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    Default Blue Chip Pick Maintenance

    OK, this may seem totally obvious but it took me a bit to figure out what was going on. So let the idiot share!

    I have been really having problems with my picking lately. Just could not get the feel. Sometimes that just happens but I have not had it for a long time. Tonight I really tried to analyse what was going on and I noticed my pick was very squirlley. I never remembered that being a problem with Blue Chip picks, in fact the "stickyness" is one of the most valuble benefits! So I thought to myself "I wonder" and went and cleaned the pick with soap and water. BINGO! It felt like brand new again! I guess I must have ate some KFC and didn't wash my hands good or whatever.

    Anyway, they eventually will need to be cleaned! They last so long that I never think about it! OK, got that off my chest!

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    Darn! I just gave my BC away because it seemed slippery. I should have just washed it.
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    Ken Olmstead: So I thought to myself "I wonder" and went and cleaned the pick with soap and water. BINGO! It felt like brand new again! I guess I must have ate some KFC and didn't wash my hands good or whatever.
    Ken, good post.

    I had the same "epiphany" some years ago with a Pro-Plec. And that lesson extends to those greasy fingers as well!

    But I think it is interesting at the fine line that separates fine effortless (joyfull) playing and frustration. These are things that beginners (or anyone I guess) should take note of.
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    If anyone else doesn't like their "slippery" Blue Chip, send it to me. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ole Joe Clark View Post
    If anyone else doesn't like their "slippery" Blue Chip, send it to me. :-)

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    Old Joe Clark: If anyone else doesn't like their "slippery" Blue Chip, send it to me. :-)
    How much do you charge to wash and ship back? And is there a warranty on it.
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    At those prices it should stay clean. I like Bernie's idea about cleaning service... if you can afford the rolls royce you can afford to get it detailed now and again.
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    I actually was starting to notice this happening a bit, it hadn't gotten that bad yet, now I know to go ahead and nip it in the bud, er wash it with soap...

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    I've used that computer screen spray cleaner on them, works fine too.

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    I just wash the 35 cent picks, and/or Dollar Dawg, and my hands with soap and water , every once in a while.
    ... more often in Cold and Flu season..

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    I really don't like the Dawg picks. They seem hard to play and not as loud. Dawg must be one heck of a player.
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    Well, Dawg is a heck of a player, picks clean too.

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    Hey Ken, if you get more KFC on your Blue Chip you can try a little chicken pickin'.

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    A little while back I posted about my puppy(Sadie) chewing up my Dudenbostel peg-winder. Yesterday she got up on the desk and got a 60,big ,rounded tri-point Blue Chip in her mouth then hid under the bed chewing it!

    Took me a while to figure out why she was soooo quiet(except for that lick/click sound that I remembered was what it sounded like when she was eating a favorite CD of mine...totally destroyed.

    All she could do was put a little non-skid surface on the pick,very slight indentations.
    I washed it;and,it is better than ever. The bevels are still smooth.

    Keep em clean,don't lose em. Best pick I ever had. And REALLY tough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Cameron View Post
    A little while back I posted about my puppy(Sadie) chewing up my Dudenbostel peg-winder. Yesterday she got up on the desk and got a 60,big ,rounded tri-point Blue Chip in her mouth then hid under the bed chewing it!

    Took me a while to figure out why she was soooo quiet(except for that lick/click sound that I remembered was what it sounded like when she was eating a favorite CD of mine...totally destroyed.

    All she could do was put a little non-skid surface on the pick,very slight indentations.
    I washed it;and,it is better than ever. The bevels are still smooth.

    Keep em clean,don't lose em. Best pick I ever had. And REALLY tough.
    Now THAT is a testimonial!
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    Don't wash your Red Bear, or put it in your mouth; the casein-formaldehyde composite doesn't like moisture of any kind.
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    Red Bear is a nice pick;but,has to be babied and maintained. I washed mine. It was toast.

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    washed mine yesterday, played a gig last night and felt much better. I hadn't realized how much the pick slipping had been bothering me, unless I was just having a good night last night, I played much better and had a better tone...I guess being able to focus on playing and not keeping your pick in your hand goes a long ways...

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    To prevent slippery picks (whether Blue Chip or not), but some rosin on your fingers. Works great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Cameron View Post
    Red Bear is a nice pick;but,has to be babied and maintained. I washed mine. It was toast.
    And don't run them through the washing machine!


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    I keep a tiny bottle of Isopropyl alchohol (the sort used for Perfume samples) in my cases.If my picking fingers get too greasy,i just dab a drop on my hankie,wipe my pick & fingers with it & the pick sticks like heck.Mostly the Bill Monroe 'spit on the finger & thumb' method works fine,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fretbear View Post
    Don't wash your Red Bear, or put it in your mouth; the casein-formaldehyde composite doesn't like moisture of any kind.
    That is correct.

    But if you manage to keep it dry, the darned thing will last for ever.
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    But if you manage to keep it dry, the darned thing will last for ever.
    Now how do you know that!?
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    For what some of those picks cost, they should wash themselves and then clean your strings too! My 35 cent Fender Extra Heavy picks are waterproof, never need washing, cleaning, sanding, chewing or any kind of stickum to do what they were designed for, as well as I like them to. If I lose one or something goes wrong with it, I don't care, I just get another one out of my case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Flynn View Post
    For what some of those picks cost, they should wash themselves and then clean your strings too! My 35 cent Fender Extra Heavy picks are waterproof, never need washing, cleaning, sanding, chewing or any kind of stickum to do what they were designed for, as well as I like them to. If I lose one or something goes wrong with it, I don't care, I just get another one out of my case.

    Actually they do. They are disposable. If I played one of those for 6 months it would also need cleaning I guarentee. In a week, it would wear to the point where I would have to throw it away or sand it smooth again. I know, I used to use them. They are constantly changing where as the BC never changes. Tone and feel is consistant. Plastic gets slippery when you sweat. These get stickier (unless you grease them up with KFC ) The Fenders sound great but BCs are a big improvement over those in areas other than tone. I will not be stepping back to Fenders. For a long time they were about the best thing going so I do understand why you like them so much.

    Now a Red Bear is too expensive to not be able to get near water! They do play and sound good though!
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