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Thumb picks

burntstump 04 Jun 04 - 11:52 AM
GUEST,Les B. 04 Jun 04 - 12:02 PM
BTMP 04 Jun 04 - 12:29 PM
clueless don 04 Jun 04 - 12:33 PM
Mark Clark 04 Jun 04 - 01:52 PM
burntstump 04 Jun 04 - 03:20 PM
GUEST,Les B. 04 Jun 04 - 03:40 PM
GUEST,reggie miles 04 Jun 04 - 04:49 PM
Strollin' Johnny 05 Jun 04 - 05:10 AM
breezy 05 Jun 04 - 08:59 AM
burntstump 05 Jun 04 - 09:43 AM
X 05 Jun 04 - 12:48 PM
GUEST,George 12 Aug 10 - 07:48 AM
John MacKenzie 12 Aug 10 - 08:33 AM
GUEST,Two of a Hind 12 Aug 10 - 08:59 AM
GUEST,Phil Williams 12 Aug 10 - 10:36 AM
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Subject: Thumb picks
From: burntstump
Date: 04 Jun 04 - 11:52 AM

Help, I have broken my favorite thumb pick which I have had for years.Unlike most standard picks this one is very thin being only 8mm wide and 28mmlong, made of black plastic.There is no branding on it but I think it may be a jim dunlop thumb pick.

I have tried my local music stores who only have the big & bulky type instock.

Anyone out there know of where I can get some?


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Subject: RE: Thumb picks
From: GUEST,Les B.
Date: 04 Jun 04 - 12:02 PM

A little more info might help. Are you in UK or US or Other? Is it for guitar or banjo or autoharp or dulcimer or other?

If you're in the US, you might try Elderly Instruments - they have a website. I prefer the Golden Gate picks. They need trimming with a heavy scissors and sanding with a fine grit sandpaper to get to the exact shape and thinness, but they're tough and last a long time. They're also pricey, but worth it !


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Subject: RE: Thumb picks
From: BTMP
Date: 04 Jun 04 - 12:29 PM

Dunlop also makes a thumb pick similar to the old Dobro clear plastic thumb pick, but like Les B., I also have to sand, shape the point to suit my taste.


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Subject: RE: Thumb picks
From: clueless don
Date: 04 Jun 04 - 12:33 PM

GUEST,Les B., that reminds me of the fact that years ago (in the seventies) I bought a clear plastic thumbpick that, as I recall, said "DOBRO" on it. I don't know if Dobro was the brand name, or if it was intended to be used to play the dobro. Anyway, I was able to file it down, using a metal emery board, until it was very thin and was just a tiny nub sticking out beyond my thumb. It's the only thumb pick I've ever had any success with (for playing guitar.)

Does anyone know if this Dobro brand/type is still made?

Don


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Subject: RE: Thumb picks
From: Mark Clark
Date: 04 Jun 04 - 01:52 PM

The Dunlop small (s) thumpicks are similar to what you describe but they're now white. I still use these but have to whittle them down to my preferred length and shape. I've also started to use the Fred Kelly Slick Picks and have found that they don't require whittling.

      - Mark


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Subject: RE: Thumb picks
From: burntstump
Date: 04 Jun 04 - 03:20 PM

I use the thumb pick for my accoustic guitars here in the UK,
the one I have broken was not altered in any way from the day I got it, it was always just right. thanks for your response.


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Subject: RE: Thumb picks
From: GUEST,Les B.
Date: 04 Jun 04 - 03:40 PM

Burntstump - yeah, it's a bummer to lose that one pick that fit, felt and played just right!

It's hard to walk into just any music store these days and find anything that's quite right.

I went to Seattle (US) for Folklife this weekend and found some Dunlop plastic fingerpicks I thought might be the reincarnation of the great ones from the 60's!   Alas, when I got them home and tried to mold them into shape with hot water and pliers they just wouldn't achieve the configuration I can arrive at in seconds with metal fingerpicks.


