Review By Mark Wong
Company Website:  www.ice-pix.com

 

Not too long ago I was given the privilege of checking out the Ice Pix line of guitar picks.
My first thought was that I had pretty much seen it all. What else could there be? However, this innovative line pleasantly surprised me.

Ice Pix has two lines of picks: Metal and the “Stix”. The metal picks come in various different metals and thicknesses. They come in brass, copper and stainless steel. The thicknesses they come in are what I would consider medium to very heavy and the thinnest being the copper “flex” version.

Metal
My first thoughts were that they would give you a harsh, metallic sound, but that’s not the case at all. Yes, they do sound very bright, and string squeak is a bit louder on the wound strings, but in general, they played very well.

They are designed with little “grip” slots in them so they are easier to hold, but I found the metal picks generally had a firm, non-slip feel to them. They seem to use the natural moisture in you fingers to sort of “seal” your fingers to the pick. Even under heavy playing, you probably won’t lose it.

My favorite was the copper “flex” pick. I use Fender medium picks myself and this one provided the closest feel to the Fender medium. It gave a nice, smooth, bright sound, and with a Les Paul, it really sounded great.


Whether you decide to use the Ice Pix metal pick as your main pick or as another “tool” in your guitar tone tool box, there may be an Ice Pix metal pick in your future.


“Stix”
As far as the Ice Pix “Stix” line, it has potential to become the kind of pick you can’t live without.

 

The “Stix” pick uses a patented Mini-Suction Technology that allows you to stick the pick to your pickguard via suction, without any residue. They are reusable and don’t wear out.

When they first arrived, I started to play with the .71mm ones, the closest to a Fender medium pick. At first the extra thickness of the pick and the suction pad seems a bit odd, but I’ll get into that later.

My next test was to see if they really would stick. I have a wall hook for my Telecaster, so I took the entire pack and stuck them on the Tele. Three days later they were still there and to top it off, the longer I left them on, the harder they stuck to the pickguard. So it’s probably not a good idea to stick them on three days before a gig. They can be really hard to get off!

Now, back to the extra thickness of the suction pad. This grows on you. At first I didn’t like the extra thickness at all, but over time I found myself using them more and more. Now it’s reached a point where I’m starting to feel handicapped playing without them.

I play with a very light touch and I hold the pick lightly also. I was always flipping picks all over the place. The white suction pad has pretty much solved that problem. I seldom lose one now and if I do, there are of course more stuck to my pickguard.

 

Give them a try and I think you’ll like them too.

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