All the hard work's been done and everything's in place to make Pick Tack become a reality. The only thing hindering progress is the funds (£25,000) needed for some more necessary product development and manufacturing costs. This is where I need your help!
If you pledge money towards this project, you will be part of turning it from just a great idea into something that guitarists the world over will be able to give a home to on their guitars.
Of course, it's not money for nothing and there are amazing rewards for your pledges. Scroll down the page to find out more.
What is Pick Tack?
Pick Tack is a very simple but
beautifully designed pick holder with a twist. As well as storing 3
picks, like many conventional holders,
it has a putty pad that enables you to stick
and retrieve your plectrum quickly and easily when you're
Never fumble for your pick again!
The story of how Pick Tack came to be:
The Problem I faced: Where
should I put my pick when I'm not using it?
I was performing
professionally around my area of
South West England
and I found that I was
always mislaying my pick between songs or sets. I would balance it on
the music stand, balance it on the guitar or even hold it between my
teeth. The last option, although more effective than the other two,
only worked if I wasn't singing. I've seen many guitarists struggle with this same issue.
It gets even worse... I play a mix of fingerpicking and plectrum technique because my training started out as classical and then I developed my own funkier style with a pick. I often come up with arrangements for songs where I change back and forth a few times within a song.
I would often find myself in the embarrassing situation of having to bend down mid-performance to retrieve a pick, which doesn't look very professional.
Existing Pick Solutions:
Pick holders have
been around for decades and new ideas have popped up every now and
again, attempting to provide solutions for when you are performing.
Some of these newer solutions attach picks to the mic-stand, the head
of your guitar or stick them on the body of your guitar. There are
two main problems I found with these:
1. Distance from picking hand
2. Angle of retrieval
the existing solutions require the player to move their hand as far
as the music stand, mic-stand
or the head
of the guitar, which is a
long way from where it is needed.
Another big problem I found
with some of the solutions is that the pick is stored flat against
the guitar. It’s just not practical to have to fumble for the edge
of the pick on the spur of the moment, when split seconds matter.
Could I improve on what already existed?
I knew I wanted my pick to be:
- In the same place every time,
right where I left it
- In a position that aids fluid
performance and does not distract from playing
- Always right
by my picking hand
- Instantly accessible
from the body of the guitar at an angle, so it's easy to grab
- At an angle that is intuitive
- Always held
securely but not too tightly, so that
it responds to the lightest of touch
After looking at the problems and
solutions from many different angles, I came up with a solution that
solved all of my requirements and Pick Tack was born... well,
At that point it
was just a blob of material. And it was just something I had
created for myself to solve a problem that had nagged at me for many,
many years. It wasn't until much later
that it suddenly dawned on me one day that if
it was this
valuable for me, it would be for other people as well.
Turning the concept into a
Now that I had
the solution, the next step was to change it into something that
would be one with the guitar and also
fashionable. Working with an amazing 3D designer, I managed to
take something that was functionally
useful and brilliant and turn it into something beautiful and
streamlined. The form of Pick Tack has been
crafted to gracefully compliment the lines of the guitar, beyond
providing its reliable pick-holding function.
later the designs are now complete, Pick
Tack is ready for manufacturing and you get to experience Pick Tack
The benefits of the finished product
(in case you haven't got it already):
Never fumble for your pick again!
Instead, you can concentrate on your playing without being
distracted by irritating pick gymnastics
Store your pick millimetres from
your hand – at your
perfect angle for retrieval
The fastest way to switch between
fingerstyle and using a pick!
Your playing style and movements
are unique to you and so are your preferences,
which is why Pick Tack works so well – you
how it works for you
Discreetly holds 3 spare picks for
you, if you drop one while jammin'
Where you come in:
All the hard work's been done and
everything's in place to make Pick Tack become
a reality. The only thing hindering
progress is the funds needed for some more
necessary product development and manufacturing costs.
If you pledge money towards this
project, you will be part of turning it from just a great idea
into something that guitarists the world over will be able to
give a home to on their guitars.
Of course, it's
not money for nothing and there are amazing rewards for your
I have allowed extra time for the
manufacturing process and can't see any reason why I won't be able
to ship by the dates I've said. There will be updates
on Twitter, Facebook
and Exclusive Updates* all
along the way about how things are going and I will definitely keep
you informed if things take longer than planned.
*Please note: only those who
have pledged funds will receive these Exclusive Updates!
The future of Pick Tack:
This version is called Pick Tack Classic and it's just the start – it will hopefully be the first of many more Pick Tacks. It is designed to be placed on the top edge of the
sound hole because extensive testing
found that this was the superior position.
But I have designs for a future model that can be placed
There are also designs for electric
guitars, bass and other styles – some
that are just simpler.The creative possibilities are
Pick Tack Classic Specs:
Weight: Just a few grams
Body material: ABS plastic
Adhesive tack: Magic!
The Pick Tack you will receive will be very close to the design in the video, however small aesthetic/manufacturing changes may be made to the product to further improve it.
Patents and Trademarks:
Just so you know, Pick Tack's name is a
trademarked name and I currently have a patent pending on the
What colours is Pick Tack available in?
To keep it simple, this first run is going to be blue only. A range of colours will be available once demand has been proven.
How do I order more than 1 Pick Tack?
After selecting a pledge level, you can
back the level multiple times. Simply click the reward level and
enter a multiple £ amount of the reward level you would like to
receive. At the end of the campaign, I will see you pledged e.g. double
and send you double of what the reward level specified.
Can I pledge towards more than one
Yes, you can pledge towards as many as
you want and any combination of different rewards, for example Level
2 - Pick Tack limited edition metal engraved pick + Level 9 -
FIRST 10 PRODUCTION PICK TACK SIGNED BY CREATOR OF PICK TACK
Special thanks to the team who have brought Pick Tack this far!
John Peters: 3D design - www.meshcanics.co.uk
Max Randall: Graphic Design - www.maxrandall.com
Dan Caulfield: Videography - www.dancaulfield.co.uk
Kathryn Nichols: Illustration - www.thedrawinghouse.com
Jesse and Josh Edbrooke: Guitar and djembe - www.transition.tk
Stef Roberts: Keyboard
Thanks for support and encouragement:
Sam from www.crowdfundingeye.com