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    Default Golden Gate with not a round tip?

    Greetings, 1rst post - not a mando player but a fan of the Golden Gate Pick.

    Does one exist with more of a point, not much of one...just a little bit not quite as round?
    A fantasy?

    Thanks!

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    I'm feelin' like the answer is no.

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    Welcome to the forum.

    I'm a fan of Golden Gate picks as well and like you, they are too blunt for my liking. I reshape them with various grits of sandpaper finishing off with 600 Grit and then polishing compound. I make them a little more pointy but not quite as pointy as a standard Fender pick.
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    Default Re: Golden Gate with not a round tip?

    Check out the "DAWG" pick at Greg Boyd's.

    https://gregboyd.com/product/dawg-mandolin-pick/

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    Try the Dunlop Prime Tone smooth sculpted plectra. I have one lying around that I like, 1.5, and it is not the opaque plectra, which I find too clickey on the mandolin.

    They look like this, and are a similar size to the Dawg and Proplec picks.

    https://www.elderly.com/accessories/...tra-113102.htm
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    No !. I've tried both the 'Golden Gate' & 'Dawg' picks - both very similar in shape & thickness, & i've filed & bevelled 'points' on them.
    However,they're so thick that the polished edges still slide over the strings & they still sounded very muffled.

    You could do worse than to explore the range of Dunlop 'Primetone' picks mentioned by Gary above. They come in a variety of shapes / thicknesses & sizes,& in 2 different types - 'smooth' & 'grippy'.

    Look here for a variety of PTs.:- http://www.harmonycentral.com/expert...ulpted-plectra

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oliver A. View Post
    Welcome to the forum.
    I'm a fan of Golden Gate picks as well and like you, they are too blunt for my liking. I reshape them with various grits of sandpaper finishing off with 600 Grit and then polishing compound. I make them a little more pointy but not quite as pointy as a standard Fender pick.
    Hey thanks, I actually just took an emery board to one corner and tried to emulate a tip of a ProPlec in my own primitive way. Might be something there. I'm new to ProPlecs and really like them, just wish they weren't so dark sounding! Just a little bit less.


    Quote Originally Posted by George R. Lane View Post
    Check out the "DAWG" pick at Greg Boyd's.
    https://gregboyd.com/product/dawg-mandolin-pick/
    Thanks, I was returning two BC picks yesterday and saw a Dawg pick in a bowl and thought that tip looks pointier than the one I have at home so I bought it. Dawg II I guess huh? Fun but DARK for sure.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gary Leonard View Post
    Try the Dunlop Prime Tone smooth sculpted plectra. I have one lying around that I like, 1.5, and it is not the opaque plectra, which I find too clickey on the mandolin.
    They look like this, and are a similar size to the Dawg and Proplec picks.
    https://www.elderly.com/accessories/...tra-113102.htm
    I also bought a few of the 1.5 Triangle grippy ones while I was there. I tried sanding one edge a little rounder, sorta worked. Definitley not as bright as the smaller sculpted 1.4 I had.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ivan Kelsall View Post
    No !. I've tried both the 'Golden Gate' & 'Dawg' picks - both very similar in shape & thickness, & i've filed & bevelled 'points' on them.
    However,they're so thick that the polished edges still slide over the strings & they still sounded very muffled.

    You could do worse than to explore the range of Dunlop 'Primetone' picks mentioned by Gary above. They come in a variety of shapes / thicknesses & sizes,& in 2 different types - 'smooth' & 'grippy'.

    Look here for a variety of PTs.:- http://www.harmonycentral.com/expert...ulpted-plectra

    Ivan
    Hey thanks, I'll try a few other PrimeTones and see and probably buck up for a Round not Speed Beveled BC at some point just to get it out of my system. I had a TP50/60 for a day but I found them too bright for what I'm thinking of. Thanks for checking in all!

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    Default Re: Golden Gate with not a round tip?

    If you really like the Golden Gate picks, and are not especially keen on alternatives, like Primetone, Dawg, and -- dare I say, BLUECHIP -- then what you should do is shape a few of your Golden Gate picks to something more like what you want. These picks are made of cheap plastic, soft, and easily re-formed using an emery board or some sandpaper. You can buy a handful of GG picks and go hog-wild trying a bunch of different point types and bevels. And when you find what like, just put it aside as a reference and duplicate it every time. Easy peasy.

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    Hey sblock...that is me, sounds like a plan. Thanks for the vote of confidence!

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