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    Yes, but I cut mine into various shapes, & still it didn't suit how I pick with my thumb, I even tried to re shape some in boiling water, to no avail - so I was just sayin'.
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    Don't thumb picks, as well as other picks, scratch and gouge up your fretboard and top?

    Just askin'. I don't use them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenn2018 View Post
    Don't thumb picks, as well as other picks, scratch and gouge up your fretboard and top?

    Just askin'. I don't use them.
    I'd like to avoid getting scratches from strumming with my nails, so I've put LCD protectors on some ukes. I've used the kind you get for cell phones, and there's no adhesive. They almost invisible on the uke, but they keep it from getting scratched. You can also buy decorative pick guards.
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    Depends on your technique. I've seen some players engrave pick lines across their soundboard on day one of ownership. Others go for decades without a nick. Albeit it would take massive determination to use a plastic pick to scratch an ebony or rosewood fingerboard...

    Quote Originally Posted by Kenn2018 View Post
    Don't thumb picks, as well as other picks, scratch and gouge up your fretboard and top?

    Just askin'. I don't use them.

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    Sounds like a thumb pick might not be the best alternative while my index finger heals. I have some felt picks that a friend gave me, but Iíve never used. I could try those between my thumb & middle finger. I tried strumming with my middle finger, but itís awkward.
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    RafterGirl, go to any guitar store they will have hundreds of different picks. Give them a try, see which one fits your injury and style the best.

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    Leather is another material you might use. I don't use picks on ukes, but I made some thick leather picks out of the straps of some worn-out Birkenstock sandals to try out for special effects on my mandolas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bratsche View Post
    Leather is another material you might use. I don't use picks on ukes, but I made some thick leather picks out of the straps of some worn-out Birkenstock sandals to try out for special effects on my mandolas.

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    I was thinking about leather. I think I have an old leather belt around somewhere. As Bill1 points out, this is a good time to experiment.
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    Heal quickly!
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    An instructor at a workshop said she prefers to use business cards, cut and folded, when strumming a regular uke.
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