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Posted on Mar 24, 2014 in Tools | 0 comments

Product Review: New Pick Holder Solution

It’s the bane of every guitar player’s existence: the infamous pick drop. Option A: Attack with a whirlwind of fingernails. Option B: Awkwardly bend down to get it. Option C: Buy one of those spare pick solutions that attach to a boom stand.

And how about this dilemma: the need to fingerpick and strum on the same song. Option A: Turn that quarter rest into a whole rest to allow for picking up and setting down. Option B: Stash it between two fingers and survive with only 4 useable picking appendages. Option C: Return to the aforementioned whirlwind of fingernails when strumming.

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What if there was a better way??? An innovative company called Hogjim thinks there is. When they told me about their product and asked if I’d do a review, I was eager to oblige! I’ve led worship with it on board my Martin twice now and here are my pros and cons…

PROS
Not noticeable. At least, the clear one they sent me blends in really well. You’d notice if you looked for it but who would? On the other hand I always notice those boom stand pick holders.

Minimal downtime. Ok, I didn’t actually drop my pick. But if I had, I wouldn’t have missed more than a beat with a new one right within my strumming area. And for switching back & forth from strumming to fingerpicking, you could make it a fine art.

No distraction. All those A, B, and C options lead to some level of distraction for those in the seats. A pick holder hanging out right by your strumming hand minimizes that to the max!

 

CONS
Pick guard required. And maybe a little spit if you want it to stick. My 12 string Breedlove does not have a pick guard so…

Not for wild strummers. In trying to use it as a spare pick holder, I learned I’m a more erratic strummer than I had imagined. I tried several locations on the pick guard before landing at the tip nearest the neck. Even so, I bumped into it a couple times during each songset. That was distracting to me, especially at first. I’m just not accustomed to anything saying howdy to hand while strumming!

 

On the whole, I did feel it was a quality invention worth your consideration. I think I would get used to it being there pretty quickly and an occasional touch would no longer catch me off guard. And most guitars will either have a pick guard or enough varnish to make it work.

Oh, and I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that they’re a company with a mission that’s bigger than dollar signs. Interested? Check out Hogjim’s site and store to learn more: http://www.hogjim.com/

 

Questions for me about the product?

 

Photo credit: LavaFields / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA

Disclosure: I received one or more products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I have tried personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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