I've owned one of these in the past, & eventually lost it along with a myriad of plectrums lost over the years. It's the nature of the shape & size of picks that they will inevitably get lost fairly frequently. In my time playing guitar I've tried various methods of keeping my plectrums - in a case, in a tin, in the same place in my flat, in the guitar case itself & other places, and they always end up getting lost.
I kind of think something like this is almost as easily lost as a plectrum itself & doesn't really serve any essential purpose. You can fit 4 plectrums in at any one time, and it can serve as a way to keep you from losing them, it just never worked very well for me.
You'll need to be using the traditional 'pear' shaped plectrum design for this to be any use to you. Most of the commonly used plectrums (Jim Dunlop, Fender, Ernie Ball etc.. are this shape) so it shouldn't be a problem. They come in various colours (mine was black), but you can also get silver, blue, yellow & a few other colours.
There is an adhesive back if you wish to stick it somewhere to make sure you can't lose it, you just need to be disciplined enough to ensure you return your picks here each time you finish playing (I never was). For the right kind of personality I could see this working really well, and it's cheap (will cost about £3-4 maximum), so worth a try for the right person.
Occasionally, I've been known to strum a tune out on my acoustic guitar, and on rare occasions, some people have claimed to actually recognize what the tune was, which was a nice compliment - I think? But either way, one the problems I have had in the past is dealing with the plectrums, which are those little triangular shaped bits of plastic or nylon that you use to strum or pick at the guitar strings when you are playing something. Normally, I just have the one plectrum, which I weave into the strings for security when I'm not using the guitar to ensure that I have it readily available for the next occasion. But there have been occasions when the plectrum has broken and I've needed a new one, and I've then had to try and remember where I've stored the spares ones in the house. Wouldn't it be so much easier if I could just store them on or with the guitar?
Never really thought anything more about it until my kids bought this Pickboy Plectrum Holder for me as an early Christmas present from Amazon for £3.25. At first sight, I wondered what it actually was, because it looks a little like a chromed rib cage from a very small animal. But when I did realize that is was a plectrum holder (admittedly after my kids told me!!) I thought what a good idea.
The holder I have is a plastic chrome affair, although it also comes in a variety of other shiny colours, including blue, black, white, yellow and a gold chrome version. It feels fairly robust and solid, and the general shape of it is in the form of a large thick plectrum with an opening at the wide end. The idea is that you push your spare plectrums into the holder one at a time until the holder is full. In my case, the unit will hold 3 of my standard size plectrums with ease, 4 at a squeeze, but how many it will hold for anyone else will very much depend on the thickness of plectrum used by that individual. Of note, my plectrums are a standard shape from the Jim Dunlop nylon range, and in this holder, they are a snug fit. If you use other styles of plectrums that are a slightly different shape, they may/will not work with this holder.
The plectrums are held firmly in position because there is a sort of spring clip which sits behind the bottom plectrum, pushing it up towards the top of the holder. This initially holds all the plectrums firmly in the holder, but also positions them such that you can easily withdraw a new plectrum from the holder my swiping your thumb across the top and the opening.
So how does this holder make the plectrums readily available when required? Well this is where a little thought has gone into the design of this holder by Pickboy. The flat base of this holder has a double sided sticky pad on it. The idea is that you peel the protective paper off of the pad and stick the holder on your guitar in a position where the plectrums will be readily available as required. Personally, I've stuck mine to the front of my guitar just below the neck, and thus far, it has held firmly in position without any of the plectrums falling out. It might be an idea to carefully consider where you will put this holder on your guitar before you stick it, because once stuck, it will be difficult to remove again, and then the pad may also loose some of it's 'stickiness' if you try to re-position it again.
In summary, this is a great solution to the problem of needing to keep your spare plectrums handy and available. The chrome version I have looks stylish and is robust, and holds a good number of spare plectrums, and once the holder is stuck in position, it seems to stay put. However, it is limited to just holding the standard size and shape of guitar plectrum, such as those from my Jim Dunlop nylon range. But overall, I would give this a 4 star recommendation.
