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  1. The Strat Dude

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    Love those, I can't hardly play without them (free shot , anyone?). I sometimes panic that that I would be hosed if they stopped making them.
     
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    I'm a "Cool" pick kind of guy too. I can't use sticky, because I'm constantly shifting the pick between my thumb and my finger for different types of attack on the strings. I've tried drilling holes. I've tried many types of picks with built-in textures. But the ones that work best for me are the cools with the sandpaper type ovals. And even those will wear too smooth after a few months. I've tried glueing ovals of 600 sandpaper on pics, but doesn't work so well. When I used to pave tennis courts for a living (much younger and in MUCH better shape), we used to mix sand with percent acrylic paint. I may try to mix some fine sand with a paint and apply to smooth picks some day.

    I can get away with using all sorts of picks in a jam, but my preference has become very very narrow. I lick my finger and thumb a lot when I play, too. So you probably don't want to loan me a pick or borrow one of mine !!
     
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  4. davidKOS

    davidKOS playing, teaching, recording Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Am I the only one that suggests paying attention to the way one holds the pick too? not just adding sticky stuff or holes, etc.

    They used to glue cork on picks!

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    they still make them too

    However, all my teachers used plain picks, no sticky stuff, and held on to them pretty well. It was their technique that made it work.
     
  5. Believer7713

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    Snarling Dogs Brian Picks. The best grip picks I have found. I used to launch them all the time and now I seldom ever drop one.
    Here is one that I use all the time...
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    and all four that I carry
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    I have always used one of the old corn pads that you use for a corn on your foot. It's round and has a hole in the center of it. It works great to me.
     
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    What happened to just licking your finger? Works like a charm.
     
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    From the look of those dry hands I would say you need some lotion or glycerine!!!! We use to use glycerine in the print shop bindery to pick up paper easier .
     
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    I threw the pick away and use the ones at the end of my wrist.
     
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    Me at an all you can eat buffet.
     
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    As a fingerstyle and classical player, I wish I could be happy doing that on ALL my guitars.:D

    I'm not. I still like my picks.
     
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    I don't miss them. At all. But if needed for something specific, I'll use one.
     
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    Yeah, but you use those things for all kinds of sordid everyday tasks.
     
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    It is exceedingly rare for me to drop a pick while playing, or to have one "move." It may seem counter intuitive, but I think many players are using picks that are just too large. Smaller picks are a smaller "lever" and may well be easier to keep in position.
     
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    I use guitar moose sticky picks. They work great. Easy to find on the web.
     
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    Dunlop Jazz III Max Grip



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  18. Dadocaster

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    Ya think that picture is big enough??? :D
     
  19. AxRookie

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    That looks interesting!

    It's really not tape or a goo type adhesive, VHB is hard to explain using it in this way on a pick, The best way I can kind of describe it is with the skin of your fingertips it's very grippy but not sticky although it will cling to your fingers after you hold it a bit but you can still easily move the pick around and adjust its position between your fingers and thumb and VHB doesn't make your fingers sticky at all and in fact, VHB cleans everything off of your fingers and sucks it all up if that makes any sense?

    Yes you can use it over and over again...

    Tonight I took some suggestions at another forum and tried holes in the pick and that was only a little better than a plain pick BUT then I added just a little strip of VHB that was shorter and thinner to the middle of the pick on both sides and I think I might be onto something better than I had! I have to use it some more to be sure...

    VHB really isn't sticky when you use it against skin, It would be closer to say it's clingy, what also makes it good to get a good grip while still holding the pick lightly is it very thin acrylic foam center which raises the clingy part above the pick which you can cut it to any shape you like and put it anywhere on the pick you like and unlike skin wherever you put it stay put great because grabs like hell once it's been on something for a day but it's just not like that with skin...

    I don't like the idea of licking my finger because I know where they've been! lol

    I can remember any time I dropped a pick, for me the flat surface of a pick and even the textured picks that I've tried ( I haven't tried picks like cats tongue yet) and picks with holes haven't worked as good as this VHB does for me, but that's just me, You can get small pieces of VHB on ebay for next to nothing to try it out for yourself, Some of you might like it and others not so much, Who knows??? I'm just throwing it out there since it's working so good for me...
     
  20. Dadocaster

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    If something works, do it. :D I am in the Jazz III crowd and feel very secure when playing. It works, so I do it. :D
     
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