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WHAT ARE THEY?
Guitar picks that are made by Fender California.
These guitar picks are known for being bright and colourful. They are transparent and coloured in lots of different summer shades, the one I am using now is a peach colour but last time I had a pick that was aqua blue. The picks have all got a white palm tree engraved onto them and the word Fender.
They are made of thin plastic so I use them only when I am playing my guitars that has thin strings. They will not snap straightaway if you use them on thick strings but start to crack very quick if you are not careful.
WHAT I THINK
My husband writes for a well known music blog and he was sent quite a lot of these to review and give out as a competition prize. We kept some for ourselves because we both like to play guitar, I think they are good but I do not like to hold them as much as other picks I use. My husband says they are good for the strumming style he has but I like to play more complicated melodies and these feel a bit flimsy in my fingers.
They look good and help me to play my guitar to a high level but I like picks that feel stronger as I hold them. These do not bend and are not weak, they are a standard size comparing to other picks so will fit in my pick holder. The only disappointing thing is that I like to drill a hole in attractive guitar picks to wear them on a thong around my neck but I cannot make the drill do a clean hole in these and that is a pity because they are good looking and bright so would make a nice summery necklace.
I wouldn't buy these picks but I have enjoyed using them for the last few weeks, I have bought some different ones now so won't use the Fender California ones for very much longer because my new ones are more suited for style of play. I like that the palm tree decoration has not faded or rubbed off but if the pick starts to crack then the tree cracks also and that makes the pick look very old and tatty.
These picks are cheap to buy and cost only £4 for 12 in assorted colours. For that price it does not matter if you break one because it does not cost very much to replace it.
3 Dooyoo Stars.
Fender have come up with some neat looking guitar picks to accompany certain models of instrument they produce - which can be strummed and picked by a thinner, more brittle plectrum type due to the guitars build type and consequent string thickness. 'Fender California Clear Guitar Picks' are transparent, and are tinted with different colours of varying nature - though they are all very clear and bright.
These plectrums are NOT recommended for use on thick strings, namely the wide gauged brass type often found on full-sized acoustic guitars. They WILL snap very easily, and are far more suited to nylon strings and/or smaller guitars. That's not to say the picks can't be used to pluck heavier strings lightly, but they won't enable the guitar to produce anywhere near the volume it should - which will lead to player frustration and the inevitable destruction of the pick.
Made from a very thin polymer compound, the picks still retain long-lasting capability if used correctly. The main advantage of using this type of pick however is its feel and light-weight construction. The tear-drop shaped plectrums act well with skin and stick nicely, even with the addition of sweat and warmth. You really can move your hand(s) in quick succession with these things without dropping or snapping them - depending on the string rigidity.
Each plectrum has a little snippet of information engraved onto its surface explaining the plectrum type (thin, medium or heavy) and the Fender logo for this particular product range. The white text suits the darker coloured picks, but not so the lighter ones which seem to blend with the writing to create a block of indistinguishable colour. As with all plectrums, the writing fades over time, but with the Fender picks it seems to last quite a while before abrasive rubbing and moisture breaks it down.
The medium picks are the best in my opinion. They offer a certain level of strength whilst retaining the light, functional properties of the range. The level of strength is significantly better than the thinner picks which seem to snap all the time, whenever I use them anyway.
Overall, this product range is very recommendable; the picks are an interesting change, an innovative transformation from the usual solid plastic/nylon compound adopting such a typical look and feel. I'd give this product a 4/5, at £5 a pack it's affordable and does the job of producing guitar sound!
Available in six different colours, Fender's California Medium Clear Guitar Picks are a popular choice for those who want a cool (as well as functional) strumming device. Their transparency combined with the pastel shades give these particular plectrums a nostalgic '80s appeal - but are they any good?
Price & Availability
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Costing £5 for a pack of twelve from dv247.com, the plectrums are by no means expensive at around 41p each - that said, there are cheaper picks out there if you're prepared to sacrifice the looks-factor and opt for something a little less flamboyant.
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First thing's first - let's talk about longevity; these particular plectrums have been criticised in the past for being a little less than sturdy. Personally i've got no problems with their build quality - but it is important to use these picks with the right strings. Firstly, if you're planning to use these with medium or heavy gauge acoustic strings then think again, the plectrum's soft plastic will split quickly. However, for light gauge electric strings, these are absolutely fine. Yes, they may well split eventually, but their general lifespan is more than acceptable.
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Lightweight and comfortable to hold, i've found that these picks remain securely in the hand during strumming - so grip certainly isn't a problem. Regarding their sound, they return a light clean tone and are great for rhythm guitar played on an electric. Due to their bendiness, they aren't especially suited for grungy meaty sounds, but I wouldn't necessarily class that as a disadvantage.
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Overall, Fender's California Medium Clear Guitar Picks are some of my favourite plectrums in terms of their appearance - they're cool and fun at the same time. As long as you limit their use to light gauge strings, you probably won't be disappointed - recommended.
Fender probably THE best know name when I comes to guitars. When I hear the name Fender I think quality, durability, and now stupidity, on my part that is. Yes they make some great guitars and other great guitar related products. But these picks, just didn't do it for me, they are or should I say where the most flimsy picks I have ever owned.
These are the Fender California Clear Guitar Picks, I hapened to pick these up when on holiday in the US. Appearance wise they do appeal, well to me anyway, they have a very retro Miami Vice look to them, with their pale colour plate, palm tree and ocean LOGO, they did stand out from the rest. They come in a pack of twelve and of course in a selection of thickness and strengths. The verity is quite good and the colours are great, such unusual colours of plectrums, such as the see through peach (they are all see through by the way) ocean blue, retro pink, to my favourite (colour Pick that is) aquamarine.
I found they were good with steal string playing, good but not amazing. These picks have a lot more negatives than positives for me. First of all they warp and bend like crazy. This happens as a result of any excess heat, and some stages get very hot under those lights when performing for hours on end.
Even without that heat the tip tends to bend very soon if played with any kind of gusto. And in the worst scenario the pick just snaps in half. So if you are a little on the heavy side when it comes to playing, these may not be the pick for you. Furthermore the edges tend to develop groves if you run it down the string. These groves then hinder further playing as they can then get caught in the string.
On the other hand I have played quite a diverse list of styles using these picks, from power chords, to the gentlest of acoustic ballads. The main problem is that after most gigs or sessions in the studio the pick would be rendered useless. For me Tortex picks a far superior (I have previously reviewed these) they may not look as cool as these do. But as we all know looks aren't everything.
Thanks for reading :0) 2night.