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Play around with the pointed. Sand one point down and see if that works for you. It was a happy experiment when I did that to mine.

kego
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Houston, TX

Give me a second to think of something..
Apr 16th, 2008 06:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I never thought much of my picks except for "Medium" and what color it was.
I started using Pennies. You get, um, 100 for a Dollar. Sometimes I use a Quarter...they run more. Like...um, 4 for a Dollar."

Yep. I finally found that using Susan B. Anthony dollars was the best solution. Sure, it's more expensive at a buck a piece, but now I can finally nail that woman tone.

;)

(Actually I use extra heavy Fender 351's' for the most part).

imjb1911
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Chicago

BFPR fan club member
Dec 11th, 2009 10:02 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm hopelessly addicted to V-picks. Every time I try another pick it feels terrible. Also, Vinny is the greatest guy in the business.

clg5
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Of course you should

...everyone needs another guitar
Dec 12th, 2009 01:35 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've been using the v-picks for about 6 months. Absolutely love them. Can't go back...

retropaul
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Grosse Pointe, Mich.

Another Pennsylvanian with a pink guitar
Dec 13th, 2009 11:44 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I'm hopelessly addicted to V-picks. Every time I try another pick it feels terrible. Also, Vinny is the greatest guy in the business."

This is the same as my experience.

SMark
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Atlanta, GA USA

"Life is good when you love your tone."
Dec 13th, 2009 08:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm another V-Pick fan. I have a few different ones but the Screamer has been my favorite. I can't say I use them 100% of the time, but I really like them.

blowtorch
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USA

ELVIS IS EVERYWHERE
Dec 24th, 2009 05:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I don't think I'd be gigging out these days (neurapathy) if it wasn't for the V-picks.

It is kind of annoying that they're mostly clear though. I mean they look cool and all, but then you drop one and you're in trouble. However I have never dropped one while playing, and I can't say that about my old favorite Fender standard Medium whites.

blowtorch
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USA

ELVIS IS EVERYWHERE
Jan 15th, 2010 11:11 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

They are now making a few different models in "ruby red" and glow-in-the-dark.

stinger22

USA

May 6th, 2010 05:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Tried them and thought I loved them at first but then a "clacking" when hitting the strings became to apparent on acoustic and clean electric. Back to Fender mediums and Dunlop JazzIII

Peegoo
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That chicken

is WRONG, baby.
May 22nd, 2010 06:21 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I play with a V Pick, but I keep a string of cheepo D'Andrea picks (1000 for a dollar) on my mic stand to toss into the audience between every verse.

XOXO,
Angry Momstain

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