SMG Review: Chicken Picks

 

WHAT CAME FIRST, THE CHICKEN OR THE PICK?

You’ll have to ask Eppo Franken, founder and creator of Chicken Picks. Eppo grew up in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. His musical journey began with drums as he bashed skins to the likes of KISS and Deep Purple. He picked up guitar along the way, expanding his musical interests to include pop and country and he continues to rock stages today. Inspired by a friend who had made heavier picks from an old telephone, Eppo began custom crafting his own designs and experimenting with various materials including the front of an old radio. Eventually he perfected his design and choice of material and while he never set out to release the picks commercially, a flood of excited feedback and reviews prompted him to do just that. Today his picks are available via his website at chickenpicks.com.

CHICKEN PICKIN’ AIN’T JUST FOR COUNTRY…

Chicken Picks are similar in size and shape compared to standard picks but that’s where the similarity ends. They’re thicker, coming in sizes ‘Light’ (2.2 – 2.5mm) and ‘Regular’ (2.6 – 2.8mm) and they have a taper that comes to a fairly fine edge all around. I can’t quite put my finger on it (bad joke intentionally included), but there’s something about the material that grabs better than typical picks. A pretty pastel flower pattern adorns one side of the pick (don’t knock it – the Dutch are famous for their flowers!) with the logo on the other side. With a much thicker form and virtually no flexibility, I wasn’t expecting much. And then I put pick to string…

Whoa! I think I like this pick! It’s not that I didn’t think I would like it at all, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I really do enjoy playing with it. The thickness feels more comfortable and ‘there’ in my fingers. The beveled edge tracks incredibly well and I actually feel like I can pick faster. The tone produced is warmer and rounder than conventional picks with a sprinkle of scratchiness that gives it a more grainy and organic texture I really enjoy. For any of you familiar with surfing, it’s like playing with a surfboard, albeit a reeeeally tiny surfboard that fits between your fingers: thick and buoyant, light and manouverable. The material used is top secret, but the high tech labs at SMG reverse engineered the picks to reveal that it’s a Thermosetting plastic. Actually, Eppo revealed this much, but the specific ingredients are confidential.

THE FINAL WRAP

When I was first asked to do this review, I thought, “Sure, why not.” I wasn’t particularly excited about reviewing another pick but I’m always open to sampling new gear. I’m truly impressed by these Chicken Picks. I’m not trying to blow smoke and claim these are magic picks or God’s gift to your playing, but I’m a fan and using these picks has inspired my playing. Are they for everyone? Are they for every style? Perhaps not. As is the case with a lot of gear, different strokes for different folks, but my old picks are taking a backseat to Chicken Picks and I recommend you check them out.

Direct Price – Light or Regular $8.95, 2-pack of Light, Regular, or Mixed $14.95

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  • Igor Stanislav

    Chicken Picks ftw! Would love to try them out.

  • Josh Gordis

    those picks look finger-lickin’ good

  • Kerissa DeCrenza

    Love these picks!! These are the best on the market!!

  • Tracy R

    COOL PICKS!

  • Geoff

    These sound interesting – I normally don’t like thick picks, but would love to give these a shot after watching the demo video!

  • I would love the opportunity to rock and pick with the Chicken Picks! I collect picks and test em all out too. From sea shell picks to plastic metal tipped picks, Chicken Picks might just be the Rooster in the Hen house!

  • ScottyCujo

    I am always on the lookout for new gear to try, and they look pretty slick too!

  • brent

    I’m always interested in checking out different picks

  • Matt Roach

    I’d love to check out these picks.

  • Parke Anderson

    Sounds fun. Send me one!

  • Wade

    Awesome! Chiiiicckkkkeeennnn pickkkssss! Haha.

  • Jason

    Sweeeet.

  • Darrell

    These sound egg-cellent. It’s nothing to yoke about. Free picks, that ain’t chicken feed. Seriously, I love a chance to try these.

  • GARY VICUNA

    For a finger licking chicken picking good time use Chicken Picks!!!

  • Robert Mathews

    “I’m gonna do a little ‘chicken picking’!” Toy Caldwell, Marshall Tucker Band form the song “Hillbilly Band”

    http://youtu.be/f1SPw2XtpFM

  • Robert Mathews

    “I’m gonna do a little chicken picking.” Toy Caldwell, The Marshall Tuckerr Band from the song “Hillbilly Band”

    http://youtu.be/f1SPw2XtpFM

  • James Schwartz

    I like how the edges are done :-)Low noise and better grip

  • Thank you all for these nice and sometimes funny comments.
    By the way: it isn’t me between the flowers..!! 🙂

    Like (ChickenPicks)facebook: every month in 2012 1 winner of free picks..!!

    Cheers..!!
    Eppo

  • Tom Baker

    Ah, what a way to pick on us! LOL. Totally cool picks!

  • Robert Gideon

    Interesting …I use a wide variety of picks, but these really do sound like an interesting concept…I’d love to try them out and let you know what I think of them.

  • Doug Child

    I’m still looking for the perfect pick….I’d love to try these!!

  • Wynand Van Emmerik

    I’ll take out a Bucket of Chicken Picks with a side of no-remorse

  • Angel Saucedo

    Love the description like little surfboards!!!

  • Eric Cox

    I would love the opportunity to try them out! Thanks!

  • Gary

    Oh, I thought this was about “Picken Chicks” but I do like “Chicken Picks”

  • Wow, these look great. I have always kinda been into thicker picks and with these “Chicken Picks” having a finer edge, it seems perfect. I would love to use these when recording some music for the video game I’m making. 🙂

  • Steve Chetkowski

    I’ve got one light and one regular,and all I can say is,no more Ultex for me,thanks Eppo,your on to a winner with these

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