Plectrums are notoriously easy to lose - I seem never to have one when it's most needed.
The solution to this common problem is to invest in a plectrum holder - of which, there's a few different varieties on the market. Today I'm taking a look at the 'PickBoy' version, which utilises a cool rib-cage look in its design.
Price & Specifications
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Costing £2.99 from Amazon, the PickBoy holder is available in a number of colour variations including black, white (the one i've got), and a silver version. The holder is made from plastic, but feels fairly tough and will survive being dropped / general rough treatment.
Using the PickBoy
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To use the PickBoy, you must first place your plectrum point-side-down on the opening, and then gently apply downward pressure whilst sliding it toward the bottom of the holder. If you want to add more plectrums then simply repeat the same process - it's easy to do and very intuitive. Removing plectrums from the device is similarly a piece of cake. In terms of the downsides, the holder only really works with traditionally shaped plectrums, as the ridged ones (e.g Jim Dunlop Tortex Fins) can easily get stuck. Capacity-wise - well, it depends on the thicknesses of the picks that you use - but in my experience you'll get at least four medium gauge ones in there.
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As the PickBoy is only a little larger than a plectrum, you may be thinking that it would be an easy item to lose - and it would be if it didn't come complete with a self-adhesive strip which allows it to fix onto the back of your guitar. This means that you'll have a plentiful supply of plectrums whenever your guitar is close by - as long as you remember to keep it topped up.
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For the price, the PickBoy is an essential piece of equipment for any guitarist - especially, if like me, you're always losing your plectrums. The product is made to a relatively high standard, and should last a long time if you treat it well - recommended.
The PickBoy Plectrum Holder is designed as you may have already guessed to hold your plectrums. I have literally hundreds of picks (short for plectrum) they are everywhere, in every room of my house my collage dorm my recording studio and most frustratingly left behind at ever gig and "foreign" studio I have ever worked in. So the idea of a plectrum holder doesn't sound as stupid an idea as I once thought.
The problem with picks is that they are so small and easy to mislay and once I'm finished playing I tend to forget about them completely. Thankfully they are not expensive, but if you where to loose as may as I have over the years it all adds up to a number I would rather not know.
This little, handy holder sticks on to any part of the guitar that you want by using it's adhesive backing. It's design is quite good with it's ribbed like front, but most people I know like to stick it in to the side of their amp rather than "deface" their precious guitar ( I am one of those people by the way ).
The holder simply uses a spring like mechanism to keep your picks in place. They simply slot in (this pushes the spring down) with no resistance then the spring pops back up locking then in place. It can hold ten medium sized picks quite comfortably, of course the thicker or thinner the pick the more or less room you are going to have to store them.
This very useful gadget costs as little as £3 so for a guitar playing relative it would make a very thoughtful and practical stocking filler.
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The Pickboy Plectrum Holder really stands out against other plectrum holders I have seen in the past. With its funky detailed design, it isn't at all boring in comparison to the plain plastic holders that are often seen. With the ability to attach it to the head of either your electric or acoustic guitar it is within handy reach all the time. After a quick browse online this stylish plectrum holder is available in a number of colours. Black does look cool, but I have to admit that the silver finish on mine has just got to be the best. It could be said that a plectrum holder is unnecessary, but if you have a few different plectrums, or if you just like to carry a spare around with you it is ideal. It is very easy to lose a plectrum as they are so very small and lightweight. The Pickboy Plectrum Holder is therefore the ideal product for saving you the inconvenience of having to regularly buy new 'picks' due to misplacing them.
The holder is spring-loaded, which makes for easy ejection from the holder. With the basic holders you often find you spend ages trying to get the plectrum out - as I bite my nails this would be almost an impossible task! On the back of the holder is a super adhesive backing, meaning you can attach the holder securely to one of your guitars. As I only have one it isn't a problem, if you own multiple guitars then you might decide to buy a few holders. This isn't a problem though as they are cheap enough at around £3-4 from an online retailer. Plectrums are held very securely in place with this holder, and overall the quality is there. The holder isn't cheaply put together like the boring plain plastic ones, and the design has clearly been thought out aswell. The holder can store a maximum of 12 plectrums at any one time, but this obviously depends on which thickness of plectrums you intend on storing in it.
