Besides being a well-seasoned Jazz & Rock player, Mark Starlin has been a church musician for well over 30 years. He’s played in a handful of bands & Jazz groups during his time as a guitarist & even began teaching in 2006. Due to his experience, I thought it would be worthwhile to see what a player like him would have to say about the Iron Age “JazzRT” picks. The JRT are round-tip picks available in bone & horn and designed for a softer more fluid type of playing.
I came about Mark’s own guitar blog while searching for guitar playing tips (which he has quite a few!). After a while I sent him a message to see if he would consider playing the Spearhead models as well. Both the JazzRT & Spearheads were sent over to him and although he’s not so much for over-the-top gain, here what he said:
If you are a shredder, metal player, or someone who use high gain most of the time, the Spearhead and JazzRt picks are worth checking out
Overall tone which seems to be consistent with the bone & horn series, is that the horn models tend to have a much warmer or “darker” tone. In contrast, the bone picks have a brighter sound which can come off as what Mark describes as “nasally”.
One of the biggest concerns in this review was that these picks had a considerable picking noise compared to the Fender Medium. We try hard to keep the JazzRT very polished for a smooth glide while the spearheads do have a harder edge. That edge tends to bring on a more biting attack & prominent release. This might not be so much of a concern if you’re playing metal, since the brighter attack can help bring on some note definition. However it should be noted if you’re going to be playing through a clean channel or even an acoustic.
To read the full review by Mark Starlin
Mark Starlin Reviews Jazz RT & Spearheads
Picks come in all sorts of shapes & sizes, varying materials & thicknesses too. While its often thought that more flexible picks are best suited for strumming & rigid picks are best for single note riff playing, there really are no rules. In the end, it’s all a matter of preference & one’s own subjective experience. It a pick feels good when you play it, it sounds pleasant to your ears, and if perhaps it even incites a welcomed air of creativity, that’s all that really matters.
Read the full review at: MarkStralin.com