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The Shape of Picks

The Shape of Picks

Posted by Jack Phillips on Jul 20th 2018

Picks have been made in a TON of different shapes.The most common is what most of us considered of consider the standard – the 351.The 351 has its origins with D’Andrea’s “Pick with the Crooning Tone”.  Guitarist Nick Lucas, long associated with Gibson in the early 20th century.  D’Andrea designed a pick for Nick, with his input.  For many years, the 351 was referred to as the “Nick Lucas Shape”.  Prior to this, picks were generally not used with guitars – mainly for mandolin and banjo. Fender got on the bandwagon in the 1950s by contracting with D’Andrea using the 351 shape with the unique Fender logo.