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New Product Review: TUSQ Guitar Picks

This is an unofficial product review of the soon to be released guitar picks made from a material called Tusq.  They are manufactured by Graphtech, and I was able to score one quite randomly at the NAMM show in January.  I happened to be walking by their booth, and they had some samples sitting on this table to take.  I snagged one, put it in my pocket and sort of forgot about it.  About a week or two later I am digging for some change at the coffee shop, and there it was.

Anyway, the pick is really thin, and my taste has always been towards a more stiff, thicker guitar pick. I tried it out anway, and was immediately surprised at how stiff this pick was, even being thinner than I normally use.(Its the A3 size, 0.88mm)  I have being using it now almost exclusively for electric guitar playing the past month and I really like the playability overall.  I am looking forward to ordering more as I keep worrying that I am going to lose this one pick I have.

Being thinner it feels lighter and the stiffness allows fast picking without losing energy with a floppy pick.   Only downside I have noticed is that the edge of the pick seems to be wearing quite quickly. One evening I had to use an emory board to get the edge back without it snagging on the strings.

TUSQ itself is a madmade product that mimicks bone.  Its been used for many years now on guitar string nuts and acoustic guitar saddles as an alternate for standard bone, amongst other items.

http://www.graphtech.com/products.html?CategoryID=22

Looks like they are ready to ship these out very soon, mid April, so look for them in a store near you or online.  I’d like to try the even thinner .68mm picks when they are available for general sale.

So to wrap it up:

Pros:  much stiffer material allows for a thinner pick, lighter, and faster response to picking.

Cons:  seems to wear quickly and get rough edge that can catch on the strings.

Available: After April 15th

Sizes:  0.68mm, 0.88mm, and 1.0mm

Colors: white, black, cream

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