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    I have lots of picks in a pencil box. And lots more in a popcorn box. Both hold a lot of picks but it is not so easy to find a particular one when wanted.

    Was thinking of the trays that come in fishing tackle boxes.
    Looked around for similar 'grid' boxes with a lid.
    Something like this seems workable. Not for all of the picks I own but for the top 10 or so I'm most likely to want handy. Big plus: If you knock it over (-which in my case means WHEN I knock it over) they won't all fall out on the floor. Plus you can see what all is inside from the outside.

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    Wanted to order one yesterday for 10 bucks that had 100 picks in it and I thought, "I don't need 100 more (generic) picks, I just want the case." Another place wanted 39 cents for the case but 11 dollars for shipping. Ouch!

    Suggestions?
    Better ideas?
    "Learn the repertoire. It’s all in the songs. If you learn 200 songs, you will have no problem improvising."
    Frank Vignola

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    Those work very well. You should be able to find one pretty cheaply at a sporting goods store, but a better bet might actually be a craft store. They tend to have those things for sorting buttons, beads, or whatever it is that crafty people need to organize.

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    Been using these tins since dayGuitar pick storage---what do you recommend?-s-l640-jpg one.......

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    Gee, I just keep mine in my pants pocket. I have a half dozen Fender 358s and a couple Fred Kelly thumb picks - covers the bases for me. Oh, and I have a couple of antique 351 types made from endangered sea creatures that I keep in my wallet for my acoustics but don't use them often.

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    Carry them around in my pocket, always. Never know when a "guitar fight" might break out, and there you are, all dressed up, with no pick. Awful!

    Can't use the Altoids tin or the tackle box--where would my mints and lures go?

    And I'm quite sure I would just eat the carrot....

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    Bill Garrett (Canadian acoustic guitarist) had Linda Manzer build a pick holder inside the custom guitar she made for him many years ago. Not the cheapest way to get a pick holder, but classy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skip Ellis View Post
    Gee, I just keep mine in my pants pocket.
    O, I do that too. And keep a spare in the wallet too. This isn't about having one handy. It's about having choices when I'm practicing or recording. (Thumb picks, heavier picks, smaller ones, new ones, worn ones, ones I heard about and figured I'd give a try...)
    "Learn the repertoire. It’s all in the songs. If you learn 200 songs, you will have no problem improvising."
    Frank Vignola

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    I use a zip lock sandwich bag. I only use 2 styles of picks. The small fender 358's (solid bodies) and the medium sized 551's (archtop) both heavy gauge. I use the 551's the most so I have them out and ready in all the places I practice at home. I keep a couple 358's in my wallet. I never got into trying one of every pick made. Maybe I'll do that in retirement! I do have a few that I've collected from guitarist throwing them from the stage. I think that if you use a lot of different picks the container that you show would be good. Before the big box music stores arrived that's how my local stores would have them for sale on the counter. Yo Dude I need some picks, here you go man, there 25 cents each or 5 for a buck. Cool.... I miss those days!

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    WP Standard wallet with a guitar pick holder in it.

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    I'm in the pants pocket camp, too. Though admittedly, I often forget about them and then hear them rattling round in the clothes dryer.
    Jared

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    Right-hand pants pocket with my change and keys. Left-hand pocket is for soft stuff and scratchables.

    At home, I generally just open a 72-pack of Gibson thins and seed the rug, furniture cushions, corners, and crevices. I'm pretty sure they sprout and multiply that way, and there's always a guitar pick handy. Well, except for the ones that disappear into the sock dimension.

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    I would need cargo pants to hold all the picks I have. I use a pick pouch for the ones I normally use, and the rest are in a plastic box I got somewhere long ago. I have some of those compartmented boxes from fishing tackle bags, but I'm too lazy to bother to move and sort the picks I have. That type of container would work well, if only I had the ambition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkRhodes View Post
    I have lots of picks in a pencil box. And lots more in a popcorn box. Both hold a lot of picks but it is not so easy to find a particular one when wanted.

    Was thinking of the trays that come in fishing tackle boxes.
    Looked around for similar 'grid' boxes with a lid.
    Something like this seems workable. Not for all of the picks I own but for the top 10 or so I'm most likely to want handy. Big plus: If you knock it over (-which in my case means WHEN I knock it over) they won't all fall out on the floor. Plus you can see what all is inside from the outside.

    Guitar pick storage---what do you recommend?-pick-storage-box-jpg

    Wanted to order one yesterday for 10 bucks that had 100 picks in it and I thought, "I don't need 100 more (generic) picks, I just want the case." Another place wanted 39 cents for the case but 11 dollars for shipping. Ouch!

    Suggestions?
    Better ideas?
    I bought two like that at JoAnn Fabrics for $4 total with coupons many years ago. Keep picks in one, screws and small guitar hardware in the other.

    Danny W.

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    Blue Chip and V-Pick have small carry cases.

