Six months ago I would have had no idea what a V-Pick was, but right now it is damn near impossible to visit a guitar website or forum and not find someone raving over these seemingly magical little picks. I recently contacted Vinni at V-Picks.com and he was kind enough to send me over a sample pack to try out for myself. Let’s see what all the fuss is about!
V-Picks are made from a special type of acrylic which gives them a very slick, transparent appearance. But aside from looking great, the main advantage to this material is the grip, or ‘grippage’ as the guys at V-Picks like to call it. These little chaps have grip by the bucket load, but that’s not to say they’re too sticky – the balance is just perfect. Their tagline of ‘never drop your pick again’ seems to be spot on!
A further innovative feature on most of the V-Pick variations is their three-sided composition. The pick is designed so that you can hold it from any one of the sides, as each corner is the same as the other. A typical model will cost a little more than your average brand name pick, but when you consider that you are actually getting three picks in one, these suddenly become excellent value for money.
So let’s take a look at these wondrous plectrums already! My sample pack included five different picks and I have given a brief outline of each below.
Medium Ultra Lite Pointed
At 0.75mm this was the thinnest pick I was sent. Its slight flexibility makes it great for acoustic guitar and the pointed tips help to provide a bright, snappy, well articulated tone. These are also available in small and large sizes as well as in a beautiful ruby red color.
Thoughts: My new acoustic pick of choice! This little gem sounds absolutely dreamy both for simple strumming and more complex arpeggios. The added grip makes them ideal for those times when you really let rip and are going to town with your strumming. It sounds great on my Donner DAG-1C acoustic.
Medium Lite Pointed
This pick is very similar to the Ultra Lite series with the main difference being that they are twice as thick at 1.5mm. They produce a tone which is slightly fuller than the Ultra Lites as you would expect from a thicker pick. A fantastic jack-of-all-trades! Also available in small, large and freakishly large sizes.