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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 Bryan Floyd on August 19, 2010 at 6:37am
Hello fellow Red bear users. I just got my first RB not very long ago, and boy I didn't know what I was missing!! Till then, I have been using various cheapie picks such as Fender 351 Heavies, Fender 346 heavies, Dunlop Ultex 1.0 standard shape, Dunlop 500 .96, Dunlop 1.0 Nylons, and even the Dunlop Big Stubby 1.0 (which is really not a bad pick). Of these the Ultex have been my preference but I didn't realize how 2 dimensional these are compared to the Red Bear. Mind you I still like the Ultex as a "beater" pick, but the Red Bear really brings life to the guitar. My first Red Bear was from an online guitar trade as it was included in the trade. It is the C Style Heavy with what I assume is the old Red Bear logo as the web site has a different logo now. Since this, I have ordered another C Style but in Medium and with speed bevel (as the one I have had the standard bevel and I wanted to see what the speed bevel was like). After this I plan to order several more to try a couple different sizes and to get some different colors. The Coral and Jasper and just beautiful.

Let me also add that the customer service I got when choosing my new Red Bear was just amazing. Monica is a very friendly, informative, patient, and extremely helpful person. I don't remember the last time I got such good customer service from a company. Needless to say I am now a Red Bear fan!!
Comment by kevin l. george on January 26, 2012 at 5:38am

Hello to all those devoted RB pick users... Just can't say enough about the tone I get from these choice little melody makers. Have two picks one is a #9XH and the other is a Classic. Since 2009 I've been going strong with the Classic and right before I came to the ROK needed an alternate "IF" something happened to the one and only I had. Not only did I get another gem but also got a pick kit to assist me down the road. Looking forward to the journey. 

Comment by kevin l. george on March 5, 2012 at 4:25am

Has anyone purchased the pick oil and used it? If so please elaborate. I currently have a "dimple warp" in one of my picks and tried mineral oil to straighten it out...alas no success. 

Comment by Jordan Garrett on September 27, 2012 at 5:58pm

Just found my red bear "C" agate pick in my friends car after a week and a half.  Honestly I only had one in this shape which I'd came to love so I was struggling to re-adapt to a plastic mock pick of a similar shape.  In the same bag was my last real tortoise pick.  Well since losing them i had contacted my dad who is from Palau and told him to work on getting me more toroise shell.  Red bear makes the best picks I've ever felt or heard, but I want to make sure I have some other comparable resources since they are so backed up on orders.  It really is becoming a problem and I hope they can solve it soon.  4 months was my wait.  I bevel my own and would love to be their apprentice or if they could find some that work to their standards.  That is the only drawback to this company.  I am looking forward to getting some more tortoise authentics to play with though.

Comment by Jordan Garrett on September 27, 2012 at 6:02pm

Kevin if you ever haave worked with Tortoise much it can be flattened using heat.  Red Bear picks react the same way.  Some like to use boiling water but I use my glass stove top on a medium to medium low heat and press it with a flat pan bottm just long enough for it to get hot enough to flex.  Then I move it and keeping pressing until completely cool.  Your pick will be flat as new after that, but it will happen occasionally.

Comment by kevin l. george on September 28, 2012 at 6:57am
Thanks to the insight on flattening the pick...


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