This project's funding goal was not reached on May 31, 2013.
About this project
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 playing.
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:
Many of 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
- Protruding from the body of the guitar at an angle, so it's easy to grab it
- 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, not quite!
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 marketable product:
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.
Many months later the designs are now complete, Pick Tack is ready for manufacturing and you get to experience Pick Tack for yourself!
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 choose exactly 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 pledges.
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 anywhere.
There are also designs for electric guitars, bass and other styles – some that are just simpler.The creative possibilities are almost endless!!
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 designs.
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 reward?
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 10 AVAILABLE.
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
Risks and challenges
Every manufacturing process has potential delays and although I am using a reputable manufacturer that I trust, unforeseen circumstances may arise that result in delays.
Following on from the last point, if there are delays in manufacturing there will obviously be a knock-on effect. This could result in a delay in you receiving the rewards for your pledges.
I know you'll be happy to hear that I will do everything in my power to make sure the standard of the product is top quality. In the very unlikely event that it is necessary to make some manufacturing changes, delays may be possible.
You will be kept informed of the process as it moves along, so there shouldn't be any surprises that you weren't aware of. If you have any concerns or issues please don't hesitate to contact me personally!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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