The Kickstarter campaign ended on April 2nd. To the backers, I say thank you!!! We’re committed to moving forward in a timely manner, and–as you’ve seen by the updates–as soon as our smaller goal was met, we immediately made our commitment to the design & production company we thought could bring this vision to life, efficiently and rapidly! Thanks for being a vital part of the very FIRST production-run of the Ultimate Fingerpick! We truly believe that this new style of finger pick will have a positive impact on the global stringed-instrument community! Our projection was to have the first generation ready for distribution by August 2013. Setbacks had us mailing the rewards in December, and for most of you, just in time for Christmas!! If you haven’t climbed on board yet, now is certainly the time to do it! We’re still taking donations for the first run, and will use the money to create the mold for the second size–large. Click on the links below for some of the video updates, and click the donate button below if this is a product you believe might benefit YOUR playing style!
Some potential backers were uncomfortable setting up an Amazon account, through Kickstarter, and asked if there were alternatives to still back this great project–there IS! By clicking the donate button below, you will be able to make a secure pledge using PayPal!!
- For each $30 donation, you can be a part of the first production run, and receive a 3-pack of Ultimate Fingerpicks [US shipping included].
- Add $10–S&H–to Canada & Mexico/$13 for other destinations
- A $100 donation will get you two 3-packs [US shipping included], & a copy of the Diddley Squat Blues Band; LIVE! at Crossroads CD… Add $15 for shipping outside the USA.
- How do I donate? Scroll downward and click the “donate” button 🙂 The Paypal account is Crossroads Music Company.
- Website: www.CrossroadsMusicCompany.com
- Contact: Gus@CrossroadsMusicCompany.com
- Special introductory offer for the new website can be found at: http://www.UltimateFingerPick.com
A Little About The Ultimate Fingerpick:
If you play guitar, banjo, resonator, pedal steel, or any other stringed instrument where you’d use a pick, you may have already experimented with various fingerpicking techniques to expand your playing styles. Most guitar players use a flat pick. Banjo and steel players use finger picks. Growing one’s nails and adding a thumb pick to the mix is one common solution to gaining volume and tone from your thumb and fingers, since using the flesh part of your fingertips just does NOT produce the volume or tones that match up with that of a thumb pick. For those of us that just can’t grow our nails with any consistency, or with the necessary strength to hold up to the steel strings, various finger picks have been introduced over the years into the marketplace. Also, acrylic nails, applied at the local nail salon, can serve a finger picker well, provided there is proper maintenance and under-the-nail fungus prevention. A percentage of the stringed instrument players in the world experiment with these types of artificial nails to double as finger picks. My fellow-inventor, Jim, even went through a phase where he’d GLUE flat picks to his fingernails to try and achieve the tones he needed, since, as a professional guitar player, he has always preferred playing with thumb & multiple fingers, over using any of the available flat picks.
Most of the aforementioned have their drawbacks and imperfections, with the biggest drawback of the various finger picks being that one is limited to the upstroke motion only; guitar players will relate, especially if they ever accidentally down-stroked and had the picks get ripped right off the end of their fingers! Flat pickers that cup the flat pick during portions of songs, so that they can finger pick, lose volume & tone if it’s the flesh part of the fingertip making contact with the strings during that part of the song (plus, they sometimes DROP the flat pick that they had hoped to use again at some point in the song). I was experimenting with acrylics, while taking guitar lessons, and was actually learning some finger picking techniques. Jim was having much better luck with the artificial nails. I had troubles with the acrylics, including fungus and improper maintenance, and even tried attaching various picks, in various ways, to my fingertips. One morning, while visiting Jim, we brainstormed some ideas for reusable styles that would attach to the ends of our fingers, and the lights came on! Through much experimentation and many trials, enter the Ultimate Fingerpick [UF]–PROBLEM SOLVED!!!
The Ultimate Fingerpick fits over your fingertip and has the look & feel of your natural fingernail, but with the strength of a pick. A musician can use one, two, three, or even four Ultimate Fingerpicks on the picking hand, and they are RE-USABLE. Even though they are not flat, the index fingernail can be used as your flat pick, simply by gripping it with your thumb as if you were gripping a flat pick between your thumb & index finger! The fact that one can DOWNSTROKE sets the Ultimate Fingerpick apart from all its competitors. Finger picks really haven’t changed much in a hundred years, except for materials they’re made from—UNTIL NOW! The Ultimate Fingerpick can really add an advantage to all stringed instrument players of the world, allowing for improved technique, with a feel as natural as your own fingernails. Touring musicians will want to keep a few in their gig bags, especially if they rely upon their nails for their performances. What do you do if you break a nail in the middle of a show?? The Ultimate Fingerpick to the rescue!! For those professionals that prefer the viewing audience NOT be completely aware of how they create their sounds on a stringed instrument, we plan to eliminate the orange color, and go with natural flesh-tones/nail tones, so that the Ultimate Fingerpick will blend right into the hand.
What are the risks involved?
In today’s market, we certainly realize the need for size variations & pick material options. Ideally, at least two sizes and two pick materials need to be offered to the music world. However, the first generation and initial production run will be a size that will fit the majority of fingers, and the “nail” material will be a plastic blend similar to existing guitar picks on the market today. Chemical-bonding characteristics, combined with good tonal qualities when the guitar string is plucked, will help determine the make-up of the pick portion. An elastomer will be used for the cot portion, to stretch over one’s finger without cutting off circulation.
Our vision is to create a more subtle unit, in flesh-tones that could make the Ultimate Fingerpick practically invisible, for those musicians that prefer their finger picking techniques to be less detectable by the viewing audience. ______________________________________________________________________
Jim Cobb- Professional musician/singer-songwriter; Front man for the Diddley Squat Blues Band, which toured numerous times around the U.S.A., covering their own blues styling & original compositions, as well as songs of the many famous blues artists from the past & present; Guitar player extraordinaire; Singer/songwriter/live performer; Creator of the Jive Jumpers musical group; All-around great guy!
Gus Gustafson- Promoter/Owner/operator of Crossroads Music Company & Listening Room, which mainly keeps live music ALIVE in East Texas by bringing National/Global performers into “small-town USA” to perform on the stage inside the Winnsboro Center for the Arts, as well as other locations in Hopkins & Wood Counties. The nurturing of local talent is high on Gus’ list of important life goals, and you’ll see many of these performers as opening acts for the bigger names that come to town. As a singer/songwriter, Gus performs locally, singing & playing guitar & harmonica as a single act or with other local musician friends; Recently formed a Gospel Duo with Lindsey Gail–Love & Grace.
Bob Gustafson- Designer for a corporation in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex, and very helpful with the creative process that resulted in a workable Ultimate Fingerpick prototype design.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Q: Why the optic orange color, and will I be able to get the ultimate finger pick in something a bit more subtle, so the whole world doesn’t see it on my fingers?
A: Orange was used for the initial prototypes, which helped show it off during the initial Kickstarter campaign infomercial. The end-user product will eventually be available in flesh-tones, helping the Ultimate Fingerpick blend and practically disappear on your fingertips! However, we might also get WILD with different color schemes and designs! The neutral color you see in the pictures above will be the initial color for the first generation/first production run.