I went to the Blue Chip website to find out more about their picks. They don’t explain what the names of the picks mean, or at least I couldn’t find a summary anywhere. In order to try to assess the picks’ characteristics and guess which one(s) I might like to try, I tried to figure out the rhyme/reason for their pick naming conventions, with some modest success. Please correct me if I’m wrong on some/all of these!
The number on the pick represents the thickness of the pick in thousandths of an inch. For example, a 40 means 40/1000 which is 1.00mm according to the website (it’s actually 1.016mm), a 55 is 55/1000 = 1.40mm according to the website (it’s actually 1.397mm), a 60 is 60/1000 = 1.50mm according to the website (it’s actually 1.524mm), etc.
As for the initials, I’m down to inferring from the descriptions:
CT = Chris Thile (designed to his specs)
KS = Kenny Smith (designed to his specs)
TP = Triangular Pick
TP1R = Triangular Pick with 1 rounded corner
TPR = Triangular Pick Rounded on all 3 corners
TAD = same shape at the TP but a “tad” larger than the TP??? Is this correct?
TAD1R = a TAD with 1 rounded corner
TAD3R = a TAD with all 3 rounded corners
STP = Small Triangular Pick
SR = Small Rounded (all 3 corners look rounded)?
TD = Tear Drop (2 rounded corners, 1 pointed playing corner)
Then the bevel comes in “Speed” or “Round”. I think I feel the need - the need for “Speed”, LOL!
I’m currently using a Primetone 1.5mm hand beveled pick of some sort that I like a lot. Based on all that, I may want to try the CT55 (Chris Thile 1.4mm), TP60 (Triangular Pick 1.5mm), and TAD60 (slightly larger Triangular Pick 1.5mm). Of course, I will buy them from Banjo Ben! Holy moly, that’s $105 worth of picks!