Guitar Picks and Your Rig

 A Great Read on Guitar Picks and Your Rig

Plus a Contest!

We thought the below article was a great read. This article was posted by Guitar World Magazine and has no connection to InTune Guitar Picks, Inc or this contest.  We thought we would take this opportunity to share it with you and to have a CONTEST giving you the opportunity to try a variety of guitar picks to verify the story below and it won’t even cost you 25 cents.  All you have to do is comment on this post for a chance to win. The winner will receive a variety pack of InTuneGP guitar picks to put the below theory to the test. Different shapes, materials and thicknesses. Once you find the one you like best, it might be time to get some custom guitar picks printed up.  There is nothing like great tone and your own personalized guitar picks. Good Luck!

May, 2014

 

 

The GAS Man: How to Upgrade Your Rig for 25 Cents

Posted 12/27/2013 at 10:32am | by William Baeck , Guitar World Magazine

Here’s how the average guitarist’s brain functions in response to being unhappy with tone …

Problem: Weedy tone.

Guitarist’s brain says: “Buy a Les Paul.”

Problem: Wooly tone.

Guitarist’s brain says: “Buy a Strat. No — a Tele. No, wait … buy both. And a new amp, just in case.”

One simple problem. One $2,500 solution.

Neurologists understand the reason for this kind of thinking. The brain is seated directly behind the eyes, where it is easily stimulated by bright and shiny things. Simultaneously, the brain is a financially insensitive organ, precisely because it’s located at the point on the human body farthest from the wallet.

This is science.

So let’s be financially sensitive and find the cheapest way to get better tone. I know, that doesn’t sound very rock and roll. It sounds like your dad complaining about the price of hamburger between naps on the Barcalounger.

But no one has to know except you and me. Just try a 25-cent experiment. Try a different guitar pick.

Even if you own half a dozen guitars, twice that many pedals and several amps, you probably use the same Fender Medium pick on each guitar, from acoustic to electric, whether you play folk or metal. That pick is a great, classic, middle-of-the-road, dad-approved choice. But music is about shaking things up, trying new things.*

So this time, buy a different pick instead of a different guitar. That little divided wooden box on the counter of every guitar store on the planet contains a potent selection of plectrums for changing your sound and even the playability of your instrument.

That’s because picks come in a variety of materials, from felt, to plastic, to wood, steel, and stone. They can be thick or thin, big or small, round or sharp, and all shapes in between.

And what a difference something as simple as a pick can make.

On my acoustic guitar I recently changed from playing solo with lots of airy open tunings to jamming with Cajun musicians who want me to play loud, chunky cowboy chords. My first time with them I was lost in the mix. The next day I did just what my guitarist brain suggested, and went to half a dozen music stores auditioning jumbo-bodied guitars.

They were great fun to explore, but something was still missing in my sound. It was too plinky, not up-front enough. Then I thought about the box full of dozens of different kinds of guitar picks I’ve bought over the years. After I got home I tried each kind to see the effect it might make.

In the end, I switched from my usual oversized, thin, pointy-tipped nylon pick to a very rounded, stubby, hard plastic one. The result was a big change in sound. Most obvious was the leap in volume. It was easily as different as switching from my OM to a dreadnought. The tone was rounder and more direct, without any accompanying “click” from the pick — an altogether smoother, even sound, great for pounding out straight four-to-the-bar and waltz rhythms.

The surprise was that it also affected my right-hand playing technique. No more having to carefully lift up the pick from one string and locate it onto the next. The stubbier pick just glided from string to string, letting me brush chords more easily and slide in bass runs here and there. A side benefit was that by being so smooth and producing more volume, I didn’t have to work as hard to get the sound out, saving wear and tear on my wrist — an important consideration after strumming unamplified for three hours non-stop in a noisy pub.

Give it a try. In fact, seeing how cheap picks are, give it lots of tries. And don’t worry, you can get a bright and shiny rock and roll one — and even carry it in your wallet, far from your brain.

*Legal Disclaimer: Fender Corporation makes absolutely amazing picks. And guitars and amps. You have the address I sent you guys, right?

