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When I first picked up a guitar at the age of 16, the idea behind learning to play was simply to have fun. I was not looking to make a career out of it, I was not looking to earn money or win the affection of screaming girls, I was just happy sitting up in my room and enjoying my music. Sometimes I forget the fact that the reason I play is for fun. When I have an upcoming performance and people are expecting new songs and a polished performance I get quite stressed and nervous about the whole thing. Sometimes I go through patches where I don't even play my guitar just because it's to much effort. I forget the fact that playing the guitar was meant to be fun.
That's why I love these little picks. I'm not a massive SpongeBob fan but I have seen it quite a few times and it does always make me smile. So do these guitar picks. Over the years I have amassed quite a collection of various picks from here there and everywhere. I do have one specific variety of pick that I use on a regular basis, but if I'm in a shop somewhere and I see a pick I like I buy it as a kind of souvenir. This is very much the case with these picks.
When I saw the fact that SpongeBob now had his very own set of six guitar picks it really did make me smile. In a pack of these you get six fairly bog standard picks. They are of a medium thickness and a typical shape, however, it's the design on them that makes them such great fun. You basically get six different Spongebob faces all of which are cheeky and funny. Admittedly there is a time and a place for using these, I would probably not use these when playing in front of people I don't know, they are more for my own personal use and maybe if I'm playing with friends.
The picks themselves perform fairly well. For me personally they are a little to thick as I prefer quite a thin pick, but that is just down to personal preference. They are easy to grip and don't tend to slip out of your fingers when playing. When it comes to price they are actually quite expensive in relation to other picks. This is probably just for novelty value. A pack of six of these will cost you around the £5 mark. That may seem cheap but when you compare it with other picks you can buy they are quite costly.
The fact is that these picks are all about fun. They are not the best picks you will ever use and they are not great value, but they will put a smile on your face. If you're a fan of Spongebob and play the guitar then there really is no reason you would not like these picks. Although they are not something I tend to use all that often they still make me smile when I see them and so I would say they were well worth the money. So overall a nice little novelty guitar pick that many people will enjoy.
Never have I confessed to being 'down wiv da kids' - but I do have a wee bit of cultural awareness when it comes to kid's TV (being self employed means I occasionally get some free time in the afternoons!). For this reason, I *know of* Mr Squarepants... the Sea Sponge who lives in a pineapple under the sea with his pet snail Gary (!?). To cut a long story short, I was given some Spongebob guitar picks, and ultimately thought it would be rude not to use (and subsequently review) them!
Apprearance & Price
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Bright yellow in colour, the picks feature images of Spongebob making three faces - there's six picks in a pack, and therefore two of each image. Price-wise, you can pick up a set of these garish little buggers for £4.99 from musicroom.com, or cheaper still at £3.21 from amazon.co.uk. The Amazon ones are medium / heavy gauge (that means they're fairly thick), whereas, the Musicroom ones seem to be light guage. The genuine plectrums (apparently there's some very cheaply printed fakes on eBay) arrive in a transparent bag with a card section at the top showing the Nickleodeon logo.
Using the Picks
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Quite simply, the picks are of Dunlop's classic plexi design with the Spongebob imagery painted on the top - and because of this, they're generally decent performing strummers. The picks feature a non-slip coating and feel comfortable in the hand. The resultant tone is nice and bright, although in my experience i've found that the light ones are perhaps a little too light, and probably best suited for use with light guage acoustic guitar strings. The medium / heavy ones are good for picking / solo work, or heavier stringed instruments.
Longevity & Final Word
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From the perspective of longevity, the picks are generally hardwearing and I haven't yet come across one that has split. Similarly, the imagery has remained in place without fading or wearing off. Overall, these brightly coloured guitar picks are a must for all the guitar playing Spongebob fans out there - and due to the fact that they're made by Dunlop, they'll perform well and last a long time.
I´ve been playing guitar for quite a few years now and I normally use dunlop or fender hard picks. I am a massive fan of spongebob and have considered buying a spongebob guitar - but haven´t really got to that stage yet.
I saw these and instantly fell in love with the funny designs, there´s 3 different ones and you get 2 of each. First I thought I wouldn´t be able to play with them, just to have them on display for fun. But they are proper quality! I would say they are somewhere between a medium and a hard pick, so perfect for me. In the end I ordered another pack so I could have that one on display as I kept using my first lot. They are almost as good quality as fender picks, they wear down slightly faster - but not much.
