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Remember being a kid, and having ONE PICK?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by blowtorch, Apr 19, 2021.

  1. blowtorch

    blowtorch Telefied Ad Free Member

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    I sure do.
    I also remember paying over eight dollars for a set of guitar strings. In the 70s. :mad:
    For the longest time, I thought that was normal
     
  2. brookdalebill

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    I do, too.
    I learned the "pick weave" early.
    I also remember when picks were hard to come by.
    I used a bunch of bread wrapper clips.
    I am a "pick loser" of epic proportion.
    I buy em' by the half gross.
    I'll lose em' all in three months.
     
  3. Telekarster

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    Yep! Sure do and you're right, strings were more $ then as I recall. I think I made a pick out of a plastic bottle once! LOL!!!
     
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  4. telemnemonics

    telemnemonics Telefied Ad Free Member

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    I had a white Fender heavy I protected with my life, and on rare occasions when I lost it, I'd lose it trying to find it.
    Nervous breakdown.
    Then Fender change the plastic formula and I spent years seeking the picks of youth!
     
  5. _MementoMori_

    _MementoMori_ Tele-Afflicted

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    I've swallowed a guitar pick three times in my life.

    I've passed a guitar pick twice in my life.

    Sometimes I worry about that. But then again I always know where to find at least one pick.
     
  6. guitarmikey

    guitarmikey Tele-Afflicted

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    Never! Cut a couple of them from an old vinyl (LP), so I had many of them...
     
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  7. chris m.

    chris m. Poster Extraordinaire

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    I certainly remember having one guitar, but I always had at least a few picks.
     
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  8. Toadtele

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    I still have one pick out of my first three pack I bought. Xmas eve ‘86. I knew I had a guitar under the tree for me from my grandmother.
    $.99 for the 3. Gibson medium.
     
  9. Chester P Squier

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    My first guitar was an archtop, so it was less likely for my to lose my pick in my guitar.

    I don't remember any pick shortages. I always had two or three lying around.
     
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  10. bgmacaw

    bgmacaw Poster Extraordinaire

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    I'm still using my original pick, although it wasn't as hairy or beat up back then...

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  11. StrangerNY

    StrangerNY Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    I remember buying Fender Mediums, three for a quarter!

    Now I've got a gross in my gig bag, a gross in my desk, 20 or so on the recording desk. Can't be too careful, y'know...

    - D
     
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  12. JL_LI

    JL_LI Friend of Leo's

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    Sam Ash was in Hempstead on Long Island. Picks were in a compartmentalized display tray, 3 for a quarter. Finger picks were a dime but nobody I knew used them. Flat wound strings were $8 which was astronomical when you got $10 a man playing a church basement dance. No one left a pick on top of an amp. That was like dropping change and not picking it up. Times were different. Bazooka cost a penny but the piece was too small to split in two. Yikes. Am I that old? :eek:
     
  13. dannyh

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    Yep. Then after I lost that first one, I remember going to the now defunct Tennison Brothers music store in Ft Worth and buying a mixed bunch of picks out of a bin, all different shapes and sizes. Those lasted me a little longer.
     
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  14. Mike M

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    Oh so you were one of those wealthy families that could afford picks

     
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    Nope.

    My dad was a guitar player. Gave lessons, played semi-professionally.

    I've never known a house that wasn't littered with guitar picks. :lol:
     
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  16. SparkleFart

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    I DO remember! My buddies & I would scratch our initials in the precious picks with a knife or nail and guard them like gold. Prior to that a few squabbles ensued.

    Over 40 years later now, in the bottom of my pick jar there are a few very worn old picks with "TD" crudely scratched in them.

    Sorry Todd, I've still got 'em.
     
  17. buster poser

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    I do, and I remember the leading edges being worn to razor-sharp.
     
  18. Nightclub Dwight

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    So did the "processed" picks have better tone? This could be a lucrative business.

    I'm going to resist asking if it got closer to a certain Van Halen sound. Well, resist asking by name.
     
  19. fraser

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    I pretty much used pennies as picks for the first 10 years i played. I still prefer them to picks but they eat guitar strings.

    as mentioned above, the price of strings.

    in the early eighties through mid nineties i was paying about 8 bucks canadian a pack. Ghs boomers.

    same strings today cost me less in any store.
    Whats up with that?
     
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  20. Tuneup

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    I always asked for a pick to try out guitars at the store, then left with the pick.
     
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