Finger Picks by Landis Studios
We now offer premium, heavy-gauge finger picks handcrafted by Landis Studios! Each pick is made of sterling silver.
Nickel has been discontinued as standard issue.
Try a pair of Landis Picks RISK FREE – If you are looking for full custom engraving, please try a stock design pick BEFORE ordering engraving. We will refund the stock version towards your custom upgrade. Standard monograms and devices are considered "stock" items, and are 100% guaranteed and refundable.
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Thumb picks are not on the website yet. We do not have dies to cut them out or stamp designs in them. So for now, I am making them one at a time. There is an infinite variety of band widths, blade shapes, blade lengths and engraving styles to be able to just order “off the rack” so to speak. There’s not a lot of spring tension in the thick silver bands, so sizing is critical on these picks. When fit right, They’re extremely comfortable and secure fitting. If not fit right, they can be uncomfortable if not impossible to wear.
We start with getting a size and selecting a band width. For Dobro or guitar, we recommend a wide band. For banjo and steel guitar, narrow bands seem to work best. Custom engraving is available at extra charge. The hammered bands is my base model so I can use a heavy blade and hammer the band thinner. Prices start at $125 for thumb picks. Later when we get tooling in place, I’ll have a small variety of styles and sizes that will be less expensive and can be ordered on the website. For now, I make them 100% by hand, one at a time custom tailored to fit.
2. Is there sizing required on the standard finger picks or are they adjustable?
If your ‘regular’ picks normally overlap, you should have the bands cut shorter. The inner teeth work the best when they make full contact all the way around. We’ll be happy to work with you on sizing matters if you can describe how much shorter you need. This is done at no extra charge. It works the best on the Death Grip style since the bands are plain at the ends. The shield style may cut into the ornamental work if they’re shortened too much.
As far as adjustability, keep in mind that only the blades are twice as thick as ‘regular’ picks. The bands are fairly thick too, but have been thinned enough to be adjustable. Before final shaping, the picks are annealed to make them more pliable for shaping and to reduce metal fatigue which extends the life of the picks.
3. Is there a difference between nickel and silver other than the appearance?
Without enough nickel picks ordered we had to discontinue them as a regular item.
You are welcome to send us an email and request them. With the singular nature of making them to order they will be the same price as a sterling set.
4. What are the differences in blade shapes?
The three blade shapes available are the Landis, the Classic, the Claw.
The Landis - the hemispherical shape compensates for any angle of attack
The Classic - traditional narrow blade similar to most available finger picks
The Claw - Fine tuned pointed tip
The picture below represents the shapes respectively.
5. Can I twist the blade to adjust for my angle of attack?
The unique blade shape automatically compensates for any angle of attack. No need for angled or twisted blades since the hemispherical ends will provide the same radius coming off the string no matter what angle of attack.
6. Silver is very soft. Will they wear out quickly?
The blades are twice as thick as ‘regular’ picks off the rack. One player who is a two time National Banjo Champion has been playing them for a few years now and showed me his picks recently. Although he’s never polished them, they actually look better now from the many, many hours he plays. The burnishing action of the strings kept the blades bright and shiny with no flat spots on the ends.