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Brilliant design slides on over your finger, but the picking edge fits underneath your fingernail! You still have the intimate string touch you get with your own nails, but with no danger of painful n... Click To Read More About This Product

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Gear returned in mint condition. If you're looking for a virtually new instrument in possibly less-than-perfect packaging, this is a great value.
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Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
Gear returned in mint condition. If you're looking for a virtually new instrument in possibly less-than-perfect packaging, this is a great value.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
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Overview

Brilliant design slides on over your finger, but the picking edge fits underneath your fingernail! You still have the intimate string touch you get with your own nails, but with no danger of painful nail breaks. Space age clear acrylic material can be "manicured" to precise length. Slide 'em on, and wail without fear! Small - (children, petite women), medium - (women, smaller men), large - (average to large men), or extra large - (very big fingers, thumbs).

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Alaska PikFinger Guitar Pick
 
3.6

(based on 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

50%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great for slide players!

I've been a guitarist for more than fifty years. All of my playing is fingerstyle. I never liked the sound or the feel of old-style fingerpicks -- they are uncomfortable, and they cover...Read complete review

I've been a guitarist for more than fifty years. All of my playing is fingerstyle. I never liked the sound or the feel of old-style fingerpicks -- they are uncomfortable, and they cover the soft part of your fingertips so completely that you lose all "feel" for the strings. Those "old style" fingerpicks can really limit your options if you play slide guitar. Whether you are playing Duane-style slide, lap-slide (including regular acoustic guitar, dobro, Weissenborn-style, or you're using a tone-bar on your Strat), damping the sound of unused strings is absolutely essential to getting a the best sound with your slide. Conventional "old style" fingerpicks -- whether metal or plastic -- cover the soft-pad of your fingertips, making fast, delicate individual string-damping nearly impossible with your right hand. I personally love the tonal range and "touch" of bare fingers and fingernails. Unfortunately, my natural fingernails are very brittle. They're thick and they grow fast, but my nail ends fray, split, and break very easily -- especially in the winter season. The best "fix" for this problem came along in the '90's, when fingerstyle guitarists began using the KrazyGlue/acrylic-powder method of nail reinforcement. If you're a gigging musician, though, and you also use your hands for real-life activities like athletics, working on your motorcycle, raking leaves, whatever, you are going to break fingernails. When your melody-line disappears behind a no-nail picking finger, your Saturday night audience just isn't going to buy your Saturday afternoon riff that "the dog ate my fingernail." Alaska Piks are a real gig-saver. It doesn't take long to get used to them, and once you trim and file a set to match your personal finger-ends, the feel and sound is very close to that of your natural nails. Best of all, since Alaska Piks leave the meaty tips of your fingers (and a good bit of your soft fingerprint) exposed, string-damping while you play slide-guitar is exactly the same with Alaska Piks as it is with bare fingers. I personally prefer the "harder" sound of a conventional plastic thumb-pick when I use my Alaska Piks on my fingers. Other players prefer an Alaska Pik on their thumb, too -- it's a close call, either way. A set of Alaska Piks is really inexpensive. If you are a fingerpicker or a slide-guitar player, give them a try. I keep a spare set on hand in case I lose or break one (hard to do: they're tough little rascals!) Can't say I always use them -- but I certainly "... don't leave home without them."

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Mixed reviews for a reason...had to return.

I was very hesitant to order these as the reviews were incredibly mixed. I'm sorry to say that although they tried very hard to design these correctly, they come nowhere close to glued on...Read complete review

I was very hesitant to order these as the reviews were incredibly mixed. I'm sorry to say that although they tried very hard to design these correctly, they come nowhere close to glued on acrylic nails. For one they aren't rigid enough, and they design on the top of the nail area is flawed because it catches on the strings when stroking downward across all strings. Another problem is that when wearing one on the thumb, it catches on the edge underneath the thumb on the string and hooks your thumb. I was hoping they would relieve me of the difficulty of having acrylics permanently attached but no such luck. If those two design issues were addressed I may consider buying them again. The ribbed open design and underneath edges just get caught up too easy.

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(20 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

never lose a pick

By i like afi

from newington, CT

Comments about Alaska Pik Finger Guitar Pick:

Once you buy this you will never have to go searching for a pick again! It might take some getting used to but your songs wont be interrupted by a pick droping on the ground, into a crack, under something, etc.

(13 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Better than my own fingers

By Bob Stanhope

from Putnam Lake, NY

Comments about Alaska Pik Finger Guitar Pick:

After playing finger style guitar for years and having to deal with busted fingernails I saw Alaska Piks in Musician's Friend Catalogue. I thought it could't hurt to give them a try. Wow, what an improvement. No more fingernail problems. I can play faster, smoother and louder than I could before. You will need to keep your fingernails a bit longer in order to anchor the picks in place which isn't big deal. You will be able to get used to them in under an hour. If they haven't already won a prize for best new product they should. The plastic ones work best for me although the brass have a great sound too.

