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There are various well known brand of plectrum on the market (see my Jim Dunlop reviews), and Fender is among those you will commonly see. I'd expect to pay between 50p & 70p each for these in a music shop. But if you look online or buy in bulk you will definitely find them for less.
A Fender pic comes in the classic 'pear' shaped plectrum design & tends to be more solid than other brands (such as Dunlop) & as such is more suited to electric guitar playing. I got a number of these when I got my first guitar some years ago, I used a selection of different kinds over the years, but these days I don't tend to use a Fender pic very often (usually only if I don't have any of my own on me).
A primarily play the acoustic guitar with fairly light strings (11's), so my preference is for a a slightly softer but still firm plectrum (I tend to favour the Jim Dunlop Tortex design, .60mm thickness). I find the Fender pics to be very firm & durable, but sometimes you need a degree of give to play the way you want to, which is why I favour the Dunlop variety. For the serious Electric or Bass Guitar player, this thickness & style would probably be your preference.
They come in a variety of 'pearl' type colours - white, purple, blue etc. The colour isn't really of great importance, the text will fade with time & the different thicknesses & styles tend to only come in 1 colour, so the important thing is to find the correct thickness & shape to suit your needs & stick with it. My advice would be to try various brands & styles, and you'll know when you've found the kind that works for you.
Guitar picks are a vital addition to the instruments catalogue of devices which help players to get the best possible sound from their strumming. Though not necessarily needed - for instance, when picking the strings in a song or riff - they remain the natural choice for users, as well as with the stars that make this instrument so iconic. These 'Fender Medium Pearl Guitar Picks' are an O.K. example of the product type, they are the standard tear drop shape and they come in a range of dark and light colours - all of the same 'pearl' finish as stated.
I have to say, tear drop picks have always been my preferred choice - but everyone's preference differs - possibly because they are the shape I started with, and have continued to use. The wide end is gripped by your index finger and thumb (though this may vary between players), and the pointed end makes contact with the strings in what ever succession is suited. I find the plastic material these Fender picks are made gives good grip, even when met with sweat and increased heat whilst playing.
Being of the medium variety doesn't mean they have much thickness. They are still around 1mm in thickness, but they are incredibly durable nonetheless. They can be used ferociously and remain intact, but their flexibility is limited. They won't snap under pressure and they will always return to their original shape ones used, but they can be difficult to strum with as they remain rigid all the time. Sometimes you want a bit of give - like with the Dunlop nylon variety - because this reduces the strain on your fingers and helps you to glide across the strings.
The colour schemes used with this product are not to everyone's taste - and I'm one of those people sceptical of their aesthetical properties. The pearl effect isn't great, it makes the picks look tacky and cheap, which they are not particularly. Inscribed on each variation is the logo 'Fender' and the work 'Medium' - a simple inscription which adds something to the design, but doesn't make the picks stand out from their cheesy nature.
Overall, I'm not too keen on these in comparison with the Dunlop ones. I gave them a go but I don't think I'll be back to try them again. They don't have a place within my pick wallet I'm afraid.
Choosing the right guitar plectrum or pick as their known isn't as easy as you would think.
They come in a verity of weights and thickness and although some people may like the thicker style of pick for the more hard string style of playing some may favour the thinner style of pick for the very same use. It really is down to the players personal choice.
These are by a very well know name, if not THE most well know name when it comes to guitars. Fender. These are the Fender Pearl Guitar Picks these can be bought in literally every music store in the world, if the store sells plectrums they will almost certainly sell these.
Where the word pearl comes from is the pearl like finish that makes them stand out when mixed in with the hundreds of picks I have in my box. They come in the usual selection of colours weights, strengths and thicknesses. These are the Fender Medium Pearl Guitar Picks these have a somewhat shiny coating this results in a smooth feel in the hand. This is very noticeable at first, but over time and plenty of use the gloss does fade leaving a strange mix of glossy edges and Matt centre, I don't find this a problem however it's more of a cosmetic than functional problem. There are plenty of colours to choose from with this range.
There are the usual purple, blue, white, red, green and black picks but they do look a bit better than the standard colourful picks available dew to their pearl finish. Unlike most plectrums the coloured coatings don't refer to the thickness of the pick. It's just randomly assigned, however the info is printed on the pick.
I find these very comfortable to use, they are suitable for a wide verity of playing styles as they are smooth yet strong. They can be bought online at amazon.co.uk for £6.99 + shipping. If find this to be very reasonable as it works out at less then 30p a pick, and for that you ate getting one of the most trusted names in the guitar playing world.
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As one of the more eye-catching plectrums on the market, Fender's Pearl guitar picks are extremely popular with both beginner and experienced guitarists alike. As their title suggests, the picks have a pearly sheen which can look rather pretty in the right lighting conditions.
