I tried these over the past year, and haven’t looked back. BMP is simply how I play now!
Thanks so much for your innovative pick design. I am a 40 year player age 67 and always look out for new picks. Yours are sensational and over deliver. Comfort, tone, style & a real improvement on any other thumb pick I tried. I am reordering to turn some guitar pals on to this product!
Ps- indestructible!?!? Yes. I stepped lightly on one & it remained its integrity. You ROCK! Feel free to use this letter. Love the picks...
- Jake Bialos
"I've been playing fingerstyle guitar for decades, (acoustic and electric) and have gone through virtually every thumb pick out there. Your Black Mountain thumb pick is my favorite by far. I play fairly aggressively and have always had a problem with my thumb pick rotating on my thumb. Somehow the spring-loaded design seems to keep it in place more successfully. The shape also allows me to get closer to the strings and damp strings more successfully with the heel of my hand. Awesome work. I appreciate you thinking outside the traditional design."
"Fantastic product. I am new to thumb picks & in the early stages of familiarising myself to using one of these instead of just fleshy thumb & fingers. The spring loaded nature makes this a perfect and comfortable fit. Plus the ease of transition to using as a flat pick is brilliant. If you like alternating between picking & strumming this is the ideal product for you. Additionally, the customer service and follow up communication from the seller was great. I thoroughly recommend it."
"Hello...just wanted to say having a blast with your picks. Received a few weeks ago but (because of a fluke injury) couldn't play until today. I've been playing 40+ yrs but new to finger style. These are inspiring!
"Just received my picks today. Thank you!!!!! I have always played a lot of hybrid-style stuff and always wished for something like this. Hate most regular thumb picks and they don’t work anything like these. These are awesome and so I am going to order again so I can have one everywhere I need it. This is a marvelous invention for people who need it. Thank you so much for putting your ideas into a great product that works."
"I wanted to write a note of appreciation for the great pick. I ordered three earlier this spring and have found them to make it possible to continue playing guitar. I am 65 years old and played since I was 8 (professionally for the last 38 years). For the last five years I have been troubled by arthritis in my right thumb. This has made holding a flatpick very uncomfortable and I would fatigue quickly and lose control. Your pick has made a big difference. I think this is because I no longer need to grip the pick as tightly as before. It is allowing me to continue a nearly lifelong activity with gusto. Your promo material and endorsements are outstanding, but I’ve seen no mention of this great benefit. My doctor tells me that this form of arthritis in the thumb is the most common arthritis so I bet there are other older guitar players out there that have experienced my issues and might benefit in a similar way. Anyway, thanks!"
"I think you've nailed it! I've been trying to find something that works for years. I've tried supergluing flat picks to cut-down thumb picks. The Black Mountain feels very natural and comfortable."
“Hi, I just had to take time to tell you about my picks you sent me. THEY ARE AWESOME! Best guitar pick I ever used. Wow, it makes the difference. Thanks so much for these. I will use them and also refer people to you.”
"Awesome picks just ordered some more- these are just what I’ve needed 👍🎸🎶 thanks heaps"
"I wanted to follow up after using your picks for about a month. They have become the only picks I use for everything: electric, jazz, acoustic. I do both flatpicking and fingerpicking. They immediately felt natural as a thumb pick. It took me about a week to become accustomed to them for flat picking, but once I did, I'm every bit as fast as I was with a flat pick. Furthermore, they corrected a problem I'd had for years where I'd use the side of my thumb as a depth guide, which led to problems on the low E string. This thing is like part of my hand now."
“Cole, I received my picks this afternoon. I have been playing with one for an hour now, and I love it! First, I have always had a problem with a regular pick turning in my fingers. i have tried so many different types that are supposed to compensate for that but they don't work. I have tried using thumb picks as a regular pick but it always gets awkward on the up stroke. Just doesn't feel right. Second, I have to alternate types of picks, regular and thumb, between what I am playing. Your pick has solved all my problems in playing with a single pick! Can't thank you enough!”
"Great news! I received my picks! I really like them.
I have been "rolling my own" for years using a modified thumb pick and taping a regular pick to that. I really like the spring loaded approach. Super comfy!"
