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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... Read More

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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 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
 
3.7

(based on 19 reviews)

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33%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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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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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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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

ALASKA FINGERPICKS

By Olivia Plunkett

from Berkeley, CA

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Verified Buyer

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.

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    4.0

    I will be buying more

    By Joseph

    from undisclosed

    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.

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    4.0

    great product, but they break too easily.

    By Steve

    from PA

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    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.

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      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.

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          1.0

          1 opinion

          By EJ

          from Phila., Pa.

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          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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              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.

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              5.0

              The Perfect Pick?

              By Gil Flores

              from San Mateo, CA

              Comments about Alaska Pik Finger Guitar Pick:

              As a beginning guitar player (9 months)I had worn down my strumming hand fingernails (Index and middle). I thought, it would be cool if someone came up with a fake nail type pick - well Alaska Pik did and it works great!! These are awesome and "shapeable" by either cutting them or sanding them to your exact specs. They fit securely under your existing fingernail and it is very comfortable. I recommend this pick for beginners who are still learning the real pick, but want to play in the meantime. Also, using this pick for strumming is not as loud as a real pick, so you can go at it and still not bother the neighbors.

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              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.

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              3.0

              Alaska Pik

              By Ross Howell

              from Tipton, California

              Comments about Alaska Pik Finger Guitar Pick:

              I have only had this for a few weeks. I am not real sure what the problem is but it keeps slipping off. I put it on exactly the way it tells you too. I would consider my hand large not extra large so I ordered large and the seem way to small. It is very uncomfortable to me and does not want to stay on my fingers, other then this I don't know what to say.

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              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.

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