1 5/16″ tip to tip –
Ghost Rim (unbuffed)
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.
Why do we call this pick the 1980?
Well, because I first started making picks like this in 1980. V-PICKS are the FIRST and ORIGINAL company to make this product available to you. We invented this idea of making unbuffed picks and we excel above all the rest. All of my personal picks have been Ghost Rim or “unbuffed” picks. As the years went on, I learned how to make picks and techniques changed dramatically. However, I still have some old friends that ask about those old original picks and are they still around and can I duplicate them again. This is what this V-PICKS model is all about. This is the closest I can come to those old picks I made back in the ’80s without lopping off a finger. They are very organic feeling, looking and sounding.
I LOVE them.