The overall design of the holder means that you don't need to hide it away on your guitar as it is quite stylish looking. The price is reasonable, and I really cannot see why you wouldn't choose the Pickboy Plectrum Holder over a boring plain holder. Add a little more style to your guitar with the Pickboy Plectrum Holder.
As any guitarist knows, whenever you fancy a little session you can never find where you put down your picks. This leads to a period of frustration of searching around and around your room looking for the things. On the other hand, you may be one of those guitarists who simply has abundance of plectrums everywhere around the house, littering the floor, cupboards and wherever else you can find a gap to put them down in after a session. Thus, this product is great for anyone, simply to keep your picks in one place to give you stress free play for the rest of your days.
This plectrum holder is both subtle and stylish, and available in a few different colours to suit whatever needs you fancy, although i have the silver one as pictured above, as i believe it looks the most classic and traditional, and i only play acoustic most of the time.
The holder is spring loaded, which is handy because it means you don't struggle to get the plectrums in or out, they simple slot and click in, and then click back out again, which can be really handy if you do not have too much time.
It has an adhesive back, which means you can stick it on to the head of your guitar, and while it can be detached, it probably is best not too, so make the decision on where you want to put it before you start strapping it on. It can store about 12 inside, depending on size, which should be enough to cover most bases!
It can be tricky to place larger plectrums in, and this is a slight design fault with the spring loader, but despite this, it is still a good product and worth considering if you fancy spending a few quid.
I believe the product retails at about £3-4 so it is certainly something to consider without having to spend too much cash.
A good product, inexpensive and would make a nice gift.
The Pickboy Plectrum Holder is a simple plectrum pocket which one can attach to the head of acoustic or electric guitars. It's available in a few different colours, but the most subtle and stylish one in my opinion has got to the be the classic silver. It doesn't look in the least bit tacky and is a useful, if somewhat extravagant and unnecessary piece of kit.
Picks often get lost. I don't actually have a carpet in my room, it's just a tapestry of thousands of misplaced plectrums. So this is definitely a useful invention and a well-implemented idea. One good thing about the pickboy however, is that it's spring loaded, meaning that there's none of that fiddling about trying to tease the plecs out of their position once you've put them in. Putting them in is remarkably simple and they always remain in place no matter how much the neck shakes or moves.
The holder has a very adhesive sticky back which, although not being replaceable, doesn't tend to come off, so although it's reliable, you'd better make your mind up on which guitar to stick it on. Then again, it's still only around two to four pounds from most online retailers and dedicated guitar shops, can store up to around twelve plectrums depending on size and thickness and definitely scores points for coming in multiple colours.
However, thicker plectrums, especially dunlops are difficult to fit in, despite being easy to get out. This is a tech issue to do with the spring loader and isn't the case with other holders. Also, the larger Sharkfin holders often simply do not fit properly and can prove a bit of a nightmare. So despite a few technical flaws and it's single-use nature, it's definitely one of the better pick holders and is without a doubt, still very good value for money. Unlike some, it actually enhanced the aesthetic of the instrument, which can only be a good thing.
~A compact and portable pick holder~
In the same way that washing machines seem to eat socks and leave you with less and less warm and fluffy pairs to warm your feet, guitar plectrums or picks as they are called seem to disappear by the dozen and end up in the hands of the mystical evil pick devil who obviously hoards them in order to annoy guitarists everywhere. I have lost count of the number of picks that have gone missing, which can be a pain especially when you lose contact with an especially favoured pick that you and your guitar have managed to become one with. Over the years I have tried out a number of pick holders including the PickBoy Plectrum Holder, which was bought with a view to keeping a number of picks in one place so that I know where they are hiding rather than have to hunt them down all the time.
