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US3699838A
US3699838A US159357A US3699838DA US3699838A US 3699838 A US3699838 A US 3699838A US 159357 A US159357 A US 159357A US 3699838D A US3699838D A US 3699838DA US 3699838 A US3699838 A US 3699838A
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A guitar pick comprising as an integral part of its construction a band extending outward from each side of the main body and forming a loop around the upper portion of said pick. Said loop acts to provide a holding tension when a thumb or finger is inserted between the main body of the pick and said loop. The area enclosed by said loop being of such size and shape as to provide for fingers of various sizes and various gripping postures.

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United States Patent Montgomery [54] GUITAR PICK [72] inventor: Edgar L. Montgomery, 729 N." Cole Avenue, Hollywood, Calif. 90038 [22] Filed: July 2, 1971 [21] Appl. No.: 159,357 7 [s2] u.s.c| ..84/322 51] 1m.c|....; ..Gl0d3/16 5s FieldoiSearch ..84/322 [56] 1 References'Cited I UNITED STATES PATENTS 557,293 3/1896 Wahl ...s4/322 2,045,571 6/1936 Dopyera ..84/322 [4 Oct. 24, 1972 2,221,234 11/1940 Frasier ..84/322 Primary Examiner-Richard B. Wilkinson Assistant Examiner-Lawrence R. Franklin [57] ABSTRACT A guitar pick comprising as an integral part of its construction a band extending outward from each side of the main body and forming a loop around the upper portion of said pick. Said loop acts to provide a holding tension when a thumb or'f'mger is inserted between the main body of the pick and said loop. The area enclosed by said loop being of such size and shape as to provide for fingers of various sizes and various gn'pping postures.

3 Claims, 4 Drawing Figures PATENTEDUCI24 I972 3.699.838

F/GUPE] 1 76026 2 IN VEN TOR.

GUITAR PICK FIELD OF INVENTION DESCRIITION OF PRIOR ART Amongst guitar and banjo players it is a universally accepted practice to use hand-held picks to facilitate the plucking of the strings on a musical instrument.

Most users of picks hold them with their thumb in a relatively straight line perpendicular to the playing tip whereas the forefinger is usually angled and positioned in many different individually preferred ways.

Various devices have been created to secure the pick to the users finger or thumb. These picks were limited in that they involved constriction of the thumb or finger of the player. They placed structural elements between the players thumb or finger and the pick. The prior art were also restrictive as to the variety of initial gripping positions possible. They were restrictive as to the subsequent repositioning of the users grip. The prior art 'also involved the manufacture of separate parts subsequently fitted together. US. Patents typifying this type of pick are No. 3,442,169 issued to C.E.Bowers and No. 2,776,592 issued to MS. DiPreta. My invention is distinguished from this prior art in that it provides a free and unhampered grip allowing the player to position the thumb and especially the forefinger in a wide variety of individually preferred positions. My invention allows the forefinger to be moved into any of the usual positions along the gripping area of the pick and still remain secured in a nominally undroppable manner. In the instant invention the grip of the user is not limited to a single pivoting axis nor does the user encounter any interference in tactile communication with the pick. My invention is of one piece construction thereby allowing for low cost manufacture.

SUMMARY OF INVENTION the insertion of a thumb or forefinger. This tensionbetween the main body of the pick and the loop holds the pick in place on the thumb or finger without the necessity of a gripping action on the part of the thumb and finger.

A pick of such construction provides for:

The comfortable accommodation of any size finger;

The quick fitting of the pick around the thumb or finger, using only one hand; The immediate switching back and forth between finger plucking and pick plucking; The wearing of the pick on the finger for long periods without any discomfort; The hanging of the pick onto a tuning stern of the musical instrument for quick storage and retrieval;

The uninterrupted tactile communication between the pick and the thumb and finger; The gripping of the pick in most of the positions the user would assume on a pick not having an encircling loop;

A one piece economic manufacture.

' BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS In the accompanying drawings wherein:

FIG. 1 is an orthographic view of my pick showing the main body and the integrally secured loop.

FIG. 2 is an orthographic view from the side showing the forefinger inserted between the-main body and the loop.

FIG. 3 is an isometric view from the rear and and above of FIG. 2; and, FIG. 4 is an orthographic view from above showing the thumb inserted between the main body and the loop.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT FIG. 4 the thumb T, is inserted into the space between the loop 11 and the main body 10. By inserting the forefinger or thumb into this space the loop 11, is

forced to angle away from the main body 10. The tension thusly caused by such action acts to retain the pick in a secure manner upon the forefinger or thumb of the player.

