I see these advertised on Facebook all the time. Kind of assumed it was just another gimmick but the comments always seem positive.
As picks they seem pricey and I’m not sure where to source in the UK but my birthday is coming up… As someone who likes fingerstyle and striking and can’t hybrid pick well I seem like their target audience!
So I’d love to hear any genuine experiences.
hi John, I have used these picks and they do work well. However, for me I find thumb picks something of a hinderance and have decided to simply use my thumb. But they do work well, and the spring is more forgiving than hard material.
I know the inventor and man behind them (I know him virtually at least) and had one sent to me in their first trial.
They are great if you want a thumb pick that doubles as a flat pick.
Thanks guys. I’ve actually never played with a thumb pick, only used my thumb / traditional flat pick.
Would it be advisable to try playing with a regular thumb pick to see if I get on with it first?
Both will involve learning a new technique so going with a traditional thumb pick may be similar yet a little different to a black mountain one.
Hi ya fellow Justineer’s,
I have been thinking about trying the black mountain hybrid thumb picks.
If any of you have used them and can give some feedback that would be awesome.
never used them but they seem ridiculously overpriced
I bought one and it’s ok. Still use my more traditional thumb pick over the black mountain one. Don’t let that dissuade you in any way, everyone is different
A “boutique” thumb pick? Really?
Each to his own, but it seems a bit desperate to me.
I’ve been using the Black Mountain thumb pic for months and loving it! As an old timer, it is much easer for me to use than a standard pic.
I picked up some of these when they first appeared on ‘Know Your Gear’. They are more comfortable thanks to the spring though have never really persevered as tend to not use a pick so much.
Fair remark but apparently from some reviews I read they last for ever. Thank you for your thoughts.
Thanks Tony. May I ask why it was only ok. Was it not comfortable or was there other problems?
Thanks for replying.
What do you mean by “desperate”?
Do you think they are trying “to hard” to market them?
Great. In what sense are they easier to use?
Thanks for the feedback.
I wondered if the spring made them more comfortable.
Thanks for feedback.
Since the pic is clipped to my thumb I can play with thumb only or with thumb and index finger like a standard pic. either way, it gives me a lighter touch on the strings and assures me that I will not drop the pic. It’s a no brainer - give it a try.
I find the Black Mountain pic comfortable, but that’s not why I use it.
Just pulled it out and played with it for a bit. As a thumb pick it worked ok, not as much to my liking as the recording king thumb picks I use yet I could easily get used to it. It was definitely comfortable.
As a conventional plectrum is where it didn’t work as well for me. The spring loaded clip holds the plectrum part at a different angle than I hold my plectrums which made it a challenge for me.
Since I play fingerstyle without a thumb pick, fingerstyle with a thumb pick and strumming with a plectrum, I’m quite used to having both my thumb pick and my plectrum in my pocket and switch between them as needed, so having one less pick in my pocket wasn’t that big of an appeal considering I’d have to compromise in using the black mountain one.
I’d not worry too much about my or others opinions, it’s very personal and it’s not crazy expensive to get one for yourself and see how it goes. The plectrum I use isn’t conventional and if I listened to what others say about it instead of trying it myself I might never have got what I consider to be my favourite plectrum by far.
Great feedback. Thank you