Introduction: How to Get a Pick Out of a Guitar.

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I was suprised that with all the instructables on guitars, there is not a single one that shows how to fix the inevitable... the pick in the guitar accident.

Step 1: Stuff You Need...

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Here's th short list of materials you will need for this...
1 chopstick
1 roll of masking tape/invisible/industrial tape

Step 2: Putting Together the "tool"

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Here, you construct the "tool" you will be using fo get the pick out.

First, get the tape and make a small loop with the sticky part on the outside.

Second, cover the entire end of the chopstick with the sticky part on the outside.

Next, make a "umbrella" to go on the end.

Step 3: Getting the Pick Out.

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Here is the (somewhat) tricky part...

Grab your tool and stick it inside the sound hole.

Firmly plant as much of the end onto the face of the pick.

Pull up SLOWLY. Be sure to not hit the sides, or it will fall.

Fit it through the strings and...

Congratulations! You got the pick out!!

Step 4: Play to Your Heart's Content!

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Now that you got the pick out, there are several things that will happen...

You won't have to deal with that irritating noise that it makes,

You now have one more pick that won't go to waste,

The pick won't scratch the inside of your guitar,

and you didn't have to take out a single string :D

...however, this guitar already had a broken string, and I have done this before with the strings. Just keep in mind that there are other ways to do this, so if you don't like my idea, then that is just fine.

Peace out, ROCK ON!!!

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JuanP162 (author)2016-07-15

AHAHAHAHAH You could've just said: “use chopstick and tape”, we would sort the rest out LOL.. “Step 2: Construction of ‘the tool’ ” AHHAHA this made my day.

zachcray (author)2015-04-15

you can just turn the guitar upside-down, and shake it out..... DUH

Ninjajackrussel (author)2014-02-01

I love you dude!

Zachattack1 (author)2010-10-30

Reminds me of th game operation! (-;

meme4209 (author)Zachattack12013-06-13

LOL! that is funny

meme4209 (author)2013-06-13

Love This... Thank you. My grand daughter kept throwing picks into my guitar and I hated it every time I had to try and get them out. The shaking method does work but depending on how the guitar is made inside it can wear you out trying to get it, it is like the little bugger bank shots off of the insides of the guitar. I will definetly use this.

BuffyMay (author)2012-06-08

Tried the shaking method, the chopstick method and the feeling like bashing the guitar against the wall but eventually trying to stare the pick out of it method, because I had been using my brother's pick without him knowing and he would kill me, ut /i found the pick where it had fallen out when /i stood up to shake it out of the guitar on the first try... [oops] Good site though!

hartigan (author)2009-05-15

Why you can not turn the guitar upside down, and shake it a little bit?

popcorn4lunch (author)hartigan2011-12-31

s'what i do :)

mrmerino (author)hartigan2010-12-19

you could, but most guitars have some sort of of support strut thats runs down either side next to the soundhole... it could come out, but youd have to shake it right

la-main (author)hartigan2009-05-25

it takes ages to get it out when you turn it upside down

spotty mcgee (author)2009-06-06

i break my guitar open violently as my solid gold pick is worth more than the guitar, and i cant play it... lol

Chainslaw (author)spotty mcgee2010-10-17


icepick244 (author)2009-04-03

will this work with money, such as coins?

santy22 (author)icepick2442010-08-14

Sadly, chopsticks repel coins.

jaredsalzano (author)icepick2442010-02-04

Nope. Guitar picks only.

fwjs28 (author)icepick2442009-05-20

what do you think? same concept...DUH!!!

newb (author)2010-06-14

ummm....ive always just flipped my guitar over my head and shaken it like king kong i tried this and by the time i found the stuff and made it i could of just shaken the pick out

peach_fart (author)2009-06-30

how do i get the pick out of my guitar?

peach_fart (author)peach_fart2009-06-30

oops forgot the picture

Matt21497 (author)peach_fart2009-07-10

Hmm.... Surgery?

 Most definitely surgery!  

