V-Picks 1980 Guitar & Mandolin Pick
1 3/16″ tip to tip –
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. V-Picks are the FIRST and ORIGINAL company to make this product available to you. We invented this idea of making picks and we excel above all the rest in doing so. All of my personal picks have been Ghost Rim or “unbuffed” picks.
As the years went on, I learned how to make picks and techniques changed dramatically. However, I still have some old friends that ask about those old original picks and are they still around and can I duplicate them again. This is what this V-Pick model is all about. This is the closest I can come to those old picks I made back in the ’80s without lopping off a finger. They are very organic feeling, looking and sounding. I LOVE them.