also known as Guitar Picks, are made in all sorts of materials. But
for smoothness of striking surface, edge glide and richness of tone,
classic celluloid is unsurpassed. Gold Pearl Guitar Picks are
precision die cut from high quality celluloid sheet and then tumbled
to give smooth, rounded edges. Classic celluloid is the closest
you'll get in feel and tone to genuine tortoiseshell. They come in
packs of 18 and offer the best value quality plectrums you'll find
anywhere - even on the internet. Gold Pearl come in conventional
teardrop (used by many acoustic and electric players) and wedge
shapes which are favoured by many jazz players.
CELLULOID - GOLD
Developed for the
electric guitarist with a percussive style. Robust black graphite
stands up to plenty of wear and tear. .
plectrums come in all shapes and sizes but the common feature of all
of them is that they are more or less flat. They need to be held
tightly and the sweatier your hand the more firmly they have to be
held. After playing for a couple of hours your strumming/picking hand
can be tense and tired and there are times when your plectrum just
goes flying through the air.
Now there is a
solution - thanks to Big Rock Engineering, the innovative Californian
company who developed the F-1 pick and the X-1 suspension system.
Rotating View of the F-1...............................How
to use the F-1.......................
The F-1 is an
ergonomic adaptation of the standard plectrum. Looking a bit like a
mini taco, it is comfortable and easy to grip and it doesn't slip out
of your hand. Your hand stays relaxed, you can play longer and with
greater freedom of movement. Chances are your string picking will
become more accurate as well. The F-1 is highly recommended for
beginner and intermediate guitarists who want to improve their
playing technique with the minimum of effort. There are seasoned
professionals who are committed users as well.
If you are
interested in finding out a bit more about the F-1 and another new
development (the X-1 Suspension Kit) why not visit www.f1pick.com.
And if you have back copies of Guitarist magazine , you might want to
read Gadget Guru's comments - page 146, September 2000 Issue. "One
of my favourite and most recent gadget acquisitions......They are
still not all that common in the UK. But give it time and you'll have
a job avoiding them........what a smart idea these are.." Gadget Guru.
right and left-handed versions.
But the Big
Question is: "Can
The F-1 Guitar Pick Make You A Better Player?"
of the Jazz Guitar Program at the University of Colorado, Professor
Paul Musso: "The F-1
pick has increased my jazz right hand technique and accuracy as well
as my overall tone. It should be a required tool for all beginning
guitarists, it takes the guess work and mystery out of achieving
proper right hand picking technique. The F-1 is excellent for
guitarists of all levels: the novice, amateur, college players and professionals."
For the guitarist
who just can't give up the pick he has been using for years but wants
improved, effortless grip and more accurate picking, the X-1 plectrum
support system may be the answer. The system comprises ultra sticky
pads which bond your plectrum to the support saddle which can be
gripped by your thumb or it can be rested on your first finger.
Sounds complicated? It is actually very simple. Watch the animation
to see how it works.
to use the X-1
Step-By-Step Assembly Instructions
one adhesive block from the X-1
white Multipad Backing Strip.
the Multipad to the blank or back side of the X-1 following the
ridge or crown.
the white covering from the bottom of the Multipad.
deciding on the thumb or finger position (see below), gently attach
the X-1 to your pick.
you first attach the X-1 to your pick, don't press it down. Hold it
as gently as you can while making certain that it's in the correct
position. Once you are sure, press down firmly and you're ready to
rock. Don't worry if you make a mistake. You can muscle the X-1
around until it's comfortable.
by Step Instructions
Mount is on the Top
Mount is on the Bottom
With the pick
facing you and the tip pointing up, place the X-1 across the bottom,
or butt end of the pick, with the thin (foot) side of the X-1
pointing to the 6 O'Clock position, relative to the tip. Place it as
close as you can to the edge of the pick without slipping off of the
back. If the foot goes over the edge, you can bend it under until it
stays on the surface of the pick. When you are satisfied with the
positioning, press it down. You can still muscle it around, squash or
flatten it until your finger feels comfortable and not squeezed.
Playing will make it self-adjust.
pick facing you and the tip pointing up, place the X-1 across the
bottom, or butt end of the pick, with the thin (foot) side of the X-1
in about the 3 or 4 O'clock position, relative to the tip. See how it
feels when you have it positioned on your index finger and check for
correct playing angle. If the foot goes over the edge, you can bend
it under until it stays on the surface of the pick. When you are
satisfied with the positioning, press it down. You can still muscle
it around, squash or flatten it until your finger feels comfortable
and not squeezed. The general foot positioning of between 3 and 4
O'clock seems to be about the correct angle for most players. Playing
will make it self-adjust.
you want to change the X-1 position after it has been firmly
attached to the pick, simply peel it off, scrape the adhesive away
and repeat the process.