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The Jim Dunlop Lucky 7 series of guitar plectrums is essentially a set of plectrums with a very similar feel to that of a Jim Dunlop Tortex pick, but with different illustrative designs on each plectrum.
Each plectrum depicts a 'rock n roll' themed illustration, which in truth are pretty cliched for the most part, ranging from cars, whiskey bottles through to skulls & crossbones and what not.
They come in packs of 6 & come in three gauges - .60mm, .73mm & 1.00mm. The thickness you need will depend upon your personal preference & style of playing. I tend to use a .60mm plectrum when possible.
As far as the actual playability & durability of these plectrums go, they are every bit as reliable as a standard Jim Dunlop or Tortex pick (it would be very unusual for one of these to snap), so in that sense this brand of plectrum is about as good as it gets.
Plectrums like this can be cool but won't affect your playing in any way, I tend to lean toward thinking they're quite gimmicky and to an extent slightly pointless. The colour of the plectrum isn't really important & the artwork is likely to wear off the more you use them anyway.
You'll probably find a pack of these online for around £3.50 or maybe a little more, which is roughly the same cost as the standard designs, so if pretty patterns on your plectrums floats your boat, go ahead & get these.
If you want to immerse yourself even deeper into a rock n'roll mindset whilst strumming, then Jim Dunlop's 'Lucky 13' guitar picks may be just what you're looking for. I first came across these illustrative plectrums when I received some free with a guitar magazine a few years back. The picks stand out from the norm as they feature a rock-themed picture printed on the front of each one. Each picture is fairly predictable in terms of its subject - there's the standard rock fare of skulls and crossbones, naked ladies, cars, and whiskey bottles to name but a few, and there are many different ones to collect.
Price & Specification
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Cost-wise, Lucky 13 guitar picks are currently priced at £3.42 from amazon.co.uk for a pack of six - you won't know which particular design you're getting until you open the pack. The picks are available in three thicknesses including 0.60mm, 0.73mm, and 1.0mm - although for some reason amazon only sell the 0.73mm variety. My personal preference is for the 1mm gauge, as I find it to be sturdy enough for both acoustic and electric guitar strumming.
Performance, Lifespan & Final Word
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In terms of their longevity the picks are hardwearing, and to date I haven't had one which has split or snapped. Not so good is the print-quality of the pictures - although they look good at first, they will wear off pretty quickly after a few strumming sessions. Yes, it would be nice if the artwork lasted a little longer before it rubbed off, but i'm not overly concerned - for me, plectrums are for strumming, and appearance will always play second fiddle.
Overall, Jim Dunlop's Lucky 13 guitar picks are cool-looking and easy to use plectrums - as they're made from Tortex, they are also comfortable and hardwearing; recommended.
~Lucky 13 guitar picks from Jim Dunlop~
Amongst the guitar picks that I have in use at the moment are some of the range of Jim Dunlop Lucky 13 Guitar Picks which I have found to be very similar in many ways to the standard Tortex guitar picks that Jim Dunlop produce, although I have found that the funky artwork on the Jim Dunlop Lucky 13 Guitar Picks will stay in place for longer than when using a standard Tortex guitar pick. When wanting to review the Lucky 13 Guitar Picks on Dooyoo they were not listed here, so a product suggestion was made in order to allow me to share my thoughts about them and as these guitar picks have now been added to the database I am able to do so.
The main thing that hits you when you set eyes on the range of Lucky 13 Guitar Picks is of course the artwork that each individual pick has on it. I feel that the artwork used is part of the reason that these picks have been so very popular to buy and use, as very often when there isn't much to choose from between the quality and usability of a number of picks, you do end up being slightly more swayed into choosing one over another based on the over all look in the end. As the range of guitar picks incorporates a number of designs to suit a variety of tastes there ought to be something amongst what is on offer to suit many tastes.
