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Getting A Grip On Your Pick...

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  1. AxRookie

    AxRookie Strat-Talker

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    I have been looking for something that would let me get a better grip on a pick that keeps it from moving around and needing to keep readjusting the pick position while at the same time hold the pick lightly and I finally found something that works very well.

    I had tried double-sided tape before but it ended up making my fingers sticky and the adhesive would get pretty slimy pretty quickly from the oils from my fingers and add to that the tape would pick up all kinds of debris so that was a bust, but it gave me an idea one night...

    Try 3M's VHB double-sided foam tape a try, it's 1mm thick and it grips in a different way than other tapes...

    This is 3M's description of their VHB tape...
    3M VHB Tape consists of a durable acrylic adhesive with viscoelastic properties. This provides an extraordinarily strong double-sided foam tape that adheres to a broad range of substrates with a Pressure-sensitive adhesive bond on contact to provide immediate handling strength.

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    So I gave it a try and for me, it works great, since it's 1mm thick it makes the pick thicker at wherever you apply it which make the pick easier to hang on to using a little grip and just by feel alone you can tell which way the pick tip is facing, the adhesive doesn't get too sticky or slimy because it's viscoelastic, it doesn't pick up all kinds of debris because it is Pressure-sensitive, and it doesn't make me fingers sticky because it isn't really a sticky kind of adhesive with skin and if anything it cleans my fingers after using it and at the same time if you hang onto it for a few seconds it starts to grip your fingers in a good way that keeps the pick from moving around between your fingers!
    It's weird how good it works, I just put a strip of it on both sides of the pick and that's it...

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    Here's a short video clip talking about how it works...

     
  2. Guy Named Sue

    Guy Named Sue Counting headlice on the highway Strat-Talk Supporter

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  3. crashbelt

    crashbelt Strat-O-Master

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    I use the black Gibson picks which can be quite hard to grip securely. So I score them hard on both sides in a criss-cross pattern with a scalpel - works great.
     
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  4. Tuner Sandwich

    Tuner Sandwich Strat-Talker

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    I use Dunlop Prime Tone. They have a grip design in the center that kinda feels like cat tongue. [​IMG]
     
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  5. jrbirdman

    jrbirdman Senior Stratmaster

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    "V" picks (brand) when they heat up secure themselves to your fingers but yet don't feel sticky.
    I used these for a while. They hold REAL good but they lack attack.
    I since then switched to TUSQ pick which are scored, they work pretty well and they have a nice attack.

    Your idea looks like it would be worth giving it a try.
    With a roll that size one would be set for life.

    Thanks!
     
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2019 at 7:26 AM
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  6. Stratoman10

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    Try Dava picks
     
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  8. Dr Improbable

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    Sometimes I rock it Stark Style:

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    misterwogan Strat-O-Master

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    Dunlop Nylon picks with built-in grip - essential for acoustic strumming.
     
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  10. Lonn

    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I've been using Swarovski stones on Fender Heavy picks for years.

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  11. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I just use 3mm thick picks...

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  12. Stratoskater

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    V picks or fingers both are near impossible to drop.
     
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  13. mjea80

    mjea80 Strat-Talker

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    I have had the same issue as you, until I started using these. No complaints anymore.

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  14. unionjack515

    unionjack515 Senior Stratmaster

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    Ha yes the boutique pick game is strong. But I have to admit now there’s certainly some practicality involved too. I used small Fender jazz picks forever. Then I got older and decided my fingers needed a little something more to grab on to so I switched to a standard pick shape. What a delight. Now, about ten years further on down the road, the picks seem to be slipping out of my fingers. Someone included a tortex pick with a guitar or part that I ordered...tried it and love it. Haven’t gotten to the point of (or perhaps I don’t play in a style that requires) tape/goo yet. Talk to me in another ten years maybe??
     
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    mshivy Most Honored Senior Member

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    I probably have about 1,000 picks, none of which I like.
    It’s not the picks, I’m just looney.
     
  16. RoyC

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    I use HERCO picks with a small amount of BLUETAC on the thumb side.
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    these are the only pics I have ever been able to hold onto

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  18. RoyC

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    Can you only use a pick once or does the tape stick again and again ?
     
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    I order Star picks from MF. I love them.
     
  20. amstratnut

    amstratnut Peace thru Music. Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Ive drilled holes in my picks. That works pretty well.

    I tediscovered plain ol celluloid picks again after say 20 years or so. I realised they are not slippery at all. Maybe its just me but, for now its plain ol plain ol.
     
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