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Clayton Ultem Standard Guitar Picks .94 mm 1 Dozen

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Ultem closely resembles real tortoiseshell in sound, feel, and color, but unlike tortoiseshell these guitar picks will not fracture. This space-age material produces a clean, crisp tone with limited flex. Emblazoned with the Clayton eagle logo in white epoxy.

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  • Tortoiseshell sound, feel, and color
  • Will not fracture
  • Clean, crisp tone
  • Limited flex
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ClaytonUltem Standard Guitar Picks
 
4.8

(based on 29 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (27)

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    (1)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (9)
  • Easy to use (7)
  • Functional (7)
  • Improves sound (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (4)
  • Practicing (4)
  • Back-up (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (6), Experienced (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Totally Amazing Sound

I've tried just about every pick on the market, and absolutely nothing sounds anything like this... It's hard to describe, but I'm using the .72 mm on my acoustic 6 string (with...Read complete review

I've tried just about every pick on the market, and absolutely nothing sounds anything like this... It's hard to describe, but I'm using the .72 mm on my acoustic 6 string (with ultra-light 80/20 strings) and they have a very ringy sound with a lot of very high overtones that in some ways resembles a 12 string guitar. Compared to cellulose or the other materials like delrin, acetal polymer, tortex or nylon, these picks give me much better definition, and a beautiful crystal clear sound. Bass is generally not as promenent as other picks, while highs are greatly enhanced, giving what I feel is a much more well balanced spectrum of sound. Of course this may not be to everyone's taste, but you definitely have to try these and see what you think. There are just a few other things you will need to know. First, unlike other picks, these are very inconsistent in their sound. I found that about half of the picks in a typical 12-pack sound dead, and no better than a celluloid... but the others sound as described above. Another weird thing is that they only sound good when played on one side... when you turn them over, they sound dead. So make sure you try a strum with each side of the pick, to see if you have a good one or not... I test them and then chuck the dead picks in the trash and mark the good ones with a dot on the good side. It may sound like a hassle but it's SOOO worth it. Nobody knows what these picks are made of, but clearly it's something quite unusual... it resembles cured epoxy resin as used in printed circuit boards... but just the resin... there are no fiberglass fibers. The pick feels very good in the hand, and they last a very long time... I have over 100 hours on one, and it's almost like new. It's weird, because Clayton isn't known for top quality picks... these appear to be just punched out of a sheet of the material... and the edges are completely square and not rounded or polished at all. Yet they work beautifully... and if you try the Dunlop Ultex picks, which looks like they are made from the same stuff, but they have nicely rounded and polished edges, they all sound dead and nothing like these Claytons. Maybe Clayton just got lucky... but these are the only picks I use now. I play folk, mostly strumming, but they also sound fantastic with individual picked notes... especially on the higher plain-steel stings.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

I won't buy this shape again

I told the salesperson tear drop instead of regular shape. My fault, but I'll still use the picks.

I told the salesperson tear drop instead of regular shape. My fault, but I'll still use the picks.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Snappy but not breaky!

By Krystledawne

from Washington State

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Clayton Ultem Standard Guitar Picks:

      These are my holy grail picks. The search is over. I really like a pick that is rigid and snappy, but still thin enough to not feel clunky. In other picks, I had to go thicker to get the "stiffness" I wanted, but they felt like playing with a quarter. I use the .56 for acoustic work, and the .72 for electic and lead. The 56 is flexible enough for strumming, and still percussive enough for my taste.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Totally Amazing Sound

      By Jean

      from Prescott, Arizona

      About Me Experienced

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      Pros

      • Amazing Sound

      Cons

      • No Two Sound Alike

      Best Uses

        Comments about Clayton Ultem Standard Guitar Picks:

