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.

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."