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I don’t mean to sound like a geezer here, but what happened to the good old days?
You used to be able to pick up a decent pick holder at any local guitar store. The first one I purchased lasted me about 10 years.
To be fair, it did explode on me once or twice because of the spring, but I never had to replace it until it started cracking.
After that, I decided to retire that pick holder (maybe I should frame it or something) and look for a replacement.
The only thing most stores seem to carry these days is a generic Dunlop black pick holder. Good luck finding other guitar pick holders.
I have nothing against the color. It would be nice to see a little more variety, but that’s not the point.
Further, I have nothing against Jim Dunlop. For the most part, they seem to provide good quality products.
But these little black pick holders have proven almost completely useless.
Here’s What Happened…
The first Dunlop pick holder I bought broke on me within a week.
I attempted to put it back together, but after it breaks the first time, it’s never the same. I soon realized it’s just two pieces of plastic and one piece of metal fit together with dowels.
I bought a second one, but it broke within a day or two. I covered it with masking tape to hold it together (DIY repair), but it still only lasted me a couple of months before it started giving me trouble again.
Why Can’t We Make Something That Just Works?
What gives? Not that I’m sore about being out a buck or two, but seriously? Haven’t we arrived at a point in our technologically advanced world where we can produce a decent pick holder? Haven’t we figured this one out yet?
It seems like a simple thing to do. I don’t mind paying an extra 50 cents to a dollar if it’s going to hold my picks without blowing up on me.
Maybe that’s the point. Everything is so disposable nowadays (even mixing consoles), you can replace your broken or malfunctioning items cheaply without much of an impact on your wallet.
Repairs? What are those?
I still don’t think this excuses shoddy products and a complete lack of quality assurance though.
Ultimately, I have yet to find a suitable replacement. I’m sure there’s something out there, I just haven’t come across it.
Bottom line – I’m not going to buy any more of those Dunlop pick holders. They’re just not doing it for me.
This Story Does Have a Happy Ending
Naturally, I couldn’t just give up on finding a decent pick holder.
So, after teaching guitar one Wednesday night, I visited the local Long & McQuade.
At this point, I was getting fed up with carrying a bulky plastic case in my pocket, so I started looking for a proper pick holder that would better suit my needs.
At First, I Couldn’t Find Anything
To my surprise, Long & McQuade didn’t even have the aforementioned Dunlop pick holders in stock. I kept looking but couldn’t find any alternative either.
Finally, one of the salesmen asked me if he could help me find something. I told him I was looking for a pick holder.
“Not one of those cheap Dunlop ones”, I asserted, as I relayed my story of woe.
So, He Started Looking Around
But, at long last, he found a leather keychain pick holder. He said, “Well, there is this“, as he handed it to me.
I looked it over skeptically, and paused to think for a moment.
Then he said, “You know what? You seem like a nice man” and proceeded to peel the price tag off. He handed me the pick holder and said, “You can come back and let me know how awesome it is and how you’re not losing any picks.”
He Gave Me the Pick Holder for Free!
I forgot to get his name, but I think it’s fair to say L&M is going to get more of my business.
The pick holder has worked out great so far. I certainly haven’t lost any picks, and though I have found it a little harder to extract a pick, it has worked out well in every other respect.
It’s not every day that businesses treat you this well.
Dunlop Guitar Pick Holder Review, Conclusion
The above story happened about nine years ago.
I’m not sure what happened to that leather pick holder. Ultimately, I probably lost it.
In the last few years, I’ve been using a mint tin to hold my picks. At first, they rattled around a lot, so I put foam in the bottom, and that has worked out reasonably enough to where I don’t think about it anymore.
But I figured I should make a recommendation here either way. And, there’s no way I’m going to send you over to Amazon to buy one of those Dunlop pick holders (it doesn’t look like they’ve changed any in the last nine years!).
I did a bit of looking around for you, and found this:
Yeah, it costs a little more than a standard pick holder. But anything offered by the “big guys” seems to have issues. I couldn’t find any issues for this baby. Nothing but positive reviews.
So, if you need one, go pick up the Hide & Drink pick holder now.
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