Well, Merry Christmas everyone! I hope everybody had a great holiday, and got some good loot! ^_^
I got many great things, from my very generous family, but one I’m having particular fun with is the Pick Punch my (much) older sister gave me.
The Pick Punch
Essentially it’s a hole punch that goes through plastic such as gift cards and credit cards. The hole punches out a standard pick size and now all those unused hunks of plastic become your new guitar picks. Actually, it’s a pretty ingenious idea as I have actually, upon occasion, used a credit card to strum my guitar when I had nothing else available (the plastic is wayyyy better than a quarter or similar coin). Plus, as a teacher, I get a lotttt of gift cards this time of year.
Three of my iTunes gift cards —> picks
I find that you can get about three picks per card you use. I found my veeeerrry old and unused guitar center credit card, so I thought I’d do a little demonstration.
Since it’s a hole punch that looks like a stapler, you’d be tempted to just put your card in like so:
The Normal Way
But actually, I found that if you do it that way, while easier to do the physical punching, it’s impossible to really tell what you’re gonna come out with! But, if you flip it upside down, you can actually see what portion of the card you are punching, so by turning it on it’s backside you can position the card to punch out the exact design you want.
Centering in on the Logo
Then it’s just a matter of setting it down and putting some effort into it…
And then voila, you have your brand new pick…..
All in all, a great gift! Actually, if you’re any kind of guitar player, i suggest picking one up (no pun intended). It’s a fun way to get a few new guitar picks because you KNOW you’re gonna lose ‘em anyway. I played a bit with my gift-card-picks and they feel just fine. In the future, maybe they’ll adjust the design a bit so you can actually see where you’re placing the card. Or you know… just add some rubber to the top side as well so you can use it upside down more easily.
Visit www.pickpunch.com to grab one of your own.