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Old 01-08-2020, 10:53 AM
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A little piece of 2 sided tape? Or glue on a tiny circle of sandpaper?

Or you might try poking a hole through the pick completely so thumb can touch finger on the other side.

I'm all for altering the pick. When you find a pick that works, you do what you gotta do to keep it working. It's funny how people don't think about that much, how much a small (usually cheap) piece of plastic can alter your sound COMPLETELY.
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Old 01-08-2020, 10:55 AM
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Some players drill multiple holes.

I use a self-stick, fold-over pick grip made of what appears to be rough emory paper (like you can find in the plumber's section of a hardware store, for roughing copper pipe). See the red pick, below. These are sandpaper circles; you can use them flat, or fold them around the back edge of your pick. I think they are sold in Guitar Center in a little bag.

A problem with any grip like sandpaper, is that it IS sandpaper, and can scratch finishes.

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Old 01-08-2020, 11:03 AM
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at the risk of hijacking the thread, what do you recommend in a BC pick that's comparable to a Fender medium? (I love my BC mandolin pick yet that that one won't work for guitar)
As you already have a BC pick, I’m sure you already know that Vespel is a completely different material to celluloid, so I can’t recommend a BC pick that’s ‘comparable to a Fender Medium’. They aren’t ‘the same’.

What I can say is that I found changing from a Fender Medium or a JD nylon .88mm to a BlueChip TD35 and TAD35 very easy. No more than a few minutes to get accustomed to the different ‘feel’ of Vespel.

The usual disclaimers apply......IMHO, YMMV etc.
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Old 01-08-2020, 11:22 AM
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Check out Picker’s Grip, endorsed by Tony P. About $10 at pickersgrip.com.
Haven’t tried it myself and no relation, just sharing.
Claims to be all natural and made in USA.

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Old 01-08-2020, 11:24 AM
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Stick with your favorite pick and get some Picker's Grip. It works great, isn't gooey or sticky and lasts forever, even at the rate of 2 or 3 different applications a day. I get those painful splits especially on my thumbs and have tried many remedies to no avail. Best thing I've found is to apply Burt's Bees lip balm and then use a piece of a bandaid or first aid tape to bind the crack together, especially overnight. Using a small piece of tape rather than an entire bandaid wrapped around your finger or thumb keeps it from getting in the way of holding your pick. I think it's important to keep it bound together until it's at least partially healed. Hope that helps.
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Old 01-08-2020, 11:40 AM
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I was a Fender Medium guy for many years..........I'm 63 1/2 now and been playing since I was 18.

I have been using these particular V Picks for the past several years, and will never look back. For me, they have great tone, are easy to hold on to, and are not super expensive. They mimic the Fenders in size, flex, thickness, etc. but have way better tone and volume IMHO. YMMV, but I would say spend $10 and get a couple of them to try out. I buy the red ones because I like how they look and they stand out on the table.

https://v-picks.com/shop/tradition-ultra-lite/
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Old 01-08-2020, 11:48 AM
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There’s lots of things that don’t work like they did forty years ago. Picks are the least of my worries.
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Old 01-08-2020, 12:36 PM
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There’s lots of things that don’t work like they did forty years ago. Picks are the least of my worries.
I hear ya, man!
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Old 01-08-2020, 12:51 PM
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Has anyone tried roughing up the top portion of your pick that you grip?

I’m a bit hesitant to add foreign material to my Charmed Life picks that could alter the tone, or a compound that would get on the strings.
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Old 01-08-2020, 12:56 PM
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Not really. It just means you've changed your relationship with that old pick. Same pick, different feel (as in you don't keep having it slip). When you go into a store to buy new picks you're still asking for the old model and then you are altering it ever so slightly after the purchase of the same pick....no change of the pick itself.
That would be correct, depending on how and with what, you altered it. Adding thickness would change the pick. Of course there are other ways of altering it that wouldn't, but my post was addressing, albeit not clearly, adding any mass to the pick.
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You put on so much hand cream you can't hold a pick??

Jeez, they dont make 'em like they used to; when I was young old people were tough!

Man up and superglue your pick to your thumb.
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You put on so much hand cream you can't hold a pick??

Jeez, they dont make 'em like they used to; when I was young old people were tough!

Man up and superglue your pick to your thumb.
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Slothead,
If you would be willing to give a new pick a try, you may find the answer to your problem.
The Dunlop Primetone sculptured pick is a great pick that had a very pleasing sound.
Do yourself a favor and try one.

https://www.amazon.com/Dunlop-Primet...8514220&sr=8-6

In the event that you will not be willing to try a different pick, give some pine tar a try.
Rub a bit on your finger and thumb.
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Old 01-08-2020, 02:18 PM
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hockey tape works well
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Old 01-08-2020, 02:44 PM
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In the event that you will not be willing to try a different pick, give some pine tar a try.
Rub a bit on your finger and thumb.
Wow...that'd be a real mess based upon my experience with that stuff in Little League. As I suggested and was echoed by two others here...picker's grip. Light, stain free, not messy, easy to apply, inexpensive and made to do exactly what the OP wants. You will not be sorry.
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