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The 1980 Unbuffed

V-Picks

  • $ 400


V-Picks the best guitar picks available. AMAZING TONE, FAST ACTION and SUPER GRIP. A carefully calculated bevel and unique blend of acrylics create the most articulate, and slip-resistant plectrums you have ever played.

CARLOS SANTANA, STEELY DAN, AEROSMITH, ZZ TOP all play V-Picks, and for good reason. V-Picks are simply the best guitar picks made!

1980 Ghost Rim (Unbuffed)

This is what they looked and felt like back when I first started making V-Picks. I would draw them onto a piece of material with a sharpie marker. Then I would cut them out by hand with a Dremel saw or a hack saw! (yes, I was worried about cutting off a finger!) Then I would take them to the grinder and get them as close as I could to proper size. We had a kid named Jocko cleaning the auto repair shop at night and he would take my picks to high school for me and buff them in shop class. So, while he had these, I would usually have a few unbuffed ones that I would use. I liked the looks of them when they were buffed, but I just fell in love with the sound of the more textured edges. I finally sounded just like Ed King and Brian May!

The Ghost Rim model V-Pick is an option of manufacture that gives you a wonderful, unique, and very musical “ghostly whisper” to your pick attack. It can be used to tame down a very aggressive attack and yet, if you change your technique just a bit, you can get that cool Brian May, Ed King, Billy Gibbons effect and sound! It can deliver a hush effect much like a violin bow, or bark like you are using a coin as a plectrum. If you do not like the chirp a thick pick can sometime make, then the Ghost Rim option is for YOU! First we take extra time to expertly and masterfully grind the pick. We have this method down to an art. This is not easy and takes years to learn to do it correctly. So much care is taken because the pick does not go thru the last stage of flame buffing. The flame can hide a multitude of sins, so we have to make sure these are precisely made to our exacting specifications. I first started making picks like this in 1980.


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