The Gravity Guitar Picks Experienced Review
I like to change the sound of my music from one recording to another, and particularly from one album to another (I have recorded 15 albums to date now…). This often entails different instruments, different recording gear (or recording techniques), different ambient work, and different accessories.
Yes, accessories… Strings, Picks, Mutes, and more. This review addresses a great find in the accessory world that makes a big difference in the sound of my recordings – while adding better playability for most of my pick-based technique.
This review is about the wonderful line of picks from the Gravity pick company. These picks are high-end picks at a moderate price, and have lots of options to make most pick-style players happy. And for those who are prone to floccinaucinihilipilification of arcane terms applied to everyday objects, Perfectly Purposeful Pleasingly Playable Popular Plectrums…
Buy some today. You’ll be very glad you did. To know why I think so, read on!
The pick pictures in this review are of picks I’ve used extensively. The Classic, Razer, Edge, Sunrise, and Tripp have all seen play time in local acoustic gigs and in TWO of my most recent albums Halcyon Lullabies and the yet-to-be-released North by Northwest. To hear the direct influence of some of my favorites, listen to Halcyon Lullabies tracks Maggie’s Tone Poem (my red Razer XL), The Wandering Soul (my orange Sunrise), Evenfall three instruments with different edges of my blue Tripp XL, and Herman’s Song – a Father’s wish (a requiem for Maggie’s dad) for my blue Edge.
Why Gravity Picks are Great! (For the short attention span and executive summary types among us)
They are durable, affordable, and really comfortable.
My Biggest Reason(TM)? They sound wonderful. Since I gig with them and record with them, their consistent quality and consistent sound amongst identical picks is really great. Some premium picks are like different woods in the same guitar shape: you have to try lots of them to get the one that sounds the best. With Gravity picks, the sound is comfortably consistent and reliable. I need that when I flip on the mic pre or the DI.
I haven’t met a Gravity pick I don’t like. I’m hoping to buy a Gold and some new Thins soon so I can upgrade my pick arsenal.
The different edge finishes give you striking combinations of attack and release – even amongst acoustic and electric guitars. I’ve found that the smoother edge sounds nicer on acoustic, particularly with coated strings. The more course edge gives REAL bite and mix-cut-through for electrics, particularly when you’re playing with low gain or low distortion.
The sound of these picks is superb. That’s the 75% of the reason why I love them so much.
I can get really great warm sound with the super-thick smooth-edge picks and get nice bright attacks and releases with the thinner picks with the rougher edges. There’s a lot of variety, so there’s likely to be one with which you will fall in love!
Lots of Varieties, Grips, Thicknesses, Finishes, and Colors
The Gravity guitar pick line comes in a dizzying array of options. I’ve not found a type of pick I play that can’t be ordered as a Gravity pick. Now with the new “Thin” line of Gravity picks, you can now get down to .60mm to at least 6mm. Almost all pick varieties, from the basic Thin pick to the lovely acrylic picks to the gold series all come in a variety of styles and sizes. I won’t enumerate them all here, but I’ll bring up a few of my favorites to give you an idea of what I’ve used and what I like about Gravity picks.
Ask Chris at Gravity about pick finishing options. You’ll be glad you did!
To Grip or Not To Grip. That is the Question
Some players love it when they find a pick with a grip option. There are several grip options with Gravity picks, including holes in the picks and engravings on the pick surfaces.
I vacillate between grip holes and no grip holes. It’s a fun feast of feelings that forever fascinates facilitation of my sound experimentations.
There are ellipse grip holes, single round grip hole, and “little round hole group”” grip holes. I like all of them.
- The new Thin Picks
- Acrylic Picks
- Gold Series Picks
- Signature Series Picks
- and Custom Shop Picks
Most (not all, mind you, but most) of these are offered in a handful of great shapes, combined with excellent size choices
- The Classic (The good old Fender 351-style pick shape)
- The Striker (Great for three nice easy rounded tips)
- The Sunrise (A top arch combined with pointy grip edges and a pointy end point)
- The Stealth (A more triangular pick with three rounded sides, two sharp-ish grip points, and a striking tip similar to the Sunrise)
- The Razer (One of my often-played favorites, with nice rounded grip points and a nice long sharp-ish striking tip)
- The Tripp (What a Trip! Deceptive in shape: semi-triangular with three distinctly different points)
- The Classic Pointed (Like a classic, only more pointy :-))
- The Axis (My mellow-sound FAVORITE: Three nicely rounded points on a triangular pick)
- And my absolute go-to Gravity pick
The Edge (Not, U2’s MR. The Edge, mind you, just “Edge”)
- The XL ( Great for those arthritis-hand days )
- The Standard (My favorite on three of my different Gravity pick shapes)
- The Big Mini (A surprisingly nice minor difference to a Standard that feels like a million bucks when I’m playing a Floyd Rose trem-based guitar or a Fender with wide string spacing)
- And the Mini. I like Mini Coopers (I drive an R59 these days): I like the Gravity Mini, Too.
And there are colors that coincide with thicknesses, too (depending on the style and such)
- Fluorescent Green
- The Gold series comes in any color you want, as long as it is Ivory(ish). Personally, I like it.
My personal favorites?
- Mr. The Edge
- and Tripp (great for local live acoustic gigs when I need lots of different sounds out of 2 or three guitars)
Currently, my “favorites pick tin” has a Razer with a grip hole, a Tripp without a grip hole, and an Edge with a grip hole. These generally get rotated from my great big giant pick stashes: always a few gravities in the favorites…
Durability and Ease of Use
Gravity picks have been a real mainstay for me this past year. I still use some of my previous go-to picks (Dragon’s Heart Pure, Dunlops, Claytons, Fenders, and such): still, my wide assortment of Gravity picks has taken over much of my playing. Bear in mind that I am still largely a finger-style player – but great picks make for great sound!
When I play with a pick, I do a hybrid finger-pick style, something close to a claw or chicken-pickin’ approach. I’m comforted with the clear and precise attack of the Gravity pick combined with the sensory input and varieties of sounds I can get in combination of pick and fingers.
Gravity picks last a LONG TIME.
Price and Quality
The price of all the different echelons of Gravity picks is very reasonable. From the very inexpensive Thin Pick to the moderately-priced but very premium Gold Series – Gravity is a great choice for picks. I think of them as Premium Boutique picks at an everyday price. With so many players entering the Great Pick array, Gravity is in the very sweet spot of Excellent quality and playability at an Excellently low price.
The variety pack at http://gravitypicks.com/products/packaged-deals?variant=1399124483 is an excellent place to start. For about $30 you can get your hands on a bunch (Eight Premium Picks!) of excellent plectrums at a very nice simple price.
Buy some. Play them all. Feel the joy of a great pick that feels great too.
Wishes and Wants
I think it would be a blast for us to be able to upload a graphic to the Gravity site and order a pick with the graphic etched on it. I am aware that there are technical and legal challenges with this approach – it would just be a lot of fun.
Have fun with Gravity!