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National Picks Nickel Silver Finger Picks 4-Pack 4-Pack

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National Picks Silver Finger Picks are made in America from the best nickel silver available. These finger picks provide a smooth, comfortable, and f...Click To Read More About This Product

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A pick that'll make you grin.

National Picks Silver Finger Picks are made in America from the best nickel silver available. These finger picks provide a smooth, comfortable, and fully adjustable fit, as well as a brilliant, vintage-American sound.

In 1930, the United States government issued a patent for this National Picks fingerpick, which became the fingerpick all others would copy. Proudly etched on the pick's face are the National logo, the original patent number, the U.S.A. make, and NP2 model number for easy identification.

These nickel silver fingerpicks are perfect for that bright, finger picking sound on an acoustic guitar or for plucky bite on a banjo.



Order today and hear a sound you'll love.

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National PicksNickel Silver Finger Picks 4-Pack
 
4.5

(based on 51 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (41)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (28)
  • Functional (24)
  • Easy to use (21)
  • Improves sound (21)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (4)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (19)
  • Concerts (15)
  • Back-up (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (19), Professional musician (7), Novice (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great for fingerpicking!

I use these for Delta and Piedmont style country, blues fingerpickng in the style of Rev. Gar Davis, Lightin Hopkins, and Willie McTell etc.. They are not too heavy, but ellicit...Read complete review

I use these for Delta and Piedmont style country, blues fingerpickng in the style of Rev. Gar Davis, Lightin Hopkins, and Willie McTell etc.. They are not too heavy, but ellicit a nice clear metalic tone. They have a single band that wraps your finger with small holes. Sometimes I opt for a heavier style pick depending on the tone I want to acheive which is a very personal thing; but these are very comfortable and functional, so I use these most often. They stay on snuggly and don't hurt your fingers. They offer nice tone and heck, They're Nationals so you got a name you can trust.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

If You Have Wide Fingers Forget These.

They just didnt fit me well. I have stubby shaped fingers. The metal was very unforgiving and often painful. They were too snug but if I opened them up a bit, then they...Read complete review

They just didnt fit me well. I have stubby shaped fingers. The metal was very unforgiving and often painful. They were too snug but if I opened them up a bit, then they were too loose and would turn and start to fall off. So they had to be worn tight to keep from slipping off.

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(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

National picks are the best

By Cecil

from Phoenix, AZ

About Me Novice

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Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about National Picks Nickel Silver Finger Picks 4-Pack:

    National picks are the standard by which other picks are measured. And on a banjo , they have a nice, clear ring..

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Banjo picking

    By folkhipster

    from SLO, CA

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about National Picks Nickel Silver Finger Picks 4-Pack:

      These picks are awesome! They make me play louder and clearer. Best part about them is because they are metal they can be bent to fit your fingers better

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      FIRST BANJO

      By kmar

      from Texarkana, AR

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about National Picks Nickel Silver Finger Picks 4-Pack:

          I bought this as a gift for my husband to go along with his new banjo I bought for him for Christmas. These picks had the best review for newbie's so that's what I got. He liked these A LOT better than the plastic Fender picks that came with the Banjo!! I can't say if it improved the sound because he is new so we aren't really sure he just knows they felt better on his fingers

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          banjo picks

          By andi

          from sedona, az

          About Me Novice

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Practicing

            Comments about National Picks Nickel Silver Finger Picks 4-Pack:

            I am just a beginner banjo player so you'll probably be hearing more from me. The delivery was extremely quick and my customer service gal was great. Thank you! I need to practice more! The picks are alot better than the plastic ones I ordered previously. I have recommended MF to a guitar player I know.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            File more pointed for better tone

            By KenW in Portland, OR

            from Portland, OR

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            Comments about National Picks Nickel Silver Finger Picks 4-Pack:

            I have previously submitted a review for these picks, but want to modify it:(1) These are bright picks. If you want a mellower sound, you might try Dunlop finger picks. (2) I like a bright sound, especially on my Rosewood/Spruce Tacoma JR55 jumbo guitar (jumbos with rosewood tend to be a bit dark...) With these National nickel silver finger picks, I felt I was still missing a bit of tone, as compared to a thin flatpick. Solution: I filed down the point, to make it more pointed (not thinner, just more pointed). I am impressed with the results! I had already done this with my thumb pick (in that case, I also thinned the tip, as well as made it more pointed). I can now get the bright, resonant tone with my jumbo when finger picking. I recommend you try this technique.

