This is a Jim Dunlop plectrum holder, ingeniously designed to store all your plectrums in one place, meaning you'll never lose them. Easier said than done - it's a good idea but I know I've never been organised enough to pack them all up into here after playing. I had one of these a few years ago & eventually lost it, along with a whole host of plectrums that have gone missing over the years.
You can keep your plectrums anywhere, in the strings of the guitar, in your guitar case, on top of your amp or anywhere else. I often tended to store mine in a metal tin I kept in a drawer near my guitar stands, it tended to work ok & while you'd still lose them it's effectively the same as using an official product such as this.
It will fit pretty much any kid of plectrum so long as it is in the classic 'pear' shaped design, essentially it's designed for the Jim Dunlop standard & Tortex series pics, but it will fit most brands & thicknesses. You can store up to 6 at any time, of any thickness, and you can stick it to a surface if you require (it has a sticky bit on the back). I never did this as I preferred to be able to move it around if possible (this probably led to losing more pics, but I didn't want it in one place all the time).
In essence, this is a good idea that may suit some people very well, but it didn't really work for me & as such I didn't replace it when I inevitably lost mine.
As I have mentioned throughout a range of reviews on plectrums and plectrum holders, losing the little bits of plastic is an irritating and all too common occurrence. Dunlop's 'Pick Holder' is a unique idea, a way of storing multiple picks in a small, compact and ingenious way. Instead of producing a book shaped container, or a box shaped one, Dunlop have come up with a plectrum shaped plectrum holder - fantastic.
The little holder is coloured black, and fits all types and sizes of plectrum I own (a healthy range), from small nylon entries to larger tear-drop shaped ones. The exterior centre of the holder is cut open to reveal the top plectrums appearance to a small degree - and breaks up the design of the holder, making it look a little more stylish and less indistinguishable amongst the desk items it sits. The thing is in danger of looking like a sharpener, and once my friend did mistake it for this.
The device is loaded with a spring floor, so that it can hold firm any amount of plectrums up to 6 well. With people requiring different plectrums of different thickness's and sizes, I'm happy to say this holder caters for all I have come across. Because the difference in pick thickness is down to a fraction of a millimetre the holder will always hold 5 or 6, despite what thickness each of those picks are.
On the back of the device is a removable paper seal, and behind that is a sticky surface which allows you to apply the holder to a surface. This might be a desk you always sit your guitar and amp by, or the guitar its self. I highly recommend never sticking one of those on your guitar - it will leave a dreadful sticky mark behind which collects dust and leaves your instrument looking horribly mucky. Yes, whilst its on the guitar it will be functional and useful, but even then it will make the guitar look odd and unnatural - not something I'd want to be doing.
Overall then, this holder is a great alternative to the bowl, book shaped holder and lone pick, but it has its problems, and it doesn't solve the size issue - you can still lose the holder, and that means losing a whole load of picks instead of just ones. In general thought, it's great!
One of the most annoying things for any guitarist is when your pick falls down into your guitar. Then it's a real pain to try and shake it out and retrieve it, even more so if your sat in front of a crowd of people waiting for you to play something. This problem occurs because of where people, including myself, often leave their pick. I always used to simply wedge it between the strings at the top of the guitar. I have been told that this does not do the strings any good but I've never seen any adverse effects so I just do it anyway. The problem comes though when it slips out of the strings, down the neck and into the guitar itself. So what to do about this problem?
Well the answer is pretty simple. You buy a Jim Dunlop Guitar Pick Holder. I first discovered these when I spotted one on a friends guitar. He was whipping out a few different picks from the back of his guitar and I was confused as to where they were magically appearing from. So he showed me his now gizmo. He had seen them in the music show and thought they seemed like a good idea.
So the idea behind these is very simple. This is a spring loaded device that stores guitar picks. You can fit around 6 picks into the little device and I have never had a pick that does not fit. Even the smaller ones stay in place and don't fall out. The fact is that quite often it's nice to have a variety of different picks, not just for show but also with different thicknesses. This is because a thin pick will make a very different sound on a guitar than a thick pick. So for different songs often guitarists like to use different picks.
A clever feature of the guitar pick holder is that is has a sticky back. Hence you can easily attach it to your guitar in any desired position. One slight issue may be that it leaves behind a sticky residue if you decide to remove the pick holder, however I have not removed mine yet so I don't know if this would be an issue or not really. It does stick pretty well and stays in place, so you should not have to worry about it randomly dropping off and losing all your picks.
