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What to do with a bunch of extra picks?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by David Meiland, Jan 17, 2021.

  1. Ed Driscoll

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    Or inside your acoustic guitar(s)! ;)

    Not helpful to the OP's question, but I keep a Lucky Strike ashtray that an ex-girlfriend gave me on my project studio desk that stuffed full of Fender Heavy picks, so I always have a fresh pick when recording. You can find old ashtrays on eBay, and that's a much healthier use for them their original purpose.
     
  2. Lonn

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    I have bowls of picks in my work area. When I remember I toss a small bag of them in with any guitar I sell.
     
  3. Chiogtr4x

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    One of my good friends ( now passed) years ago made me this:

    A little wooden treasure chest box with a D-28 style acoustic cutout glued to the top ( w/my name on guitar!)
    It is my Cool Pick Museum

    a collection of cool looking, funky, novelty, artist picks ( picks I will never use- some I wrongly thought I'd like)

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    ( I have cookie tin accessories box for strings, pick, capos, tools, cleaners- stuff I do use)
     
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  4. Matt Sarad

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    Amazing how many picks I find in the dryer.
     
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  5. Stanford Guitar

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    Recycling bin.
     
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    I am reminded of all the needy children in the world that are forced to finger-style.
    (que the slow depressing music, and begin the cross-fading scenes of crying children and worried mothers.)
    "Won't you help these children to play speed metal? For just a few pennies a day you can end the want and suffering. We use your valuable donation to buy plectrums for the children, our future. With your help, by the time their hair is long and they are old enough to get tattoos legally, we can ensure the end of fingerstyle, and keep the sale of hot pickups and pointy guitars thriving."

    Or, you can stuff them under your pickguards. Looks and feels terrible, but at some point it'll be like hidden treasure when you take that pickguard off.

    Or, punch a hole in them and make them into earrings.

    Or, use them as a unique spinner for bass fishing. That actually has some promise.
     
  7. chulaivet1966

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    Cool...I'm not the only one.

    I've used Fender Mediums for as long as I can remember....I'm 73....been playing axe (drummer previously) actively since about 1972.
    I have about a dozen or more of various ones I keep in a small match box.
    There's a few copy tunes I play (I'm just a rhythm player) that feel and sound better with a pick that is a bit more flexible for smoother attack.

    I haven't played a live gig since 1980 so I don't have any adoring fans to throw them to when finishing my 20 song set list.

    Carry on...interesting thread.
     
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    Hint; I work in pharmacies. Most of the older ones have a few bottles of old pills sitting around.
     
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    I was a weirdo and had pick gas a couple years ago. I have them sorted into different ziplock bags. 100 orange tortex, 50 yellow tortex ,
    50 red tortex, a big mixed bag of the flex tortex, and a bag of random fenders and stuff. After saying I would never buy picks again....I found out I liked the green tortex best but only have 3 of them haha.
     
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  10. Sparky2

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    I have crafted these cork-board collages before, using wine corks and beer bottle caps.

    I can only imagine that you could buy a reasonable sized cork bulletin board (they sell some really small ones too) and some Elmer's Glue, and construct something eye-catching and memorable to hang on your wall.

    :)

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    Find that idiot who makes guitars out of various stuff and send them to him.
     
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    That's an excellent question. (Mail me the Jazz III's).
     
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    I am in the exact same boat, and somehow I've ended up w/ a ton of polypropylene caps.
     
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    continue acquiring picks and then you can have the largest pick collection in the entire world!
     
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    Put them in a small jar. Set it on your desk; call it a paper weight.
     
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    I am going to glue them to a small table. I'll probably put a glass top over it,and keep it in my practice room.
     
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  17. jrblue

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    Mostly, since the odds of matching what you have with others' preferences are so low, you might just as well throw them away. I don't lose picks, so I rarely buy many to begin with, and the ones I have are good picks. Online merchants often throw in some picks, and people give them to me, and those all end up in the trash. I freaking hate clutter, so I'm quick to discard picks. Most guitarists I know alreay have too many picks themselves, so who wants more, unless it's a Blue Chip or other special pick.
     
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    I’ve got my enormous variety of extra picks in a wooden box that my youngest daughter made for me, on the end table next to my recliner. Anyone who needs a pick is free to rummage through it and find one. I even go in there and find something weird to use now and then, just to add a little variety to playing.
     
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    If still available I'll pay
     
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    Think I called dibs first... Maybe he's "picky?"

    :p
     
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