(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Pickin' an' Ah-Grinnin'

By Django

from Texas

Comments about Alaska Pik Finger Guitar Pick:

The picks are great; however, they can become uncomfortable after playing for a while. It could be a size issue as I had to guess on the size. The sound is soft like a real finger without the necessity of growing out long gnarly nails.

(11 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Change the way you play

By Ryan33

from NJ

Comments about Alaska Pik Finger Guitar Pick:

This fingerpick is a really different way to play guitar. The feel for strumming and picking is so much different, but can really give you a cool tone and sound. I love using this on acoustic chord playing and on picked parts. Takes some getting used to at first but is very easy to master.

(11 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Mixed reviews for a reason...had to return.

By Weston Boucher

from San Diego, CA

Comments about Alaska Pik Finger Guitar Pick:

I was very hesitant to order these as the reviews were incredibly mixed. I'm sorry to say that although they tried very hard to design these correctly, they come nowhere close to glued on acrylic nails. For one they aren't rigid enough, and they design on the top of the nail area is flawed because it catches on the strings when stroking downward across all strings. Another problem is that when wearing one on the thumb, it catches on the edge underneath the thumb on the string and hooks your thumb. I was hoping they would relieve me of the difficulty of having acrylics permanently attached but no such luck. If those two design issues were addressed I may consider buying them again. The ribbed open design and underneath edges just get caught up too easy.

(6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great for strumming with the Index Finger

By Herb

from Charleston, SC

Comments about Alaska Pik Finger Guitar Pick:

I often use an old blues technique, picking out the bass with my thumb and strumming with my index finger. The old plastic fingerpicks would fly off, and metal ones didn't sound good with my Martin. My fingernail alone didn't give me enough volume and didn' match the tone of my thumbpicks. The Alaska pick is perfect: volume's great and it doesn't fly off no matter how fast I strum.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great for slide players!

By Bob

from Post Falls, Idaho

Comments about Alaska Pik Finger Guitar Pick:

I've been a guitarist for more than fifty years. All of my playing is fingerstyle. I never liked the sound or the feel of old-style fingerpicks -- they are uncomfortable, and they cover the soft part of your fingertips so completely that you lose all "feel" for the strings. Those "old style" fingerpicks can really limit your options if you play slide guitar. Whether you are playing Duane-style slide, lap-slide (including regular acoustic guitar, dobro, Weissenborn-style, or you're using a tone-bar on your Strat), damping the sound of unused strings is absolutely essential to getting a the best sound with your slide. Conventional "old style" fingerpicks -- whether metal or plastic -- cover the soft-pad of your fingertips, making fast, delicate individual string-damping nearly impossible with your right hand. I personally love the tonal range and "touch" of bare fingers and fingernails. Unfortunately, my natural fingernails are very brittle. They're thick and they grow fast, but my nail ends fray, split, and break very easily -- especially in the winter season. The best "fix" for this problem came along in the '90's, when fingerstyle guitarists began using the KrazyGlue/acrylic-powder method of nail reinforcement. If you're a gigging musician, though, and you also use your hands for real-life activities like athletics, working on your motorcycle, raking leaves, whatever, you are going to break fingernails. When your melody-line disappears behind a no-nail picking finger, your Saturday night audience just isn't going to buy your Saturday afternoon riff that "the dog ate my fingernail." Alaska Piks are a real gig-saver. It doesn't take long to get used to them, and once you trim and file a set to match your personal finger-ends, the feel and sound is very close to that of your natural nails. Best of all, since Alaska Piks leave the meaty tips of your fingers (and a good bit of your soft fingerprint) exposed, string-damping while you play slide-guitar is exactly the same with Alaska Piks as it is with bare fingers. I personally prefer the "harder" sound of a conventional plastic thumb-pick when I use my Alaska Piks on my fingers. Other players prefer an Alaska Pik on their thumb, too -- it's a close call, either way. A set of Alaska Piks is really inexpensive. If you are a fingerpicker or a slide-guitar player, give them a try. I keep a spare set on hand in case I lose or break one (hard to do: they're tough little rascals!) Can't say I always use them -- but I certainly "... don't leave home without them."

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Worth every cent

By Shawn M

from Houston, Tx

Comments about Alaska Pik Finger Guitar Pick:

Local shops here in Houston don't have them. I bought one set of the plastics and a set of the brass and use a dunlop L thumb pick as well. I play fingerstyle and honestly loved using my natural nail but two things that make this difficult is that your nails tend to wear down quicker than you can grow them in most cases, and that you have to be ridiculously careful at your normal 9 to 5 not to bang your right handing into anything and break/chip your nail. My friend went the acrylic route and had a nasty infection on all his fingers so that sort of put me off. On to the picks themselves. The sizing guide is a tad vague, but most people will figure it out well enough. The over-the-finger, under-the-nail works brilliantly. Most fingerpicks tend to slip off from pull-up strumming because of their design, but these work brilliantly. My only real issue was the tone at first. The plastic ones tend to make a sound similar to plucking harp strings, which is a muted version of using your natural nail. Some of the brightness sort of vanishes, but you can get a lot of it back if you work on your finger posture a bit. The brass ones sound closer to the natural nail but your finger to string relation has to be dead on perfect or you'll get a scratching sound on the top 4 strings that may drive you batty. You still need "some" nail to do the under the nail bit, so for those leary of trying them, don't worry. You can always slip them off and have enough nail left to play without them (I do). These are a great alternative to natural nail use, or as a substitute until your nail grows back to a usable length. Already ordering my 3rd set.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Very good.

