Ever go to a concert to see a guitarist with 2 dozen picks on their mic stand and wonder “For 90 minutes of music does this joker really need that many picks?” Besides the looking cool factor when he or she carelessly throws half of them into the crowd, grip is a major factor. Hot lights, 20% more people than the fire code allows, things get hot and sweaty!
Cactus Picks designed their picks strictly with grip in mind. The made in the US picks are made from a tough material called Delrin. It feels and weighs like most other picks it just has a tough grip that doesn’t wear easily or well so far for me it doesn’t wear at all. For better, smoother contact the picks come slightly beveled.
I received 4 different sizes to try; Light, Medium, Heavy and Extra Heavy. Light is 0.5mm, Medium is 0.75mm, Heavy is 1mm and Extra Heavy is 1.5mm in thickness. The grip, well the grip is just second to none. There are some picks with a gritty sandpaper feel, these one up them with actual tiny bumps and ridges up top for your fingers to easily grab.
As you can see in the picture, (this is an Extra Heavy) these aren’t smooth and glossy picks. I HATE smooth and glossy picks. The initial attack from from the string with a glossy pick is brittle and sharp. Once you wear down that brittle, bitey tone guess what? You move onto the chew up your strings phase. The Cactus picks offered a nice mellow tone. Mellow tone along with an unprecedented grip, you’ve got nothing to lose. I spent about a month trying to beat these picks up from normal playing wear and am seeing no signs of it. Need a new pick? Are you dropping yours? Checkout Cactus.
Street Price: $12 for 100, $4 for 20 and $2 for 5 picks.