1980 Ruby Red


SKU: 1980RR Categories: ,


2.75mm –
1 5/16″ tip to tip –
Symmetrical –

Ghost Rim (unbuffed)

Ruby Red


Huge sound from this pick!  Lots of mids.  Strong and clear.  Singing high end.  But not shrill like some picks can sound.  Lots of bottom end, but not flabby.  The ghost rim edge almost seems to compress all these levels of EQ.  Easy to hold due to it’s size.  Does not slip around in your fingers.  The V-PICKS “grippage” is evident with this pick.  The rounded, beveled edges gives this pick, FAST action.  Just a pleasure to play.


I started making guitar picks in 1980

In 1980 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. 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!  I would then 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.  He would take my picks to high school and buff them in shop class. So, while he did 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.


My goal was to sound like Ed King, Brian May and Barry Bailey

The Ghost Rim is an option that offers a unique and musical “ghostly whisper” to your attack. It can be used to tame down an aggressive attack. Yet, if you change your technique a bit, you can get that cool Brian May, Ed King, Barry Bailey, Billy Gibbons effect.  It delivers a hush effect like a violin bow, or barks like you are using a coin. If you do not like the chirp a thick plectrum can make, then the Ghost Rim option is for YOU!  We take extra time to masterfully grind the pick and have this method down to an art. It’s not easy and takes years to learn.  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.