            (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Very happy with delivery and product

            By Jose Caceres

            from Panorama City, CA

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound
            • They Are Very Easy To Fit

            Cons

            • Cannot Use Them Yet
            • None

            Best Uses

              Comments about National Picks Nickel Silver Finger Picks 4-Pack:

              I am happy with the fingerpicks; my problem is that I don't know how to wear or how to use them! I have read the reviews, and a gentleman wrote that we might be wearing them upside down and that the picks can be adjusted with needle nose plyers, but it does not matter how I wear them, I still am unable to use them. Maybe I should adjust them as he says, but I am afraid to damage them and not being able to use them at all. I might need to find someone who uses them to see what I am doing wrong. As for the packaging and delivery time, I find both excellent. This is my first purchase from Musiciansfriend.com and for sure I will return for purchases in the future and I will also recommend this store to all my friends and acquaintances. Thank you, Musician's Friends! You get FIVE stars from me!

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great for fingerpicking!

              By mojorayjones

              from Northern California

              About Me Experienced

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about National Picks Nickel Silver Finger Picks 4-Pack:

                  I use these for Delta and Piedmont style country, blues fingerpickng in the style of Rev. Gar Davis, Lightin Hopkins, and Willie McTell etc.. They are not too heavy, but ellicit a nice clear metalic tone. They have a single band that wraps your finger with small holes. Sometimes I opt for a heavier style pick depending on the tone I want to acheive which is a very personal thing; but these are very comfortable and functional, so I use these most often. They stay on snuggly and don't hurt your fingers. They offer nice tone and heck, They're Nationals so you got a name you can trust.

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Turn it over

                  By Reddog-UYiO9

                  from Springfield, Oh

                  Comments about National Picks Nickel Silver Finger Picks 4-Pack:

                  If you are breaking strings with this pick you are wearing it backwards HAHAHA, funny, turn it over! curved part of pick should contact the string not the leading edge of the pick

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  National NP2 Fingerpicks

                  By gitapik

                  from New York City, NY

                  Comments about National Picks Nickel Silver Finger Picks 4-Pack:

                  I got into fingerpicks when I bought my National Radiotone, 12 years ago. I just love the way they "dig into" the string. Before that it was all fingernails, as I played nylon string, exclusively, when I wasn't on the electric. At the time, I bought set of a generic National fingerpicks, which served me really well. But I've just checked out these classics and have to say that they are absolutely fantastic. On both the reso and my Martin OM-21. The articulation is so much more precise. I love them. Don't worry about breaking strings with 'em. Just get the touch and you'll be set. Great, great set of fingerpicks, people!

                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  The fingerpicks I need.

                  By Jinny Sue

                  from Near Detroit Lakes, MN.

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                  Pros

                  • Good Quality
                  • Improves Sound

                  Cons

                  • A bit hard to fit due to the strong metal.

                  Best Uses

                  • Concerts
                  • I use them on my mountain dulcimer.
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about National Picks Nickel Silver Finger Picks 4-Pack:

                  Thanks for your superior products and excellent service.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Good picks. Like the old ones, I think.

                  By Ken

                  from Brooklyn, NY

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Functional
                  • Good Quality
                  • Like the originals

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Pickin'!

                    Comments about National Picks Nickel Silver Finger Picks 4-Pack:

                    I know there's no direct connection between whoever makes and markets these today to the National of old, but to my fingers, these feel a lot like the Nationals I started with in the 1970s. I still have a few pair from the 70s or 80s, and I think these are just as good. The metal appears to be the same. They are as easily bendable to adjust to the fit I like. They're comfortable. And they sound good. Wish they were as cheap as the old ones -- 15 cents each or 2 for a quarter! -- but times change. Bought these to be sure I had picks in every instrument case.

