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  • Guitar Pick Rare Mishap

    This just happened 15 minutes ago and is the curent state of affairs.

    I was sitting on the ottoman, learning a song by the CD player, doing the CD playback routine, making great progress, and while merrily strumming along, my pick-holding hand epileptically rolled my index finger past the tip of my thumb, the pick flipped out, headed right over the soundhole, instantaneously hit a string, and shot into the soundhole. This took about a nano-second to happen, and left me dumbfounded.

    I turned the guitar upside down--a mistake--and heard the pick sliding and rattling around between the braces, and then gave the guitar an upward push on the lower bout to bring the pick to the soundhole section, successfully I might add, and then moved it around from there trying to drop it into my lap, and watching all this very intently as the guitar strings are comfortably right in front of my eyes. I give everthing another push, too much I think, and then nothing. No more rattling. No more sliding.

    I look in my lap, I look on the floor, I push the ottoman away and look again. Nothing. I give the guitar a harder shake to make sure that nothing has gone amiss, that my suspicions are correct.

    The damn pick is still in my guitar. It never fell out. It is right now lost in my guitar somewhere, stuck.

    I can't believe this. Where could a guitar pick stick itself? What are the odds of this happening?

    Or, oh no, did it slip under a loose brace? And how good could that be?

    I've tried tilting and tapping--don't want to do much of this--and now it comes down to loosening the strings and going in with a mirror. Aggghhhh!!!

    This string of events must be like one in a million.
    Nobody wants to hear you play your guitar, they just want to play your guitar.

  • #2
    This happens to me often. If you can get the pick into view, put a loop of scotch tape on the eraser end of a pencil and try picking it up that way.
    Originally Posted by Samilyn


    Can't put a price on the love one has for an instrument, the mojo it gains from being played by you or good friends, or the good feelings it produces when you pick it up and it feels like an old friend, no matter what the the numbers on the price tag.



    Listen to my CD on iTunes: The Girl With A Pearl Earring by Steve Z

    One of my songs done by a friend: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJQQGTtRqy0

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    • #3
      What do you mean when you say "gave the guitar an upward push on the lower bout"?

      I get picks out by tilting the guitar up and down and or side to side until I get the pick between the braces on the guitar back directly under the sound hole. At that point I flip it over and the pick comes out.

      Get a dental mirror and a flash light. Locate the pick. You may need to get creative to get it out if it's stuck under a brace. A piece of a clothes hanger wire may do the trick.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by babablowfish
        This happens to me often. If you can get the pick into view, put a loop of scotch tape on the eraser end of a pencil and try picking it up that way.
        Where do you find it, typically?
        Nobody wants to hear you play your guitar, they just want to play your guitar.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Hudman
          What do you mean when you say "gave the guitar an upward push on the lower bout"?

          I get picks out by tilting the guitar up and down and or side to side until I get the pick between the braces on the guitar back directly under the sound hole. At that point I flip it over and the pick comes out.

          Get a dental mirror and a flash light. Locate the pick. You may need to get creative to get it out if it's stuck under a brace. A piece of a clothes hanger wire may do the trick.
          Actually I was pushing up with my right hand on the tailend top section, trying to bounce the pick over a brace to get it near the soundhole.

          If I'm not mistaken, the best solution is to just look down on your guitar with it face up, shake the pick into view, and then simply turn the guitar quickly upside down, with a finesse motion, and have the pick weightless above the strings, which it then falls though right into your lap.

          But I wasn't thinking at the time.
          Nobody wants to hear you play your guitar, they just want to play your guitar.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by nylon rock
            Actually I was pushing up with my right hand on the tailend top section, trying to bounce the pick over a brace to get it near the soundhole.

            If I'm not mistaken, the best solution is to just look down on your guitar with it face up, shake the pick into view, and then simply turn the guitar quickly upside down, with a finesse motion, and have the pick weightless above the strings, which it then falls though right into your lap.

            But I wasn't thinking at the time.


            Yes. You did a better job of describing the process than I did.

            Get that flashlight and a mirror.

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            • #7
              Found a flashlight.

              Gotta find a mirror be good to me,
              Won't hide my liquor try to serve me tea.

              I think I have an airline mirror/foldout-brush combo upstairs.

              I'm goin' in.
              Nobody wants to hear you play your guitar, they just want to play your guitar.

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              • #8
                OK, I found it using a crude airline-mirror and flashlight combination.

                It's stuck between two braces on the soundboard that come together to make a vee somewhere in the lower bout section near the side of the guitar where your arm rests.

                You'd think it would fall down but it is wedged a little funny.

                Guess I'll just loosen a few more strings and reach in there.

                I'd like to use the pencil idea but my mirror is so crude I think I'd make a mess of things.
                Nobody wants to hear you play your guitar, they just want to play your guitar.

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                • #9
                  walmart has a cheap dental pick and dental mirror combo for about $2 or $3. Great when you need to look around corners in small places.
                  Musicians are their own worst enemies when it comes to the music business.

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                  • #10
                    After loosening all the strings alot, then reaching in there and inching my hand toward where I'm guessing it's at, just as I'm about there it drops down with a rattle.

                    Felt like I was trying to get a cat out of a tree!

                    All tuned up again.

                    Never do this again.
                    Nobody wants to hear you play your guitar, they just want to play your guitar.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by nylon rock
                      Gotta find a mirror be good to me,
                      Won't hide my liquor try to serve me tea.


                      Mirror! Ha. Cool!!!

                      'Cause I'm a stone jack baller and my heart is true
                      And I'll give everything that I got to you, yes I will

                      Easy wind ...


                      Couldn't resist, brother!

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                      • #12
                        I, actually, am the master of retrieving picks from guitars. I've dropped more picks into soundholes than I can count and have subsequently gotten quite good at getting them out. I suppose its a little late to describe my guitar shaking-method.

                        What was it stuck on, nylon? I'm curious. Do you have, like, a preamp with wires and stuff for it to get stuck on or what?

                        Ellen

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                        • #13
                          For a while, I'd rigged up a way to retrieve wayward picks with my vacuum cleaner... but that method sucked...
                          I guess I kinda lost control, because in the middle of the play I ran up and lit the evil puppet villain on fire. No, I didn't. Just kidding. I just said that to help illustrate one of the human emotions, which is freaking out. Another emotion is greed, as when you kill someone for money, or something like that. Another emotion is generosity, as when you pay someone double what he paid for his stupid puppet.I.K.F.C.E.S.C.Potato SocietySAWG

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by guitarist21
                            What was it stuck on, nylon? I'm curious. Do you have, like, a preamp with wires and stuff for it to get stuck on or what?

                            Ellen
                            No, no wires, nothing really. Just that the top braces come together to make a "V" and the pick got wedged in the "V," sort of like a perfect fit, if you can imagine the pick's own teardrop shape wanting to fit into a "V."

                            But I'll tell you, when you can't see this sort of thing before you get a mirror going, you're imagining all sorts of things wrong in there. Like the pick having found a rare loose brace where it has managed to slip right in and then was trying to wedge the brace off somehow, or that to retrieve it you would wedge it tighter. Things like this.
                            Nobody wants to hear you play your guitar, they just want to play your guitar.

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                            • #15
                              you got lucky. my picks disappear into the sound hole, but only one missing sock comes out.
                              Ive found more picks in the dryer.
                              crazy world.

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