“Hello Cole. I'm writing to let you know I've received a couple of your thumb picks a few days ago and really enjoy playing with them! I'm a 30+ year fingerstyle player and have tried a great variety of thumb-picks over the years, but could never get used to the feel of them. Your spring-loaded pick felt and played great right away! They provide that nice loud bass I've wanted to achieve while travis picking with my thumb. My fingernails are very short (I chew them down like a child) so that bass was always lacking. Switching to picking with thumb and index finger is super easy also. I'll definitely be buying more in the future. Thanks!”
"Ordered my 3 pack of your pics the middle of last week, they came today, just 4 or 5 days since I ordered them. I really like them and I wanted to Thank you for the super fast service. Today that is rare with free shipping. Again thank you and stay safe during these difficult times. I will definitely recommend you to everyone I know."
"Just got ‘em. Nice job. These are my goto now. Soooo comfortable!"
"Love the picks. Thanks so much. I feel like I’ve been searching for these my whole life!"
"Tried one out and I'm a new convert for life!"
"Cole, I can not express how much i like your design of this thumb pick & how it has helped my playing, first off let me tell you i have been playing guitar over 50 years & im a mediocre player, i have always been pretty much of a picker but about 20 years ago i tore the muscle in my thumb which made it really hard for me to hold a pick for any length of time so i usually use my index finger as my pick & you know what that sounds like! I have tried conventional type thumb picks &they are ok but not what i can get use to, i have tried making my own with everything from attaching rubber bands to velcro & always come up with a big wad of trouble, ive even tried super gluing picks to my finger & that works pretty good but makes it hard to pick your nose if you need to but anyhow let me just say Your Pick is a Dream come true !! you said try it for 50 hrs. well 5 minutes was all i needed and i can't express how much i appreciate your pick, THANK-YOU SO VERY MUCH !"
"Anyone who’s interested in playing with a thumb pick these are for you!!! Coming from both a fingerstyle and jazz/rock/blues background this makes all of that possible without having to switch anything up. The pick feels very similar to a Dunlop jazz III. Definitely with the price and checking out, I’ve been using them for about 6 months now and they’ve given me some ability back that I’d lost when I lost my index finger 10 years ago in a workplace accident. Can’t praise these enough. They’re very comfortable as well."
"Great design. Works well as both a thumbpick and flatpick. The spring-loaded hinge applies just enough pressure to hold the pick securely on my thumb without squeezing it too tight. A very comfortable design."
"These Picks and this Company are Top Notch. I'd give them a 10 star rating if I could! I mean it the picks are amazing! Fit is perfect and the tone is incredible! I'm a lifer with Black Mountain Thumb picks."
"Great pick! Most of my playing is done with a flat pick, but I loved the sound of fingerpicking. That's why I tried the Black Mountain Thumb Pick, and I love it! It gives me the tone of the flat pick with the nuances of the additional fingers. Black Mountain Thumb Picks rock!!"
"This guitar pick is amazing!"
"This hybrid thumb/flatpick is perfect for switching between fingerstyle and regular picking. Even if you're just flatpicking, you won't drop it and it won't slip or slide around. Very smart idea!"
"Love the Black Mountain pick. Great to be able to mix flat picking and
finger picking in a song without having to figure out where to hold the
flat pick! The combined function of this pick is brilliant!
One pick to rule them all!"
"I started playing with Black Mountain thumb pick six months ago and It’s flexible hinge makes for the perfect fit -I barely notice it’s there, light yet solid. I love my thumb pick!"
"Fabulous pick! Strong, Great control, improved depth and warmth of guitar tone."
"It helps me focus more on playing than thinking about the pick. I'm surprised it hadn't been invented before! It just makes sense."
"Best picks ever. Highly recommend!"
"Best guitar picks that I ever bought . Makes the sound so clear. Love it."
"This pick has helped transformed my playing from sloppy and all over the place to calm and controlled. I've never liked the feel of thumb picks before the black mountain pick. The spring loaded piece hugs to your thumb with the perfect amount of pressure allowing for free movement of the other fingers. The tip is machined like some bluegrass picks Ive paid a hefty price for, and the pick weight is heavy giving lots of power for minimal effort, which in turn let's you have a more relaxed hand. A great product for a great price. I ordered 4 right from Black Mountain and shipping was on par and the packaging makes sure your picks arrive in top condition without piles of plastic. Top Notch!"