By Blain

from undisclosed

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Comments about Alaska Pik Finger Guitar Pick:

The picks are quite good but the sizing chart is inaccurate. Buy at least one size larger than suggested by the size chart.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

ALASKA FINGERPICKS

By Olivia Plunkett

from Berkeley, CA

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Pros

  • M & L/ same XL is bigger

Cons

    Best Uses

    • I bought them to use on HARP w/metal strings

    Comments about Alaska Pik Finger Guitar Pick:

    These are originally Portugese finger picks.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Keeps a light touch on your finger style picking....

    By Ruthie Brock

    from Acton, CA

    Comments about Alaska Pik Finger Guitar Pick:

    These little gems are hard to find....not everyone carries these great finger picks. I use them on my acoustic guitars for a nice light touch on travis picking and arpeggios etc. Surprisingly, I also have begun using them on my banjo during unplugged sessions so as to not overpower the other acoustic instruments. The only downfall of these flexible and lightweight picks is that you must keep a light touch always or you will feel them start to flex and then eventually crack, which leaves you with a nice floppy little pick to finish your performance! lol They are worn differently than traditional banjo picks which cup under the pad of the fingertip....these are like an extension of your fingernail. Other than being a little fragile and a bit costly for picks, they are an awesome tool in your bag of finger pick tricks.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Get the big ones

    By Allen Pitts

    from Newington, CT

    Comments about Alaska Pik Finger Guitar Pick:

    Get the big ones. Reading the other reviews, I got the medium and the large - and only the large will fit OK. My hands are not THAT big. The concept is good and the ability to feel the string is good. Once you get them filed down right, they work well. But for men, get the large.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    not helpful if you don't have reasonably long nails already

    By James Howard

    from Portland

    Comments about Alaska Pik Finger Guitar Pick:

    These things rely on you having at least a 1/8" of nail beyond the finger tip to insert part of the pick under. Without that they don't stay affixed to the finger well enough to pick the string. Just another "different" design that in the end is not "better," just different.

     
    1.0

    Good idea but not really practical.

    By Kenneth

    from undisclosed

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    Comments about Alaska Pik Finger Guitar Pick:

    You still have to have nails for the pick to work. Feels odd. I couldn't get them to stay on. I also use my nails on the downstrum, which cannot be done with these picks.

     
    1.0

    it took 2 shipping the order before they got it right

    By David

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Alaska Pik Finger Guitar Pick:

    it took 2 shipping the order before they got it right,
    the first time I order 3 XL of the Finger Guitar Pick and only got 1,
    and that took a week so I had to call them up and get the other 2 resent cause my order was short ,
    and that took a nutter week .
    As far for the picks they work ok but if you buy more then 1,
    I would make one order at a time so they don't mass it up .

     
    5.0

    Good, reliable products and services

    By Dreamamine

    from Saint Peters MO

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Alaska Pik Finger Guitar Pick:

      These picks allow the nail-challenged student to immediately improve their sound which in turns motivates them to both improve their playing AND take better care of their real nails. I like them because I can use them to do some of my advanced finger-style and classical techniques on steel-string guitars without endangering my nails for my classical guitar playing.

       
      4.0

      I will be buying more

      By Bob Saruk

      from Millbury, MA

      See all my reviews

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Finger Guitar Pick:

      These picks do a good job of simulating a finger nail. I have more manual dexterity using these picks rather than conventional finger picks. These picks were a bit small for my fingers but I had no trouble soaking them in hot water and expanding them. I will be buying more of the next size up.

       
      4.0

      great product, but they break too easily.

      By Steve

      from PA

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup

        Comments about Alaska Pik Finger Guitar Pick:

        great product, but they break too easily.

         
        1.0

        I threw my order in trash. Worthless !

        By Picker

        from Nashville

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Poor Quality

          Best Uses

            Comments about Alaska Pik Finger Guitar Pick:

            Worthless. Picks raise off finger.

             
            1.0

            1 opinion

            By EJ

            from Phila., Pa.

            About Me Professional Musician

            See all my reviews

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            Pros

              Cons

              • Difficult To Use

              Best Uses

                Comments about Alaska Pik Finger Guitar Pick:

                It probably depends on the shape of your nails, but mine curve too much so the pick doesn't sit under my nail right. So I won't be using them, even after adjustments.

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