It's very easy to use. You simply slide your pick into place and then the springs hold the pick or picks in position. It comes in a fairly non descript dark colour which is a good thing really as you don't want it to stand out to much on your guitar. Price wise it's a real bargain. I paid a few pounds for mine in a music shop but I just had a quick look around online and there were a few places offering it for just £1, so this really is something that anyone can afford.
Overall I really can't recommend this product enough. Picks are something that are very easy to lose, I must have gone through hundreds over the years, but this simple little device keeps them safe and handy. Storing up to six picks means that you have a nice variety on hand wherever you take your guitar. This product should last you for a long time and at such a cheap price it really is wonderful value. There is simply no reason I can think of why anyone who owns a guitar and uses a pick would not have one of these! Go and get yourself one today.
I purchased this little pick holder after spending about a month of my life never being able to find a pick when I wanted one. I was out on a trip to buy yet more guitar picks when I saw this hanging on the wall next to them. At £2.99 it seemed like a pretty worthwhile purchase as it would hopefully mean I would stop losing my picks.
The product has a spring loaded base so that the picks inside it are pushed to the top which is a brilliant idea as it means they are always accessible and also dont fall out! It is a very simple design, guitar pick shaped, which I feel fits nicely with everything that it is related to.
I found it was really quite effective to use double sided tape and stick it to the actual body of the guitar, meaning that if you drop your pick whilst performing you can instantly retrive another one from your handy pick holder. I also went on to buy another one of these and stuck it to my second guitar as I found this to be so useful.
I feel that the only downside is that they do not come in various colours, which would mean you could coordinate them with your guitars, a dream come true for any coordination obsessed people out there. There are also a few picks which are too large to fit in this holder aswell, but I find it difficult to play with these large picks so that doesnt bother me at all.
This nifty little pick holder from Jim Dunlop works a treat at not losing all your picks, it even comes with an adhesive back. I had mine glued to the horn of my guitar, the picks would never fall out of the case as they are lodged firmly (and not awkwardly) in by a little piece of spring and plastic.
Considering it's price it's quite amazing that not everyone owns one as it definitely saves you money from not buying new picks all the time. I've been using the same pick for months ever since I got it in a homemade christmas cracker (mothers ey?)
It fits most plectrums, the only ones I'd be unsure of are those big triangular metal ones, but the amount of people that use them are few and far between anyway.
For the price I definitely recommend this product to anyone and especially to gigging musicians to avoid having to tape plectrums to the mic stand or to the guitar and ruining its lovely finish.
Loosing a plectrum mid-solo is every guitarist's worst nightmare on stage, but accidents do happen. All you can do is find another plectrum and carry on the best you can. This little device, as simple as it is, can save a lot of embarrassment. You simply stick it to the body of the guitar using the adhesive on the back, fill it up with your plectrum of choice and you're good to go. The holder can hold a various number of plectrums depending on their gage. The holder has a spring-loaded-inside which pushes the remaining plectrums to the front so they don't rattle around.
A couple of words of advice when using this device is that it can get in the way of you're playing and put you off if placed incorrectly. The best way to correctly place the holder is to stand up like you're playing and see where your hands are placed when strumming and picking. Other things to consider is access to the volume, tone and pick up selector. When you have mapped out areas on the guitar needed for playing and access you can then choose an unoccupied place to stick it. You must bare in mind you may need a plectrum quickly if you drop you're current one, so ease of access is very important.
The holder is made of quite a light weight plastic with a strong adhesive on the back. Unlike cheaper holders like this, there are no rough jagged edges and the plastic is not flimsy. This does mean it is slightly more expensive but can still be picked up for under a quid on ebay and such sites. One last point I would comment on is that although the adhesive is quite easy to get off your guitar's finish I wouldn't use this holder with expensive guitars as it may damage the guitar and devalue it.
When it comes to being tidy, and having everything on order I am obsessive over ensuring this is the case. Some may call me mad but everything is my room and flat is ordered to the precise tee and one thing I noticed when I started playing guitar is that is a messy hobby. By the time you gather all the equipment its hard to store it all neatly and I had a guitar bag which pretty much had everything in. This meant that I would have to rummage around in one of the two large pockets on this bag for sometime before finding the pick I wanted.
Those days are gone since I bought the Jim Dunlop Pick Holder on ebay for just 99p. I had never seen such a device before and came across it only when casually browsing the site for guitar accessories.
Basically, in essence all you have here is a strong sturdy plastic casing, only marginally wider than a pick itself and under a few centimetres deep that stores your picks on. It's a plain and simple idea and one that works. It means all my picks are in place, easy to find and if I loose one when playing its easy to find another straight away.
The holder stores the picks neatly and tidily and there is no damage to the picks when picking them in and out of place. Its easy and there is no chance of the picks falling out or you trying for one pick and ending up with dozens. It's a simple, well designed and superbly practical piece of kit.
In general it holds about 8 picks although more can be squeezed in if needed but I tend only to have 5-6 in as that's all I am going to need really and all that I have left after loosing so many. Actually, come to think of it, this device has ensured that I am not loosing anywhere near as many.
And to praise this even more, the holder as an adhesive sticky feature on the back which means you can actually attach it to your beloved guitar. This is a good idea as it means if your pick flies off mid song or mid jam you don't need to stop, just grab another from the back and get going again. Novel, simple and great invention. It also doesn't do any damage to the guitar so will please people like myself you enjoy keeping their axe in tip top shape!
All in all this is a superb device that ticks all the boxes of being workable, practical and something that actually is useful and beneficial to the consumer buying it.
Firstly I must thank fellow Dooyoo reviewer JJJJ for bringing the existence of this marvellous little gadget to my attention with his original review. I immediately saw how useful one of these would be and ordered two from Amazon for the princely sum of £2.99 each. One is for me and one was for a guitar playing friend of mine who I knew would be equally impressed.
Such a simple idea this is that I am amazed nobody has come up with it any quicker, it just seems so obvious. I find plectrums frequently stuck in the drum lining of my washing machine and lose more than I care to mention due to their fiddly size and shape. I hate sticking them through the strings of my accoustic (as a holding place) because the amount of times they fall into the belly of the instrument and you spend half an hour shaking the darn thing upside down to retrieve them is very annoying indeed.
This is literally just a plastic plectrum shaped holder with a sticky back so that you can attach it to the back of your guitar and keep all your plectrums in one place and to hand when you need them. The adhesive is designed not to damage the paint on your guitar but to my mind the more battered and worn a guitar looks the more loved it is. I am not precious about the paintwork and therefore if this adhesive does fail I will replace it with a more substantial sticking agent.
You slide the plectrums in and out very easily by applying pressure in the fingertip shaped hole and it works rather well. My holder fits 6 standard sized plectrums which is plenty to be going on with. I find it is a useful solution to one of those annoying problems which you never really thought there would be a solution for.
For £3 I think this is a bargain and such a good idea that they will surely become an essential bit of kit for every budding guitarist, they are also an excellent present for anyone with an interest in guitars.
I'm someone who can never find my plectrums when I need them. Even if i've gone out of my way to stuff sixteen of the damn things into my pocket, when the need arises (usually during a gig) - I frequently end up plectrum-less. My solution to this 'SRP' (strumming-related problem) was to get myself a plectrum carrier and stick it to the back of my guitar. Today i'm taking a look at the Dunlop Guitar Pick Holder which can be purchased from amazon.co.uk for the measly sum of £2.99 - a definite bargain! This great little carrier is made from a sturdy plastic and comes with a pre-prepared adhesive strip on the back. The adhesive used is carefully prepared so that it won't take any of the paint from your precious guitar, but unfortunately this also has the downside of reducing its stickiness lifespan to only a couple of months - it's not a major issue however, as Blu-tack will serve the same purpose.
Specifications and Use
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Measuring only 4 x 4 x 1 centimetre, the holder won't take up much room wherever you choose to place it, and will store around six guitar picks - that said, if you use the really heavy-gauge plectrums, then you'll probably only mange to fit four inside. To insert a pick, you merely place it (point side down) under the 'U' shaped guard section, and gently press it toward the base of the holder. Subsequent additions are entered in the same manner, and the whole process is relatively pain free. Similarly, removing plectrums from the device is a piece of cake, and you'll be up and strumming in no time.
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If like me, you're always losing your plectrums, then getting yourself one of these handy little holders will cut down on the frustration you inevitably face each time you practice or perform. Yes, I know that the product in question is simply a small bit of shaped plastic - but £2.99 isn't an especially huge sum of money to pay, and the benefits it brings far outweigh the cost.