I hope nobody minds that I posted this in the biggest sub-forum on Gretsch-Talk... For 50 years, I have always played with a pick, only randomly putting it down for a quiet fingerpicking pattern. Lately, I have been watching Doc Watson videos, Chet Atkins videos, Tommy Emmanuel videos, all on YouTube, and my mind has been officially blown... I have been playing my Gretsch 5122 with no pick, or maybe just a cheap Dunlop thumbpick, and use my index, middle, and ring, fingers. The things you can do by fingerpicking versus a pick. Granted, yeah, okay... I know... You can't scream out "The Trooper" by Iron Maiden without a pick... But it's just that there is a whole new "zone" a guitarist can get into by playing with just fingers (and/or thumbpick). What do you think? Who here plays a Gretsch with only their fingers?