I received a package from the Netherlands the other day – a sample set of picks called Chicken Picks. Eppo Franken of Chicken Picks wanted me to try out his picks and talk about them on the site. Picks in my opinion are about the hardest thing to review. They’re so personal to the player, it’s hard to look at new picks (sizes/gauges) without getting thrown off on how different they are to your regular pick. For me, I like a pick with a little give (not a lot) and the feel is a big item for me. I don’t want the pick to start ‘spinning’ on me.
The Chicken Picks are a thick pick with a nice edge. Immediately, it passed the slip test. The material used feels good against the fingers, and I feel like I can get a great grip without straining hard to hold the pick. Chicken Picks use a heavy gauge and this is by design. By having a thick pick you definitely get some tonal changes and character and quite a few players prefer a pick that does not flex at all, again this comes down to style. Even though I’m use to a pick with a little flex, I felt comfortable playing with this pick, especially with single note rhythm stuff and leads.
The primary target musician for these picks are country pickers, they can definitely be applied for other types of playing. I would suspect bass players that use picks would love these.
Chicken Picks come in two gauges – 2.2-2.5 mm (light) and 2.6-2.8 mm (regular). You can purchase directly from their site at ChickenPicks.com
Here is a video review posted by mixermantim talking about his Chicken Picks: