Alaska Pik Plastic

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From aLaska Pik USA, the 'Over the finger, under the nail' PLASTIC finger and thumbnail Pik for stringed instrument pickers; Banjo, mandolin, guitar, autoharp, dulcimer, harp, ukulele etc. These innovative USA design picks can be manicured, clipped and filed to a preferred shape and length. Please see below for user and 'manicure' instructions
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Description

Our company owner Steve 'Eagle' Noon, first discovered and started importing The 'aLasKa Pik' from the USA over a decade ago. Since that date, we have introduced the unique  'Over the finger, under the nail' pick to hundreds of our customers. If you fancy trying them, we have tried below, to make it easy here for you to choose the correct sized set. Please read on, for user and 'manicure' instructions.

Easy guide sizing: The PLASTIC aLasKa Piks come in four sizes, small, medium, large and extra large

  • If you have average size hands, choose medium size for your fingers and large for your thumb
  • If you have large size hands, choose large for your fingers and extra large for your thumb

 

Please Note: if you order the wrong size, just send them back with a note to explain your problem and we shall exchange them for you. It will only cost you the postage to do this.


aLasKa Piks are priced individually. (The picture shows a 'set' of plastic picks being used)

 

Here are the user and manicure instructions writen by the makers. Please also see the 'Red' aLaska PiK photopraph on this page:-

1. aLasKa Pik's TM. plastic and brass picks can be manicured to a preferred length:( Plastic) use nail clippers, files etc. (Brass) use file or grinder. To manicure ...Place pick securely ''over the finger, under the nail'' decide the length desired , then clip and file. 'For a side of the fingernail attack, remove plastic at indicator #1 in the photograph

2. To match the curvature of the user's flesh under the nail area, file on the backside of the picking surface (indicator #2 in the photograph) This adds security. This should be done before changing length.

3. To un-stiffen pick (plastic) remove all or part of the pressure band (indicator #3). For added comfort file smooth all uncomfortable edges. The brass pressure band should be bent inward. This creates tension on top of the fingernail (indicator #3 in the photograph)

4. Some fingernails may need to be manicured for best fit, especially the outer edges.

5. For the aLasKa PiK to work, you need to have a short length of natural nail. When you manicure your 'broken' nails, remove as little natural nail as possible when damage occurs

Delivery & Returns

We will endeavor to ensure that orders are speedily processed and despatched the same day if at all possible.

Ordered items requiring setting up in the workshop will be despatched within 1-2 days using Interlink Express Next Day Delivery (next day being the day after it leaves Eagle Music Shop).

You will be informed immediately if there is a problem with any part of your order or if any item is 'out of stock'.

You can read our full deliveries policy here.

Should you not be entirely happy with your purchase, or you have ordered an incorrect item, Eagle Music is happy to refund your purchase (excluding postage) within 28 days providing the goods are in a fully resaleable condition (including the original undamaged packaging) and not featured within the Exclusion Policy. (Exclusions apply to selected products).

Please note the following exclusions:

DVD's and CD's cannot be returned unless they are faulty

Banjo heads cannot be returned once you have tried to fit them to your banjo

Harmonica's have a 7 day guarantee and can be returned within this time if they are found to be faulty

Goods must be returned to Eagle Music together with a covering letter and contact details so that the matter can be dealt with efficiently and promptly.

You can read our full returns policy here.

Reviews

38 reviews for Alaska Pik Plastic

Jonas Mueller

by on 2016-11-09

I'm still getting used to the feel of these Piks but since I don't like growing long fingernails I'm sure they can really help to improve the sound of the finger picking.

Rated 5 out of 5

Peter KING

by on 2016-06-01

Excellent design and usability. I forget I'm wearing them, and play with ease. They produced a more even tone and Trish using fingernails. I used to play with picks only when my nails broke, but I am now using Alaska pics out of preference.

Rated 5 out of 5

Colm Hale

by on 2016-05-30

To protect fingernail while playing ukulele. Recommend to other members of my ukulele group. A very good product, easily adaptable

Rated 5 out of 5

Neil Burnett

by on 2016-02-11

Great so far.

Rated 5 out of 5

Michael Grant

by on 2015-12-10

These are very good for ukulele and banjolele

Rated 5 out of 5

Adrian Palmer

by on 2015-09-22

A preferable alternative to,traditional guitar fingerpicks

Rated 5 out of 5

Keith Glendinning

by on 2015-07-17

I previously tried the plastic Piks, but the brass Piks are much better.

Rated 5 out of 5

Anthony Ormston

by on 2015-07-16

I've never been able to finger pick because I have very soft finger nails and I just can't grow them long enough. I've tried finger picks before and found them to be very clumsy and didn't get on with them at all. I saw the advert for the Alaska Piks and thought that they sounded like an idea worth trying and low and behold, they work! With part of the pick tucked under your finger nail you get really good tactile feedback and they are very easy to control. I haven't tried trimming them yet but I am hopeful of getting an even more natural fit.

Highly recommended

Rated 5 out of 5

P Drury

by on 2015-05-12

After trimming to size, finger picks are great to use; closest to natural nail you'll find. But couldn't get on with the Alaska finger pick on the thumb; I play with side of thumb and pick edge kept catching on string. So I use a filed down normal J Pearse thumb pick with the Alaska and it all works great.