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    I've been burned by keeping a Wegen in a leather button-clasp pick holder on my chain (i.e. using it often enough that the button loosens), only to find my pick is gone.

    I switch guitars and guitar cases (sometimes gig bags at home, flight cases on the road, etc.) often enough that I have to have my picks on my person (i.e. in my pocket) all the time, rather than stashing little caches in each case.

    (As mentioned in the Blue Chip thread), I used to use little 2"x3" plastic baggies, but those tended to tear and need to be replaced every couple of weeks. And eventually that got old.

    Something like an altoids tin would've been appealing, but a full-size one is way too big to keep in my pockets, and in generally I didn't like opaque boxes, because I could never tell if I'd put my picks back without opening it, so it had to be something clear.

    I ended up with a hinged plastic box from the container store that is 2"x3"x1/2" approximately, and it's perfect. I keep about 5-10 picks in it, ear plugs, and a Tile (a bluetooth tracker you can ring from your phone).

    The tile means I never have to look that hard when I can't remember where I put my pick case (is it still in my pants from last night? downstairs on the dinning room table when came back from gig last night? etc.)

    And it was a couple bucks for the case, and it's easily replaceable if the hinge ever starts to go. 6 months since I found the right box, and I can't say I've found any problem with my solution.
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    I keep mine in the zippered pocket in my Mono case.

    But, I keep extras in my earplug pouch and my car. A few sitting on the table near where I practice. I used to carry one in my wallet, but it kept falling out. Probably ought to tape one to my driver's license.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marcwhy View Post
    Blue Chip and V-Pick have small carry cases.
    I have that V-Pick pouch and it's great. But it definitely won't solve Mark's sorting issue, unfortunately.
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    Under the couch cushions.

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    I got a bunch of urine specimen cups (unused) on line. They have tops than you can write on with a Sharpie. That way I can sort them and stack them. The cups are cheap.

    Here's a link: https://www.ebay.com/p/Dynarex-Speci...d=401266433146
    MG

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    Maybe something like this might work?

    No separate compartments. but see through, latchable, and fairly compact.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marty Grass View Post
    I got a bunch of urine specimen cups (unused) on line. They have tops than you can write on with a Sharpie. That way I can sort them and stack them. The cups are cheap.

    Here's a link: https://www.ebay.com/p/Dynarex-Speci...d=401266433146
    This make me laugh, it's so strange. But then I thought about it and it's actually a really useful solution! Haha
    On the Turntable: Steve Reich - Phases (box set), Fred Frith Guitar Quartet - Ayaya Moses
    Guitar:
    Fender AVRI '59 w/ TI Swing 11s and Tyson Tone pickups
    Through: Polytone Mini Brute II

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    I keep mine in a folding change pouch, in my case. And a couple of spares in my wallet for impromptu “appearances.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strbender View Post
    Before the big box music stores arrived that's how my local stores would have them for sale on the counter. Yo Dude I need some picks, here you go man, there 25 cents each or 5 for a buck. Cool.... I miss those days!

    I remember those containers! I think some were made by the manufacturers (Dunlop, etc.) I rememer wooden boxes too. That's what I was thinking about the other day. Instead of a container (such as a pencil box) that will hold lots and lots of scattered picks, I wanted something that allowed them to be separated and visible.

    Here's what I bought. Should arrive in the day's mail. It's marketed as a fishing lure box.

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    "Learn the repertoire. It’s all in the songs. If you learn 200 songs, you will have no problem improvising."
    Frank Vignola

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    Levi Strauss was a genius because he knew that pocket watches would one day be supplanted by wrist watches and at that time all gentlemen would inevitably realize that they could now carry their guitar picks in the same pocket they had once used for time pieces.
    Ignorance is agony.



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    If you are a fly fisherman, you probably already have a bunch of good boxes that work well for storing picks. I have a bunch.

    Go to a sporting goods store and look around. You will find that there are LOTS of choices of small containers for this sort of thing--including the specimen cups mentioned above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whiskey02 View Post
    Levi Strauss was a genius because he knew that pocket watches would one day be supplanted by wrist watches and at that time all gentlemen would inevitably realize that they could now carry their guitar picks in the same pocket they had once used for time pieces.
    I've certainly done that! (I have some shorts that have a similar pocket.)
    "Learn the repertoire. It’s all in the songs. If you learn 200 songs, you will have no problem improvising."
    Frank Vignola

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    I use two kinds of picks: jazz (small and thick) and rock (bigger and thick).

    One at the time is on the guitar (see pics) and the rest are in the drawer in my study.


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    On amazon, you can find a jewelers display case for rings that works perfectly for this.
    I’ve got one with 100 slots.

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    A gift from my daughter...

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    "Your biggest discoveries come by playing" - Robert Conti

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    I have a bunch of empty film canisters that I saved from back in the day because they were so handy for storing little things. You can still get them online for cheap.

