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Brilliant design slides on over your finger with the picking edge underneath your fingernail!

Brilliantly designed Alaska Pik finger picks slide over your finger, but the picking edge fits under your fingernail! Alaska Piks give you intimate string touch similar to your own nails, but with no danger of painful nail breaks.

The Alaska Pik's space age clear acrylic material can be "manicured" precisely to the length you want. Slide 'em on, and wail without fear!

Sizes: Small (children, petite women), medium (women, smaller men), large (average to large men), or extra large (very big fingers, thumbs).

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    Alaska PikFinger Guitar Pick
     
    4.2

    (based on 125 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (76)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (22)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (11)

    80%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Functional (47)
    • Easy to use (43)
    • Good quality (41)
    • Improves sound (36)

    Cons

    • Difficult to use (9)
    • Not functional (8)
    • Poor quality (5)

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (40)
    • Concerts (26)
    • Back-up (14)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (40), Professional musician (19), Novice (13)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Alaska Picks to the Rescue

    I am a finger-style player who books something like 100 entertainment events and 60 church services annually. I practice and compose something like 20 hours a week. I need the extra punch that steel...Read complete review

    I am a finger-style player who books something like 100 entertainment events and 60 church services annually. I practice and compose something like 20 hours a week. I need the extra punch that steel strings give, and the problem with that is that all the playing and practicing I do raises the risk of broken nails. And when a nail breaks, the fingertips can blister. Vicious cycle. I tried conventional metal finger picks, but I could not get them to stay on without adjusting them so tight that they cut off circulation and caused pain. Since conventional picks bend in just the opposite way of the nails, they don't produce the right feel for players who learned in the classical tradition. Kinda by accident, I discovered Alaska Picks.They might not work for everybody, but for me they are perfect, and they have altered my entire approach to playing. I combine Alaska Picks with Jim Dunlop ULTEX thumb picks, and they allow me to play with more clarity than I can with my bare right hand. I should add that I am not a genuine classical guitarist; I am a folk-styled picker who incorporates some classical techniques. So, a serious classical guitarist probably wouldn't be interested in Alaska Picks. But for me they are perfect, and I feel fortunate to have discovered them.

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    A little more information needed

    When ordered - the sizing was small, med, large - but no estimate of what those were. I have medium sized fingers, in my opinion, so I ordered as such. The piks...Read complete review

    When ordered - the sizing was small, med, large - but no estimate of what those were. I have medium sized fingers, in my opinion, so I ordered as such. The piks were only able to fit on my pinky! It would have helped to have a measurement scale or such. Since they were inexpensive, it wasn't worth returning, unfortunately.

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    (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    A little more information needed

    By Twstr12

    from Georgia

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    Pros

      Cons

      • Not Functional

      Best Uses

        Comments about Alaska Pik Finger Guitar Pick:

        When ordered - the sizing was small, med, large - but no estimate of what those were. I have medium sized fingers, in my opinion, so I ordered as such. The piks were only able to fit on my pinky! It would have helped to have a measurement scale or such. Since they were inexpensive, it wasn't worth returning, unfortunately.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Wickimaster is happy!

        By Wickimaster

        from Midland , Texas

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about Alaska Pik Finger Guitar Pick:

          These are easy to use and make my guitar sound great! You can learn to use them in no time. They are long and can be made shorter per your taste by filing or sanding. Go to the Mfg. web site for sizing chart.

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Can't live without them

          By William Burgan

          from Southern California

          Comments about Alaska Pik Finger Guitar Pick:

          I've tried a lot things to keep from tearing nails when I play and the only alternative to Alaska picks I've found that permits my playing style is false nails (that destroy my already thin nails). I don't perform without them.

          While touring In the mid-60s, substituted a flat pick for a thumb pick to to go back and forth between straight rhythm and finger picking patterns found the flexibility liberating. I eventually began using dental plastic as a false nail on my 3rd, 4th, and 5th fingernails so I could play harder. I stopped using the false nails when I quit touring but found that my nails (which were always thin) would tear if I played with any force. I read about the Alaska picks in a magazine interview with a well known finger picker and after a tough search found a folk music center that carried them. It took a few days of practice to get familiar with the slight technique and feel differences, but after a few weeks, it was remarkably like using false nails. I seldom play guitar now without wearing them.

