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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.

Recovering the Errant Plectrum - A Reprise 12 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 Rosemary j. Lambin Jan 5, 2012.

Pics of Picks you collect! 3 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 Nicole A Wilkinson Dec 22, 2011.

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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 

Comment by Edward Sparks on December 21, 2011 at 12:11pm

I have added some additional information to Walt's discussion above.

Comment by Walt Pilcher on December 21, 2011 at 10:45am


Comment by Eric Sutton on December 21, 2011 at 10:23am

I hold my acoustic up over my head, shake it, and  yell "HUSSEIN CHOP!" when my pick flips into the sound hole.

Comment by Edward Sparks on December 21, 2011 at 9:49am

Hey Walt, post the link to your video again but do it as a "Discussion" so it will appear at the top and not get lost in the posts!  Thanks, Ed

Comment by Walt Pilcher on December 21, 2011 at 7:05am

.60 or .73mm

Comment by Walt Pilcher on December 21, 2011 at 7:02am

Edward, no it's plain old grey, not the orange Tortex one in your discussion photo.

Comment by Jim Handsfield on December 21, 2011 at 6:23am

When Pete Seeger asked what kind of thumb pick he liked he said "White ones so I can find them quickly on the stage when they fly off my thumb."

Comment by Edward Sparks on December 21, 2011 at 6:15am

Walt, welcome..."Plectrums, Plectrums, Plectrums"now I like that!  Isn't the Dunlop .73 the orange one?  That's the one I like! I think you can post your video anytime...I remember that, it was great! Maybe we could somehow use it to advertise for this group!  You take care and have a wonderful Christmas! This is the first with my new Granddaughter!  Edward


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