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Robbinsville, NJ

what do you mean the bass is too loud?
Jul 27th, 2017 08:33 AM   Edit   Profile  

1. Shake-shake-shake till you're out of breath?

2. upside-down, single shakes to leap frog it out?

3. pencil with duct tape on eraser after #2 fails?

Please tell me you got something better!

oldFartSometimesAcousticPlayer Walt

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American Patriot

About as ordinary as you can get.
Jul 27th, 2017 08:57 AM   Edit   Profile  

Any method that works. I have used all of the above but I can't remember the last time I dropped my pick inside an acoustic.

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Jul 27th, 2017 11:34 AM   Edit   Profile  

Man, now I'm trying to remember the guy who'd make dropping the pick inside his guitar part of his schtick. Coulda been Jim Stafford. Shredding away, fumbles, shakes guitar upsidedown. It was funny.

(This message was last edited by littleuch at 01:35 PM, Jul 27th, 2017)

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Edmond, OK

Jul 27th, 2017 12:05 PM   Edit   Profile  


FDP Data Goon

We all want

our time in hell
Jul 27th, 2017 04:33 PM   Edit   Profile  

Step 1: don't play an acoustic!



Why do I keep fixing things that work?
Jul 27th, 2017 04:46 PM   Edit   Profile  

Add a pick clip to your mic stand and have it handy for the quick grab.

Te 52

Laws of Physics

strictly enforced
Jul 27th, 2017 05:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

I hold the guitar flat and look down into the sound hole. Then I give it little vertical shakes until the pick lies directly under said sound hole. Then I carefully -- but quickly -- spin the guitar around its long axis, and the pick drops right out.

Into a waiting silver goblet.

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So. Cal. USA

Jul 28th, 2017 11:25 AM   Edit   Profile  

I know I'm jinxed next gig!


Philly, B-3 Capital

don't dream it be it
Jul 28th, 2017 12:02 PM   Edit   Profile  

I take the back off.
now how do I get this back on?


Here Nor There

51% mofo 49% sob
Jul 28th, 2017 12:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

At a gig, i usually have a soundhole cover, but at home, forget about it. After a couple of beers and a couple of shots of Jim Beam, i just leave them in there and by the end of the night there's usually 2 or 3 in there, lol. I guess i'm to lazy to deal with it. And i can usually find a pile of them by the washer and dryer. The wife just shakes her head yells at me,
Her: 'I found all your damn picks'
Me: 'Thanks babe'

(This message was last edited by mtc_dave at 02:05 PM, Jul 28th, 2017)

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Snohomish WA USA

Look at Them Beans!
Jul 28th, 2017 01:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

Bill Monroe had a rattler's tale in his mandolin. Maybe a dozen or so picks inside could be the missing element to THE tone ;)



Thank God for guitars!
Jul 28th, 2017 08:29 PM   Edit   Profile  

#2. Except, I do have an O-port in one of my acoustic guitars, and this makes method 2 much more difficult.

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The rain sounds like

a round of applause
Jul 29th, 2017 07:30 AM   Edit   Profile  

I use a tool called a biscuit joiner to carefully cut a slot in the end of the guitar, beneath the strap peg and parallel with the back. Any pick that falls into the guitar slides right out like a quarter from a change machine.

I keed! I make joke!

I just shake 'em out. It's simple enough.

Tony Wright
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Stillwater, OK

I never met a calorie I didn't like.
Jul 29th, 2017 09:14 AM   Edit   Profile  

Take your guitar to the water hose on front of your house, insert hose, turn it on...

Works for me.

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Bogue Falaya River

is STILL dark and cold.
Jul 30th, 2017 05:02 PM   Edit   Profile  

I am so glad my grandkids have grown out of intentionally dropping picks into my acoustic guitar.

And I'm lucky they didn't drop them inside my Gretsch electric hollow body. And so are they.

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The rain sounds like

a round of applause
Jul 30th, 2017 05:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

You are One Tuff Grandpa!


It's not just good..

...it's good enough.
Jul 31st, 2017 06:30 AM   Edit   Profile  

Shake, rattle, and roll, baby!

Although, it has been several years since I actually dropped a pick into one of my acoustics.
So, at least I've gotten better at THAT.

As a youngster, though, I got to be fairly skilled at the ol' "pick shake" move.

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stigg "Geezer, and still lov'in it"!
Oct 5th, 2017 11:18 AM   Edit   Profile  

Trombones have spit valves. Maybe Geno with his very inventive mind could come up with a 'pick valve'?


LA-la-land, CA

Insert clever comment here
Oct 5th, 2017 12:46 PM   Edit   Profile  

Here's a trick: stick a piece of paper between the strings up into the sound hole. Shake the thing around until the pick comes to rest against the paper. Voila!

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the downtime
Oct 5th, 2017 12:47 PM   Edit   Profile  

Easy answer: a blob of Wrigley's on the end of a soda straw.

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