          I also play 5-string banjo and discovered that the Alaska picks work just as well as my finger picks so I stopped using the metal picks (though I do use a thumb pick). A benefit here is that I can now go back and forth between frailing and finger picking in mid-song.

          I keep two Alaska picks with every one of my instruments and wouldn't do a live show without them. JB

          They last quite a long time, and the only negative I've found is the plastic is not always consistent from pick to pick, so on occasion I get one that will not stay in place. I've also found that they can get flattened if pressed against something in the case, but the plastic has a memory and returns to it's original shape when put into very hot water.
          They are a bargain even at full list price

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Alaska Picks to the Rescue

          By Uncle Ronnie

          from West Of Chicago

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          Pros

          • Improves Sound
          • Long life
          • Save your fingernails

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Alaska Pik Finger Guitar Pick:

            I am a finger-style player who books something like 100 entertainment events and 60 church services annually. I practice and compose something like 20 hours a week. I need the extra punch that steel strings give, and the problem with that is that all the playing and practicing I do raises the risk of broken nails. And when a nail breaks, the fingertips can blister. Vicious cycle. I tried conventional metal finger picks, but I could not get them to stay on without adjusting them so tight that they cut off circulation and caused pain. Since conventional picks bend in just the opposite way of the nails, they don't produce the right feel for players who learned in the classical tradition. Kinda by accident, I discovered Alaska Picks.They might not work for everybody, but for me they are perfect, and they have altered my entire approach to playing. I combine Alaska Picks with Jim Dunlop ULTEX thumb picks, and they allow me to play with more clarity than I can with my bare right hand. I should add that I am not a genuine classical guitarist; I am a folk-styled picker who incorporates some classical techniques. So, a serious classical guitarist probably wouldn't be interested in Alaska Picks. But for me they are perfect, and I feel fortunate to have discovered them.

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Best finger picks I've ever had, BUT...

            By Dan

            from Chama, CO

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Functional
            • Good Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about Alaska Pik Finger Guitar Pick:

              Unlike the adjusted picking technique required for standard metal finger picks, the way the "nail" portion of these fits under your own fingernail, it plays just like your own nail. Anyone who has left their picking nails long for the purpose knows how your technique has to vary, depending on how long they are, since they keep chipping and breaking and have to be trimmed and filed. That is all cured with these unique finger picks. The only reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5 is because of the sizes. I measured the diameters of my fingers per the product chart and found that I should need one medium and one small (I do hybrid picking, flat picking between thumb and index and finger picking with middle and ring). Just to make sure, I covered the range, buying four medium, two small, and two large. My hands and fingers are average-male size, and yet I had to take a pair of needle-nose pliers and bend the two large ones out bigger (even the one on the "small"-charted ring finger). It is as though these picks were sized for skinny children. Anyway, I'm going to order a few spares in "large" and hang onto the rest for emergency resizing - I don't expect these will ever wear out, but I do have a tendency to lose small objects.

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Better Than Fingernails!

              By Jim at LoonTick Records

              from Backus, MN

              Comments about Alaska Pik Finger Guitar Pick:

              I've been using Alaska Piks for about 4 years. I was playing with just my finger tips, but couldn't produce a loud enough sound. I don't do any trimming on them. I wear them and let them wear naturally with my picking style. When they break, I just replace the broken one and start over. Make sure to have a few extras on hand. This is a great product for those of us who don't keep their fingernails very long for finger picking.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great finger pick

              By Marah

              from NH

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Functional
              • Good Quality
              • Improves Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Alaska Pik Finger Guitar Pick:

                I like the Alaska finger pick but the sizing was bad. I am a small person with thin fingers and I bought the medium size. It is too small and hurts my finger. The pick itself is wonderful and well made, but the sizing is misleading. The medium might be ok for a little kid. I would buy this pick again but I would have to buy a large or extra large.

