Just a quick heads-up we thought you’d find interesting. We’re working on the “chirp” chapter for the upcoming Pickslanting Primer “Pick Design & Function” section. Outside of felt picks, which (probably?) aren’t super relevant for electric guitar playing, the Ibanez Elastomer pick, which I have never heard of before last week, is the least chirpy pick I’ve seen outside of a Dunlop Nylon:
The pick is slightly rubbery and still bendable even at 1.2mm. It has an almost flesh-like feel. It’s not super dull and grabby like soft rubber, but not as hard or chirpy as most pick materials. It’s somewhere in between. It might not be the bluegrass pick of choice but it actually does still work even on 13-gauge acoustic.
Of all commonly available picks, the humble Dunlop Nylon is probably the most impressive chirp performer in the sense that it is not exotic or expensive, offers good chirp performance even at a relatively stiff 1mm, and is available everywhere. Other nylon picks like the Jazz III, even though they chirp more than the Nylon, are still pretty good too considering how thick it is and the forcefulness of the attack you can get with it.
So… nylon. Is it the anti-chirp king? Any guesses as to why it performs so well?