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July 20, 2012 | JazzMando V-pick. One year anniversary!

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Vinni Smith, founder V-picks, Summer NAMM 2012

We first hooked up with pick innovator Vinni Smith at the 2011 Summer NAMM in Nashville, TN, where collaborative efforts yielded a signature JazzMando V-pick. Ever immersed in the quest for maximum mandolin tone, it's our contention the start of every good note on a fretted string instrument begins with a controlled, clean pick stroke. That can only happen with a good stroke and a quality pick.

JazzMandoV-pick.jpgPlayers have been known to spend up to $40 on a boutique pick. That's not unreasonably expensive when you consider what a good instrument can cost, but if you could spend less and accomplish the same tone and control, you would, wouldn't you? At least you'd give it a try.

We've worked with Vinni Smith and his pick crafters at V-picks to come up with what we consider one of the best premium picks on the market, the new JazzMando V-pick. We took the proven success of the widely popular JazzMando 346 ProPlec (over 7,000 sold),with its acetate construction, large rounded triangle shape, and smooth bevel and worked it into the acrylic science of the V-pick. What we've added though, is truly unique--a 3-point backside strategic etching.

What made the JazzMando ProPlec better than the standard 346 ProPlec was simple. The gold-stamped etching gave an additional grip on a smooth, large surface, both sides. The V-pick is already known for its playing tack, but we went the next step of adding a slight backside etching to give the player an intuitive "reference" on the fleshy part of the thumb. Face it, compared to a guitar pick, there's a lot of real estate there, and having that locating mark is like building a GPS into your pick. Many players like the speed holes, some for lightness, but more often for pick reference. Holes are also known to weaken pick integrity (we know after breaking prototypes, ourselves), so the etching is the best compromise.

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You should try these for yourself. We're shipping them out $9.95 each, or two for $14.95 (Domestic shipping included.). We're indefinitely expanding our offer, a "Pair and Polish" special by adding our $5.00 Silkweave cloth for only $1.00 more. Get two picks and the cloth for only $15.95!

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Posted by Ted at July 20, 2012 6:01 AM


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