The guitar pick quest continues, actually it never really ends, and today is proof of that. Wegen Picks come from the Netherlands offering a dark and gritty tone.
Wegen picks, made by Michel Wegen over in the Netherlands, are a fantastic solution for a guitarist not only looking for differently shaped picks but also some radically varied thicknesses. I opted for the Wegen picks that closely resembled what I’m used to so I tried out the black bluegrass picks that come in a standard thickness of 1.4mm.
There are two things I noticed about this pick upon playing with it for the first time. The first thing that popped right out at me was how these picks interact with the guitar strings. The material is a bit softer than what I am used to so I experienced a bit of “drag” as I used the pick on my guitar. It’s as if the strings grab hold of the pick ever so slightly… Which leads me to the next thing that I noticed… the tone.
The second thing that surprised me about this pick was its tone. The tone produced by this pick was darker and grittier than most picks that I have tried recently. The Wegens offered a much different tonal palette. Due to the drag on the strings, I felt I could dig in harder to get a more gritty tone. This is a great feature especially if you want to put an exclamation point on a G run, or something of the like.
Overall the Wegen picks were a breath of fresh air. What I initially thought may have been the pick’s downfall was a huge benefit in the tone department. The fun doesn’t end there though… I only tried one of the plethoras of picks offered from Wegen. Amongst the offerings Michel has created, some standout picks include gypsy jazz picks, mandolin picks, triangular picks, and even the notorious Fatone. All of these picks have their prescribed uses and I would certainly encourage you to try them out if you happen to be in an adventurous mood.
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