"These things are simply awesome! No regrets with my purchase! Thanks Cole!"
"Ordered my picks on March 31 and I got them today April 9 that is some fast shipping can’t wait to try them out this weekend."
"Still getting used to the thick pick but it helps my arthritic thumb and I don’t flip the pick into the sound hole anymore. They’re worth it just for that."
"Absolutely LOVE these! I play heavier but bluesy rock, and wanted to be able to finger pick to add some more blues sound to my playing, but wanted to be able to double pick, and do pinch harmonics. Regular thumb picks are too long to hit pinch harmonics with, I found myself cutting them down. These are SOOO much better! ONLY slight complaint I would give would be, they could be just a very slight touch shorter for me because of the pinch harmonics factor, and that's it!!!!!"
"I received my picks super quick and for the past week or two it’s all that I play with. The upstroke is super smooth when fingerpicking and works well for a thumb strum. It sits at a perfect position for flatpicking, although it does take a bit of getting used to. Thanks for creating this awesome product!"
"Yes.. fantastic picks.. just struck gold w/ these ..very comfy ..for Dobro, Bottleneck Slide, Steel, Acoustic fingerstyle, to flatpicking too ..it covers it all ..!!!"
"I've been looking for something like this for years!!! It's a game changer!"
"I was skeptical but ordered two anyway. These work better than any flat/thumb pick hybrid I’ve tried. I hang on to these for dear life"
"Just got this thumb pick from Cole. I love it! They come in sets of three, so I get to give the others to a couple other Guitar League pickers."
"I learned to play with a thumb pick. I’ve tried many. I bought 3 of these picks and I love them."
"Just got my picks from Black Mountain. The past few years was using a pick because I would always drop them and traditional thumb picks were awkward. After trying these I was amazed how effortless it was to flat pick or finger pick. I highly recommend them."
"Mine arrived yesterday and I have been playing non stop. Excellent invention. Thank you black mnt picks!"
"Got ‘em. Love ‘em!! First thumb picks that have ever worked for me. Well done!!"
"Just purchase and received, very well made and sound great!"
"Got mine, today, and love them. Opens up another door. No regrets, at all. Thanks."
"I rarely buy off FB either but they looked interesting. I ordered two. Very inexpensive and free shipping. Why not.? Love them and I play banjo !! Very comfortable. Thank you !"
"I got some of these last week. They are fabulous. Comfortable and perfect tone to go with my fingers. Great invention. better than any thumbpick i ever used. They only took a week to get here too!"
"I got mine a few days ago and not being a thumb picker I figured it was going to be a waste of money but man was I wrong! I have spent more time with this pick and love it! Who knows, now I may get decent at thumb picking! I will be ordering a few more in the near future. Great product!"
"I ordered 2 of these and have got to say they work great. I developed some arthritis in the right hand and holding onto the pick was becoming a problem. This works like a charm."
"Just received my order. These are the best thumb picks I've ever used."
"Probably the most comfortable thumb pick I've ever owned. Definitely a great idea, and I'm glad I bought them. Thanks."
"My wife loves her Black Mountain picks! Thank you. They arrived as promised, well packed and fast!"
"perfect fit and great tone. Best thumb pick I've ever used."
"Got mine and I LOVE them! I'd been trying to create my own version of the same thing and then found yours - perfect!"
"I received my two picks about two weeks ago and have been playing with them since.
"Your pics are just the best flat/thumb pic ever made : I finally can play an entire song, including the solo and feel safe and comfortable. Thank you"
"I just got my order and these are fantastic."
"Love these picks! Thanks Cole!"
I wanted to let you know that I just FINALLY FOUND MY THUMBPICK!! After years of searching and at least 20 different picks, I am SO impressed with this design. No more blue thumb, love the tone with the pick. Hands down the most comfortable thumb pick and it looks bad ass too!! Played for hours yesterday
Thank you Thank you Thank you!!"
"Thanks,Cole. Just got my Black Mountain Picks & they are awesome... works great with my Weisennborn Lap Steele also. Thanks again"
"I had the tip of my right thumb amputated. After trying dozens of finger/thumb pick options, I’d pretty much given up. Black Mountain is the first thumb pick I’ve found that actually fits and works. It took just two or three practice sessions to feel comfortable with this awesome pick. It’s already my preferred pick for acoustic or electric. Thank you, Black Mountain!"
