what do you do with worn out picks?

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  1. afterburner

    afterburner Supporting Member

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    as the title says... do you just toss them away? seems such a waste...
     
  2. MudPies

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    I trim mine with nail clippers and file the edge off with a nail file. Then I use them for lap slide playing since I generally don't need massive attack on the slider.

    that said, I do have many more "fixed" picks than I'll ever use.

    There, finally have my first post on this forum.
     
  3. Tonefish

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    I toss a lot. Will be interesting to see what some folks come up with. I recall dresses and suits being made from old circuit boards...so nothing would surprise me.
     
  4. therhodeo

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    I lose em before they wear out.
     
  5. afterburner

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    haha too true. I'm sure that's the case for most people...
     
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    +1 :horse
     
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    Mostly.
     
  8. FloridaSam

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    There has to be an interdimensional portal vortex in my room where all my picks dissapear to. :messedup That, or the dog eats 'em. :eek:
     
  9. greatbigz

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    I have a pile of picks sitting on my dresser. Every time I get home from a rehearsal or a gig I empty my pockets on my dresser and that's where they usually end up staying until my better half gets sick of them and throws them all away.
     
  10. greggorypeccary

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    I always to seem have a pile on my dryer...
     
  11. RDM

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    Mine end up in the bottom of the washer.
     
  12. mistercoffee1

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    I keep using them until I lose them.
     
  13. Caretaker

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    What he said. That, and I usually don`t use one.
     
  14. Scott Auld

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    I was 20 years old when I decided to leave home (DC suburbs) and move to Florida. I bought a gross of picks (how many is that?) from the guitar store where I had learned the instrument and had taken and given lessons. The picks say the name of the store and their phone number. I guess I bought them as a way of holding on to a part of home.

    That was in 1990, and I am only about a third of the way into that bag of picks. They seem to last a long time. I think they are what most people would call a medium thickness. I do toss them out when they lose their point, but that seems to take a year or two. I play a lot of guitar but I don't pick very hard, I guess.

    I have no idea what I'll do when I run out. I got them in 1990 so it seems like that bag is about a 60 year supply, I should run out around 2050.

    Scott
     
  15. jaywalker

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    I give all my used picks (20-30 per show) as well as used strings (changed every show/session - up to 30 sets a month) to a charity that runs contemporary music classes for Roma minorities in central europe. When They recieved the first crate of stuff the headmistress fainted.
    They get the same every month. They have enough strings and picks from last year alone to educate 300 students for the next 20 years!!
    If anyone is interested in donating strings (especially nylons) and picks etc and lives in Europe please PM me.
    Sorry for hijacking! wanted to post this later anyway!
     
  16. Shawn S.

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    Light a match, well, with the celluloids anyway...
     
  17. dividedsky

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    I definitely lose them before they wear out. I don't hold picks in the traditional way and I play with one of the rounded edges instead of the normal "point" of a pick. I've used a couple picks every day for 2 years and they are fine. But if one of those falls on the floor it's goodbye forever.
     
  18. nibus

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    If you are wondering where all your picks have gone, try checking the lint catch in your drier! Driers have a bad habit of gobbling up picks.
     
  19. Fatso Forgottso

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    I leave them out for the pick gnomes.
     
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    I think that a gross is 144...
     

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