The Super-Tone thumb pick is a significant innovation on ProPik’s long-standing line of thumb picks, and follows months of R&D and customer feedback. Deering approached the Super-Tone thumb pick by giving consideration to two important factors – tone and comfort.
Firstly, the blade of the Super-Tone is made from a high-performance engineering thermoplastic commonly used in aerospace. It is incredibly strong and rigid, especially compared to the Delrin plastic that ProPik has traditionally used. Tonally, this material has certainly turned heads in the banjo-playing fraternity, offering a more focused, melodic tone and superior durability.
This particular plastic is also flame resistant and generates low levels of smoke under fire conditions - perfect for you shredders out there!
Rising star Max Allard noted in an episode of Deering Live, Deering’s bi-weekly podcast, how similar the tone of the Peek Super-Tone picks are to that of his metal fingerpicks, stating:
“I don’t want the listener to be able to tell between my metal and my plastic. They are really similar and that’s what I like about it” - Max Allard
Deering has also taken a fresh look at the band design opting for a solid band approach that offers greater comfort and greater stability during playing. The edges of the band are also given extra attention to buffing and rolling for added comfort, especially during longer use.
ProPik fingerpicks are designed to be completely adjustable, so it is one size fits all. We also offer a Small & Medium line of picks, specifically designed for players with smaller hands.
When it comes to thumbpicks, most players will use medium or large thumbpicks, depending on the size of their hands and again, these are adjustable to you and your style. Many average size players even prefer using Large thumb picks and adjusting them down.
Nickel is the most popular choice and is close to the brightness of stainless steel, but just a hair warmer. Many people prefer nickel because they are more adjustable than steel, which by its nature is much harder to adjust.
Brass is the warmest of the 3 metal choices.
The brightest of the three metals offered (stainless steel, nickel, brass). Due to the way they are manufactured and buffed to a high sheen, there is also less drag on the string, thus producing less pick noise and accents the brightness further.
#1 blades are the most narrow and #3 blades are the widest. The #1 and #2 blades are the most popular, with the #2 being a hair more popular.
Over the years, players have made all kinds of alterations to their picks (and their technique) to make them work better. Angled blades allow you to hit the strings squarely with minimized finger movement, so you get a boost of tone, speed, volume, and reduced pick noise.