More volume and less pick noise.
The Gold Series is the premium line offered by Gravity Picks. The material is a high grade thermoplastic which is amazingly wear-resistant. There is a sizable difference in volume when compared with a normal pick, enabling you to cut through the mix.
First thing: it's worth it.
Tone is naturally bright warm and defined, but, without the glassy overtones of acrylic. On acoustic guitar it brings out the balanced, woody tone. There is almost no pick noise. It compares favorably to other premium picks, with the bonus of being virtually indestructible.
Naturally fast. I'm guessing the material may have self lubricating properties that make it slick on metal. It's super rigid and precise.
Shape: as a longtime user of jazz 3 XL picks, the sunrise shape is a pleasant surprise. If you pick from the thumb and index finger, it's a faster pick; it tucks in better. It has an acute point that is expertly beveled and provides a high level of precision. It's like a scalpel where other picks are shovels.
Feedback: grip holes like the ones offered on the acrylic picks would be desirable; or maybe optional horizontal grooves to enhance grip. It's not a particularly slippery pick, I just like holes or grooves.
Conclusion: I do recommend it. Especially as an alternative to casein picks that have a tendency to break. If you are a precision player, it's the fastest pick I've ever tried.
TLDR: It is a great pick with a feel and a tone that justify the cost - also when compared to similarly priced competitors.
For context, I also own a few Gravity acrylic picks which I love and still consider better than pretty much every other pick I've used in the past.
Some observations after three days of playing with the Sunrise Gold 2.5mm:
- One of the most important aspects of a pick for me is the TONE. I like a clear (no pick noise) and a slightly mellow tone. The Sunrise Gold overthrew RB's Big Jazzer which was my previous favorite in that respect. The tone is just great.
- The material texture has a very good feel. Haven't tested on gig aka sweaty environment yet. One of the main issues that I had with said competitors was the "warping" and getting slippery, even with grip holes, so I'm really looking forward to testing it on the battlefield.
- It is louder than the equivalent acrylic version but, again, without introducing any unwanted pick noise.
- It has more pointy/sharp edges than the acrylic Sunrise 2mm. Although I would prefer more rounded edges, the pick is comfortable and it feels like I can be more accurate on runs and string skips with less effort - at least with my picking technique.
In summary, from my experience so far, it's an amazing pick with great tone and feel. I would (will) buy it again without much thought.
PS. As a point of reference, my favorite picks have been the (acrylic) Sunrise 2.0mm followed by the Big Jazzer (but I decided I don't like their material) and as off-the-shelf emergency fallback the John Petrucci signature JAZZ III (427PJP).
As I haven't received my order, I won't be able to comment on your products yet. Will do when I've received the goods. regards
Edges are too sharp...
In my opinion this is the perfect pick. I played jazz iii XL’s for years but was never a fan of how the nylon would wear out after one or two gigs. I’ve been using the same gold series pick for a month straight and there’s no sign of wear whatsoever. I plan on trying the 003 big mini and the Razer big mini gold series next. Definitely worth the money.