For a spongebob fan or to motivate young children to play guitar this is ideal! Great fun for not much money
~Sponge Bob sings the blues~
As guitarists all over the land know, no matter what you do with your stash of guitar picks, or plectrums to those who like to use their full name, as sure as night follows day you will end up losing many if not all of them at some point (or is that just me?....). This means that a gift of new picks is always welcome which is how I ended up with a set of Spongebob Squarepants Guitar Picks as a quirky gift that was given to me after I made a comment about having seen a Spongebob Squarepants guitar set which I though was cute if not all that well made.
My set of Spongebob Squarepants Guitar Picks came as a pack of 6 sealed into a small plastic hang bag type of pack and as they were not listed on Dooyoo I thought I would make a product suggestion for them so that I could share my thoughts about them. I have them with me now so that I can describe the design and shape of them, although I will of course touch on how the picks have performed when in use and discuss any issue they may have had.
Now I must stress that I am not really a Spongebob Squarepants fan as such and this little set is just one of many quirky pick sets that I have been given or bought over time. I did however have a little chuckle when I was given these and as they are made by a reputable name in the guitar world I am happy to say that the quality of the plectrums is fine, they work as they should subject to the limitations of any such item of course. The look of these little Spongebob Squarepants Guitar Picks is what makes them stand out over many other similar weight and size of plectrum and in use they perform no better or no worse than many others I have used.
~Sponge Bob rocks on~
The Spongebob Squarepants Guitar Pick Pack that I have contained 6 of the picks although there were repeats of the designs as there are just 3 designs per pack. This means that you get 2 of each design and my pack have the medium picks in them, although I know this set also has the option of heavier picks should you want them. My set shows Spongebob Squarepants as a full on blue eyed smiley faced chap with red cheek bones on one design, a rather goofy yet still happy toothy faced chap with eye bags and burgundy brown cheek bones in the second design and a full on slightly sozzled looking chap with squiffy eyes and a sticky out tongue in the third variation.
So far even after a good number of uses the art work on the plectrums showing Spongebob Squarepants has remained in place with no chipping or fading. The reverse side of my Spongebob Squarepants Guitar Picks has the name of the maker which in this case is Jim Dunlop USA, the size of the picks - in this case medium and the words 2008 Viacom to show who allowed these to be made under licence, with all text shown in a plain yet easy to read black print on the bright yellow picks. Each of the 3 designs is printed onto the well known Jim Dunlop poly picks, which have been finished to give a non slip surface when in use.
~Spongebob Squarepants says Death to all but metal!~
In use the Spongebob Squarepants Guitar Picks are easy to handle and have a nice surface that is smooth enough not to get caught on your guitar strings without being so smooth that they fly out of your finger and thumb when in use. I have found that the Spongebob Squarepants Guitar Picks can rock with the best of them and I have used these to play all kinds of music with a good deal success. I feel that the medium sized pick in this style suits me best as the thickness and weight seems about right. Each of the small Spongebob Squarepants picks has a certain degree of flex when in use which is backed up by a nice firm flat and solid feeling grip when needed.
I find that the thickness of these picks allows them to be used to play a wide variety of musical styles allowing the Spongebob Squarepants picks to bring though a good degree of tone and warmth. Sponge Bob is able to sing the blues like BB King, go 'Killing in the Name Of' al la Rage Against the Machine, look 'Though Glass' like Stone Sour, plead for 'Novacaine' like Green Day, end up on a 'Crazy Train' with Ozzy Obsbourne, tell me he needs 'Whisky on the Jar' like Metallica and scream out 'Death to all but (or is that butt, lol) Metal like Steel Panther! The picks are good for general play as well as being useful when wanting a pinched harmonic feel and over all I would say that as an all round guitar pick they work well.
~Price and rating~
The Spongebob Squarepants Guitar Picks are long lasting as my set have not bent out of shape, become split or cracked or suffered any damage that would make them unusable and the bevelled edges of this shape of pick makes for better and smoother string release when in use. In terms of price as I didn't buy my set I can only really suggest that having looked on line the set of 6 Spongebob Squarepants Guitar Picks seems to sell for between £3.50 from some stores up to £7 in others. As with any thing its always best to shop around for the best prices as there are discounts to be had.
In terms of rating the Spongebob Squarepants Guitar Pick Pack I feel that the pack is a fair product that would certainly appeal to younger guitarists as a way to encourage practice. After all every young guitarist has to build up the feel of getting used to using a plectrum and plenty of practice will always be a benefit. As the Spongebob Squarepants Guitar Picks have not suffered with any damage at all and are still in good shape after being with me for the last few months I feel they ought to get a 4 star product rating.