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    I dropped my blue chip pick into my f hole mandolin. How the holy heck do i get it out?

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    Turn it over and shake it for a while. It will eventually come out or get close enough to the f hole so that you can grab it. Also, you can roll up some blue painters tape on a pencil end with the sticky side out and see if you can grab it.
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    I used Blutack on a piece of wire to get a pick out of my F hole mandolin, chewing gum would so a similar job.
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    I've always feared this happening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary Hudson View Post
    I've always feared this happening.
    Happens frequently. At least to me.
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    In my early days of playing acoustic guitar, it seemed like I had 15 or 20 picks always ratting around inside the sound hole . . . if you shake the instrument while you play it, it will be like having a percussionist playing along with you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pittsburgh Bill View Post
    Happens frequently. At least to me.
    It's been happening to me for years. I think it's a fairly normal occurrence.

    I will note that it has never happened to Chuck Norris.
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    At least you know where it is ! I have lost two BC but never lost a cheap pick !
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    I always figured the real advantage of f-hole was how much harder it was to lose your pick in one. I never thought about how much harder it would be to get one out.
    If I call my guitar my "axe," does that mean my mandolin is my hatchet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by G7MOF View Post
    I used Blutack on a piece of wire to get a pick out of my F hole mandolin, chewing gum would so a similar job.
    Okay advice on getting a piece of chewing gum stuck to a pick out of the f hole on my mandolin?
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    The removal is not that hard really.
    Do the obvious flip and shake move, gee.
    Practice for a while, it WILL happen again!
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    Use a doorknob hole drill bit to drill a hole in the back. Be careful not to let it cut through the top, though. That could damage your strings.

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    The removal process is similar to pouring water out of a boot! 😉

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    Actually easier than a guitar (at least with my mandolin) since you don't have to hop it over the x-braces. Just flip it over and gently shake it until the pick moves to the widest part of the ff-hole. Then either grab it or keep tilting until it falls out.
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    Toss the shaky end of a rattlesnake in there and call it good.

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    When my son was around three he would ask for the pick then quickly toss it in a sound hole. Laughed my butt off the first time, each subsequent time was a bit less funny.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Bertotti View Post
    When my son was around three he would ask for the pick then quickly toss it in a sound hole. Laughed my butt off the first time, each subsequent time was a bit less funny.
    Perhaps he was trying to tell you something?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OneChordTrick View Post
    Perhaps he was trying to tell you something?
    Quite possible!
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    I’ve often lost picks inside guitars and a few times inside F holed mandolins but has anyone else lost one inside a National RM-1? Retrieval is possible but not easy!!!

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    Plastic straw with duct tape (reversed) on the end of the straw.
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    My technique was always to look into the hole and maneuver the pick directly under the hole, and then quickly flipped the instrument over so it falls out the hole. Might not work so well with an F hole, but it is my go to for most instruments.
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    22 posts on how to get a pick out of an instrument!?
    Please!
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    That's OK Tim, I'm thinking of doing a video. I never knew it was an issue and to my recollection this is the first time it has been asked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Timbofood View Post
    22 posts on how to get a pick out of an instrument!?
    Please!
    So only 22 are not enough for you?

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