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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 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 

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


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