In our seemingly never ending quest to achieve “The Tone” we sometimes overlook the primary generator: the pick. A small, relatively inexpensive, disposable and perhaps easily overlooked component of our sound, the pick has for many years taken a backseat to the more glamorous and expensive bits – guitars and amps – the multitude of effect pedals, the vast selection of strings, cables, pickups and on and on. But if you stop to think about it, the pick is what strikes the strings and produces the attack and causes the vibration which sets the whole tone chain in motion.
There are many variables that go into making a guitar pick. Material, thickness or gauge, shape, grip surface and numerous other aspects are now considered when a company designs a pick today. We’ll be looking into each of these attributes over the next few posts and what characteristics they can impart to your tone.
Traditionally guitar picks were made from natural materials like wood, stone, quills and of course tortoise shell. For anyone that’s done a bit of research it seems that most players will agree natural tortoise tone is the end all of tone. We’ve been exploring some alternative materials in the past few years and feel that we’ve some good alternatives.
- Ebony Wood : a hard wood that has a sharper attack but still warm tone.
- Box Wood : nice even warm tone and quiet attack.
- Bone : hard with bright attack and tighter tone.
- Rose Wood : warm attack and tone.
- Horn : a bit of punch on the attack and nice mid tones
To get you started on your tone quest we’ve put together a sampler pack of our Exotic picks. One each of the above materials for the special price of $19.95. Just click on the below button and add the item in your cart.
Pickboy unveils new ergo-grip pick – The mBOSS. Combining grip, ergo form, and celluloid, the mBOSS pick delivers great tone that won’t slip through your fingers. Pickboy is one of the leaders in introducing grip picks to the market and this is our newest design. The mBOSS pick features our retro logo for good looks and easy identification. The mBOSS pick is available in 1.00mm in rainbow, t-shell, black and white. You’ll find them in authorized Pickboy dealers at the beginning of November.
Dealers please contact Jeremy Johnson via email jeremy(at)osiamo.com and place your pre-order now.
One of our Pickboy users sent us some pictures of some really cool guitars he is building. These are some pics of the “MarbleHead” guitars (the “Magnetic” line) he has been making. They’re based (construction-wise) on Dan Electros. They have a maple frame, Masonite top & Back and have purposely unsophisticated paint-jobs using genuine Rust-O-Leum paint! They play and sound amazing, according to Matt himself. The fact that they’re mostly hollow except for a block under the bridge makes them very resonant and toneful. The one with the wood top is his “jazz” model, with slightly larger body. It’s full-hollow, uses a humbucking Charlie Christian pickup and really nails a full, fat jazz tone.
Matt tracked us down because he was in need of the rare and toneful “Clown Barf” picks. It seems these Pickboy picks are the perfect accompaniment to his “MarbleHead” guitars. Who knew?
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Can you share a brief description of your musical background?
Our music is made up of 2 styles of music. On one side we have the metal-core and on the other side hard-core. This is the perfect key to have a lot of fun on stage and for the fans. The metal side comes and goes. The hard core will never die. There are a lot of cool bands from the USA and UK trying this combination now.
What do you have going on now?
Stigma was born 10 years ago. In the last 5 years we changed our music direction to metal/ hard core but melody based. I hope for our new record which we are writing right now for 2012 release will be appreciated by our fans.
Where do you see the direction of music going in the future?
Music goes in a lot of different directions. IMHO there are 3 directions:
- Progressive – super technical;
- Metal Core – with pop or electronic basses; and
- Hard Core.
Our music is a combination of the last 2 styles. In general we going with a music that pays tribute to the past but sounds sonically totally modern.
What role did music education have on your career?
I start to play guitar when I was 9 years old just for fun. When you are young you don’t understand how important theory and education is to you. Later you understand that you need this education. I’m 25 years old and I’m still studying. Practicing is so important. You need someone to help you. It is important for every instrument. I’m still learning.
Why do you like Pickboy picks?
I’m using Pickboy Nylon 66 1.00mm, my bass player uses Nylon 66, 1.14 mm. I think this is a really good plectrum. I have been using them for 5 years now. They are really sharp and cool on the strings. The best part of the plectrum is the material. It is really comfortable and you get a really good grip!