Posted by revellfa on Friday, March 14, 2014
“Worthwhile or another temptation to over-accessorize?”
As always I feel it necessary to confess my preconceived objections about a product in order to overcome my bias and give an objective review. As many of you know I am a strict traditionalist. Heck, it even took me a while to fuzzy up to automatic tuners! So my first objection was that I really believed both products to be unnecessary. Unless you have a specific health problem learning how to hold and grip a pick is part of learning how to play in my opinion. Secondly, I CANNOT stand sticky things.
Regardless of my bias I do hate it when I’m in the middle of a sweaty summery jam and my picks begin their journey off my fingers. I also like to retain circulation in my fingers while picking so wearing picks too tightly just to keep them on doesn’t appeal to me either. And don’t we all just love it when we find that our flat pick has just made its journey into the sound hole of our guitar! Yes, hanging onto your pick can be tricky business especially if like me you have smaller fingers or if you pick hard.
For the purpose of this review I was given two options--the time tested “Gorilla Snot” and Wayne Roger’s brainchild “Sticky Picks.” Both products will fit conveniently in your case but does either deserve a place beside the Fast Fret in the case of the over-accessorized picker? Let’s see.
First I tried the Gorilla Snot. The first thing going against this stuff is that it doesn’t come with any directions. How much should I use? What will it do to me (as in will it leave a long lasting residue?) What should I do if I get it in my eye? How will my guitar’s finish like this stuff if it gets on there? Do I smear this stuff on my pick or on my finger? None of these questions were answered on the container so I gave it my best guess and in went my bare finger all caution to the wind.
As it turns out I used too much--I bet I’m not the only person who has done this. After playing for a while I was left unimpressed. I was too focused on the goo on my finger that I couldn’t concentrate on picking. The second time I used it I used significantly less and it still left a terrible residue on both my picks and my fingers--I had to use Lava soap to get rid of it. I found that it worked better after I washed it off my picks. Did I feel like this product worked? Not really.
If you do decide to use this product the old advice a little dab will do ya is best. Use even the slightest bit too much and you will regret it. So, proceed with caution and use very, very little. A whole container would last a lifetime. But be forewarned it leaves a residue on the pick, on your finger, and possibly (gasp) on your guitar.
Next up was “Sticky Picks” which provides much more information and even video instruction on their website. After watching the videos I was hesitant to accept their gushing claims. One video even claimed that this product will react with your body’s natural oils and sweat to form a tighter bond between pick and finger. I was also very skeptical about the claim that this product leaves no residue but after the Gorilla Snot incident I was hopeful that it would not. The instructions say to simply apply and put your picks on. After a couple of applications and performing I was left unimpressed with this product as well. I didn’t really notice that my picks stayed on any better than they normally did without using this product. I had to readjust my picks several times during my 45 minute gig just as I would have done without using this product. To my chagrin I did notice a little residue on my finger which went away own it’s own after about a half an hour.
After several applications of both products with both banjo picks and guitar picks I found that my initial assumptions were correct. I don’t think the average picker actually needs either product. The one exception I think would be individuals who have a medical condition such as arthritis--many of whom claim that these products really did help them to hold onto their picks better. The rest of us however are better off not dodging the natural development of learning how to hold a pick.
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