View Full Version : NUD and thumb pick question

09-05-2017, 10:21 AM
Hi all, just wanted to say I got my konablaster 19" Blue baritone ukulele. It is perfect! The tone with my pig nose amp is spectacular, and I love it. Between this and my shamisen I am all set I'm having a blast messing around with stuff.

I haven't played a lot of steel string instruments before, it definitely feels better playing with a pic, and it articulates much better with that. I would like to start using a thumb pick, wondering if there's one that people recommend?


09-05-2017, 12:23 PM
Awesome. :) I've never played one of those, but always thought they looked really cool. I did play one of his tenors for a bit and it was very well built.

I haven't played around with finger picks in a long while, but I would suggest trying all different kinds and gauges. It's such a personal preference thing. My favorite, if I recall correctly, was a Fred Kelly "Speed pick". Of course it's also important to figure out what size fits you best on the ones that are sized.
Enjoy your new instrument!

Brad Bordessa
09-05-2017, 02:07 PM
Golden Gate. I like the rainbow ones: https://www.elderly.com/golden-gate-thumbpick-multi-colored.htm.

09-05-2017, 07:13 PM
Remember, you'll probably need to trim and shape your pick so it works well with your uke playing style. Good discussion here:


Also, I like to stick a patch of moleskin on the underside of the thumbpick--really soften the tone and makes it sound like a finger (but with the better articulation, volume, etc).

09-05-2017, 08:18 PM
Golden Gate. I like the rainbow ones: https://www.elderly.com/golden-gate-thumbpick-multi-colored.htm.

I like these Herco ones:
But the one Hippe Guy posted above looks really cool

Croaky Keith
09-05-2017, 09:42 PM
Try as I might, I could never get a thumb pick to work right for me, they make them to play to the side, whereas I play at an angle of about 45 degrees, & no matter how I trimmed it, it just wouldn't work right. Thought about Alaskan Picks, but didn't know what the sizes actually were, as they give no real indication.