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Finger picks

                By Mayhem

                from Connecticut

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                Pros

                • Functional
                • Improves Sound

                Cons

                • Difficult To Use

                Best Uses

                • Practicing

                Comments about Alaska Pik Finger Guitar Pick:

                Picks all the same size! Fingers aren't! Even though they expand, it makes the fingers hurt around the nails. You need a finger nail to hold them in place. If I had finger nails, I wouldn't need them. Sticking the pick under your finger nail is also not comfortable! The idea is good - they need to find a better way to securely attach them comfortably to the fingers. Maybe add rubber to make it more like a suction cup over the fingers, leaving the ends open for feel.

                We need a "undecided " added to the would you recommend them to a friend!

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Not purty but I love them.

                By Brian

                from Plano, TX

                About Me Novice

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Functional
                • Good Quality
                • Improves Sound

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Alaska Pik Finger Guitar Pick:

                    I got these for classical guitar picking. I was growing my nails out but probably too soft for them to get long enough. Plus not sure if I want to walk around with gross looking nails. I have probably average size hands so ordered medium and one large to just to see how it would fit.
                    Well.. that's way too small for the medium. A large hurt too so I ordered some more extra large.
                    I bent the large and medium out to stretch them and it did get better through out the first day.
                    After a day of use I can tell I'm really going to like these. It has a nice clear sound to me. A lot better than my muffled sounding digits.
                    In case you missed it your natural nail fits through a slot so these are about as close to a natural nail as it can get. The plastic is bendable so there's a little bit of flexibility.
                    Thank you Alaska inventor.
                    Might be kind of cool to have other colors. :)

                    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    2.0

                    Cannot use if your fingernails are short

                    By DRS

                    from Scottsdale AZ

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                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Difficult To Use
                      • Not Functional

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Alaska Pik Finger Guitar Pick:

                        These picks need fingernails long enough to go over the pick.(3/16"at least). If I had long enough fingernails, I wouldn't need these picks.

                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        3.0

                        Break too easily

                        By Logman

                        from Pittsburgh

                        Comments about Alaska Pik Finger Guitar Pick:

                        It is a good product idea and I enjoy playing with them, but they break too easily. I keep hoping that they will make them out of a better quality material. There are plenty of incredibly strong ,flexible and sensitive plastics out there. I would buy more of them if the didn't break so easily. Often one rasgueado strum and the thin, downstroke side of the Alaska-Pik breaks through. If they don't soon improve the material quality, I may soon start experimenting myself (with a band saw and various types of plastic tubing).

                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Pretty good but it requires time to get used to

                        By Guessde

                        from Mexico

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                        • Easy To Use
                        • Functional
                        • Good Quality

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                            Comments about Alaska Pik Finger Guitar Pick:

                            I really liked them even though at first I needed some time to get used to them. It also improves the sound if you pair them with a thump pick. I would definately recommend to purchase some.

                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Yes, the Alaska fingerpicks are the best.

                            By Notsmom

                            from Florida

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                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Functional
                            • Good Quality
                            • Improves Sound

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Practicing

                              Comments about Alaska Pik Finger Guitar Pick:

                              I have small hands and use size medium. However, I could use the small size just as well. Look to online instruction for helpful hints to better fit the picks for your individual fingers.

                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Can't put my guitar down!

                              By stinky

                              from Southaven, MS

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                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Functional
                              • Good Quality
                              • Improves Sound

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Practicing

                                Comments about Alaska Pik Finger Guitar Pick:

                                After reading all the positive and negative about these picks, I decided to be my own judge and order one. The large pick fits better on my middle finger or thumb. I could not believe the sound! My guitar came alive! I will order another large and some medium for a snugger fit on my index and ring finger. I am more than pleased with this product. The Alaskin pik feels great and took no time to adust to using. It adds volume and the right length of nail (that I don't have). It has made a difference and is worth trying.

                                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                great alternative to growing your own!

                                By doc

                                from New Hampshire

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                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Functional
                                • Good Quality
                                • Snug Adjustable Fit

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Alaska Pik Finger Guitar Pick:

                                    As a surgeon, I can't grow my nails to play my classical guitar. These are the closest to real fingernails, and while they do require you to grow your nails just a little longer than normal so they can slide snuggly under, once you conform both the pick and the nail to match, they're great. One warning - do NOT clean them with alcohol!! They literally disintegrate in your fingers.

