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A group dedicated to those who use Red Bear picks. We'll share news from the Red Bear shop, talk about maintaining your pick in top shape, getting different tones from your Red Bear picks, announce new colors and anything else pertaining to your pick

Website: http://www.redbeartrading.com
Members: 86
Latest Activity: Apr 28, 2014

What's New at Red Bear

September 2008
Check out the October issue of Guitar Player Magazine. We have a great review by their editor-in-chief. Thanks to that review, the phone has been ringing off the hook with orders. No complaints here!

July 20, 2008
We have three new pick designs. The "Classic II", the "C II" and the "Style F". See our site for a full spread of all our picks, complete with dimentions, where you can see them side-by-side for comparison.

July 3, 2008
I was busy busting out orders today and my phone rang. Lo and behold - it was John Reischman! John had been using one of my picks - a heavy style E with a slight left-hand bevel, and was wanting to get some more. How cool is that? He'll be our latest endorsee, using his Red Jasper colored picks. John, Jim Nunally and Nick Hornbuckle all use one of my picks in their group "The Jaybirds". Check them out on the John Reischman and the Jaybirds website. They play all over the country so if they come to a venue near you, go see them. They are fantastic!

June 6, 2008
Justin Carbone emailed me about some picks. You may know Justin's work as the guitar player for Special Consensus. I look forward to working with Justin in finding the best tone available from his guitars.

May 15, 2008
Keith Sewell contacted me about making some picks for him. He's going to be doing the summer tour with Lyle Lovett and his Large Band, and naturally, he needs to sound his best. I'm a big fan of Keith's - in fact his CD "Love is a Journey" is one of the cd's I keep on my short-list of favorites. Check out the tune "Duncan Station" on it. Keith is doing some serious flatpicking on it! That's my favorite tune on the cd. I'm jazzed to be working with him! More about Keith . . .

May 14, 2008
We have a small amount of the coveted "Clown Barf" material in stock. I have some medium and heavy material all processed and ready to go. I also have some raw that I can go to any thickness up to about 3mm and any style. Shown here is a bad scan of a style "C" pick. It's not that great a scan, but you get the idea of the color. I'll get a better scan of one soon.

Shoot me a message if you'd like to get a pick made from this color material. We haven't yet placed them on the shopping cart over on our Red Bear site. We may not do that right now either. Presently we have enough to make approximately 30 picks. I hope to acquire more this summer or early autumn.

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Comment by Todd Roberts on May 14, 2008 at 11:51am
I came and went here because I clicked some wrong things....anyway. I have a R'Bear pick that I got from BK at kamp last year(C-med) and a real tortise that I bought from that "guy" outside Wilson Chapel 2 years ago... they sound the same and that is a good sound...even for me! I bought the tortise after a conversation with Jim Nunnaly about the pick being like the bow of a violin player.Up to that point I figured as long as you got the strings vibrating it did not much matter what you use...I have even heard of people using their FINGERS,imagine that! Stevie Ray used a quarter(I seen it with me own eyes!...I think..it was the late 80's and ..well never mind...).So any way I am enlightened now,I do not know how it affects the sound/tone,but it does.Anybody actually heard a person play with just FINGERS?....unreal...
Comment by Jarod Lewis on May 15, 2008 at 3:16pm
I'm lost without my Tortis pick. Seriously.
Comment by Jim Grainger on May 16, 2008 at 10:05am
Hey Dave! You better get to work! What are you doing on the computer when you're this far behind making picks? ;-)

Comment by Rick Crenshaw on May 16, 2008 at 1:20pm
I'm hooked on the Coral. Easy to find if dropped in the grass. I flop back and forth between knife edge and speed bevels. Like 'em both. I reckon I have 8 or 10 Large Triange "C" style picks in tortoise, clown barf, and Coral.
Comment by Bill Startz on May 17, 2008 at 12:29am
I got my first one in 05 at Kamp.. Been a fan ever since.
When I first met Dave ( at Kamp) I asked him what made this pic worth 15 bucks.. He smiled and said they were 20 now..
I was skeptical . No more.. the pics last a long time.. used properly.
I have had 2 broken by friends rite after I told them dont flex them.. darn.
I think a pics qualites can help shape the sound... and I like the sound they help me shape.

Comment by Mojo1 on May 31, 2008 at 6:59am
Hey Dave!

Thanks for making such a great product! I'm constantly amazed how good those picks are, every fine instrument deserves one!!

Looking forward to the new "Mojo" picks!

Comment by Mark Marispini on June 4, 2008 at 1:04pm
I was shopping for a new dreadnought at Gryphon Stringed Instruments about 6 months ago when I stumbled upon the Red Bear pick display box. When I saw the $20.00 price tag my eyes about popped out of my head! 20 bucks for a pick? The extremely helpful guy behind the counter said, "why don't you try one". I chose the Heavy C style and ducked into one of the lesson rooms where I was A/B'ing about 5 high end guitars. About 30 minutes later I came out and slapped the pick on the counter. The guy gave me a look and I said, "I'll take two please".

I've tried other C style picks since then and nothing compares to the speed and pure tone I can get from my Red Bears. When I'm really groovin, I can feel the pick actually melt into my thumb and index finger. The speed that can be attained from just a pick change was the most interesting aspect to me.

Oh, and by the way, I took the Collings D2HA home as well. What a day!

Comment by Dave Engel on June 16, 2008 at 3:11pm
Hi All,

As noted elswhere in the group, when I saw $20 for a pick, I thought "these guys are nuts! When I told my wife about them, she said "are those guys nuts"? So I'm going to assume you all are NOT nuts. Tell me the how this pick makes a difference in the sound and your playing. Get technical... I can take it. :-) Thanks,

Comment by Brad Davis on July 14, 2008 at 4:44am
Comment by Dave Engel on July 16, 2008 at 9:40pm
OK, I'm being tempted but I am a researcher, (part of the fun). After playing with every pick possible from the local music stores, I must ask you "redbear" experts for some comparison help. Please tell me which of the following picks even sort of act like these Redbears.

Dunlop Tortex
Ultex 500
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