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Yes it's the pick! Of destiny child...... If you have seen the movie or heard the song it will now be playing along nicely in your head while you read this review. Apologies for that. So guitar picks, yes, there are several thousand to choose from no doubt. I have been playing guitar for around fifteen years now and over the years I have amassed a rather large collection of picks. In some respects this is due to the fact that they are easily lost so you can never have to many and it's also because they are pretty cheap to buy so if I see one I like I have no real reason not to buy it.
So when I spotted this little green lovely I good simply not resist. If you are unfamiliar with The Pick of Destiny this was a film that came out around five years ago starring Jack Black and Kyle Glass. They actually have their own band named Tenacious D and the film was based on the adventures of that band. Admittedly it wasn't really a classic film but it was mildly entertaining and the song from the film is one that really get's stuck in your head.
In the film the pair go in search of a magical pick of destiny. So it was inevitable that companies would copy the design and sell the pick to guitarists who wanted a little bit of fun. So when offered the chance of buying one of these for just over £1 who was I to pass up the opportunity.
So what can I tell you about this pick? Well not much to be honest. It's green, has a kind of skull design on it, is medium thickness and has an unusual shape. Other than that it's just basically a guitar pick. I don't tend to play with this pick that often as it is a little firm for my taste, however when I have used it the pick performs very well. One thing I do like about it is the shape, I find it easy to grip and it is less likely to slip out of my hand that a regular pick.
The design on it has worn a little and I imagine with heavy use it would soon end up being just a strangely shaped green pick. Despite that fact it does seem pretty solid and durable and I imagine it would last a very long time even with repeated use. Price wise these are pretty cheap. If you buy it from a shop it may cost a little more but I checked online and you can get a pack of six of these picks for just over £3, so they are good value.
Overall then I would say that this is a pretty nice little guitar pick. I would prefer it if it was a little thinner, an idea would have been to have sold different thicknesses but I think they only sell the standard variety. For price and value though these picks are excellent, they are good fun and no doubt have a novelty value. If you are a fan of the movie and do play guitar then I can see no reason why you wouldn't buy one of these. They are simply good fun little picks that will put a smile on your face while you play. I suppose it would only be right to learn the actually song on guitar while using this pick.
I got these plectrums on special offer recently mainly for branding, Tenacious D. A band I found very amusing and I am one of the few who actually find jack black funny! I am always loosing plectrums and always trying different brands and levels of toughness, so always tend to pick up a new set when at a local music shop.
These were on offer in a bargain bin for 99p which I though was a good deal. I had not heard of them being released before hand. The name of the plectrum "pick of destiny" comes from the film starring the band members and is a nice little joke, and in fact these make a great stocking filler or joke gift.
They are made by the firm Clayton which have a good reputation of making quality goods for musical instruments so you can have no qualms that these are merely a movie tie in, they come from a quality brand.
The first thing that will hit you about these picks is the fact that they are a very unique shape and stand out on the shelf. Indeed in the bargain bin it was this shape rather than the branding which first appealed to me. They are the shape of horns and unusual with a decorated face painting which makes them quite unique and a bit of a change from some of the boring plectrums I have used in the past.
For the 99p, or however much you pay, I got myself six plectrums which is excellent value. The key question is how they play. Well so far they have proven to be very effective, they have been tough, durable and coming from Clayton feel every bit as good quality as you would expect. With no visible scratching yet, no chance of snapping and all round top performance I would recommend these as durable and long lasting picks.
They are quite tough and a medium grade thickness and toughness so this may not suit your playing style as far as I can see they are one shape fits all. They loose a bit of the stiffness over time but are really still quite sturdy when used.
Overall I feel these are a quality, tough, long lasting and easy to play with plectrum that will give you hours of fun and stand out in your collection!
If you have seen the film the Tenacious D: Pick of Destiny you will know what these strange looking guitar picks are. If not , you will just think they are a set of over sized , ram head guitar picks. In the film , using the Pick of Destiny (POD) you will automatically become the worlds best guitar player. Whilst buying these will not make you a good guitar player , they will make you look really cool!
The pick itself is much larger that your regular pick. It looks like the POD on one side but is just plain green on the other. This does ruin it slightly seeing as they are not cheap. ( £5 for a pack of 5). It is also not texture like the one in the film.Using the pick is slightly harder as well. It is much bigger in your hand and thicker than I prefer to use. The point is fine and the pick is slippy which makes it a not very good pick overall.
Overall , a great addition to a guitar but I would not recommend for ever day use. Its features also start to wear off so it just looks like a giant green pick which is not cool!
~Play like a demon with the Pick of Destiny~
The Pick of Destiny Guitar Pick made by Clayton is a product based on the very same super powered pick that was featured in the Film of the same name starring Jack Black and Kyle Gass , who make up the two parts of the super funny tongue in cheek band known as Tenacious D. In the film both Jack and Kyle want to become the worlds greatest band and form Tenacious D when they find out they both have tattoos that make up the name of their new band making it their destiny to play together. The Pick of Destiny Guitar Pick is a replica of the Pick of Destiny featured in the same film, in which we see the two heros quest towards finding the ultimate power giving guitar accessory known as the Pick of Destiny.
