Before I really got started with HR! one of my favourite companies was V-Picks. Incredibly, Vinni Smith was one of the very first interviewees for my fledgling site, and I was thinking about this the other day as I cracked into my swollen box of acrylic plectrums. It takes a lot for me to make such a declaration, but even with the colossal tide of picks that I possess, the one I’m going to talk about today is right up the top of the tree.
Plump as a cherubs face at 4.1mm, the Polished Snake is a masterpiece. I wanted to get that out up top so I could draw a line under my unbridled excitement and spend the rest of this review reporting the facts. Let us proceed without joy or excitement and discuss the inherent nature of this item.
Like its brethren, the Snake is made from cross-cast acrylic, and like most of the larger V-Picks, comes in both polished and ghost-buffed form. I prefer ghost-buffing as a general rule, but in the case of the Snake, the polished version is the heavy ticket. Unlike the Dimension, which has a rounded tip, the Snake is quite pointed at all three corners, and the lack of graphics (save for its name) mean that it’s got a greater open surface when it comes to grip.
And grip it does. Regular readers of the Rep will know how adhesive my skin finds acrylic, and the security that comes with that means that this shiny saint clings effortlessly to my hands like a marmot or something. I’ve trem-picked, chugged and strummed with this plectrum completely free of worry that it might get away from me, and I’d gladly gig without a backup all day.
Tonally speaking, it’s got plenty of push, and the sharpness of the tips means that it’s got great clarity and note separation. The top end is a little hooded compared to an Agate pick of the same thickness-a characteristic of the material-but it’s certainly more outspoken in a treble capacity than Ultem or Nylon. The bevel is comparative to the Dunlop 420, and predictably for a plectrum with such a massive bevel, it does chirp quite a bit. A lot, actually, something which is significantly lessened in its ghost-buffed variation.
This is the only real sticking point with the Snake, and in truth, if you’re a fan of acrylic you’ll no doubt have made your peace with this long ago. I personally don’t find it all that distressing, but as I’m always honest with you wonderful people, it’s only right that I mention it. That being said, if you’ve got even the most vague interest in the wonderfully see-through sleighride that is the foremost plastic from which to build aquariums, this is a monster.
- 4.1mm Thick
- Cross-Cast Acrylic
- Made in Nashville, USA
- A serpine 9/10
- Price Per Unit: $10.00