A Strat-Talk “tip” that works!

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  1. StratSounds

    StratSounds Senior Stratmaster

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    I’ve seen a couple posts over the last few years where someone said something along the lines of “it might sound crazy, but you can actually put a new tip on a pick by rubbing it on a carpet”. I kind of laughed it off, but recently decided to try it because I use Jazz III picks and I’m always searching for the one with the sharpest point.

    Bottom line...it works! It’s quick and easy so don’t throw away your picks prematurely when there's life left in em. Check out these before and after photos of the same pick after about 2 minutes of pulling the pick backwards along the carpet several times on each edge with just light pressure.

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    After:
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  2. Cerb

    Cerb Anti conformist reformist

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    Throw away? Thebget lost before I even come close to wearing them out...

    Good tip though!
     
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    Stratafied Most Honored Senior Member

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    So do you need new carpet now.
     
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  4. The Ballzz

    The Ballzz Senior Stratmaster

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    My guess is that it's not so much the carpet that does the business here, as the dirt in it providing the abrasion! :D

    Just An Observation,
    Gene
     
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  5. Triple Jim

    Triple Jim Guy Who Likes to Play Guitar Silver Member

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    Neat idea, but since I got a piece of Delrin a year ago to use my Pick Punch on, I haven't worn out even one pick.
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    You only just found out that carpets are abrasive?
     
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    Cerb Anti conformist reformist

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    He probably wasted his teenage years playing guitar...
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    The mind boggles...
     
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    I learned about the abrasiveness of carpets as a teenager, along with my girlfriend, when we were "pretending" to be dogs! :eek: :whistling:

    Just Stylin'
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    funny-picture-guitar-pick-lost.jpg
     
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    StratSounds Senior Stratmaster

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    Well yeah, but that has nothing to do with rubbing guitar picks on it.
     
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    StratSounds Senior Stratmaster

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    Hence your screen name I suppose?:D Well sure, I learned that one a long time ago too, I just never thought to use said abrasive carpet to sharpen a piece of plastic until someone mentioned it here on Strat-Talk.
     
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    Crap... I have hardwood floors.
     
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    amstratnut Peace thru Music.

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    I lost my carpet, now what do I do?
     
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    yeah but what grit carpet do you have ?
     
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    next hot topic. What type of carpet is best for sharpening picks, nylon or wool?
     
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    I'd say it's pretty fine. That's a nice smooth tip. Probably wouldn't work on Shag Pile.
    :D;)
     
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    Apparently he's never had rug burns. (ouch)
     
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    I loose them before they wear out anyways.
     
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    Scott Baxendale Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    I always use the round end of the pick.