Think of a plectrum, a guitar pick, and this shape is probably what comes to mind.
It probably is the shape we played when we first took a pick to our guitar. We all know its size, its handling and its curves.
We all need a couple of 351s in our arsenal, also among our boutique picks.
The Meantone slots keep the surface of the pick almost smooth, but offer just the necessary resistance to the skin to offer grip and stability. The Meantone slotted 351 works in every possible material and is a great plectrum to get into boutique picks for the first time, and offers instant tone variation in various materials, in a familiar package.
Catalin is a phenolic resin, similar to Bakelite (developed in 1907 by the Belgian chemist Leo Baekeland in Yonkers, New York) but Catalin contains different mineral fillers that allow the production of lighter colours.
Catalin was developed and trademarked in 1927 by the American Catalin Corporation of New York City, when the patent on Bakelite expired that year.
Catalin is heavy, quite greasy in feel, and as hard as brass. Catalin picks offer a strong, bright, and balanced tone.
Unlike other phenolic resins, Catalin, called at the time “the gem of modern industry”, does not contain fillers, such as sawdust or carbon black, but is transparent, rather than opaque, and can be coloured in bright colours or even marbled. This characteristic has made Catalin more popular than other types of Bakelite for consumer products.