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Subject: RE: Thumb picks
From: GUEST,reggie miles
Date: 04 Jun 04 - 04:49 PM

I too was disheartened when I discovered one day, a long time ago now, that National thumb picks, my long time favorites, had been forever altered in design so as to make them entirely useless to me. The shape used to be more like what Golden Gate thumb picks are now. I freaked because I had always used them and had merely assumed that this one good thing would not be altered with the passing of time. Why would anyone want to fix what wasn't broken. Fortunately, I managed to sustain my supply until the discovery of the Golden Gate brand by several means. Via my vast powers of resoucefulness, I sought out and found old caches in pawn shops and old stock in odd little music stores. I also have friends who have collected old supplies that were willing to offer extras to keep me going. When one friend offered his used Golden Gates to me and I discovered how well they fit I was sold on them.

Re clueless don's comment about Dobro picks, I have one of those old clear Dobro brand picks. I've never used it. It doesn't fit. I don't know if they're still made but they wouldn't do for me.


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Subject: RE: Thumb picks
From: Strollin' Johnny
Date: 05 Jun 04 - 05:10 AM

Burntstump- I use Herco (blue) thumbpicks which are 10mm x 30mm and quite flexible, far better than the rather heavy, stiff Dunlops. I had to buy them from the US in quantity, if you PM me an address I'll send you two or three to try.
Cheers,
J :0)

PS in my experience it's not a good idea to have just one 'favourite' pick that you use all the time, lose or break it and you're knackered! :0)


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Subject: RE: Thumb picks
From: breezy
Date: 05 Jun 04 - 08:59 AM

Ive tried most, now its Fred Kelly Speed picks.

Great clear guitar sound,I didnt know how much the others deadened the sound until I strated using these.

I've a small stock left.yellow ,orange and white I use yellow, the softest, very long lasting, in fact they dont wear out and I use it on average 3-5 hours daily, yea, its sad.

PM for details in the U K


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Subject: RE: Thumb picks
From: burntstump
Date: 05 Jun 04 - 09:43 AM

thanks for the info, where can I get some?


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Subject: RE: Thumb picks
From: X
Date: 05 Jun 04 - 12:48 PM

The black thumb picks are made for Gibson and the "Dobro" thumb picks are no longer made.


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Subject: RE: Thumb picks
From: GUEST,George
Date: 12 Aug 10 - 07:48 AM

Apparently the clear "Dobro" brand thumb picks are no longer made. Dunlop makes one that's very similar. Back in the early '70s the Dobro picks sold for 6/$1.00. Some body's making a killing on thumb picks these days!


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Subject: RE: Thumb picks
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 12 Aug 10 - 08:33 AM

These Kelly thumbpicks are my favourite too


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Subject: RE: Thumb picks
From: GUEST,Two of a Hind
Date: 12 Aug 10 - 08:59 AM

Yes Fred Kelly, I bough a couple of dozen direct from them last year, unfortunately my friends tried them and won't give them back so I need some more.


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Subject: RE: Thumb picks
From: GUEST,Phil Williams
Date: 12 Aug 10 - 10:36 AM

Goes to show that thumbpicks are a very personal preference thing, I've tried those Fred Kelly's and can't get on with them at all. My favourite is the Jim Dunlop Clear, its soft and gives a warm tone.
You need to snip the point off then file with glass paper, you get them from JD shop but you have to buy 12 at a time.


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Subject: RE: Thumb picks
From: Amos
Date: 12 Aug 10 - 11:04 AM

Look up the Bumblebee thumbpick. It's thin and has a slider between the thumb-ring and thepicking plate making it very comfortable and adaptable.


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Subject: RE: Thumb picks
From: Amos
Date: 12 Aug 10 - 11:15 AM

Bumblebee thumbpick shown here on the Elderly Instruments site but also available elsewhere. Light, medium or heavy weights available.


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