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If you're interested in the history and styles of vintage picks, this little book is a treasuretrove of information and is FULL of illustrations.Picks!Will HooverPub: Miller Freeman BooksISBN:…Continue

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Recovering the Errant Plectrum - A Reprise 14 Replies

Back by popular demand, here is the video that has all guitar-dom talking. I've benefitted a lot from being in the Acoustic Guitar Community. This video is my opportunity to "give back." This is also…Continue

Started by Walt Pilcher. Last reply by Walt Pilcher May 15.

Pics of Picks you collect! 4 Replies

I have several picks that fall into the collecting category, meaning that I don't use them when I play gigs.Lets post pictures of them here and tell why they are special to you!Continue

Started by Edward Sparks. Last reply by Robert Williamson May 14.

What's are your favorite, or go-to picks. 27 Replies

I like medium rounded triangle picks like the Gibson standards.  I also love Tortex orange picks.  I love Stephen Stills favorite pick, a Herco Gold 50. Continue

Started by Edward Sparks. Last reply by Ed Provost Jul 16, 2013.

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Comment by JR Boyette on December 23, 2011 at 1:11pm
Lol been there done that ! Just not lately.
Comment by Edward Sparks on December 23, 2011 at 12:01pm

JR, welcome to the group!  Edward

Comment by JR Boyette on December 23, 2011 at 11:16am

I use a flat pick usually Dunlop[s I like them kind of thin , I never got used to the thick unbendable but I don't want them swishy like a brush. I have a tendency to break and crack the nail on my middle finger right hand and even put on a fake nail for a while. Felt like Ozzy for a while lol. I have a thumb pick and finger picks (for banjo) but just give me a flat pick and I'll make it work , or matchbook or homemade anything in a triangle. I have even used a quarter with my electrics (but I know that's not allowed here. lol

Comment by Edward Sparks on December 23, 2011 at 6:55am

I have a 76 LP signature...kind of a recording model with a semi-hollow body...a lovely instrument!  

Comment by Chris Moore on December 23, 2011 at 4:19am

Hi Edward, yeah, L6S was a nice geetar, had a lovely smooth sort of tone and the neck was thinner than a standard Les Paul, felt more comfortable. Must admit though I'd always wanted a Les Paul Recording, but they were way out of my price range at the time. :)

Comment by Edward Sparks on December 22, 2011 at 3:02pm

Ah Chris, a Gibson L6S, now that was quite a guitar!  Edward

Comment by Chris Moore on December 22, 2011 at 2:51pm

Hi Edward, thanks for the invite. I don't use picks. Well... only for practicing if I've chipped or broken a fingernail. I've tried a few different types and the only one I could use effectively is the aLaska PiK (plastic version). I find them great to use, and easy to customise for best fit.

Many many years ago when I was playing electric geetar professionally in a 'pop' band doing the social club circuit in the North East of UK, I had a Gibson L6S and used a Gibson Medium plectrum.

Good wishes for the New Year!


Comment by Walt Pilcher on December 22, 2011 at 1:10pm

I guess you'd really have to be a klutz to lose your pick inside that guitar with no soundhole.  Easy to get it out though. 

Comment by Nicole A Wilkinson on December 22, 2011 at 1:02pm

That is sooo cool!  I want to learn to play the banjo, but I am left handed.  Any suggestions on what to start with? Thanks! Nicole


Comment by Edward Sparks on December 22, 2011 at 12:52pm


I know a trap door sounds like a joke on a guitar...but it's been done!!! Gibson had what they called "tap door" banjos forever.  It was literally a little trap door you could open on an otherwise closed back resonator was said to alter the tone, making it louder and brighter I think!  Also, there are a few acoustic guitar makers who put a removable panel about 4' by 4' on the bottom of the guitar. This encompasses the end pin jack and i believe the electronics are located there as well!  So ,see, just when you think you've seen it all... Edward

Here are some pics of a Gibson trap door uke, but the banjos were the same!

Here is the link to the site where the pics are from:

This one is a Gibson 1919 banjo guitar with a trap door:

 On this particular banjo guitar the trap door was retrofitted according to the description:

"Since Gibson literature indicates the "trap door" resonator became an option in 1922, it's likely this one was retrofitted at some point in its history" 

Here are two photos of the access panel in two different acoustics!  Note that the first of the two examples here has NO SOUNDHOLE, necessitating the access panel...or what some might refer to as a "trap door!"

Pretty fascinating stuff, huh?!?!  Thanks for giving me a reason to investigate!  Edward 


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