'Cause it's the Pick! Of Destiny, child.
You know where we'll be rockin', cause it's f**kin' insane.
It's just the Pick! Of Destiny, child.
More precious than a diamond on a platinum chain'.
When looking for plectrums I came across these Pick of Destiny replica picks made by Clayton and bought a number of them as I thought they would be fun to have. I have used the Pick of Destiny Guitar Picks which I have kept and found them to be more of a fun item than anything truly useful to use as a plectrum and given the others as gifts. Now I am not saying that I bought these in the vain hope that the Pick of Destiny Guitar Picks magical powers may rub off a little, giving extra super duper guitar playing powers that I previously didn't have, however any extra help would be nice and after all it did work for Tenacious D!....... Seriously the Pick of Destiny Guitar Pick rocked in the hands of Jack Black and he and Kyle Gass wouldn't lie about what it can do would they? Mmm maybe just a little!
~Pick your own your Destiny~
The Pick of Destiny Guitar Picks are available in two options with the flatter more workable option being completely flat and made from Delrin which is a super cool material made for durability, toughness, abrasion resistance and fatigue resistance amongst other things. The use of Delrin to make up the Pick of Destiny Guitar Pick means that it is a durable item that should resist chipping and breaking for some time and so far I have found that the picks I kept have been fine with no chips or knocks to them at all. The shape of the Pick of Destiny Guitar Pick is rather quirky as it is based on a figure with swirly horns at the top and a deep point at the base, that makes up the mouth and pointy chin of the devilish creature portrayed. In reality whilst the shape of the Pick of Destiny Guitar Pick is not 100% ideal to use as a real life plectrum I have found that it can be used at the triangular end with a certain degree of success (although it certainly is not the easiest thing to make beautiful music with).
Using the Pick of Destiny Guitar Pick is a matter of gripping the top part of the pick around the devilish horns and making contact with the strings of your guitar with the triangular / pointy end of the pick and this can result in some pleasing sounds with a little practice. I cannot say that you will ever be able to use these with as much skill and refinement as you might normally be able to muster, but I can say you will have a few laughs along the way when playing using these picks. I have found that as the picks are slightly heavier (even though they are meant to be a medium gauge pick) and thicker than most standard plectrums, depth of movement and control can be limited although I do feel that was something that I expected as I bought these for fun rather than real playability. Other than that the Pick of Destiny Guitar Picks are made from durable materials and shouldn't be something that will have a short life span as they are sturdy enough to stand up to a reasonable amount of use and can be displayed and used for fun as and when required.
~Rating and price~
Prices for the pick do vary a great deal as they can sometimes be hard to source and when I was looking at these I was unable to buy them in high street guitar stores, so I had no choice but to get them from online sellers. You can expect to pay anything from £1.99 for a single pick if you are extremely lucky, up up £9.99 for a full set of 6 which does work out at slightly better value over all. My feelings are that although theses picks won't be the type of pick that will be in daily usage they are fun to own and use as they are a talking point as well as a funky and fun guitar pick. Sadly I cannot say that the Pick of Destiny Guitar Pick has really lived up to its promise and turned me into the next axe playing rock god, yet I feel the two I have kept have been good fun to own and use and as such I want to rate the Pick of Destiny Guitar Pick with 4 stars.
Anyone who has seen the film 'Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny' will realise that the eponymous item is a small and magical plectrum which offers its holder immense guitar skills. Now, I've obviously got immense guitar skills already, but I needed something to top-up my strumming prowess, so I set about trying to find a replica.
Price and Appearance
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The Pick of Destiny (from here on in referred to as the 'POD') from the film was a quality and textured article, whereas the replica is cheaply made and flat. The six pack currently retails at £9.99 from amazon.co.uk, which is a lot for a few small bits of plastic - but as film memorabilia, the price is always going to be a little inflated. I actually bought just one POD, which cost me £1 from eBay - a price that is *just about* reasonable to pay. In terms of its design, the front of the POD is decorated with a line representation of the iconic skull face, whereas the back is plain.
How is the POD to use?
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Using the pick isn't especially easy, as the end is a little too pointed - it's similarly a bit thicker than the plectrums that I normally like to use and therefore doesn't have as much give when strumming. In terms of the durability, the picks do last a long time, but the decoration on the front begins to wear off fairly quickly with only moderate use. My final criticism relates to the type of plastic that it's made from - it's a bit slippy, and I ended up dropping it a couple of times during a performance.
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Overall, the Clayton Tenacious D Pick of Destiny is a cool little item which will be of interest to anyone who is a fan of the movie. No, it isn't the most accurate representation of the POD from the film, and in practical terms these little green plectrums aren't the easiest things to use - but from a novelty perspective, it's a must-buy!