Pick from the past

Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by audept, Dec 14, 2019.

  1. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    I was cleaning out my drawers today and came across a long-lost item. Back in 1980 I was the sound system engineer for the KISS tour of Australia. At the end of each show the stage was littered with picks with the player’s name on them. I collected a few of each one to show them to my kids (at that stage 9 & 5 yrs old) The eldest one was quite enterprising, she took them to school and used them for barter and brownie points with her friends. I noticed that they had all disappeared, but she only admitted it years later. Here’s what I found today: a Gene Simmons used pick in a bag of old picks.

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  2. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

    Somewhere I have a Rick Nielsen one from Cheap Trick!
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  3. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    I've saved a few picks that I found onstage after gigs. Two special ones are an SRV and a Jerry Garcia.

    I rarely bought picks, tho I did get a dozen Fender Heavy 357s in green moto---easy to find on the floor for some reason. I usually found enough after gigs to last me a lifetime. Didn't find thumb picks, tho.
    I've got an ancient tortoise shell that I've had for fifty years that's a great pick, but I don't use it anymore, just because.
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  4. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Admin Post
    @audept .... you rock dude !
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  5. tonejam

    tonejam Electromatic

    Nov 3, 2019
    I used to have one from Hank Marvin of the Shadows. Lost it.
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  6. Always good to put your name on them. Some folks steal picks.

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  7. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Playing guitar
    The pick means nothing, except to me. It was my favorite pick back then. The guitar and pick are both over 40 yrs old and both hang in my house.

  8. wildeman

    wildeman I Bleed Orange

    May 10, 2015
  9. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Playing guitar

    Oh god! Not only did/do I have that guitar, as you know, but I had that hair also:eek:
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  10. JC higgy

    JC higgy Gretschified

    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
    I have ,or had,one of Rick Parfitt's,but seem to have mislead it,it was just a plain yellow heavy pick,no name on it ,from the 90's.
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  11. wildeman

    wildeman I Bleed Orange

    May 10, 2015
    Only one i got, directly from the man! 20191215_144347.jpg
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  12. Setzer fan

    Setzer fan Electromatic

    Feb 14, 2018
    Canton Michigan
    Nice find! Cool to bring back those memories... That was the first tour with the late great Eric Carr I believe.
  13. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Gretschified

    Oct 18, 2015
  14. andreww1962

    andreww1962 Gretschie

    Apr 30, 2019
    I've got a red pick that I got at a styx concert in the 80s. I've used it many many times and all the print is now worn off, although you can still see the styx logo if you look at it at the right angle. How many of you are rocking the same pick for 40 years lol?
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  15. larryb

    larryb Gretschified

    Oct 29, 2012
    Greenville, SC
    Cant find my Ramones picks....but I have this super cool pick from a super cool kat!:cool::)

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  16. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    I still have a real tortoise shell pick I got in the '60s.
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  17. T Bone

    T Bone Country Gent

    I don't have any famous picks, Devon Allman did toss one to me after a show (he could tell I was really into the show, small venue).

    I do have my own favorites I use though. Fender 351 Thin in Abalone Moto for most, Black and White Checker for my Gretsches, and recently bought them in Tortoise for some acoustics and most recently White, as that and Tortoise are what I used back when I was a teenager.

    So done with looking for picks, bought a gross of each of the above, divided them up into tiny plastic zip type bags of 10 or 12 and placed one in each guitar case. Always have 2 or 3 in my "pick pocket" (watch pocket) of my Jean's.

    I just bought a 1975 Ovation this Summer (trying to relive my youth? Always missed that guitar). Mine is sunburst though. Still got the hair. Well, some of it anyway. :D
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  18. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Playing guitar
  19. O Riley

    O Riley Synchromatic

    I used to have a very nice Tiger Stripe Stone pic.
    But some putt's stole it from my pic bowl.
  20. RobS

    RobS Electromatic

    Dec 7, 2019
    Martinez Ca
    65FB1A0E-35B6-4BEC-9AA3-4A51CE22B454.jpeg I just sent picks as a present to Sleepy Labeef.
    I kept a few for myself.
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