Yes, This is a Guitar Pick
Most of us don’t pay a lot of attention to our guitar picks. We might have favorites, but finding that exact one often means digging through jeans pockets, searching guitar cases, even checking the dryer. In most cases, we settle for the closest pick around, which should roughly work. After all, it’s just a pick, right?
Not according to Noam Sander.
While studying at Berklee College of Music, Noam was focused on finding ways to rapidly improve his playing. He realized that many things in the world of guitar had evolved over the years—pickups, effects, tone woods, amplifiers, etc.—but guitar picks had been “left in the stone age.” His goal was to create one that minimized the gripping aspect of picking, allowing him to focus on the maneuvering aspect. That is what lead to Pykmax.
The body of the Pykmax fits between the crook of your hand and your index finger. It immediately feels good, especially for someone like me with carpal tunnel.
The pick itself is hinged to the body; it rests between your thumb and index finger. Since it’s attached, you don’t have to monkey grip it—though you won’t be able to completely let go, the pressure you would apply to a normal pick is gone.
So does that make you a faster/better/more precise picker?
The Pykmax definitely makes sweep picking easier, though keep in mind my sweep picking skills are nil, so we’re starting at a low base level. I’m am, however, a full-on Travis/hybrid picker. I found that the body of the Pykmax added a slight separation between my index and middle finger that made some Travis licks slightly awkward, though my ring finger and pinky cleared the body no problem. It might just take a little getting used to.
So should you get a Pykmax? If you’ve got pick gripping issues from arthritis, carpal tunnel, or maybe during the set break you just had one too many beers, then yes.
If not, still try one out. At $14 a pop, the Pykmax is not crazy expensive, and it really is super comfortable. It comes in two different sizes and several different gauges; replacement picks that snap in to the body will soon be available.
Yes, a Pykmax will look slightly bizarre in your hands, and yes, people will notice. But if it makes you feel better, who cares?
For more, check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?