Dunlop Eric Johnson Jazz III: The Ty Cobb of the Plectrum Hall of Fame

When you walk into the Baseball Hall of Fame the original five plaques from 1936 are centered at the far end with Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson, and Walter Johnson all surrounding the middle plaque, as if to say, this guy in the middle was the most awesome son of a bitch to ever play the game. That awesome fellow was Ty Cobb. You can despise the man for his many character flaws, and there seems to have been many, but, as a ball player, he was arguably the best of his era.

There is no guitar plectrum hall of fame (as far as I know) so I'd like to nominate (oh, hell, I'll just elect) the Dunlop Eric Johnson model Jazz III as the centerpiece of this imaginary hall of fame (we'll figure out the rest of them later).

Like Cobb, the Jazz III EJ edition is small, wiry, tough, sharp, and fast. Enough said. The only flaw is a lack of longevity. Ty Cobb played for 24 years and you'd be lucky to get 24 minutes out of a Jazz IIII before you're substituting a pinch hitter off the bench. Luckily, you can get your new teammates five at a time for less than $4. And, the Jazz IIII plays well with others; the EJ will never kick your teeth out just for the hell of it!

Pick up a pack of these guys and take your game to the next level.

While we're on the topic, I'll go ahead and nominate a few others to the Plectrum HOF in no particular order:

Wegan Big City, probably my favorite all-around pick (if you modify it slightly)
Paul Gilbert signature Ibanez pick
Dugain in coconut shell (for acoustic guitar)