It is to be noted that the instant guitar pick can be made from any of the plastics normally used in guitar pick manufacture.

It is to be further noted that my invention due to its single plane one piece construction can be made in a one step stamping process from plastic sheet material, or, a one step plastic molding process as well.

It is to be further noted that the size of the space formed, between the loop 11, and the main body 10, of the pick is much larger than the size of the average finger. This size allows for positioning of the forefinger in a great number of individually preferred positions.

It is to be further noted that the loop 1 1, as shown in FIG. 3, only contacts the forefinger in one small area. My invention does not depend, for its function, on completely encircling the finger in a constrictive or restrictive manner.

Therefore I desire to protect by Letters Patent, and what I claim is:

1. A one piece guitar pick comprising a flat main body portion, and a flexible loop integrally formed with said body defining an enclosed space between said loop and said body for insertion of a finger.

2. A guitar pick as in claim 1 wherein said loop normally lies in the plane of said body but is selectively deformable out of said plane, said deformation providing a holding tension on an inserted finger.

3. A guitar pick as in claim 2 wherein said pick is made of plastic.

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1. A one piece guitar pick comprising a flat main body portion, and a flexible loop integrally formed with said body defining an enclosed space between said loop and said body for insertion of a finger.
2. A guitar pick as in claim 1 wherein said loop normally lies in the plane of said body but is selectively deformable out of said plane, said deformation providing a holding tension on an inserted finger.
3. A guitar pick as in claim 2 wherein said pick is made of plastic.
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US4122746A (en) * 1977-01-17 1978-10-31 Freeman Quilla H Stringed musical instrument pick
US4497237A (en) * 1983-05-19 1985-02-05 Beall Mark A Guitar pick
US4625616A (en) * 1985-08-26 1986-12-02 Mcvicker Richard E Thumb pick
WO1989000745A1 (en) * 1987-07-20 1989-01-26 Idecon Plectrum for string instruments
US5587542A (en) * 1996-04-29 1996-12-24 Everly; Philip Tunable plectrum
US5837913A (en) * 1996-08-16 1998-11-17 Newman; John E. Plectrum holder and method for using the same
US5973243A (en) * 1998-03-05 1999-10-26 Christenson; Eric J. Guitar pick
US6127613A (en) * 1998-11-27 2000-10-03 Hansel; Douglas D. Pick for a stringed instrument
US6245977B1 (en) * 2000-08-04 2001-06-12 Thomas M. Byrns Plectrum having a pair of contact points
US6335477B1 (en) 1998-04-11 2002-01-01 Frederic Smith Miller Musical instrument picks and novel methods of use
US6346662B1 (en) 1999-09-15 2002-02-12 Drayth S. Sielaff Ergonomic pick for stringed instrument
WO2005017875A1 (en) * 2003-08-14 2005-02-24 West John R Fingernail pick for stringed instruments
US20050105926A1 (en) * 2003-09-05 2005-05-19 Hitachi Printing Solutions, Ltd. Electrophotographic apparatus
US20060156895A1 (en) * 2005-01-18 2006-07-20 Judd Brian T Flexible guitar pick
US20070079685A1 (en) * 2005-10-12 2007-04-12 Mizek Robert S Plectrum or pick
US20080178725A1 (en) * 2007-01-29 2008-07-31 Goad Bradley C Guitar Pick
US20090056521A1 (en) * 2007-01-29 2009-03-05 Goad Bradley C Guitar Pick
US20090084244A1 (en) * 2007-01-29 2009-04-02 Goad Bradley C Guitar Pick
US20090139384A1 (en) * 2007-11-29 2009-06-04 Robert Bramucci Index finger mounted guitar pick
US20090229442A1 (en) * 2008-03-12 2009-09-17 Wingnotes De Guitaura, Llc (A Georgia Corporation) Plectrum with attached grasping devices
US20100263515A1 (en) * 2008-03-12 2010-10-21 Hollin Jr James Theodore Plectrum with attached grasping devices
US8389839B2 (en) 2011-01-27 2013-03-05 Richard McVicker Thumb pick
US8492630B1 (en) 2011-05-18 2013-07-23 David A. Wonnacott Musical instrument pick with replaceable strap
US9135898B1 (en) 2014-09-25 2015-09-15 Richard E. McVicker Finger pick for stringed instrument
US9155425B2 (en) 2011-09-27 2015-10-13 Travis J. Lemasters Nut opening device
US9240167B2 (en) 2013-11-25 2016-01-19 Kay Caccia Pick-rite guitar aid
US9361864B2 (en) 2014-02-26 2016-06-07 Robert Parker Flatpick device
US9530389B2 (en) * 2015-01-23 2016-12-27 James Ernest Moffat Systems and methods for holding an instrument pick
US9734805B1 (en) 2016-02-03 2017-08-15 Kay Caccia Guitar aid
US10192531B1 (en) 2017-03-14 2019-01-29 Daryl Cobb Nonslip instrument pick
USD884780S1 (en) 2018-06-11 2020-05-19 Joseph Farabaugh Pick holder for a stringed instrument

