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Fender is an amazing brand when it comes to all things guitar. The name is synonymous with quality and reliability. This plectrum or pick as they are known doesn't disappoint. I own the style depicted above. I love it's look, it isn't as flash or garish as a lot of the "trendy" picks on the market (of which I own plenty) It's tortoise shell look may be considered a bit sedate or even boring by some, but for me this is a classy understated look, that oozes sophistication and old school charm. However this won't be to everyones taste, if this design is a bit fuddy duddy for your liking this pick does come in a wide range of colours and designs more suited to blend in with the more modern style of pick. For me, I love this look and I don't own any of the bright cheerful designs of this pick but I do own plenty of this classic Fender design.
This pick I'm glad to say isn't a case of style over substance, it's well made, sturdy, yet flexible (the flexibility of the tip increases the thinner the pick you choose) This pick comes in a verity of thickness / strengths as always. All come with the Fender signiture on them and the thickness written underneath. Of the various thicknesses, I find the thickest pick available to be useful for hard string playing, by this I mean where the player requires more volume and drama when using an acoustic guitar. I used this pick during a recording session where a Spanish flamenco inspired middle eight was suitable for a clients composition some months back. The rounded edged tip is flexible while the body is wide, strong and rigid, and was perfect for that track.
The thinnest pick is great for the plucking style of play where short notes are played in quick succession. And it also suits gentle, light strumming better than most picks on the market. The mid range 351 plectrum is my pick of choice as it features the best of both worlds, not too thick, not too thin, just right. It's a comfortable pick to use and shows no wear and tear even though I use it quite regularly. The thinner pick will show some wear if played aggressively over time, but that happens to all thin picks if "abused".
These quality picks are no more expensive than the inferior, poor quality, brittle picks available that won't even last you a gig. They cost around 65p a piece but as always prices vary, especially online.
If you are only buying the one pick, I would strongly suggest going for the mid range 351, it is well made, it looks great, it works great, and most of all, it's a Fender, what more could you ask for?
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I've used many types of Fender plectrum in the past - none of which i've been disappointed with. Today i'm taking a look at the "351 Classic Celluloid" variety, of which the twelve pack retails at £4.95 from amazon.co.uk. The 351 in the product's title refers to its tear-drop shape (wide body and rounded tip) which has been much copied over the years by other manufacturers.
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The pick is available in three different gauges (thin, medium, and thick) although the exact thickness in millimetres isn't specified. I personally opt for the medium version which I can use on both my electric and acoustic guitars. In terms of the colours, the tortoise-shell look (as shown in dooyoo's picture) isn't the only option - there's also a black version, a white one, a pearlesque little number called 'abalone', and a rather cool splattered paint design known as 'confetti'. With the multipack you'll get random assorted tortoise-shell colours.
The Fender in Use
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In terms of the plectrums performance, i've found that these bad boys are great to use. Firstly they feel comfortable to hold (and just as importantly are easy to hold on to); and secondly they produces a warm tone which is aurally pleasing. Even the 'thick' plectrums isn't completely rigid, and the give provides the user with a degree of feel which aids playing. Regarding their longevity, i've found that these picks are very tough - i've used them for years and i'll always lose the pick itself before it's had a chance to break.
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Overall, Fender's 351 Celluloid Picks are quite simply some of the finest plectrums ever produced - they excel in all areas without relying on any gimmickry to gain attention. Similarly, the price is reasonable and If I could only choose one plectrum variety to use from now on, these would be the ones.
A medium fender guitar plectrum is always going to be good as the entire company seems to have a mad ability to create brilliant products every time.
What is great about fender plectrums is that while they may not seem any different from other medium guitar picks but they actually seem to last a lot longer. Despite not being made any thicker in the process, they don't split when used overly hard and they don't get hugely dented until a lot of uses. They're also very smooth around the edges which is always a bonus on the higher strings, as you won't be as likely to break them!