FastEd88 (author)2010-03-01

Ok, Now how do you get the chopstick, tape , gum and pencil let alone the pick out? When I dropped them all in there in think when I got mad and finally turned it over ans shook it they all stuck together somewhere up in there? I even tried standing on my head but all I did was scratch the dam thing! Next time I'm buying a Les Paul solid body electric!

Fast Ed

jaredsalzano (author)2010-02-04

this usually becomes a fun game for me. you have to get the pick directly under the hole and FLIP it around and it falls out, harder than shaking, still.

mike patterson (author)2009-11-23

sirsnailswigbee (author)2009-11-09

How do I get the pick out of my electric bass?  Just playin.  Cool tutorial.  I never would have thought of that.

BEAST14 (author)2009-09-04

hahaha I remember way back when I first learned to play guitar. I was only 9 and I had gotten my first guitar. It was acoustic. On the first day I dropped my pick down in it and it disappeared...I was very worried. Then my dad got it out and blah blah blah.

Halopwner85 (author)2009-06-07

all you do is turn it upside down, (if it doesnt fall on the strings) is move it from side to side its way less complicated

Mcblugi (author)Halopwner852009-08-09

all you really have to do is flip it over and give it a few violent shakes. if it fell to the end of the guitar pick it up, put the neck vertically down so the body is up and shake it back and forth it should work but if it doesn't u can use this idea. my guitar has a sound hole that is at the top of the guitar not behind the strings so its easier

volquete (author)2009-07-11

thanks! i hate it when this happens!

jarheadwithm16 (author)2009-07-11

rofl this is very helpful for the the reason that every acoustic guitarist goes through this situation there is no way around it :) greatinstructable

cdizzle (author)2009-07-04

nice i bet duct tape works better

WrittenRomance (author)2009-06-30


Sivić (author)2009-06-21

Looks like you desperately need new

capt. caveman (author)2009-05-25

everybody loves to shake their guitar apparently. I like the ol' gum and pencil trick less chance of injuries and hurting yourself

Atomman (author)2009-05-23

I tip the guitar from side to side until it falls out. Lot of fun.

Jupitane (author)2009-04-14

You know there's no point for all of this.
Step 1. Put the guitar upside down.
Step 2. GENTLY pat the back of the guitar.
Step 3. Be PATIENT!
Step 4. Be sure to put the guitar down gently after you have it upside down
result in not doing this will result in dropping the guitar or even killing the guitar.
Step 5. After step 1-4 is done HAVE FUN!!!
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schoonovermr (author)Jupitane2009-05-20

that's not as fun though.

Jupitane (author)2009-04-14

Oh yeah ROCK ON! and live life to the fullest!

fivenineoneforty (author)2008-10-31

um... it's sooo much easier to just flip the guitar over and shake the pick out

yeah, except you can scratch the guitar

VagsmaCutter (author)derfman242009-03-09

It's true you can scratch the guitar if you flip it over and shake it. But, this risk can be greatly reduced by standing on your head whilst shaking. Also, by using a pick leash that attaches to an adjacent finger this problem can be completely eliminated. That being said, I think that this way is a do-able alternative to the way I've just mentioned and perhaps easier for someone less adept at standing on their head.

how can you scratch the guitar? just wondering, i mean if ur carefull and don't like slam it against a drum set or cabinet, it's fine.

You just named two ways to scratch a guitar. Question me an answer...

question you and answer? haha

It's from an old film called Shangri La, this big musical number revolves around answering questions with questions. It comes highly recommended...

Metal4God (author)2009-02-24

lol random..but i usethe same picks...that and gator grip

InfamousKirch (author)2009-01-28

I usually just shake the guitar til the pick's under the sound hole, use a pen, pick, finger to reach in and hold it in place adjacent the sound-hole ... then flip it over, let go with my stick/finger and it falls right out

marcocen (author)InfamousKirch2009-02-08

I usually use bubble gum instead of tape, it is so much more delicious

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