"It's refreshing to find a product that actually works as well as you hope it will. Great idea!"
"Mine just arrived today! I love them! Most comfortable thumb pick I have ever owned and used!"
"Just letting you know I got my picks. just used for about an hour or so, much better than other thumb picks I've had--love the feel and way they fit on my thumb. Thanks."
"I received my black mountain picks in the mail today. I have used all kinds of thumb picks (probably every one on the market). I will NEVER buy any of them again! The more I use your pick the more I like it! Thank you for making a great product."
"Received mine and I have to say they are great. Fit very comfortable on the thumb. I practice nearly three hours daily and am quite use to a blue thumb. Sometimes would have to take pick off to rest my thumb, but THIS PICK IS A GAME CHANGER. Thanks!"
"I just got my Black Mountain Picks and am totally impressed. I've been using picks for the last 5-6 years and while they work fine, they usually break at the point where your hinge is after a few dozen hours of play. They are especially fragile for strumming. Everything about your design fits my thumb and playing style instantly. I have high hopes for their durability."
"Cole, Received today! Man I like these! My nails are thin and I don’t want the artificials glued to my fingers. Regular thumb picks are numbing, too tight. These are very sweet! Thanks"
"Cole, I just received my thumbpicks today. I have tried no less than ten different manufacturer's thumbpicks. I was never able to find one that was comfortable and felt natural. I must say, from the moment I slipped your onto my thumb, I was in love. This pick is the best I've ever tried. Thank you. I look forward to recommending your picks to all of my guitar buddies!!"
"I am loving this pick! Back story - I am pick challenged! I fingerpick a lot (without picks) and am a terrible flat picker. Can't seem to hold on to them and consequently, don't use them. I'm only about 5 hours in and LOVING your very clever design. I am confident that if I put the time in, my playing will move up a notch. Thank you!"
"Received my first three thumbpicks!
Fell in love immediately!
Thanks so much and looking forward to future lighter gauge thumbpicks."
"Got mine today! After years of using thumb picks I can honestly say this is the most comfortable one I’ve ever used. I’ll definitely be buying more when some different gages come out."
"Received my picks yesterday. Did a casual session with one on the couch, last night. It felt and sounded really good. This morning I spent the last 45 minutes with it. Hands down the best thumb pick I have tried. I am not an expert with a thumb pick, but, the comfort alone is already letting me play pieces that I could never do with any other thumb pick. It does not traumatize my thumb like most thumb picks do after only a few minutes of playing. I will try to get a good video of something soon. Thank you, Cole for a wonderful addition to my pick collection and letting me explore new tones for pieces that I had to previously play with no pick at all."
"I got my Black Mountain Picks in the mail and I love them. I adapted to using it right away. Great design!"
"40 year player here. I play mostly finger style. I've tried numerous finger picks over the years and I could never get used to them. They made me feel like I was trying to play with someone elses fingers.
I ordered some of Black Mountains on a whim at the beginning of the covid thing, thinking I have plenty of time- why not. They arrived about a week ago. I wasn't expecting my experience to be any different than the hundred I'd tried before. Wrong! These pics feel great! I achieved more playability in an hour than I did with all the other pics combined,
I decided to go natural and grew my nails out on my picking hand about 3 years ago. I couldn't incorporate my thumb because the angle is wrong, but now I can with the Black Mountains. I'm excited about that!
My 2 cents..."
Although I really didn't have any complaints about my current thumb
picks, I always have to try out the "new thing." Usually, I'm disappointed.
The Black Mountain Hybrid Pick is a rare exception to this. I tried it
out on my resonator guitar and was pleasantly surprised. I expected the
pick to turn on my thumb, but it didn't at all.
Thanks for a fine product."
"Can I just say I got my picks last week and they feel like a second skin. I used a thumb pick when I started playing as a teen, however haven't used one in decades. Every time I try to go back... it just doesn't feel right. These picks, I'm loving! Thank you!!!"
"I now own and love these picks! I'm looking forward to medium and light gauge versions for different uses"
"These pucks are game changing. Incredible. By far the most comfortable thumb pick ever."