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* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US4122746A (en) * 1977-01-17 1978-10-31 Freeman Quilla H Stringed musical instrument pick
US4497237A (en) * 1983-05-19 1985-02-05 Beall Mark A Guitar pick
US4625616A (en) * 1985-08-26 1986-12-02 Mcvicker Richard E Thumb pick
WO1989000745A1 (en) * 1987-07-20 1989-01-26 Idecon Plectrum for string instruments
US5587542A (en) * 1996-04-29 1996-12-24 Everly; Philip Tunable plectrum
US5837913A (en) * 1996-08-16 1998-11-17 Newman; John E. Plectrum holder and method for using the same
US5973243A (en) * 1998-03-05 1999-10-26 Christenson; Eric J. Guitar pick
US6335477B1 (en) 1998-04-11 2002-01-01 Frederic Smith Miller Musical instrument picks and novel methods of use
US6127613A (en) * 1998-11-27 2000-10-03 Hansel; Douglas D. Pick for a stringed instrument
US6346662B1 (en) 1999-09-15 2002-02-12 Drayth S. Sielaff Ergonomic pick for stringed instrument
US6245977B1 (en) * 2000-08-04 2001-06-12 Thomas M. Byrns Plectrum having a pair of contact points
WO2005017875A1 (en) * 2003-08-14 2005-02-24 West John R Fingernail pick for stringed instruments
US20050066790A1 (en) * 2003-08-14 2005-03-31 West John R. Fingernail pick for stringed instruments
US7179976B2 (en) 2003-08-14 2007-02-20 West John R Fingernail pick for stringed instruments
US20050105926A1 (en) * 2003-09-05 2005-05-19 Hitachi Printing Solutions, Ltd. Electrophotographic apparatus
US20060156895A1 (en) * 2005-01-18 2006-07-20 Judd Brian T Flexible guitar pick
US20070079685A1 (en) * 2005-10-12 2007-04-12 Mizek Robert S Plectrum or pick
US20090056521A1 (en) * 2007-01-29 2009-03-05 Goad Bradley C Guitar Pick
US20090084244A1 (en) * 2007-01-29 2009-04-02 Goad Bradley C Guitar Pick
US20080178725A1 (en) * 2007-01-29 2008-07-31 Goad Bradley C Guitar Pick
US20090139384A1 (en) * 2007-11-29 2009-06-04 Robert Bramucci Index finger mounted guitar pick
US20090229442A1 (en) * 2008-03-12 2009-09-17 Wingnotes De Guitaura, Llc (A Georgia Corporation) Plectrum with attached grasping devices
US20100263515A1 (en) * 2008-03-12 2010-10-21 Hollin Jr James Theodore Plectrum with attached grasping devices
US8389839B2 (en) 2011-01-27 2013-03-05 Richard McVicker Thumb pick
US8492630B1 (en) 2011-05-18 2013-07-23 David A. Wonnacott Musical instrument pick with replaceable strap
US9155425B2 (en) 2011-09-27 2015-10-13 Travis J. Lemasters Nut opening device
US9240167B2 (en) 2013-11-25 2016-01-19 Kay Caccia Pick-rite guitar aid
US9361864B2 (en) 2014-02-26 2016-06-07 Robert Parker Flatpick device
US9135898B1 (en) 2014-09-25 2015-09-15 Richard E. McVicker Finger pick for stringed instrument
US9530389B2 (en) * 2015-01-23 2016-12-27 James Ernest Moffat Systems and methods for holding an instrument pick
US9734805B1 (en) 2016-02-03 2017-08-15 Kay Caccia Guitar aid
US10192531B1 (en) 2017-03-14 2019-01-29 Daryl Cobb Nonslip instrument pick
USD884780S1 (en) 2018-06-11 2020-05-19 Joseph Farabaugh Pick holder for a stringed instrument

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