Rated 5 out of 5

Peter Nash

by on 2015-05-11

Finger picking and strumming

Rated 4 out of 5

kenneth payne

by on 2015-02-28

Great

Rated 5 out of 5

Leslie Esling

by on 2015-02-26

I use this when playing my ukulele and it saves wear ant tear on my finger nail

Rated 5 out of 5

Andrew Burrows

by on 2015-02-17

Pretty good.

Rated 4 out of 5

john holms

by on 2015-01-19

banjo picks, still assessing.

Rated 4 out of 5

Marian Plessel

by on 2015-01-10

*** What you see is what you get:)

Rated 5 out of 5

PETER  STEPHEN ROYLE

by on 2014-12-01

Plastic not stiff enough

Rated 2 out of 5

Laszlo Matzko

by on 2014-11-09

ideal pick for fingerpicking styles - especially on nylon strings (IMO) - I use it for folk, South American and even some classical playing --- I would recommend it for people whose nails are not strong enough for regular playing -- it can provide a tone that is very close to a naked nail picked sound --- your nails have to be just strong enough to hold against the pick through the pick's slot

Rated 5 out of 5

Kevin Sims

by on 2014-10-06

Really good/

Rated 5 out of 5

Frederick Mapstone

by on 2014-08-27

Perfect for Strumming Banjo and Guitar players. Eagle are the best stockists of theses picks.

Rated 5 out of 5

Brian Ward

by on 2014-08-20

Great

Rated 5 out of 5

David Burgess

by on 2014-07-16

I'm using the piks today, they're great.

Rated 5 out of 5

j c tipping

by on 2014-05-28

I never use finger or thumb picks except on the autoharp. If you have to use them, then these are the business.

Rated 5 out of 5

Archie Cairns

by on 2014-05-24

I purchased these as an experiment, I found they were too tight even for my narrow fingers, they were so tight they cut off the blood supply to my finger tip. The edges of the plastic were not properly finished, had a sharp burr which scratched my skin as I put on/ took off the picks. I would not be inclined to recommend these picks.

Rated 1 out of 5

Karen Marshalsay

by on 2014-04-18

Unsure if these are manufactured by makers stated - no branding or instructional leaflet included. Possible a copy? Rather unsatisfying

Rated 3 out of 5

John Hughes

by on 2014-03-28

I've avoided all finger picks over the years as I've just found them so cumbersome but these are as close to natural as it gets. To get the most out of them I've found you can do a bit of trimming yourself if the fit is not quite right. The plastic is easy to file down if required. Well worth trying.

Rated 4 out of 5

John Watkins

by on 2013-12-17

I play classical guitar, but cannot grow my nails. These piks help me overcome this.

Rated 5 out of 5

John K Watkins

by on 2013-11-19

The grip to the finger is totally inadequate from the brass pik.When the banjo string is frailed the pik slides off.
The pressure needed to stop the pik falling off would be such as to grip the finger far too tightly thus causing pain. I imagine the plastic pik wouldn't have this problem.

Rated 2 out of 5

Jonny Kates

by on 2013-10-08

First time trying Alaska picks. Love the concept, but the design is quite poor - at least for the plastic ones. I actually think there's a market to manufacture better quality product of this design - get on it!

Rated 2 out of 5

Rachel Livingstone

by on 2013-10-04

Really good

Rated 5 out of 5

henry kinch

by on 2013-09-14

I
I use them for frailing/bluegrass
Iwould tell my friends about them
First class

Rated 5 out of 5

Peter Davies

by on 2013-09-12

Quite unusual picks for a beginner but slowly getting used to them.

Rated 4 out of 5

Kathryn Symonds

by on 2013-08-27

Handy things

Rated 5 out of 5

Keith Haines

by on 2013-07-04

I would advise fellow guitarists at the various folk clubs/venues that I go to, that this product requires a reasonable length of natural nail to lock onto. Otherwise, product OK, but obviously each pick needs adjustment (cup of hot water, nail file/clippers) to get right.

Rated 2 out of 5

Csaba Pazmandi

by on 2013-06-27

I'm still trying to get used to the picks but they are probably not suitable for classical guitar players. Certain, and commonly applied, picking techniques cannot be done when using them.

Rated 3 out of 5

Philip Sterlini

by on 2013-04-29

I use these for the bluegrass banjo. Thought I'd try these instead of the normal picks. Makes me feel as though I'm playing the strings with my actual fingers, rather than a plectrum. Being used to using my fingers for the other instruments I play, and only starting out in banjo (2 weeks, now!) these are really helping out! Next stop, a rocking chair & a straw hat....

Rated 4 out of 5

dominic madden

by on 2013-03-30

Great quality and would recommend them to my musician friends

Rated 5 out of 5

Paul May

by on 2013-02-11

Great emergency nails.

Rated 5 out of 5

Anthony Foster

by on 2013-02-06

possibly the best fingerpicks.

Rated 5 out of 5

Rated 4.32 out of 5 based on 38 customer reviews
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