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FDP Forum / Miscellaneous and Non-Fender Topics / Large steel fingerpicks

ninworks
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Feb 4th, 2018 06:18 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have never been one to use fingerpicks but, I would like to try it to see if I can make it work. My problem is that I have very large/fat fingertips. I have never seen steel fingerpicks that are big enough to fit my around fingers comfortably. Any ideas as to where I might find something like that?


Pinetree
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Feb 4th, 2018 07:02 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic


here you go.

ninworks
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Feb 4th, 2018 08:47 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks Pinetree. I ordered some. Now for a thumb pick.

ejm

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Feb 4th, 2018 09:01 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I don't know where you are in Tennessee, but there and Texas are basically the steel guitar (specifically pedal steel) centers of the universe.

The Nashville area has several stores dedicated to the PSG. PSG almost requires that you use fingerpicks. Visit one of those stores and I'm sure that they will fix you up.

In addition to metal, there are also plastic fingerpicks. I bought some at a local Sam Ash recently. You might find them carried by a forum sponsor.

Thumbpicks are maybe a little easier to come by. I have not seen everything in the universe, but I have not seen a metal thumbpick. All the ones I have ever seen have been plastic.


ninworks
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Feb 4th, 2018 03:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

A plastic thumb pick would be fine. Again, it needs to be large. I have put on thumbpicks before and they actually hurt my thumb. One of the many reasons I chose to use a plectrum.

ejm

usa

Feb 4th, 2018 08:42 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

There are ways to resize plastic thumbpicks.

There are also different ways to size/shape the metal fingerpicks. You can also use different rubber like materials to keep them from digging into your cuticles.

If you go to the steelguitarforum dot com you can either do some searches, or pose some questions.
The steel players over there are very helpful, accommodating and quick to respond.


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Feb 5th, 2018 05:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ive wondered about gluing women's fingernails on I'm sure its been tried, not that I need to because I can't really play PSG anyway although I'd love to. Plastic Dunlop thumbpicks work best for me but I also find thumb picks generally uncomfortable and steel fingerpicks always seem to hangup in the strings. Never could get the hang of using them. Pretty critical for some Banjo pickers and steel guitar players to get a good technique down for using them. Good luck

ejm

usa

Feb 6th, 2018 08:36 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

scott-s: "......and steel fingerpicks always seem to hangup in the strings. Never could get the hang of using them. "

Don't take offense at this, but I want to make sure that you (or others) know the correct way to wear the fingerpicks.

You put them on so that the pad or "fingerprint" is covered and the nail is exposed.

If you put them on so that they're like a claw then yeah, they will hang up on the strings.

On the SGF one time there was an extensive discussion on how to adjust and tweak them for best performance.


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Feb 6th, 2018 09:55 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I play some lap steel and size the steel/metal picks for a perfect fit by bending them. The tabs that wrap around your fingers are not that hard to bend.

These things including the thumb pick need to fit fairly firm. You will get used to the feeling just like the pads on the fingers of your left hand did while you learned guitar. (assuming you are a righty!)

scott-s
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Feb 6th, 2018 03:02 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Oops! I might have been a stupenheimer and been guilty of wearing them backazzwards, it was when I was about 20 and plead ignorance caused by my youth!

Dadzmad

USA

Feb 6th, 2018 03:11 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

For making plastic thumb picks less tight just leave them in your pants pocket, wash the pants on hot and run them through the dryer. This wrecks them for me by making them too loose but I may help the OP.

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