"I had been machining this composite material for 10 years that costs $4,800 for a 10"x10" square," said Matthew Goins, Blue Chip president.
"One day I noticed an employee shaping a tortoise pick in the shop and a discussion led to the idea of forming a pick from the composite.
prototype to several music festivals and quickly found out that he
had something truly special.
Not only was the tone great, but the material has a self-lubricating quality that reduces friction allowing for faster and more precise playing.
worked for two years to refine his
"I wanted to raise the bar for pick design," he
I contacted Blue Chip owner Matthew Goins and he sent samples.
Blue Chip picks are available in six different versions; there's a traditional teardrop shape, a pointed three-sided pick, and a rounded three-sided pick: each shape is available in 1mm (.040") or 1.25mm (.050") thicknesses.
sent two pointed three sided picks - a 1mm and a 1,25mm, as well as one 1.25mm rounded three-sided.
told me "The material we use is extremely expensive.
It costs $3300 for a 1/2" thick 10" square piece.
I spent many hours figuring out how to maximize our yield from each square so we could offer picks at $35.
We use an $80,000 CNC machine to cut picks to a tolerance of +/- .002".
doesn't yet sell to retail dealers because he
says there would be no profit margin.
got right back to me and offered to send me one to review if I sent him my address, so I did.