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Red Bear Pick Users

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 Wall

Comment by Dave Engel on July 26, 2008 at 9:10pm
OK, so far, no one is helping me out here, everyone is thanking Dave (that's a good thing). Dave... convince the group to help me with my research. All I want to know is how the RB compairs to each individual pick you can buy at any music store.
Comment by Dave Engel on July 29, 2008 at 4:20pm
Thanks for the comments guys, I ordered one last night. Worst that can happen is It doesn't appeal to me, best that can happen is I agree with you all.
Comment by Dave Engel on August 12, 2008 at 5:26pm
OK, here it is... Got my Red Bear "medium, classic style, std bevel" in the mail yesterday and sorry guys, I don't care for it. Maybe it's my Epiphone Masterbuilt (but I don't think so). First off, let me say the pick is beautifull, plays very smooth with no pick noise. The reason I don't care for it is simply it puts a "damper" or dullness to all the strings. You know how when you play with a medium or light pick the thing really "brightens up", this pick seemed to go just the opposit way. The tone is good, just very dull on my medium Elixers. I had been using a Dunlop Ultex 1.0 and a Dunlop 500 (pink .96mm) and will conitue to I guess. I will give all the picks I've purchased (at least 15 different brands and thicknesses) another shake on the Takamine Bluegrass when it arrives. I had bought this "jazz" pick, real tiny thing, black, has 3 white blocks on it along with 205, USA printed on it, and it is indistinguishable from the Red Bear!
Comment by Marty Power on October 9, 2008 at 9:57am
After years (decades) of playing around with picks and trying to find the perfect sound, I came across Red Bear about a year ago - this is what I've been looking for! I'm a jazz guy, and the tone and control your picks provide is perfect. Thanks!
Comment by Dave Van Deusen on December 30, 2008 at 4:48pm
Just got a medium C-style pick (w/grip holes) the other day. I love it. I have a heavy B-style but was having trouble holding on to it. No problems now.
Comment by Stefan Jadefjord on January 5, 2009 at 7:48am
I think the Red Bears are perfect for strumming. I play a lot of rhythm backup in a bluegrassband and these picks give me a full, loud tone with heavy bass and clear trebles. No pick sounds better. For melodtlines, nothing feels as slick as these. I still have to get used to the thickness since I´m used to playing 1.0 mm picks. I have a Medium B with a speed bevel. Is there any differance in tone compared to a C-style?
Comment by Dave Van Deusen on January 5, 2009 at 4:44pm
For me there is a difference between the B and C but I feel it's because I have more confidence with the C. My attack is much more consistent with it. Personal preference.
Comment by Phil Waites on June 26, 2009 at 9:38am
These are without doubt the best picks i've ever used, the tone makes other picks sound 2 dimensional - also a great service - thank you
Comment by Monty Smith on July 25, 2009 at 9:49am
I just received two new Tuff-Tone picks (E style, medium guage, speed bevel) in the mail yesterday. I've not had a whole lot of time to pick with them yet, but in the hour or so I've used them I'm sold. I love how they feel in my hand, smooth but not slick. My Tortis pick didn't have the speed bevel, and I'm very pleased that I went that route on the Tuff-Tones. I can't hear any distinguishable difference whatsoever between the Tortis and the Tuff-Tones.

So far I couldn't be any happier with them. Excellent.
Comment by Derek Davis on August 11, 2009 at 6:33pm
There is nothing better than one of Dave's picks. I like the new Tuff Tone but my favorite is a thick and hearty 2-3mm Tortis pick. Why play anything else.


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