Back in the mists of time before Heavy Repping! was a thing, I got into Gravity Picks. The first boutique company that I ordered from, Gravity were the ones that opened my mind to the idea of handmade and fancy picks, sparking the interest that’s resulted in this blog.
It’s about time that I revisit this company given that it set me on such a path, and that’s what I’m going to do today. Recently, I did a pick swap with James at Home Of Tone, resulting in a few Gravitys coming my way, which put me back in touch with how much I enjoyed them. Though I’ve talked about the Sunrise before – which is still my favourite model – anything that a company refers to as ‘Classic’ is a yardstick, and having only tried out their Striker, Sunrise and Tripp previously, this seemed like an excellent opportunity to dig deeper.
This particular Classic is a 3mm in Gravity’s Standard size – the equivalent of a 351. Rendered in its Master Finish, the rough edges take away a lot of the chirping that polished acrylic is known for, resulting in an extremely pleasing, tactile scrape when applied to the strings. I’ve always loved the tone of Gravity – there’s something quite serious in the sound, a pronounced, mature sound that gives you a correct, accurate representation of what you put in. Compared to their acrylic contemporaries at V-Picks – whose plectrums always sound like they’re having a bit of a laugh – Gravity finished their assignments before heading out partying. As I’m not a boogie-ing shredder, I’ve always enjoyed that, and the focused, present tone suits my playing style.
There’s little drama with the Classic – a very familiar to shape to almost any player, the sure-footedness that comes with acrylic means a reliable, comforting experience, more reassuring than predictable. That being said, when you stamp on your favourite overdrive, isn’t the whole point that you know exactly what it’s going to do?
At this point it’s difficult for me to write any cons for Gravity – I’ve played them for a long time, and even though the Sunrise is still their pinnacle in my book, the Classic (especially this Master version) is a perfectly finished, hard-to-lose, ultra-dependable plectrum with great grip, bevels and tone. If you’re someone who really goes at it, it might wear down after many hours, but even with that caveat, you’ve got to be playing at a wrist-knackering level to significantly damage these over a short period. Excellent, especially over the 2mm mark.
- 3mm Thick
- Cut from acrylic in the USA
- Master finished edge
- A stalwart 8.5/10
- Price per unit: $4.99, though there’s a UK site as well
- It’s a pick, but better.