"I love my Black Mountain pick!"
"A few weeks ago I ordered some picks. Must say they exceeded my expectations. Most comfortable and playable I've ever worn, but I've only been wearing picks for about 55 years. So, it's early yet."
"These picks changed my tone, style & overall sound. Buy them!!"
"The picks are awesome!
As I have gotten older my skin has become very dry (lotion only helps for a short time). Picks have become hard to grip.
These picks are a godsend. Not only do they solve my problem but I also have the convenience of both a flat pick and and thumb pick without having to stop and change."
I love the Black Mountain Pick! I have arthritis in both hands. I cannot hold on to a regular flat pick! I had been using a thumb pick all the time. With the Black Mountain pick, I can now flat pick 👍
"Got mine in the mail today. Just what ive been needing for years. Great if you play country and rock !"
"Got my first order and love them!"
"Took delivery of my first Black Mountain picks yesterday Wow! I have tried numerous thumb picks over the years and have never got on with any of them. These are just so easy to use. I had no trouble picking with these from the first tune. I can’t wait to see what they are like after 50 hours playing. 50 minutes and I’m sold already. Thank you very much. Great service too by the way. 😀😀😀"
"Just wanted to thank you for getting my order to me so quickly....and tell you how awesome your picks are .I was very skeptical at first but when I used them the results were incredible...thank you again ...I will be ordering more in the future."
"I just got my 3 picks today and have started using them straight away. I am used to playing with a thumbpick on some tunes, and a flatpick on others, as such I have taken to the Black Mountain pick almost immediately!
Thanks for a great product, I look forward to developing my playing with it, I can sense a lot of avenues opening up."
"I just ordered two of these and use them on four and five string bass. Now I can do tapping with All four fingers of my right hand and still have access to the pick. Can now go from fingers to pick on the same riff without dropping a pick, then taking my one from the mic stand. One of the most inovative things I've seen and even though I've only had it for 10 days, it's already become a mandatory must have item for my playing. My band has noticed to. At first they couldn't figure out what I was doing or how I was doing it. Then I showed them the pick. They were impressed. Thank you for a great product"
"Love these picks. Easy to use, sound great🎸🎼🎧🎤👍"
"I just received my order, and am in love with them!"
"Just got my black mountain thumb picks from Cole in Nova Scotia Canada. Absolutely love them looking forward to digging in to some more playing on my Korina Flying V with these."
"Picks arrived today Thank You. Very comfortable and first ones to actually fit my thumb."
"I received my order of picks yesterday. This is perhaps the best thumb pick I've ever used. I'm a guitar player and have played with all sorts of flat picks for years. A few months back I picked up a 6 string banjo and have been trying to work on my right hand technique. I hate thumb picks. Haha. They're just awkward for me. But your pick feels as close to "natural" to me as any thumb pick I've tried. I have a huge collection of different ones I've tried. My accuracy and speed improved within minutes of putting this pick on. And thanks to the spring, it doesn't hurt my thumb like a normal thumb pick. Very impressed with your product.
"I bought one recently. It was fantastic ! Stays stable on my thumb and flat picks excellent ! I fully enforce this product! Thank you !"
"great feel and they are inspiring my crossover into more finger style. love them"
"Love this pick, please keep me informed on your future product. I brought three picks and my students beg me for one. So there all gone. I will be ordering more."
"Love the product, will be buying a set of 3 for a friend shortly."
-Joseph in Perth, Australia.
"Saw these and thought, “what the heck!” Can’t hurt to try a couple! Been playing guitar for nearly 60 years and finger pick for at least 50. Tried all types of thumb picks, usually ended up just using my thumb or flat pick. Since I got these, I can’t put my guitars down! Feels like an extension of my thumb rather than an addition to! Didn’t need the 50 hours to get used to it! Also play 12 string which takes more getting used to, but much better control! Great product, and truly an improvement—not a gimmick! Even Chet Atkins would have been thrilled! Thank you!"
"Thanks my picks have just arrived. I must say I’m impressed with the quality and after a quick play I think they will work for me. I play Bass and swap between playing with fingers and pick by palming a pick in my hand , now no more dropped picks and it frees up my fingers. 👍"
"Hi Cole, just wanted you to know the packet of picks arrived today. Unbelievable! One week from US to Germany!!
