Although national style finger picks have been around for the better part of a hundred years, few finger-pickers are completely satisfied with how they work and feel. Among the complaints: if they’re adjusted tightly enough to stay on, they hurt, not to mention the hangnails they can cause; for some, clicking picks is an annoyance; for others, it is difficult or impossible to finesse a musical piece with hurting fingers, or while worrying that at any moment a pick might come flying off and shoot across the stage.
Rusty Thornhill, a lifelong musician, recording studio engineer/producer, author, inventor, and technology developer, played a gut string guitar for decades because his fingernails could not endure steel strings for more than one or two songs. When he tried to use national style finger picks, his “touch went out the window.” For thirty years, he dreamed of a finger pick that would feel like fingernails. Over two years ago, he decided to make his heart’s desire a reality. After what seemed like endless hours of development, and a drawer full of hand-made prototypes, Thornhill’s dream has at last emerged from the shadows. The result is what he calls Perfect Touch Finger Picks TM, (Patent Pending).
Designed as a set of at least two, each pick has a unique shape, which virtually prevents clicking. When snugly installed, it is almost impossible to sling them off the fingers. Some say the picks feel like part of the finger when they put them on. And, while, in truth, they may not feel exactly like fingernails, it’s as close as one liable to get with a finger pick. With these picks, one can actually achieve the “perfect touch.”
The picks are designed to reside above the cuticle. The middle finger pick is designed with a low wrap with cutouts that allows the forefinger pick, which is designed with a unique high wrap, to touch the skin of the middle finger, instead of metal. This design, of course, is what prevents clicking. The inside of the picks is lightly abraded, which, in addition to the unique wraps, helps prevent the picks from slipping off. The picks come in three sizes: small, medium, and large.
Difference between flat, round and brass:
There is a little difference in tone with the round face, slightly fuller. The round face is considerably stiffer which can be a little more accurate. For those who like their pick curled around the fingertip, the stiffness of the round face makes that more difficult, although not impossible to adjust. If you like a pick that's easy to adjust around the tip of your finger, use flat. If you like a stiffer pick, use round.
If you like the brightest sound you can get, use flat, nickel silver. If you like slightly diminished brightness, use brass.