What is really great about these picks is the strange, sort of tortoise shell pattern placed on them, which is much reminiscent of Fender fanatic favourite Jaguar. It is a classic pattern in Fender's design and therefore very fitting on this plectrum.
All in all these plectrums are very reliable and great to play your Fender of choice with (or, if you're like me, your unbranded slightly rubbish guitar!).
~A classic shaped Fender guitar pick!~
The Fender 351 guitar pick makes use of a simple and classic shape/ design which has been put to good use for this widely available, easy to find and buy plectrum, that can be used for a variety of playing styles by guitarists of varying abilities. The shape of the plectrum has a wider body with a neat and easy to use rounded tip that makes clean contact with your guitar strings when in use. The medium weight picks have been the ones that I have most often used from the 351 range, although I have dabbled with the lighter and heavier picks from this range too. In the main I have found the medium weight picks to be well made and durable when in use and these are the ones I like the most from this range for a variety of playing styles.
~Light, medium or heavy, take your pick!~
I find that the heavier Fender 251 picks can feel a little too thick and inflexible for my liking (which is personal opinion only), although to be fair they do have their uses, yet the medium picks with their solid body and only slightly flexible tip suit just a little more. In use these picks have a nice easy to use shape to them, which I feel works well and whilst they are solid (if opting for a medium or heavy weight pick), all options do have a certain amount of flex to the tip of the pick which you can easily test without bending the pick out of shape. As this range of picks can be quite solid in the body area, yet still offer an easy firm feel when in use with a degree of flex to the tips, they should last a good amount of time before they need replacing making them a fair option for a beginner.
~Ease of use? It's a matter of opinion!
I haven't found any of the 351 shaped guitar picks that I have used have become quickly gnarled or scratched to the point that they cannot be used for a good length of time and unless they are really old and over used, these picks don't seem to crack or split without suffering major trauma, even when they are used often. The thinner ones can become over used a little more quickly though as they are thinner to begin with and seem more prone to damage at the edges etc. The edges of these picks have a smooth finish that makes for ease of use with less chance of the pick edge catching on the string and there are generally no really sharp edges to these picks which when new which may catch or break a finer gauge high E string. With some cheaper lesser quality light weight/ thin picks you can end up breaking the pick if you play with quite a heavy style/ action and I wouldn't recommend them for heavier thrashy guitar playing at all as they won't last long before they let you down, where as the medium 351's do have some longevity when in general use.
~ The 351 suits a range of mixed playing styles~
The happy medium that will allow for a degree of mixed styles of play from this range of plectrums is the medium pick. With its mid weight feel, classic celluloid body and medium thickness, it gives a slightly firmer feel than the thinner picks from this range, which perhaps makes it the most versatile of the 351 picks in my opinion. The heavier picks from the range are more suited to those who like a sturdier feeling pick, which either needs to hold up to more strenuous play or for those who tend to favour jazz guitar as a main playing style. On the whole this range of picks offer the guitarist a degree of reliability, allowing a fair range of styles and techniques to be used and can be seen as an average all round pick suitable for a range of abilities.
The colour range of the 351 pick is quite varied and can go from options such as a plain solid body in black, white or grey, to the classic tortoiseshell look shown here (which does look similar to the well known Fender pearl effect picks without the pearly sheen) and on to the more colourful blue/ black/ salmon and white confetti effect. Whichever colour option you go for the quality and durability remains the same, as does the easy to hold and use shape of the pick, as I have used a number of the colour options within the range and found them to be equally as reliable and easy to use.
~Price and rating~
Over time with regular use these picks will become scratched and marked a little (or a lot depending on how you use them) and when they are due for replacement they won't hold onto the crisp clean qualities they once had. The thinner picks will need replacing more frequently, although to be fair that is often the case with lighter weight, slimmer thinner guitar picks, so is not an issue with the 351 design in particular. Prices for these picks begins at 60p to 70p plus for a single item on the high street, with discounts to be had if buying in a multipack or online, making them a fair buy. As a general purpose plectrum these seem to work well enough offering durability as well as value for money making them a 4 star product.