"Hello...just wanted to say having a blast with your picks. Received a few weeks ago but (because of fluke injury) couldn't play until today. I've been playing 40+ yrs but new to finger style. These are inspiring! Thanks"
"I got a couple of your picks and they are the most comfortable thumb picks I have ever used. Congratulations on a great first product."
"I am a 75 year old woman, whose dream was to learn to play the guitar. Have had my guitar for about 5 years now. My trouble with regular picks, was, I continued to drop them. When I saw these, I decided to give them a try. I ordered 3 and received them about a week ago. Just tried them 2 days ago. They are super!!! Thank you for making these Black Mountain picks available."
"Hi, arrived today, great product, thank you for making this."
"Hi there ! Just wanted to say thanx for the fast shipping- I received the picks a few days ago, and so far, I think they’re fantastic. I’ve tried sooooo many different things, making my own, filing down traditional thumbpicks, ,Bumblebee´s, etc., etc…..
I think this is by far the best solution I´ve encountered. I play alot, in different bands, very different styles….so I need to re-adjust my playing when I do my originals, and this really helps."
"My order of picks arrived today. Very quick shipping to germany👍thanks. Awesome invention. I'm realy excited, switching from flat to fingerpicking is very easy and it's comfortably on thumb."
"Hey, I just got your picks. I ordered them off your Etsy store. I’m blown away. I’m not, nor will I ever be, some amazing musician. I’m just a guy that loves playing guitar. I’m learning to pick some more after playing for awhile and am so happy with these. I tried thumb picks in the past but discarded them due to discomfort and difficulty with consistency as I have bigger thumbs and am not someone who had picked for years. It was a whole new adjustment. Anyway I put one on and was playing “well” with it in about 15 min. After about 30 minutes I was changing some dynamics in things Ive been playing as I can hear my bass notes better and I can accent notes better with the pick that I wasn’t able get with just my fingers. It adds some cool options for me and I’m just overall really happy I came across your ad and got these. I was getting a little bored with what I was playing lately but this picked it up again for me. I just wanted to say thank you."
"Your Pick is just SUPER!!!"
I just received your picks on the 4th of July in the mail. I tried them out immediately. I have to tell you that I have tried various thumb picks throughout the last 20 years...and could never find a pick that properly fit or stayed on my thumb when I fingerpicked. They were either too tight or too loose. Yours seem to be perfect...and they lend a "light" touch to the strings of my Taylor guitars...especially my GC5 Taylor...which is a smaller body guitar made just for picking! The thumb spring seems to be keeping the pick held in place without my thumb feeling much pressure...almost like it's not there!!! Thanks again for an idea whose time has come!!!!
"Great product - has good mojo. I will tell my friends! Spread the love! Cheers"
I just wanted to say thanks for finally figuring out how to make a proper thumbpick ! Been playing finger style and rock/folk music for 40 years. Learned with a thumb pick but never found one that was comfortable or fit right. Always fling them off about halfway through the song. It did take a few days of “nope, this isn’t right either” but after that it’s been all I use!
I have spent years experimenting with picks to make them behave. Flat picks spin between my finger/thumb, and standard thumb picks never fit properly. You have solved both problems. Well done!
Received my order for 3 of your thumb picks and I wanted to commend you on a great idea, well designed and manufactured, and what I can see becoming a very useful addition to my playing. I have covered everything from thumb style ala Wes, and fingers ala Knopfler, but I love having the ability to move from finger style work to flat pick without interrupting the creative flow when I don’t want to feature that skin on string sound. I played Scruggs style banjo for a while as a teen many years ago, so I have a certain amount of muscle memory locked in from that thumb pick work, but this design with the spring is so comfortable the ease of picking either thumb or plectrum feels very natural.
That’s it. Just wanted to acknowledge you for creating and bringing to the marketplace such a cool tool for players. I’ll be back to order more, and I’ll spread the word out here in California where I do most of my picking.
My brother-in-law and I shared an order of your picks to try them out. I normally use picks only occasionally because of the annoyance of trying to keep up with them.
But your pick is the cat's meow. I will place another order when my boss (the wife) gives me my next allowance. Congratulations for your new and innovative product. It's one of the neatest things I've seen in many years.