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RJL Guitars Carbon Fibre Guitar Picks

Exclusive manufacturer of real woven carbon fibre Pro picks with CNC precision machined internal features cut through them to contribute to both grip and control. - - Throughout the range you will find a pick to suit most styles of player and I'm always keen to add to the range should you not be able to find one to suit. - - My picks can be used with varying amounts of pressure between your thumb and finger to not only allow you to control how the picks flex but will allow you to control by how much. - - A very unusual and expensive material to use for pick manufacture but the tone and feel of these are giving guitarists a real choice with exceptional feel and tone. - - RJL PureTone carbon fibre picks are manufactured using only the best materials. - - No glass fibre filler between the layers and the lowest viscosity industrial grade epoxies using high pressure and a high temprature post cure results in what I now call the pure tone range - - All for one reason, to get maximum tone. - - Not for beginers, these are Pro Picks - - They are hard and very compressed and when they are ''played in'' they glide off your strings. Being real carbon fibre, expect a little residue to be picked up on your thumb and first finger till the edges have worn in or a little/lot more if your using really heavy strings and going for it. - - Ever wondered why violin and other bow players use chalk on their bows? or why snooker players use it on their tips? - - Instant attack, grip and bite but with a silky smooth release from the string make this material extremely useable for guitarists. - - My returning customers consider this to be a ''non-issue''considering the tonal advantage and feel of using my carbon fibre picks. - - This isn't sales pitch. I can manufacture picks from any material. - - The range will grow to using other fibrous materials in time. - - There is nothing out there I have found that can generate as wide a frequency response from a string as well as improving control and adding grip than highly compressed woven carbon fibre / Fiber, if you live across the pond, that is used to make my puretone range. - - RJL picks will allow Mr Turtle to keep his shell on.

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Phenomenal grip and great feel

Comments RJL Guitars sent me out a selection of 0.5mm and 0.75mm picks, in a range of Standard, Jazz, Jazz+ and Jazz XL shapes. There are three different engraving shapes on RJL picks: the Jolly Roger, Omega symbol, and the Longhorn. Each offer different degrees of grip and feel.

Carbon fibre is far more rigid than most traditional materials used for picks, so anything you know about thickness can be forgotten. One could say that that carbon fibre would be close to twice the rigidity of a traditional pick material of the equivalent thickness. Carbon fibre is also super light-weight, which combined with its strength is what has made it popular with performance car parts. This makes for a pick that is so light you can barely feel them in your hand.

If you are someone who appreciates a pick that is easy to grip you'll certainly dig the RJL carbon fibre picks. The combination of the woven carbon fibre and engraved symbols make for a pick that is extremely hard to drop. The light weight means that these picks will even stick to your thumb for a short period of time. It'll take some fumbling to drop these!

The RJL carbon fibre picks feel quite rough on the strings when first used. This is due to the woven nature of carbon fibre as a material. It only takes a short period of time to wear the edges in, and then the pick just glides over the strings with ease.

One thing that is really noticeable when wearing in a carbon fibre pick is the amount of carbon fibre dust on your fingers, and perhaps on your guitar. This is nothing to get too worried about as it wipes off easily. The guitar strings can benefit from the lubricating nature of the carbon fibre dust, and it may increase the longevity of the strings too.

Tonally the RJL carbon fibre picks provide a sharp, tight sound. The rigidity ensures no muddy flapping sounds on fast runs. Shredders, metal, and punk players will probably really dig the tight low end, enhanced mid-range, and instant attack that that the carbon fibre picks provide. The carbon fibre picks made a particularly awesome pick sliding sound that I really dug, although doing this did shorten the picks life span a little. No more than any regular pick though. The carbon fibre seemed to enhance the sound of the slide, but only if the pick angle was correct, otherwise it was barely noticeable.

My personal favourites where the 0.75mm Standard and Jazz XL with the Jolly Roger engraving. This engraving just stuck to my finger, and the 0.75mm thickness just about the right amount of flex (or lack thereof) to suit my tastes. It did feel odd playing with a pick that was less than 1mm, but it was easy to adapt to.

Overall the RJL Guitars carbon fibre picks are a very cool addition to the ever-growing boutique pick market. What really sets these apart from the rest of the pack is the relatively low cost, and the amazing grip that they provide. If you are looking for a guitar pick that has great feel and attack, and you aren't too worried about a little carbon fibre dust these are definitely worth trying out.

Liked about it Amazing grip
* Great attack from carbon fibre
* Large range of sizes and shapes

Didn't like The initial carbon fibre dust is a little unsettling at first, but not really an issue.

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By LonePhantom
May 22, 2012
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