William Baeck is a writer, photographer and hack guitarist living in London. You can check out his webpage at williambaeck.com and reach him on Facebook and Twitter.

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Custom Guitar Picks and Hole Drilling

Get Holes in Your Personalized Guitar Picks

 Custom Guitar Pick Earrings

Have you ever thought about turning your personalized guitar picks into jewelry? Custom Guitar Pick Jewelry is a great merch idea and guitar pick jewelry makes a great gift for that guitar playing friend or family member. We offer hole drilling as an option for all of our custom guitar picks in four different sizes. 1/32: Thin earring post, 1/16: Necklace eyelet, 3/32: Ball chain (snug), 1/8: Ball chain (loose). With these four options, you have endless possibilities. The cost of this option is $5.00 per bag of custom guitar picks and you have the option of ordering multiple bags of guitar picks, but only having a certain number of bags with holes. Please feel free to contact us with any questions and you will find the hole drilling option during the check out process. Start making custom guitar pick jewelry today.

Personalized Guitar Picks Hole Drilling

April, 2014

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Easter Guitar Pick Sale

Easter Custom Guitar Pick Sale

Custom Printed guitar Pick SaleTake 15% off on up to 10 bags of custom printed guitar picks for Easter. This sale will run from April 15th through April 21st.

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Personalized Guitar Pick Sale

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St. Patty’s Day Personalized Guitar Pick Sale

We are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a sale on all personalized guitar picks. You can save 20% on all custom guitar picks, so now would be a great time to order. See the image for details.

March 2014

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Positive Grid BIAS

Positive Grid BIAS and Custom Guitar Picks

Positive Grid and InTune Guitar Picks, Inc

InTuneGP is happy to have partnered up with Positive Grid. With Positive Grid apps you can transform your iPhone and iPad into a powerful guitar and bass effects processor. It’s ready for home practice, live performance and recording, and it sounds freaking awesome. What goes better with your personalized guitar picks than an app like this . We will be having contests on Facebook giving you the opportunity to win your own as well.  Maybe you’ll see some Positive Grid custom guitar picks soon. Be sure to check them out.

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February, 2014

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Custom Guitar Picks and BBQ Sauce

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Sweet Licks BBQ Sauce and Custom Guitar Picks

We received a nice gift in the mail today from a client of ours Dave Martin over at Sweet Licks BBQ. Sweet Licks offers 3 unique flavors and every bottle comes with a custom guitar pick sealed in the cap. If you are into unique BBQ sauces, check out our friends over at Sweet Licks BBQ Sauce. There is nothing like music and BBQ, they definitely go hand in hand.

February 2014

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New England Metal & Hardcore Festival

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New England Metal & Hardcore Festival and InTune Guitar Picks

The dates and bands have been announced for this year’s New England Metal & Hardcore Festival. InTuneGP will be a sponsor again  this year. Do you know what that means? It means there will be a lot of Metal Fest custom guitar picks being thrown around the event each day. Will you be attending? If so, keep your eyes open for flying custom guitar picks and enjoy the show.

February 2014

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Bruce Kulick

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Congratulations to Bruce Kulick and his Wife 

We would like to congratulate Bruce Kulick of Grand Funk Railroad and formally of Kiss and his newlywed wife for getting married this past January. Bruce has been using our custom guitar picks for all of his projects for some time now and of course had custom wedding guitar picks made for the special occasion. Bruce has shared his day via his YouTube channel, so we thought we would share it with you. You can check out his custom wedding guitar picks about a minute and a half into the video.

Wedding Video

February, 2014

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Contest!

 Custom Guitar Picks by InTuneGP

What do you call your Custom Guitar Picks?

Do you want a chance to win and InTuneGP T-Shirt? It’s simple. We are curious what you call your custom guitar picks? So many people call them so many different things. Do you call them personalized guitar picks, custom printed plectrums or just guitar picks. We want to know. To enter, just tell us here on our blog what you call them. One of you will win an InTuneGP T-shirt in the size of your choice. Good Luck.

Winner will be notified via email

February, 2014

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