        I've tried just about every pick on the market, and absolutely nothing sounds anything like this... It's hard to describe, but I'm using the .72 mm on my acoustic 6 string (with ultra-light 80/20 strings) and they have a very ringy sound with a lot of very high overtones that in some ways resembles a 12 string guitar. Compared to cellulose or the other materials like delrin, acetal polymer, tortex or nylon, these picks give me much better definition, and a beautiful crystal clear sound. Bass is generally not as promenent as other picks, while highs are greatly enhanced, giving what I feel is a much more well balanced spectrum of sound. Of course this may not be to everyone's taste, but you definitely have to try these and see what you think. There are just a few other things you will need to know. First, unlike other picks, these are very inconsistent in their sound. I found that about half of the picks in a typical 12-pack sound dead, and no better than a celluloid... but the others sound as described above. Another weird thing is that they only sound good when played on one side... when you turn them over, they sound dead. So make sure you try a strum with each side of the pick, to see if you have a good one or not... I test them and then chuck the dead picks in the trash and mark the good ones with a dot on the good side. It may sound like a hassle but it's SOOO worth it. Nobody knows what these picks are made of, but clearly it's something quite unusual... it resembles cured epoxy resin as used in printed circuit boards... but just the resin... there are no fiberglass fibers. The pick feels very good in the hand, and they last a very long time... I have over 100 hours on one, and it's almost like new. It's weird, because Clayton isn't known for top quality picks... these appear to be just punched out of a sheet of the material... and the edges are completely square and not rounded or polished at all. Yet they work beautifully... and if you try the Dunlop Ultex picks, which looks like they are made from the same stuff, but they have nicely rounded and polished edges, they all sound dead and nothing like these Claytons. Maybe Clayton just got lucky... but these are the only picks I use now. I play folk, mostly strumming, but they also sound fantastic with individual picked notes... especially on the higher plain-steel stings.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Ultems

        By MarkL

        from CA

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        Comments about Clayton Ultem Standard Guitar Picks:

        If you have put in the time to have an above average or great "touch" on the guitar...these picks will make a difference. I've tried everything over 34 years and although I don't have the old tortoiseshell picks anymore...I think these are much better. And you save a turtle or tortoise! The overtones than I can get with these picks on either acoustic or electric is amazing. Again...you have to have developed the control and touch needed to hear the difference I think. Hats off to Steve Clayton for developing what I believe to be the best pick available. I particularly like the .45 for acoustic strumming and the .56 for regular picking. Remember...they are stiffer than most other materials of the same guage. Have fun!

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        MY NEW FAVORITE COUNTRY PICK

        By HarVette

        from Kennewick, WA

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        Pros

        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound
        • Long lasting

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about Clayton Ultem Standard Guitar Picks:

          I used to use a very heavy pick and moderately heavy strings for R & R, but when I went to Country, I switched to Ernie Ball 9s and a Clayton .38 pick. I then switched to D'Addario 9.5s with the same pick. Now I'm using Ernie Ball Cobalt 10s and the Ultem in .45. I get the touch I need for Country, with great articulation. The Ultem is an excellent pick, wears well, plays with both finesse and punch, and I highly recommend you try it in whatever thickness you like.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Revison of previous review

          By KenW in Portland, OR

          from Portland, OR

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          Comments about Clayton Ultem Standard Guitar Picks:

          I maintain my stand that this is the best pick available for sound, if used on an acoustic guitar. I had previously submitted a review on this site, in which I discussed the value of filing the tip thinner and a bit more pointed. At that time, I was recommending the 1.07mm thickness. Last night I modified one of my few remaining .72mm thickness picks, and found them to give a bit better tone, sustain, and richness after the tip thinning modification. This pick thickness and tip thinning may sound like hair splitting, but if you want the absolute best sound, it is something to consider. Incidentally, my number one choice of pick for the electric guitar is the Herco gold. The Clayton is my first choice for acoustics-Ken W. Portland, OR

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Thin the tip & drill for grip for perfect pick!

