Thursday, 24 August 2017

Art Tributes | Van Gogh Inspired Picks

You may have seen the video I released last week showing off the super fancy Art Tributes Van Gogh style strap last week (if not, check it out). Along with the strap, I was also sent a selection of various Van Gogh inspired picks.

These picks are 0.71mm thick, made from celluloid and feature famous works of art from Vincent Van Gogh (Starry Night, Sunflowers, The Langlois Bridge at Arles, Fishing Boats on the Beach of Saintes, Cafe Terrace At Night, The Bedroom). I recently went to Paris to see the amazing band Snarky Puppy (if you haven't already, you definitely need to listen to this album), and whilst there explored some of the many art galleries near my hotel, one being the Musee D'orsay, which features a load of Van Gogh's works. These picks made a nice memento from my trip. The images on these picks are detailed, the colours are vibrant and accurately portray Van Gogh's recognisable style even from a distance. 

The 0.71mm gauge will suit those who are more used to a medium, flexible pick. They are a "usual" pick shape and size, with a matte feel which isn't too dry and powdery like the Dunlop Tortex picks. Because of the gauge (and being used to picks with less give in them), I would be unlikely to use these picks playing lead guitar, as the lack of rigidity feels like a limiter across the dynamics of all my playing, however this is really nice on strumming rhythm parts, especially when recording, to get even playing across each of the strings. The overall tone of these picks is even and not overbearing - there is a bit of a harshness in the attack but this is common amongst thinner picks and its to some people's taste.

The bundle of Van Gogh picks and the strap comes to about $30, and would be an awesome gift to a guitarist who is also an art enthusiast. Make sure to head over to the Art Tribute website and check out more of their products.

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