~Tell me about the range of designs?~
The range of Lucky 13 Guitar Picks uses a number of repeating themes which suit the over all range and these designs and the range not only includes these plectrums but also has a number of very funky looking guitar straps which use similar rock and roll graffiti type designs in keeping with the Lucky 13 theme. At the moment I still have a few picks from this range that I haven't managed to lose, break or wear down, one of which is a black pick with artwork showing a pair of dice in white print with the Lucky 13 logo on it, a black bodied pick which shows the ace of spades in red and white with the same Lucky 13 text showing and a white pick with a devilish red coloured woman on it complete with pointy devils tail, some stars, the Lucky 13 logo and the word 'hate' underneath (just above her devilish high heels).
The other designs that I have had have been the same devilish lady in white with red and yellow design highlights on a black toned pick, as well as some flaming skulls on a black pick and a skull and cross bones design in white with red stars once again on a black guitar pick. There are a number of other designs that can be found and generally if buying these as a set you will get a mixed set of any 6 of the designs from the range, which come as a little set of 6 for roughly £4.50 to £6 per pack. As these come as a mixed set it means you won't always end up with every design that is available although I have found that you do tend to get a nice selection of designs in a pack. The style of the artwork used on these picks is in keeping with the rock and roll theme that the Lucky 13 range uses which has been mixed with a graffiti art style theme to give a very interesting look.
~The .73mm Lucky 13 Guitar Pick~
These guitar picks come in a number of sizes from .60mm up to the .73 picks I am reviewing and onwards to a thicker heavier 1.0mm pick, with each type having its merits depending on how light/ flexible or heavy/ solid you like your plectrum to be, what style of music you wish to play and whether you intend to play on a standard electric or base guitar or on a steel stringed or nylon stringed instrument. I have found that the .73mm Lucky 13 Guitar Picks are a fairly good mid range pick that can be used to play a variety of musical styles and I have tried these on all types of strings from steel or nylon on acoustic and electro acoustic guitars as well as steel strings on electric guitars.
Having used both the 0.6mm picks an the .73mm picks I wouldn't say that the .73mm Lucky 13 Guitar Picks are my favorite for use with an electric guitar although they do work well as an all rounder for certain types of playing. In general I have found that the .60mm version of these are slightly more to my liking when using an electric guitar as they are slightly more flexible and have a lighter feel than the 0.73mm picks which are slightly stiffer with a little less flex and a thicker body. As the Lucky 13 Guitar Picks are on what is in general known to be a Jim Dunlop Tortex style guitar pick, the feel of them is near enough the same with the only real difference being that the artwork on the Lucky 13 Guitar Picks stays on a teeny bit better than the standard turtle pattern/ design on the standard Tortex picks.
Once you have worn in your pick a little it will of course lose some of its design and the surface which on this style of pick is already slightly matt and softish to the touch will become even more grippy over time, which has its benefits as the picks won't fly out of your fingers too easily when in use. Once the Lucky 13 Guitar Picks become too grippy after a number of uses, it means that they are ending their usable life span and you will begin to notice that the edges of the picks may become rougher or marked and the centre of your pick will begin to feel like it is becoming shattered from within. This would be a good time to think about replacing the pick with a newer one, although the exact time span between changes will vary depending on how much use and abuse the pick has had.
Over all I do rather like the range of Lucky 13 Guitar Picks with my favorite being the .60mm pick rather then the .73mm version. Choosing a guitar plectrum such as these picks is a matter of personal choice and what suits one person may not suit the next and my review here of the .73mm picks from this range is based purely on my own opinion as to what suits my requirements the most. As stated I feel that the Lucky 13 Guitar Picks as a .73 version do offer a mid range pick that will suit a good number of playing styles but as with anything guitar based the only way to really know it these will suit you is to get your hands on one and try it out.
For anyone who collects guitar picks with funky artwork on them, these picks will certainly be a good choice as they do stand out with their unique styling and would look nice as part of a larger display of plectrums if you like to keep a few picks for display only. As far as rating the Lucky 13 Guitar Picks in their .73mm version I feel they ought to get a 4 star rating although I feel that the .60mms do have a very slight edge. These picks are easy to source and can be bought from high street stores as well as from online sellers so they shouldn't be a problem to get hold of if you feel they may suit your needs.