          By KenW in Portland, OR

          from Portland, OR

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          Comments about Clayton Ultem Standard Guitar Picks:

          These are the best-sounding picks I have found anywhere. The tone I achieve with these picks is superb. HINT: Start with one of the thicker picks (like .94mm or a step up) and file the flat tip so that it is thinner at the tip. Then, file the shoulder on the sides so they are flat (if desired), and the tip so that it is just a bit more pointed. To give more grip, I have been using a hole puncher, and punching two to three holes in the pick. This is a real improvement for the grip. When you use the thicker picks (as I am recommending), you will need to use a drill to put the holes in for the better grip. My hole puncher broke the .94mm pick, hence the need to drill... Why not just start with a thinner pick? Answer: It doesn't give the deep bass response that my jumbo guitar has to offer. With this modification technique,you will be "dialing in" the brightness you desire as you file the pick down. Incorporating the above ideas, you get the best of everything. The result is the best sound I have ever heard in my life coming from my Tacoma JR55 jumbo acoustic guitar. I think you will be find the same great results. Enjoy! Note: The only reason the Features were rated as 4.5 instead of 5 is that the Cool picks offered elsewhere come with the best grip around. As mentioned, after modification, this becomes the best pick.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          These are MUST have!

          By Noizepolution

          from Oklahoma

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Clayton Ultem Standard Guitar Picks:

              A friend gave me one of these picks to try. I brought it home and after just ONE strum, my Epiphone acoustic guitar was resurected! These picks make my guitar SING! Love the material / quality / sound. You can't go wrong. Go to http://store.steveclayton.com/ to see all the great Ultem designs.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              I "hate" these picks!

              By Doug Tomchuk

              from Red Bank, NJ

              Comments about Clayton Ultem Standard Guitar Picks:

              They are all I use now, and I got the other guitarist in my band hooked on them too. Like I said before though, it is not fair that a pick can make a difference like this.
              After years of using standard F medium picks, I tried these (.72 mm). Wow! I can't believe that a pick can make a difference in my sound like that. The whole "tone quest" idea gets reinforced, if your pick can make a difference. That means I will have to get new guitars, new amps, new strings, modify old amps, get new cables - oops, I've been doing that. What's next that could effect my sound - my strap?
              They feel great in your hand, and they last. And they actually make a difference in your sound.
              They are more expensive than some picks, but wear slowly, making them a great value compared to cheap plastic picks.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Replacement for Fender Tortoiseshell 351 Standard

              By Mutley58-VviIr

              from Lancaster, PA USA

              Comments about Clayton Ultem Standard Guitar Picks:

              I used Fender Tortoiseshell 351 Standard Heavy's for about 25 years liking the clean brite tone and great string attack control. Fender eventually got cheap and made them thinner & softer - totally worthless to me. I've been searching for 2+ yrs to find the right picks. The Ultem .94mm Golds are even better than what I was used to - fanatastic feel & tone - but too expensive IMO. C'mon, how much can a tiny piece of plastic really cost?

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Fantastic acoustic pics

              By Von

              from Nashville, TN

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              Comments about Clayton Ultem Standard Guitar Picks:

              I strictly use these on acoustic guitar ... mostly rhythm tracks ... they sound very bright yet well balanced, these are my fav picks for tracking rhythm acoustic guitars.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Feel, sound and grip are excellant.

              By Boyd Cardwell

              from Jonesboro, Arkansas

              Comments about Clayton Ultem Standard Guitar Picks:

              Clean, crisp tone for acoustic strings. Wears evenly without any split ends once your attack angle on the pick begins to develop.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Any advice?

              By GCK

              from Boston

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              Comments about Clayton Ultem Standard Guitar Picks:

              I was using pick Boy Meta Carbonate 1.00mm and thought they were the final pick for me. I prefer thick picks. I can do what I need with them. I find thinner picks very limiting. I got the Clayton 1.07's and they give a nice subtle bowing attack that excites harmonics. I can play more dynamically with these over the pointed tip Pick Boy's, although the Pick Boys are a great pick. Maybe I'll file a few to a point for variation. Anyway, I wonder if going to the Clayton 1.20's would be too much for .010 gauge strings? Anyone have experience using them with .010"s

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Love it!

              By Anonymous

              from Undisclosed

              Comments about Clayton Ultem Standard Guitar Picks:

              Wow I just have to say, I got these a few days ago, and only after playing for a short time with these, they sound great. I got the .80 mm and they give a great bright tone. They feel solid in your hand, and yet give just enough for those light chord lines. There's a reason why they're called "Ultem," they are the ultimate.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              High Quality Picks

              By Alanbama

              from Birmingham, Al.