                                    (2 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    1.0

                                    SUCKS

                                    By GopherHead

                                    from Nashville

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                                    Pros

                                      Cons

                                      • Difficult To Use
                                      • Not Functional
                                      • Poor Quality

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Alaska Pik Finger Guitar Pick:

                                        These things suck. I wasted money buying these. They are sized too small and never stay on your fingers. Don't buy.

                                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        Great Pick !

                                        By Tom-_y_Mq

                                        from Rainier, Or

                                        Comments about Alaska Pik Finger Guitar Pick:

                                        I've tried many finger and Thumb picks, hated them all. Tried to use them and always ended up tossing the klacky,clumsy things in the trash after a few minutes. I heard about these so I thought I'd try one more time. They were cheap so I figured it wouldn't hurt to try. So glad I did. They are very, very easy to get used to. They file just like your own fingernail. Sound great, very similar to a fingernail, just more volume which is what I was after. Give em a try, pretty sure you will be satisfied. No I don't work for the mfg.Note on sizing. I have small hands for a male. Medium fits, but kinda uncomfortable. The large fits well. Order a size up.

                                        (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        4.0

                                        They're pretty good

                                        By Matthew Brown

                                        from Idaho

                                        Comments about Alaska Pik Finger Guitar Pick:

                                        They work well for playing, but they don't last as long as I'd like them to.
                                        The way they're built is genius.
                                        I have had mine for a year and I play about 30 minutes to an hour a day. The plastic is pretty well worn down on them. I am starting to hit the strings with my fingers now rather than just with the pick. There are also little cracks on the end of the outer notch on both sides of the pick.
                                        I wish they were cheaper than they are. If they lasted for 2 or 3 years then I could see this price being reasonable, but It's only been a year and I pretty much need new ones.

                                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        Best Finger Picks Ever

                                        By Ron-Hoax7

                                        from Penn Valley, CA

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                                        Comments about Alaska Pik Finger Guitar Pick:

                                        I play with a flat pic held traditionally, along with finger picks on the middle and ring fingers. I've experimented with everything over the years and until recently had settled on metal banjo pics which are pretty clunky and provide no "feel" as the string is being plucked.Recently I changed over to Alaska picks. They work great but I'll offer a couple of suggestions. Because I rest the heal of my hand on the bridge (bad habit), I need to rotate the picks slightly on my fingers to get the proper angle of attack on the strings. Thus, I can't use my own nails to anchor the Alaskas as suggested by the manufacturer. So instead of sliding my own nail underneath I simply position the Alaska picks at the correct angle and then wrap a couple loops of narrow medical tape around the base of each pick to keep it squeezed in place on my finger. This works great and it also allows you to place the pick as far down on the digit of your finger as you want--thus, exposing only as much of the "picking edge" as you prefer. I know the tape sounds like a hassle, but it's really not. I rarely play for less than a couple of hours when ever I pick up my guitar anyway, so "taping up" is not big deal. It takes less than a minute and will hold the picks exactly where you want them.I use size large on my middle finger and size medium on my ring finger. I suggest you buy a couple of each (large and medium) and use whatever feels best.I think most folks who have tried unsuccessfully to adapt to other finger picks will like these.

                                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        3.0

                                        Might not be a bad pick, but didn't do it for me.

                                        By James Barnett

                                        from USA

                                        Comments about Alaska Pik Finger Guitar Pick:

                                        These picks might be ok for some people, I know there are those who like them. I've been playing guitar, banjo, and resonator guitar for 48 years and using metal fingerpicks so that's what I'm used to. I thought I'd give these a try but they just don't work for me. I got the large size but they still have to be spread much wider to fit my fingers. They're difficult to get on because of this and they want to push forward towards the ends of my fingers even before I touch the strings. Maybe my fingernails aren't long enough but I could barely get the edge under my nails and as soon as I tried to play they slid forward from underneath my nails. Part of the point of using them is being able to play like having real fingernails withouth the need for long nails, you shouldn't need long nails in the first place to use them. I can't imagine being able to dig into the strings for strong picking with these picks. So they just aren't for me. I rated them a 5 instead of a lower number because maybe they work for people with smaller fingers or longer nails.
                                        Plastic feels a little flimsy, wouldn't stay on my fingers. Any pressure on the strings would cause them to shift and start to come off.
                                        This price for a pick isn't cheap but not terribly expensive.

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