    Two canisters are in my gig bag. One (with a stripe of red electrical tape around it so I can tell it apart from the other one quickly) is filled with the Dunlop 205s I use most often. The other has an assortment of other picks that I use less often: Fender heavy and a few other "little jazz teardrop" picks.

    I would have no use for a multi-compartment case, as I settled on pretty much just two or three kinds of picks years ago. But for those who play different instruments and different styles, I could see wanting something like that. For example, I never use finger picks or thumb picks, but the banjo players in the crowd might need a few compartments just for those, alongside the various kinds of guitar picks they might use.

    SJ

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkRhodes View Post
    I have lots of picks in a pencil box. And lots more in a popcorn box. Both hold a lot of picks but it is not so easy to find a particular one when wanted.

    Was thinking of the trays that come in fishing tackle boxes.
    Looked around for similar 'grid' boxes with a lid.
    Something like this seems workable. Not for all of the picks I own but for the top 10 or so I'm most likely to want handy. Big plus: If you knock it over (-which in my case means WHEN I knock it over) they won't all fall out on the floor. Plus you can see what all is inside from the outside.

    Guitar pick storage---what do you recommend?-pick-storage-box-jpg

    Wanted to order one yesterday for 10 bucks that had 100 picks in it and I thought, "I don't need 100 more (generic) picks, I just want the case." Another place wanted 39 cents for the case but 11 dollars for shipping. Ouch!

    Suggestions?
    Better ideas?
    Hi MarkRhodes!

    This is my most recent innovation, the pick is tied on the back of my jeans. The best and most practical pick storage you can get.
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    With other words, keep it simple for you.
    Have I found it yet? I said that but I didn’t knew it. Did I knew that I had found it yet? No, it wasn’t what I was looking for. Nevermind. Ok.

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    i've used emptied tins for decades..(french bon bons, dutch pipe tobacco, etc)....filled one up, started another

    my next is



    cheers

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    To expand on my earlier post, here's what I use:

    Guitar pick storage---what do you recommend?-picks_01-jpg

    The divider box holds spares of the picks I play with (D'Andrea Classic, D'Andrea Pro Plec, Clayton Black Acetal) plus a bunch of others that I've acquired over the years. The round stone container dresses up the picks I keep in my living room and the small plastic box is from my gig bag. I have a few more of them scattered around the house. With my big band I mostly use the Classic and Acetal picks. I always keep a couple of each out during gigs, including an Acetal with Monster Grip, usually on the desk of my music stand or sometimes in my shirt pocket.

    I also store one here:

    Guitar pick storage---what do you recommend?-10-dsc_4807-jpg

    Danny W.

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    You guys don't have very many picks, do you? I'm thinking more like...

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    I like Rubbermaid Easy-Find Lid containers. Small ones, wider than they are tall. The lids clicks onto the bottoms of the containers when they're in use, and therefore are difficult to knock over. One container for one kind of pick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dot75 View Post
    That's a nice looking box. It looks better than my plastic one but I prefer mine for two reasons: it's see-through and there are dividers, so all one's Stubbies can go here, Jazz IIIs right there, thumbpicks here, and Fender Mediums there...
    "Learn the repertoire. It’s all in the songs. If you learn 200 songs, you will have no problem improvising."
    Frank Vignola

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    I use the plastic outer packs that strings come in, or used to come in.
    I keep the different breeds/gauges etc each in their own pack.
    What's in each pack is pretty obvious, to me at least....or if they're a different gauge or nicer batch
    I write that on with a sharpie.

    I'm a pick freak and have a whole drawer in my desk with picks and strings all in
    those plastic envelopes ....and the cool thing is that they can be stored in rows.

    If only the rest of my life was so orderly.

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    Y'all got too many pics...I don't have the box I posted a link to, I'm trying to justify buying it. I may have to buy a lot more picks first. I only ever the the loose ones in the pic...
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    Quote Originally Posted by dot75 View Post
    Y'all got too many pics...I don't have the box I posted a link to, I'm trying to justify buying it. I may have to buy a lot more picks first. I only ever the the loose ones in the pic...
    I have something that fits on a keychain that will hold 2-3 picks (depending on their thickness). That's good for going to jam with a friend or taking to a gig: always a pick and an extra w/in reach. But at home, by my music stand, I want more options that don't mean I have to stop playing and start looking ("Where did I put those Pro Plecs?") Also, I tend to lose picks ON my music stand. (I put one down to get a sip of water, say, and then I don't know where it went. Later I find it between pages of a music book, or on the floor...)
    "Learn the repertoire. It’s all in the songs. If you learn 200 songs, you will have no problem improvising."
    Frank Vignola

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    Small ceramic bowl crafted by a former student almost 20 years ago.

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    Any fly fisherman who has opened one of those boxes and accidentally dumped $250 worth of flies into fast moving water knows ...

    you want a box where each compartment has its own lid.