Gus; I just got the Ultimate Thumb pick and a set of three Ultimate Finger Picks and wanted to give you my impression of them in the way of a review. I have pretty much [tried] every thumb and finger pick available. I saw a YouTube video on your product and thought I needed to add it to my collection. I was really pleased by what a great product this is. It far exceeded my expectations. Here are some unbiased pros and cons:
Ultimate Thumb Pick Pros: I inserted my favorite pick (Blue Chip TD 40) into the pick pouch of your Ultimate Thumb Pick and it fit perfectly. Your thumb pick sleeve fits snug but does not cut off blood circulation. I was able to strum chords and play lead with my fingers free–not holding the pick. I was pleasantly surprised to be able to strum chords with upstrokes without the pick twisting or loosening on my thumb. Up and down picking patterns for lead were a breeze as well. Of the dozens and dozens of different thumb picks I own, this is now my favorite. Cons – The thumb pick feels like it is a medium size and is a little snug. Not terrible, but I think the Large size will fit me better when it is available. I will be playing the one I have until the Large is available and then I will order several.
Ultimate Finger Pick Pros – I have the Large Clear ones that are first generation. They fit perfectly and are by far the most comfortable finger picks I have. They slide on, stay put, and then come off when gently pulled from the top – perfect fit. They do not cut off the blood supply to the fingers either. The nail design is genius! It is positioned exactly like a fingernail and is perfect for anyone used to playing with their nails. There is also the added benefit of being able to do a downward strum with them. Another pro is that you can shape them how you like, though the shape they come in is very usable (I may not change the shape of mine). I can change from an open hand finger picking to a closed hand, where I have a grip on the pick in the thumb pick. It is a very natural grip and I can feel the pick between my index finger and my thumb (unlike plastic or metal finger picks). It’s like holding my pick in a natural way while wearing thin rubber gloves – sounds funny, but it works great. I can get a lot of pick dynamics this way.
Cons – Seriously – None. My only complaint is that I like the next generation [nail] design, but it is not available yet in Large. When it is available, I will be ordering several sets.
As a final note in this review, Money doesn’t lie and these were so good that I immediately bought another set. I will be ordering several Ultimate Thumb Picks in Large as soon as they are available. I will also be ordering several sets of the second generation Ultimate Finger Picks in Large as soon as they are available. They were nice enough to include a 20 % discount in the package with my first order. I like this product and I want to support the development of them, so I chose not to use it on my second order. I want to support this product and hope to see them have the funds to continue to grow…
Don L. – USA
SOLD OUT!!! THANK YOU FOR THE WARM WELCOME INTO SULPHUR SPRINGS!!
Slaid Cleaves lives with his wife of 19 years, Karen Cleaves, in the Hill Country outside Austin, Texas. While Karen books the shows, the flights, the hotels, and the rental cars, designs, orders and sells the CDs and T-shirts, pays the band, updates the web site, answers fan questions, does the taxes and makes dinner, Slaid writes his little songs (and fixes things around the house). They travel around the world together while Slaid plays for fans far and wide and gets all the glory. If it wasn’t for Karen, Slaid would be carrying all he owned in a shoe box, scrounging around for a happy hour gig.
tickets will go on sale at the Crossroads “store” on Wednesday, June 18th.
Crossroads is planning to end 2012 with a BANG!! It’s been fun being the Winnsboro Chamber of Commerce “Business of the Year” and we even took part in the Annual Christmas Parade! Every year we have an anniversary show, and this year we’ve moved it to December 15th–Our 7th Anniversary Event featuring Adler & Hearne, with Warren Jackson Hearne & Kate Hearne. It is quite fitting featuring Lynn Adler & Lindy Hearne, since they are the co-founders of Crossroads Music Company.
December 29th will be another historic event, featuring a brand new band–SEVEN–sure to gain GLOBAL attention once the world recognizes its members! Fame is no stranger to these seasoned professionals, and you’ll just have to take the time to read the bios in order to confirm my rantings!! Trust me, the list is TOO LONG to include in this shout-out! I’ve listed the bios on the website, within their calendar event.
Two great shows, that make GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFTS!! 🙂
Every day our life gets a little shorter–I realize this is a statement of the obvious. None of us “Earth people” have a clue when the final day will arrive for each of us–also, quite obvious. The trick seems to be how best to spend our minutes here on Earth during our human experience.
OK, so Winnsboro offered-up some delightful minute-consuming options this past weekend, and many informed-souls took advantage of the Winnsboro Fine Art Market [ www.WinnsboroArt.com ]…Competition was high, I was told, with the Mineola Iron Horse Festival taking place, not to mention the biggest Canton weekend of the year being the November Canton weekend [Yes, THIS weekend]. As a result, foot traffic was low. Regardless, I specifically picked Albert & Gage for this weekend in Winnsboro, believing in my heart that what they offered musically would be a great fit for the humans that were going to be in Winnsboro for the weekend–I believe today that it was a wonderful choice!!
As many of you know, Crossroads Music Company is in transition, sharing the Winnsboro Center for the Arts’ stage while decisions are made with regards to a performance hall suitable for bringing LIVE BIG NAME ENTERTAINERS into a small town like Winnsboro. A special shout-out and THANK YOU to Michael & Shannon Monk, of Monk Custom Homes, stepping up in a sponsorship role for THIS performance, helping bring this talented duo into Texas’ one-and-only RURAL Cultural Arts District in the entire State–Yes, I’m talking about Winnsboro!!!
Those in attendance witnessed an extraordinary show, from the GLOBALLY KNOWN Chris Gage & Christine Albert, who brought along stand up bass player David Carroll to fill out their already awesome sound—Chris on guitar/keyboards, and Christine on rhythm guitar–Harmonies that made your little neck hairs stand and take notice! Second-to-none songwriting, and musical talent that received more ovations throughout the night than I could keep track of! Adding even MORE “kewlness” to the night was the addition of Claude “Butch” Morgan as their musical guest!! Butch has been on the Crossroads stage before, numerous times over the last seven years. Suffice it to say this show ranked right up there as a “proper” use of your Winnsboro minutes–less than 180 if you’re counting–while in town for the Fine Art Market—just saying. Of course, you might say I’m partial to the musical experience as a legitimate use of life’s minutes, to which I will reply, GUILTY AS CHARGED!!! To those of you who decided taking in a Saturday night concert was just TOO MUCH packed into one weekend, may I share a quote that was shared with me some time ago…”We can SLEEP when we’re DEAD!”
~~Gus [Winnsboro’s local Promoter/Ambassador]