Price, availability, and specification
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Cost-wise, the 24 pack retails at £6.99 from Amazon - a price which I feel is competitive at roughly 29p per plectrum. Quite often with guitar picks, the colour relates to the thickness, but this isn't the case with this particular variety; here, the hue is randomly assigned with a number of shades available - don't worry though, you'll still know which pick you're using as the gauge is printed on the front.
The plectrums in use
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From the perspective of performance, Fender's Pearl picks are traditionally seen as being a little stiffer than similar gauge picks from the competition - Dunlop's medium nylon picks for example are much more flexible, especially when they've warmed from being in the hand. For me, the added thickness makes these plectrums perfect for lead guitar work, and similarly the 'thick' version (rather than 'medium') is liked by bassists. In terms of the negatives, I don't find these picks quite as easy to keep hold of as the Tortex range; they're a little slippier - that said, I can't ever recall one flying from my grasp during play, so they can't be too bad.
In terms of durability, Fender Medium Pearl are generally hardwearing, although they can eventually split after becoming a little brittle over time - similarly, the shiny lustre can dull with frequent use.
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Overall, Fender's Medium Pearl guitar picks are a classy choice for any guitarist. However, if you're more of a strummer (especially with light gauge strings), then you may want to opt for the light version of this pick rather than the medium.
Fender Medium Guitar Picks
Despite playing guitar since I was fourteen, I only just got around to forming a band with my friends a couple of months ago (I'm 32 now). I have a number of guitars - at current count two electrics, two steel stringed acoustics, one classical (in the cupboard!) and three basses (one with a friend on loan). It sounds a lot but I live in Japan and half of these are in my mother's attic back in Cornwall.
I've played a handful of gigs in the past, mostly small events like school festivals, charity open mic nights, etc, and have always played an acoustic using the nails of my thumb and forefinger to strum. In short, I've always hated using picks.
When we formed the band, by virtue of being the best singer (of a bad lot!) and the worst guitarist, I ended up being the rhythm guitar player/"singer". As anyone who plays will know, while it's possible to play electric guitar with your fingers (Mark Knopfler and Lindsay Buckingham are two excellent examples) if you're just strumming chords it can sound a little murky. Therefore, I was forced to learn to play with a pick.
In the guitar shop I go to regularly (which is basically a secondhand/discount electronics shop) they don't have a great selection of picks, so I pretty much bought a few of these by virtue of having no other choice. I've found that the wide back makes them easier for someone with clumsy fingers like me to grip, even though they have no specific finger grip like some more expensive picks do. In addition, while being medium gauge they actually have enough tensility to get that required power chord "crunch", extremely important for our budding hard rock band, although for the faster, punkier songs I use a Gibson heavy gauge pick instead. For slower songs or any arpeggios I prefer these.
In terms of longevity, I had one break after perhaps five hours of hard rocking, which isn't too bad considering they only cost 52yen (40p) each. However, that was more to do with the slightly rusty nature of my strings and the less slightly wayward style of my playing, in which I have a tendency to hit the guitar as often as I hit the strings.
In conclusion, a high quality, low cost pick. Recommended.
I have three guitars; a classical, acoustic and an electric bass. Although tentatively trying to master the art of finger plucking with my classical nylon stringed guitar; I'm more at home with playing my acoustic guitar. There are so many plectrums on the market and you can have one made out of anything, my friend has a plectrum made out of a colourful stone. I stick to the conventional plastic ones though as I'm not an accomplished player and find these the easiest to use.
*Price and availability*
The best deal is buy these in packs of 24, where you get a variety of different coloured fender picks for around £6.50. They also come in packs of 12 for £3.99.This works out at quite good value for money. Especially when you compare it to the price I paid for one from the guitar shop. I paid 70p each for my Fender picks! I would not consider buying one specific type in bulk as I like to experience and try different shapes and thicknesses. I guess the best thing to do is to buy as pack and split them with a friend; therefore taking advantage of the savings!
These picks are the conventional shape which is triangular but rounded. Some picks are shaped differently with contouring that is easy to hold, however I started learning with this shape so feel quite comfortable with it.
The stiffness of the pick suits my needs and allows me to experiment with different styles. The stiffness makes quite a lot of difference and I have used a heavier pick but tend to prefer the flexibility that a thinner pick offers. When playing with my bass guitar, I tend to favour the thicker pick as I find it easier on thicker strings. I have even used these picks on my classical guitar, which is a bit taboo really! I like experimenting though and trying out different styles.
The picks come in a pearly colour that fades over time, the pick starts to become duller and matt in appearance. I have a couple, one is blue and the other is silver. There are many different colours for you to try.
I like these picks and they suit my needs. I find them really durable and I have never had a problem with the brand or this type of plectrum. I would definitely buy them again. I think they are really good quality and when buying in larger amounts they become much better value for money. You can spend a fortune on picks and buy ones that have a personal design printed on the front; however I just want a pick to do its job. No one sees it when it is between your fingers anyway! I would recommend this product.
