whats a pick???? lol
As a CBG nooby, I have found that I cannot get use to using a pick at all. It feels too cumbersome and hindering for what I'm trying to do. So yeah, I tossed the picks too (well, I actually kept them, but I never use them if at all). What I have noticed is that you have to play a bit harder to get the volume when not using a pick though. You also lose some of the louder "attack" sound that a pick gives. I have noticed that if I let my nails grow a bit on my fingerpicking hand, I can get a pretty nice/louder sound...but I don't like having long finger nails, LOL.
I am very much looking forward to purchasing an acoustic only CBG. I hope I can find one that I like as far as quality and sound. My current CBG has electric strings and it's just not loud enough to truly enjoy without the amp...I want to be able to jam without an amp as well. And when you're finger picking you lack the volume that a pick provides, so I hope I find a nice, loud acoustic CBG. What concerns me is that alot of CBG's that are acoustic only (with acoustic strings) sound almost like toy guitars...cheap and plinky.
A good compromise for getting used to using a pick is to use one of those square tabs they put on wrapped bread to close the bag, the hole and slit gives a bit of grip and stops it from rotating in your fingers, and as they are pretty flexible, they aren't as harsh a step from finger tips to a heavy pick
The ones I've heard that sound like toys often have the plastic nylon strings...maybe I just have not come across the right one yet.