Chicken Picks Shredder

A new plectrum on the market is the Chicken Picks line (pictured below on the upper right) is the "Shredder" coming in at a whopping 3.5 mm). They do offer thinner picks but nothing thinner than 2.2 mm in the Original Series of picks -- to get thinner you have to live with a triangle pick -- a shape I have never liked. I did buy one of the triangular versions but it was no fun.

What's the verdict on the Chicken Pick Shredder? In general, it feels like holding onto a light-as-air piece of styrofoam and it imparts a chalky, raspy scraping sound against the strings. They claim that after hours of playing the scraping sound will diminish ("break in") but that hasn't been my experience. Like white noise, I think your brain just begins to filter out the scraping sound after a while. The pick is more durable than the V-Pick (pictured above left) stuff but this pick left a lot to be desired in my opinion.

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What's better? Still my favorite is the Wegen Big City 1.8mm (the one with the holes in it in the above photo). The Big City is durable, sounds fantastic, has a nice, positive attack, with no weird sonic artifacts -- they more or less sound like your fingernails on the strings. You can alter the Big City for a sharper tip in about 2 minutes with an emery board if you so desire.

If you're looking for a great teardrop or jazz-styled guitar pick, my highest recommendation goes to the Wegen. You might also try the Winspear Shiv we recently reviewed. Both are great for "shredding."