Being a creature of habit, very little has changed in the equipment I have been using throughout my lifetime of playing Guitar. Most notable the brands I have always stuck with for everything ranging from the instrument itself to the bag and accessories is Fender, probably the worlds most recognised Guitar manufacturer. I have been using their medium grade plectrums since I first picked up an axe all those years ago.
For anyone new to guitar picks come in a variety of different grades from flimsy light ones that can be bend and offer no resistance on the strings to extremely heavy and thick ones. Each one suits different playing styles and once you get settled with your choice you are likely to stick with that one for the time being.
The medium ones offer a in between stiffness between the flimsiness of the first grades to the unmoveable toughness of the heavier ones. There is some give in there, but not too much and you can feel the weight in your fingers. The problems sometimes is the flimsy ones leave you feeling out of control and like you aren't gripping anything as they are so light whereas medium picks including the ones here give you a feeling of controlling without being too heavy and making you worry you are going to carve a whole through your strings with the sheer weight of the heavy ones.
These Fender devices then are nicely weighted picks and feel superb quality. You can see just by looking at the glossy finish, textures of the colours and the finesse of the rounded edges that they are made with attention to detail. At around £7.99 for 24 picks they are at the top end of the price market but you are paying for quality and that is why these should not be ignored. They are durable, not cutting up, tearing or grazing at any point which would of course damage your strings and visually they look stunning with the mix of colours that make them stand out from the norm.
All in all these well balanced, durable and tough picks make for enjoyable playing and the confidence in a quality pick!
Amongst the range of guitar picks that I have tried are the Fender Pearl Guitar Picks which are possibly one of the most commonly found guitar picks that you will find being sold in guitar stores as a single buy item. The little Fender Pearl Guitar Picks come in an array of colours all with their pearly finish that gives a bright and slightly shimmery marbled effect that reminds me of the patterns seen in real tortoiseshell. The range of Fender Pearl Guitar Picks come in a number of options to suit your mood, guitar style and playing habits / requirements and they come not only as the Fender Medium Pearl Guitar Picks that are the subject of this review, but in a range of other weights/ thicknesses/ strengths.
~How picky are you?~
I wouldn't say that the Fender Medium Pearl Guitar Picks are the most flexible pick that you can buy and as such they are not a full time favorite for all playing styles although they do have their strengths as a reliable and durable guitar pick. They are well made on the whole and as with any guitar pick they may suit some guitarists more than others depending on a number of factors including playing style, set up of your guitar etc. The feel of the material used to make up the Fender Medium Pearl Guitar Picks is smooth with a light sheen when the picks are new, although with prolonged use the surface area of the picks can and does become duller and faded a little. I don't feel that this fading of the shiny new feel of the Fender Medium Pearl Guitar Picks effects their usage at all as this used look is more cosmetic than anything.
~Pick the best of the bunch~
The happy medium that will allow for a degree of mixed styles of play from this range is the Fender Medium Pearl Guitar Pick with its medium thickness and firmer feel it is the most versatile of the range in my opinion. The Fender Heavy Pearl Guitar Picks are more suited to those who like a sturdier feeling pick and need to to hold up to more strenuous play, where as the Fender Medium Pearl Guitar Picks will allow a range of styles to be used and can be seen as an all round pick. The colour range of the Fender Medium Pearl Guitar Picks is based around the lightly pearly finish of the picks that when new does have a pearly sheen that can be clearly seen.
I have used a number of the colour options within the range as when you buy a 24 pack of picks you do get a mixed selection of colours, where as when the Fender Medium Pearl Guitar Picks are sold individually in guitar stores you can choose each colour you want as you are buying each pick as a stand alone item rather than a mixed set. The colour options that I have seen the most are a red pearl, a purple pearl, a navy blue pearl, white pearl, green pearl, black pearl and mink pearl with all of them having a nice sheen and pearly shine when brand new that will fade over time to give a more matt finish.
~Pricey picks and cheaper options~
The price of a single Fender Medium Pearl Guitar Pick on its own when bought from a music store may set you back as much as 80p per pick which may seem rather high, although I have found that most stores do set their pick prices at this kind of level and won't ever sell these for under 60p per pick. The best value is to buy a mixed set of 24 Fender Pearl Guitar Picks as prices in that case can be as little as £4.99 to £5.99 for the full set of 24. This means that your cost per pick comes down to no more than 25p per pick which is very good value.
The only down side with that is that you may find you become bored with using the same old pick style and design over time, so if you have a guitar playing friend the best way to avoid that is to buy a set and split it to get 12 picks each, so that you can go off and waste you pennies on some picks with fancy artwork on them as a single buy pick like I do. Over all the Fender Medium Pearl Guitar Picks do offer a good degree of durability and smooth even feel that makes them suitable for a wide playing style and as such I feel I want to give them 4 stars.