346 Thinline, modern Galalith, 3.8mm


Thinline Tuesday is now officially a thing. Meet the 346 Thinline plectrum in a plethora of materials. 

The f-hole is of course nothing new… its shape and placement have been crucial to tone since time immemorial in violins, cellos and other bowed instruments, but it took the classically trained eye of Fender/Rickenbacker luthier Roger Rossmeisl to add an f-hole to an electric guitar. 

Meant initially as weight relief, the semi-hollowing out of solid body guitars and adding an f-hole gave these semi-hollow, or ‘Thinline’ guitars a whole new voice, sensitive to subtle nuances in its strings’ vibrations, and moving air in a completely new way for solid-body guitars. 

The f-hole in the Thinline 346 plectrum is modelled after the the f-hole in my very own MIM Fender Cabronita, to this day one of my favourite guitars. 

So go look for that open, acoustic sound when you use this 346 Thinline, go look for new ways to move the air, go feel the weight relief. 

I was taught from a very young age that it was definitely not cool to carry your classical guitar by grabbing the soundhole, and similarly, carrying a Thinline by its f-hole. Upon pain of severe punishment. But with the 346 Thinline plectrum, here’s your chance to use an f-hole for its grip!

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This material, known as Galalith is a historic synthetic plastic material produced by the interaction of casein (a milk protein) and formaldehyde. Invented in 1893 and first commercially produced in 1900, its trade name is derived from the Greek words gala (milk) and lithos (stone). It is odourless, insoluble in water, biodegradable, non-allergenic, antistatic and virtually nonflammable. Talk about environmentally friendly and sustainable. It also is a joy to work with and polishes up to a lovely transparent deep sheen. What’s not to like? And, true to its heritage and composition, Galalith’s tone is slightly mellower and rounded than that produced by its more recent brethren Kirinite, Juma, and epoxy resin, but offers great clarity and definition.

Galalith comes in many colours and patterns. The modern manufacture of Galalith is still very much alive, in the jewellery and hobby segment, and in the manufacture of Rosary beads. NOS (New Old Stock) material can also occasionally still be found. Mechanically the new and old manufacture Galaliths are 100% similar, whereas visually the NOS material tends to be more subtle and refined in its patterning.

This strikingly pebbled Galalith is of modern manufacture.

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