                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    classic...

                    By too many guitars-mHG8y

                    from Northern Plains.

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                    Comments about National Picks Nickel Silver Finger Picks 4-Pack:

                    I've been using these for over 50 years - and still have my first set that are in the banjo case.

                    To me, any fingerpicks are too solid and harsh on a six-string. I'm 99 percent a fingerpicker. But on a banjo they're almost mandatory for bluegrass types of picking, and on a 12-string they offer a number of technique options from straight fingerpicking to a Carter Family scratch.

                    They take a bit of getting used to and attention to how tight, where on the finger, etc.

                    They're the only fingerpicks I've been happy with, although perhaps another brand of similar design could work.

                    Oh - only for use with a thumbpick. I prefer the old-style "sharp" for banjo... that or any nicely-fitting thumbpick on a 12.

                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great Picks!

                    By Stringtight

                    from Winchester, Tn.

                    About Me Professional Musician

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Backup
                      • Concerts
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about National Picks Nickel Silver Finger Picks 4-Pack:

                      These are great Picks, Fit well and Stay in place. These are hard metal Picks and they produce a ringing sound, Give them a Try, I believe you will be Happy!

                      (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great Picks

                      By Tom

                      from Bangor, ME

                      About Me Professional Musician

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                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Backup
                        • Concerts
                        • Practicing

                        Comments about National Picks Nickel Silver Finger Picks 4-Pack:

                        These National finger picks live up totheir reputaion. They are comfortable and clear sounding. They live up to their established tradition.

                        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        great picks!

                        By cls

                        from Princeton,wv

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                        Comments about National Picks Nickel Silver Finger Picks 4-Pack:

                        I liked these picks.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Nickel Silver Finger Picks 4-Pack

                        By GibsonBoy

                        from Northeast WI.

                        About Me Professional Musician

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                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Good Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Concerts
                          • Lap Steel And Guitar

                          Comments about National Picks Nickel Silver Finger Picks 4-Pack:

                          Great picks at a good price

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Perfect for Resonator

                          By Mr. Smith

                          from Walnut Creek, CA

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Comments about National Picks Nickel Silver Finger Picks 4-Pack:

                          Give great tone on resonator with 13-56 strings. Comfortable and adjustable. Won't wear out. You'll probably need to twist them slightly on your finger tips to provide right-angle picking against the strings. Otherwise, you're likely to hear "pick slide". Not good for muting. Save your ring finger for that. The string-breaking reviewers must be wearing them backwards. The pick surface goes over the fleshy tip of your finger, not over the fingernail.

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Best fingerpick out there

                          By JamesDean

                          from Iowa

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                          Comments about National Picks Nickel Silver Finger Picks 4-Pack:

                          I'm an acoustic player, and I like to fingerpick. I'm still waiting for my nails to grow out to get the tone I want, but I figured that fingerpicks would get me closer to sound I wanted in the meantime. I was right. I prefer it to the sound of my fingertips in most cases, and they provide a clearer and quicker attack. Not many other companies make fingerpicks, and this one is better than others I've tried.By the way, the only way you'll break or really bend strings with this is if you have on it backwards. It is easier on strings that an ordinary pick.

                          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Pickin' and Grinnin'

                          By BoneStorm

                          from Austin, TX

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                          Comments about National Picks Nickel Silver Finger Picks 4-Pack:

                          I have a Martin without a pickup, and it's too quiet when I fingerpick. I tried these and thought they would be difficult to use, but they're really great and actually much easier than bare fingers. I didn't want to grow out my nails and look like a freak. They fit great, and if they're too big, just squish them a little bit for the pinky.I'm really happy with the sharpened attack and increased volume. They kind of make a standard acoustic sound a little like a harpsichord.

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Only picks for 5-string

                          By Nez

                          from Little Rock

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                          Comments about National Picks Nickel Silver Finger Picks 4-Pack:

                          It's all about sound and these get the best sound and always have. Of course you have to adjust them to fit... break out the needle nose pliers. Once you've got them customized to your fingers, nothing else comes close. They are to fingerpicks what Gibson is to banjos.

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