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Great Help Craig,
Thank you for your reply. I looked at the Alaskan fingerpicks at the store and was not convinced enough to purchase them. Like you I was not convinced. My single word to describe them is sloppy. I felt sloppy because the business end moved too much and there seemed to be no way to adjust that out. So they are off my list for now. I love the ProPic. Yes it takes a bit of attack angle adjusting and the metal on metal went away when I put a simple piece of clear scotch tape on the business end. I even experimented with them upside down, but have since reversed them back to the proper method of wear. Note to the manufacture: Coat the business end with plastics.

False Nails update:
I only need false nails on four fingers (i, m, a, c) with a thumb pick on ol’fatty. Well, the second day in, I lost one. By the end of the week there was a lone survivor; The Ring Finger. I don’t think I can afford this on a continual basses. But man, I loved them for the time I had them. Being a bachelor, I’d say the enemies of false fingernails are the daily chores; especially the dishes. My natural nails are thin, so the fingerpicks work and I am quite comfortable using them. I use Nationals and Dunlop fingerpicks. Nationals soften the contact between the string and the pick, where the Dunlop fingerpicks keep a crisp sharp tone at contact. But I use them upside down. I have to adjusted them (with heat and shaping techniques) to fit snuggly against the fingernail during the attack on the strings. When looking at the palm of the hand with the fingers straight, the pick’s silhouette look like long fingernails.

For now, I have settled into: ProPic for busking. Plastics for amping. Oh, with clear scotch tape coating the business end of the ProPic, I can use my amp.

Reply posted 3 months ago by Jim Lair

I have tried the Alaska picks and ended up giving them away. I like the sound when used on steel strings but had trouble keeping them in place. They would never fall off but would move out of position. I found myself wishing that they were made out of a little stiffer plastic. When using the ProPik Finger-Tone picks, I found that the steel on steel sound was something that I was able to deal with by modifying both the shape of the pick and my picking technique.
Regarding the Fred Kelly Freedom picks...I have not seen those before. This will end up costing me a little more money.

Reply posted 3 months ago by Craig Brown

Kevin Nightingale

Hi Jim.I forgot to mention i now use nylon strings mostly the alaskan picks sound to my ear good on steel and nylon strings.Sunny california is a place i've only seen in the movies.Maybe one day before it's too late i should get on the silver bird and head to the U.S.A Nice making contact peace.

Reply posted 3 months ago by Kevin Nightingale

My brand new SS finger picks arrived. I could see they needed a little adjusting, but I was too eager to try them out rather than hunt down needle nose pliers. Thanks Craig! It was a struggle but I gave it a go, managing to bang one on the bird finger (m). WOW! I was impressed from the start, even though I had only one on with a mix of others on the remaining three fingers (yes, I use the pinky too – they only come 3 per pack); I could feel and hear a distinct difference. It is of course metal on metal. After some slight adjustments with the hand to finger to string attack angles I hit home. Sweet!

But then I said, let’s try amping this up. Yuk! Kevin, you nailed it. Not so good amped up. The metal on metal slide is unavoidable. What to do? I simply slipped it off, and jammed it back on upside down. The metal on metal sliding grind nearly disappears. I don’t know what it is, but why do these finger picks work much better upside down…

Now I am awaiting the Alaskan, and Fred Kelly Freedom Guitar Finger Picks. Is anyone familiar with those FK Freedoms?

I’ll keep you all informed on my false nails when that happens.
Thanks for all the help, J

Reply posted 3 months ago by Jim Lair

I was curious about those Alaskan Picks. Thank for the info. I’ll get a set of Med.

England must be a cold place for busking. The Southern California climate is made for it. If you come out, look me up. I am up over the 60 range too.

Reply posted 3 months ago by Jim Lair

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