Review – Rombo Horizon
Of the indie makers that have achieved mainstream success in recent years, Rombo is one of the most pronounced. Their devotion to high modernity in their shapes and seemingly infinite ability to take impeccable photos has garnered them quite the reputation in the wider guitar community. I did a video on their four new designs before they came out, but now that they’re widely available, it’s time to get objective. Today, let’s take a close look at the Horizon, and see what’s what.
Measuring 27.14mm across by 28.42mm long, the 1.4mm thick Horizon is a broad, unusual-looking pick. A touch wider at the edges than a 351, it’s 1.5mm shorter, but the geometry gives the impression of a much larger piece. Like all Rombo plectrums, it’s injection moulded, with the consistency this method is known for. The smooth bottom half is highly polished, and the gently bulbous top section adds an imposing brow. Rombo have chosen to stick with their own composite material, so those familiar with the previous series will find much to like here.
I’m forever going on about people’s skin types and what a massive difference it makes when it comes to the playing experience. As a dry-handed individual my grip is significantly improved on a polished surface, and the Horizon delivers this in spades. Although Rombo have relocated their logo higher up the pick than on their earlier models, it is in no way intrusive, and the logo remains clear. That elegant shelf and the broad nature of the Horizon sits perfectly in line with the crook of the finger, keeping it totally secure.
Let’s address the elephant. This is a reasonably priced, 1.4mm thick plectrum, which puts it straight in the crosshairs of the Jazz XL. Given the proliferation of options of this model throughout the Plectroverse, the Horizon is up against it.
Compared to the Dunlop Red Nylon and Ultex XL’s, I was surprised to discover how different it was. The Red Nylon is still a champ, with the Horizon pushing out a more considered, bass-heavy tone. The Ultex sounded positively mad, with less bass, forceful mids, and a glorious lack of subtlety. Returning to the Horizon after this felt like leaving a rally for a lecture – it’s the same information, but no-one’s shouting at you. This made the Ultex sound terribly invasive, and the Red Nylon appear disorganized.
Something worth noting is how fluidly it moved through the strings. I’ll put this down to the swollen curve of the edges combined with the sharper tip – strumming meant minimal resistance, and on acoustic especially, I hadn’t a care in the world.
It’s an odd pick, this. Quintessentially dark and low-end orientated, it nevertheless has a bookish, full sound to it. The Horizon is wonderfully sombre, possessed of a charming broodiness akin to the Pleks Zanna. Unlike the Pleks however, the Horizon isn’t the gumshoe in the smoky bar. It’s the dawn walk home, collar up, through the empty city. On acoustic, this is a muted masterpiece, blooming low-register chords with infinite grace. Grim, and all the better for it.
- 1.4mm Thick
- Made In Germany
- Look at the picture – it’s like that
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