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Functional
              • Good Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Clayton Ultem Standard Guitar Picks:

                Okay, first let say that these are very good picks. Great feel and action and they have great grip. The only problem I have is I wish that they were a little thinner. These are a thick .45mm to me. For me a .40mm or .38mm and they would be asolutely perfect and they would be all I used. I still use them a little now but they're just a little to thick for me.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Not Playing Ultem = Not Playing Guitar

                By Dirty-D

                from I Can't see out the window right now

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Functional
                • Good Quality
                • Improves Sound

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Clayton Ultem Standard Guitar Picks:

                    I have used Clayton picks 1.52mm for nearly 20 years.I gave these a shot about 5 years ago and I won't use anything else! Had to drop down to 1.20mm as thats the thickest they make. I play Metal with a little darker tone than average 2 modded Marshall jmp's with the presence and trebble set around 9-10 o'clock,Gibson, D'Addarrio, nothing to wooly but dark and these picks are like sonic windex. My tone is clearer and more defined without that hi-mid spike but grabs your ears. I have an old thumb injury and these stick to my fingers on stage .Puts everything else to shame. However they are a fortune, you can not get them off the shelf anywhere I've stopped at around the U.S. and about 6 dozen have come bent right out of the package like they were rolled on a machine while warn and cooled like the end of a snow ski. Ive had some do that after a couple of hours.I only get 3-5 hours out of them before they wear and when they do my accuracy is gone and then in to the trash can. ULTEM RULES! \m/

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Clayton picks/string attack

                    By Motorhead

                    from San Diego

                    Comments about Clayton Ultem Standard Guitar Picks:

                    Great string attack for tone and hamonic control. I actually sharpen the 1.07's to more of a point like a jazz pick. The stiffness allows for very controlled and fast shred runs. The only other pick out there like this is the Dunlop Ultex. Rock On!

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    The Ecstacy of ... Gold

                    By Ampbox

                    from MD, USA

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                    Comments about Clayton Ultem Standard Guitar Picks:

                    Because these sound cleaner, you'll hear your tone better. And the tip of the pick allows you to articulate all of that clean tone. You will not drop this pick while having fun with your new tone, because these picks don't slip. Ply, play, and play on while these picks enjoy a lengthy lifespan. Don't worry about their cost - you can afford them. What you can't afford is having a muddy and pedestrian tone any longer.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    best of the best

                    By bleedin-fingers

                    from Tualatin, OR

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                    Comments about Clayton Ultem Standard Guitar Picks:

                    These incredibly versatile and lightweight picks are by far the best i've ever used. The minimal bend of anything above a .75 is perfect for anybody who desires a pick that will give them the same strength of a much thicker pick without the discomfort. Also the lighter picks at around .52 are perfect for acoustic playing.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Clayton Ultem: Reliable Picks

                    By Gerald Grenfell

                    from California

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                    Comments about Clayton Ultem Standard Guitar Picks:

                    Excellent and reliable picks.
                    I have used Clayton picks for over 20 years. My personal preference is the Ultem with 0.80mm thickness, but I have used the ligher and and heavier thicknesses. I haved used them with acoustic steel-string guitars, electric guitars, mandolins, and even nylon string guitars..
                    I have found that the 0.80 Clayton Ultem picks are durable. Under normal practice and playing conditions, they last a very long time without cracking or warping. Even though I punch a hole in the center of them for added grip and play 4 to 6 hours per day on average I have almost never had one fail. I either lose or misplace these picks before they wear out.
                    In my humble opinion, these are among the best picks for the price.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Revise

                    By Teye

                    from Austin, TX

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                    Comments about Clayton Ultem Standard Guitar Picks:

                    I revise my earlier review. The picks that I first tried were .94 mm: they sound very good, but still have certain "ugliness" to them: nothing like my real tortoise picks.Then I decided to try the thickest ones from this series: I believe 1.2 mm.How much difference can it make, right?Well to my ears, these sound much better. They feel, of course, stiff, but this also gives more control over tone, just by how you hold them.These thick ones are the way to go if you crave that Big Round Tone.

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