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Jun 4, 2020 - 1:14:52 PM


America Samoa

1 posts since 6/4/2020

Good day all, long time lurker, first time poster. I've been playing for about a year now and I've been using the same set of metal Dunlop picks that whole time. I hate them, always have; the finger picks are fine enough,but it's the thumb pick that I just cant stand anymore. I've got a very pronounced hitchhikers thumb, and I just cant find a good position for the pick to save my life. Too far towards the nail and it slips off, to far towards my hand and I can't really get any power out of the stroke. If I put it right on the join I have to keep my thumb perfectly straight or it just get pushed up to my nail by the curve. Anyone else have this issue, got any recommendations for picks in general?

Jun 4, 2020 - 2:38:39 PM

Texasbanjo (Moderator)


24478 posts since 8/3/2003

I can empathize with you. I have arthritis in my thumb and the thumb pick doesn't fit like it should. I've taken a knife and scored the inside of the pick where it's rough and holds on to my skin much better. Might try that and see if it helps with your problem. My pick is now about halfway on the nail and halfway on the thumb before the knuckle. It stays on and I can get enough power to strike the strings with no problem.

Jun 4, 2020 - 3:49:30 PM

2160 posts since 5/2/2012

If you're talking about the metal Dunlop thumbpick, I tried that one on in the beginning for about 15 minutes. I quickly found Propiks to my liking, as they are easily adjustable. The plastic picks are easy to form, you can find past threads on adjusting them. I have what my grandfather called a carpenter's thumb (same as the hitchhiker's thumb I guess)., which I inherited from him. When I play, it doesn't seem to be an issue, but I probably straighten out my thumb a bit when I play. Like Sherry, my pick sits about halfway. Good old saliva will get that pick to stick where you want it to, and there are commercial products (gorilla snot is one, I believe) that might help.

Jun 4, 2020 - 3:53:16 PM

261 posts since 4/27/2020

You can lightly boil plastic picks and reshape them.

Propik makes a thumbpick with metal bands around the thumb and a regular piece of plastic for the actual pick. You might be able to shape the metal in a way that works better for you so that it stays on better.

Edited by - reubenstump on 06/04/2020 15:54:23

Jun 8, 2020 - 6:16:45 AM

2160 posts since 5/2/2012

OHare Got to thinking - Zookies makes picks that are angled (10, 20 or 30 degrees) that might solve your problem. They come in S, M, and L sizes.

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