Guitar picks are very much like strings. Most guitar players are die-hard loyalists that have been playing the same brand since the Dawn of Man. Personally, I’ve been using D’Addario strings exclusively for over 25 years now, and a Steve Clayton pick user for around five.
I remember back in the late 80′s the Stylus Pick came out as the answer for all of our shred guitar needs. (Didn’t really live up to the hype; sorry, guys!) Since then I haven’t really seen many new pick ideas come out. To be honest, I haven’t really seen much of a need to try and improve on the concept. Traditional guitar picks serve their purpose — and serve it well — and I’m hard-pressed to think of a reason why I would want to switch.
Then last week I got a small package in the mail from a company called Pointless Picks. As you can see from the picture, they have come up with a radical concept and design. The question, however, is whether or not there is a “point” to the Pointless Pick.
Stop Dropping Picks!
Pointless Picks were developed by designer Doug Larsen to address the problem of picks being dropped while playing. After years of development and countless prototypes he came across the solution of a round shape and raised center. The raised center (on both sides) allows you to keep a more firm grip on the pick, and the round shape allows you to not worry so much about having to attack the string with a specific portion of the pick each time, namely the tip.
Pointless Picks come in three sizes – .58mm (the red ones), .72mm (the green ones), and 1.0mm (the blue ones).
How Do They Feel?
I tried the picks on three different guitars: a jazz guitar strung with .012 flatwounds, a shredder guitar with .009 nickels, and an acoustic guitar with .010 bronze strings. Interestingly enough, I found that each one of the three gauges of picks worked the best for each one of the guitars… the 1.0mm pick on the jazz box, the .72mm on the shredder, and the .58mm on the acoustic.
The grip is very nice. I can definitely see this pick being used for extended periods of time and reducing hand fatigue. Especially for those that constantly drop picks, the large size, raised grip, and even the pick colors (more easily seen on a dark stage) are nice improvements.
How Do They Sound?
Well, of course this is the most important part; how the picks sound. I think I got the best sound on the acoustic guitar while strumming chords and not doing a lot of technical picking. I had some success with the jazz box, but not much success with the shredder guitar. To be honest, I had trouble picking out single lines on each guitar. I mean, very simple melodies were okay, but anything more complex than that was a bit of a task. I don’t know if it would require me to spend more time using them or not, but I wasn’t 100% feeling them for playing jazz or rock.
Would You Use Them?
In a word, yes, with the caveat that I was playing acoustic sing-song tunes. The styles of music that I generally play (prog rock, metal, and jazz) require a bit more precision — or perhaps I should say my personal playing style requires more — and in certain cases the Pointless Picks were not quite suited for the job. That being said, however, I am planning on using them on some acoustic stuff my friends and I are working on. I am even willing to give them a shot on the next Din Within recording session to see how they play.
All in all I think it’s a pretty good product that is worth checking out. For more information, visit the Pointless Picks website.