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Anyone make their own picks?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Daniel Walter 2 hours ago. 11 Replies

After reading an article about the humble pick, the history, various…Continue

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Headless three string building and playing. What I learned.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tim Pannabecker May 18. 3 Replies

Im relatively new to the whole cbg world. I caught the bug last fall, and this is my sixth build. I worked my way from a simple parts kit supplied with a cigar box, add your own neck, to a paint can…Continue

LMM GDG strings.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bruce Young Apr 22. 6 Replies

Without intending to step on any toes, just thought I’d pass along a close substitution for the Blues Blaster LMM GDG nickel wound strings that Gitty has been out of for a while. I waited as long as…Continue

When you need an odd length wood screw.

Started this discussion. Last reply by François Feb 24. 2 Replies

it happens all the time. You need a screw or six to fasten the lid on the box, or want a screw to go almost but not quite through a piece, and the only ones you have are big honking screws twice as…Continue

 

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Daniel Walter replied to Bruce Young's discussion Anyone make their own picks?
"I agree, the bulk against the fence. And thank you, I didn't mean to be unfriendly. Sorry if it seemed to be so."
2 hours ago
Lonman replied to Bruce Young's discussion Anyone make their own picks?
"I also use gift card material and just cut them out with scissors. Works fine and folks like them when they buy or I give a guitar.  I also like making my own wine bottle slides, again, works fine and make for a nice freebie when selling or…"
2 hours ago
Taffy Evans replied to Bruce Young's discussion Anyone make their own picks?
"Hmmm, anything unfriendly went right over my head, didn't see it. However, I do notice that certain pick materials and thicknesses work better with some guitars than others. When I have a customer pick up a newly built guitar I've already…"
3 hours ago
BrianQ. replied to Bruce Young's discussion Anyone make their own picks?
"C’mon it’s a friendly forum, I don’t think I said anything negative, sorry if I did Bruce? And yes simulated ivory, that’s what they use to replace key tops on broken piano…"
4 hours ago
Daniel Walter replied to Bruce Young's discussion Anyone make their own picks?
"Brian, unless you've tried it, you can't judge it. Jimi Hendrix played with his teeth. It's more about talent than material. If you've never cut a piece of ebony less than a 1/16, you can't know what it feels like. Simulated…"
4 hours ago
Bruce Young replied to Bruce Young's discussion Anyone make their own picks?
"Yep. I don’t have any appropriate wood at the moment. Thoughts run to Purple Heart or cocobolo perhaps. I’ve got a slitting saw and arbor for the little milling machine. I’ve thought about cutting blanks, milling to desired…"
5 hours ago
Daniel Walter replied to Bruce Young's discussion Anyone make their own picks?
"Awesome Bruce. My thing is slicing hardwood as thin as possible. have to use a zero clearance insert. scary, but i have some nice very thin hardwood picks. ebony, zincronite, rosewood. zebra wood is way to grainy. bacote is good, as is sandal wood.…"
6 hours ago
Bruce Young replied to Bruce Young's discussion Anyone make their own picks?
"Holding them in good sized locking hemostats while sanding, etc works well. Padded the jaws with doubled paper towel.  "
6 hours ago
BrianQ. replied to Bruce Young's discussion Anyone make their own picks?
"You’re always gonna get those results from non acrylic picks, they’re more dense & have less give/flex than acrylic? That flex takes away some sustain? I’m guessing that’s simulated ivory, which is a polymer composition?…"
6 hours ago
Bruce Young replied to Bruce Young's discussion Anyone make their own picks?
"It came from an upright piano from 1890. Its the real deal.  I came upon a crew that gutted a piano,  and used the shell as a prop in a saloon set for a cowboy themed shooting venue. I gathered up a few loose key tops left behind.…"
6 hours ago
Taffy Evans replied to Bruce Young's discussion Anyone make their own picks?
"Hi Bruce, yes I have always grown my own, just have to trim them back now and again. Always grow a spare  but it's too small so gets cut back. No, to be serious I buy my flat picks, finger picks and thumb picks. A mate of mine has a punch…"
9 hours ago
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Anyone make their own picks?

After reading an article about the humble pick, the history, various materials used, shapes, etc, and the predicted affect on tone, I decided to use a piano key top I’d found on the ground near the site of a piano demolition many years ago, and give it a whirl. The piece in question was of course too narrow to make the most common shape, but lent itself to making two…See More
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May 17, 2019

"Thanks, gents. It was a lot of fun engineering the tuning head arrangement. Combining that with a box design and wood selection I hadn’t used before made it a bit of a mystery as to how it would sound and feel. I’m having fun with it,…"
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May 17, 2019

"very creative nice job"
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"Nice build, creative!"
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Hi folks. New guy here.

inspired by a video of a bass made out of a shovel, I decided to make a slide CBG for my son, the family musician, to expand his horizons. I had enough fun building it, I decided to add a piezo pickup and build an amp. Initially I housed the amp in a small shoebox style box temporarily, then thought what would be better than a tin can amp? For a little added bling I covered the speaker grille end with a plate made out of a cork standoff and an old hard drive disc. The other end of the can features a similar set up on a pivot, allowing battery access and a different sound when left open.  On deck is a paint can three string kit, delayed when it arrived with the wrong hardware.  Though kinda basic stuff from a homemade engineering point of view, these are among my first projects attempted since losing much of my vision over the last few years. Soldering and kerfing a recess with a circular saw with the guard tied back while 90% blind are, shall we say, interesting. But I’m having fun.

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Daniel Walter replied to Bruce Young's discussion Anyone make their own picks?
"I agree, the bulk against the fence. And thank you, I didn't mean to be unfriendly. Sorry if…"
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Lonman replied to Bruce Young's discussion Anyone make their own picks?
"I also use gift card material and just cut them out with scissors. Works fine and folks like them…"
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"Hmmm, anything unfriendly went right over my head, didn't see it. However, I do notice that…"
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