The PickBoy Plectrum Holder comes in a number of colour options all with the same versatile body shape and spring loaded pop up my picks insert, that means even if the PickBoy Plectrum Holder has just one or two picks in it the top one will always come to the top of the holder making taking it out as easy as can be. The colour option I went for was the Silver Metallic PickBoy Plectrum Holder which I felt seemed to be a fun way to add some super silvery plasticy bling whilst also being something that would stand out when I was looking for it. Many plectrum holders come in darker shades that are fine enough and function well, yet can be hard to locate due to their dark colour when thrown in amongst guitar leads etc. Which is why I felt the Silver PickBoy Plectrum Holder can work a little better.
~Stack your picks up!~
In order to use the little PickBoy Plectrum Holder all you need are a handful of picks that follow a more traditional shape rather than some of the more quirky shaped picks you can buy for fun. As an example the PickBoy Plectrum Holder should be fine with standard Jim Dunlop Poly Picks including the Sponge Bob picks which I have tried it with (oh the shame), the Jim Dunlop Lucky 13 series (a very cool to look at and nice to handle pick range), The Jim Dunlop Tortex Picks (with their slightly different grippier feel) and the Fender Pearl Picks which are a very well known and widely used pick. The PickBoy Plectrum Holder will also hold some of the Peavey picks such as the Black Pearl, plus a wide range of others from other makers with ease, keeping them neatly packed and ready for action.
To use the PickBoy Plectrum Holder you just need to slide a guitar pick into the holder and there it will sit safely and securely until you need to use it. You can fit a number of picks into the PickBoy Plectrum Holder, although that number will vary depending on the width/ weight of the picks that you are placing inside (ie: light, medium, heavy), as all picks are not made equally sized and so if you favour a thinner slimmer pick you will end up being able to put 1 or maybe 2 more picks into the holder than if you favour a heavy style pick that will be thicker and therefore will take up more depth when in the PickBoy Plectrum Holder.
~Stick your picks up~
A useful feature for some guitarists that the PickBoy Plectrum Holder has is the sticky pad that is placed onto the back of the holder, as it means you can if wanted stick the holder onto your amp, your guitar strap (depending on its material etc) or even on your guitar. I feel that the option of being able to stick the PickBoy Plectrum Holder onto an amp can be useful at times and would be the way I would use it if I wanted to use the sticky pad feature. I feel that sticking it to your guitar strap will probably mean it will fly off mid solo and may end up doing a little damage in the process as it flies past your eyes at break neck speed, so that is an option I haven't tried out.
As far as sticking the holder to your guitar goes, my feeling is that with cheaper starter range guitars such as non major branded and inexpensive mini set ups which include the guitar, the amp, the strap etc bought for beginners etc, there is no reason why you wouldn't allow a youngster to do stick on their pick holder. Younger players may feel its an uber cool way to store their picks like that (plus it should result in less lost picks) and that a PickBoy Plectrum Holder in the right colour will enhance the look of their guitar. As far as I am concerned there is no way I would want to stick one of the PickBoy Plectrum Holders to any of the guitars I have in use as I wouldn't want to damage the finish of them in any way, although that is my opinion and if you feel you want to stick on the pick holder then thats a matter of personal choice.
~Summary and price~
To sum up the PickBoy Plectrum Holder I feel it has a usefulness about it that makes it a good choice and it looks pretty neat and compact taking up only a small amount of room, which means you can slip it into your pockets with ease. The colours that it comes in do vary and although the only the silver option in this review is shown here on Dooyoo (as it was my suggestion), you can also buy this in white, black, metallic black, metallic pink, metallic blue and metallic gold. The colour you pick for your pick makes no difference to how it works and the price doesn't seem to alter too much with any of the colour options.
The cost of a non metallic holder is around £2.99 and the cost of a super shiny metallic version is a few pence more at £3.35. I feel that the PickBoy Pick Holder works as well as most other pick holders I have tried and as such I feel its only real extra benefit is that the design of the holder has a little more to look at on the top face than some of the plainer flat faced holders you can buy. My rating for the holder based on everything mentioned here is going to be 4 stars as I do feel there is a benefit to having a pick holder that will allow you to store a number of picks in and keep them safely together ready for use.