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Bruce Bouton


From:
Nash. Tn USA
Post Posted 12 Dec 2008 5:10 am     Reply with quote

I just re-discovered an old friend. Wayne Dahl gave me a set ofJeffran picks. I just ordered a bunch from the Jeffran Website. I fhad forgotten how good they sounded.
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Al Miller


From:
Branson, Mo
Post Posted 12 Dec 2008 6:14 am     Pics Reply with quote

Bruce,
i love those pics they are the stuff
i just turned ole tom brumley on to a set of those and he's diggin them too..
good to see ya in the forum
do you remember me ? i was the kid that took lessons from buddy every week right after your lesson spot at Oxin Hill Music
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Chris Schlotzhauer


From:
Colleyville, Tx. USA
Post Posted 12 Dec 2008 6:44 am     Reply with quote

Hey Bruce.
Yep, I bought a pair at the Dallas steel show last year and I love them
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steve takacs


From:
beijing, china via pittsburgh
Post Posted 12 Dec 2008 7:13 am     Reply with quote

Yeah, when I attended Jeffran College back in 1984 (Buddy E.did a guest drop in), I picked up a bunch of sets, most of which I still use. They were chromed then. Don't know about now. Am tempted to get some of those picks I've read about on The Forum recently that have the inside material that helps grip them to the fingers. steve t
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Mark Eaton


From:
Sonoma County in The Great State Of Northern California
Post Posted 12 Dec 2008 7:54 am     Reply with quote

I guess these are all finger picks? Or does the first paragraph pertain to thumbpicks? I don't know any thing about them - and there's no photos on the website, just this:

Quote:
Great Picks Are Back!
Custom shaped and cut; in three sizes and two colors.
Sizes: Large, medium, or small
Colors: Bright red with white trim or Bright yellow with black trim.
$4.00 each

Regular nickle/silver finger picks.
They are all .026" thick.
Two for $5.00


Can someone help me out here?
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Richard Sinkler


From:
Northern California
Post Posted 12 Dec 2008 11:23 am     Reply with quote

Best picks made. I have been using the same pair for going on ten years now. I would go through at least 2 sets a year (bands would break at the holes) when using Nationals. Plus I could never get any other brand to bend right and they would hurt like heck. Jeff's picks are pre bent on the band which helps considerably when making them fit right. You don't even know you are wearing them, they are so comfortable.

First part is their thumb picks.
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Bill Moore


From:
Manchester, Michigan
Post Posted 12 Dec 2008 12:08 pm     Reply with quote

Here's a picture, I've used this pair for at least 7-8 years.


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Jonathan Shacklock


From:
London, UK
Post Posted 12 Dec 2008 12:28 pm     Reply with quote

Mark, you are right, the first paragraph refers to the Jeffran thumbpick (not shown in Bill's pic). I quite liked the comfort and tone of the JF thumbpick - fairly bright - but the one I had had a flaw and didn't last more than a week.

I agree about the fingerpicks - the best for tone that I've tried. Much better than the new National NP2's which are terrible in my opinion.
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Mark Eaton


From:
Sonoma County in The Great State Of Northern California
Post Posted 12 Dec 2008 1:21 pm     Reply with quote

Thanks Jonathan. And thanks Bill, for the photo.

I don't know if Fran Newman keeps up with the goings on here, but if it were my business, I would clarify the verbiage in that section of the site, and it wouldn't hurt to post a couple of photos there.
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Dave Diehl


From:
Mechanicsville, MD, USA
Post Posted 12 Dec 2008 3:54 pm     Reply with quote

Yep... you guys are right. I was at Jeffs one time and he gave me a set of the finger picks and some thumb picks. He told me if there was someone trying to play steel that I didn't like, to give them those Nationals I had. I've used their picks ever since that time.
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Don Brown, Sr.


From:
New Jersey
Post Posted 12 Dec 2008 4:22 pm     Reply with quote

Hey Dave, Ya should have sent me the Nationals. I wouldn't a cared if it was because ya didn't like me.. Laughing Laughing Laughing
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chris ivey


Post Posted 12 Dec 2008 4:37 pm     Reply with quote

i had a pair for years, but they finally broke like everything else.
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Paddy Long


From:
Christchurch, New Zealand
Post Posted 12 Dec 2008 5:28 pm     Reply with quote

I got my first set of these from Jeff in 82 when I went to his school .... that first pair lasted for years. I always pick up a few extra sets from Fran when I go to the Dallas show ...but I end up giving them away to other players before I ever wear them out !! The best finger picks available IMO.
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Mike Poholsky


From:
Kansas, USA
Post Posted 12 Dec 2008 5:56 pm     Reply with quote

I got a set a few months ago, really like the finger picks. I didn't care for the tone of the thumb pick and then it broke. I didn't replace it. I saw a post by Herb Steiner, and he liked them for getting better tone high on the neck. He's right. They sound good. I'd been using Nationals forever. JFs are thicker metal, but very comfortable.
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Jonathan Shacklock


From:
London, UK
Post Posted 14 Dec 2008 1:01 am     Reply with quote

Jonathan Shacklock wrote:
Much better than the new National NP2's which are terrible in my opinion.


I think I should revise my previous comment. Based on how the National picks sounded when I first tried them I had almost discarded them. I went back to them yesterday and shaped the blades to the same angle as the JF's. Big difference in the tone. They now sound very close to the JF picks - perhaps slightly brighter.
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Michael Douchette


From:
Gallatin, TN
Post Posted 14 Dec 2008 4:11 am     Reply with quote

Richard Sinkler wrote:
I would go through at least 2 sets a year (bands would break at the holes) when using Nationals.


Wow. I must be doing something wrong. I still have the Nationals I bought back in the '70's. I don't use them, because I wore the tips off of them. I've been using my second and third pair ('70's, too) ever since.

Wonder what's wrong with mine?

(I would like to see a pair of the Jeffran ones, though.)
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Ernie Pollock


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Mt Savage, Md USA
Post Posted 14 Dec 2008 5:13 am     Yes!! Reply with quote

Jeff's picks are the best I have ever used, I have been using the ones I have [4 or 5 sets of them] for a long long time. I think if you will try Jeff's picks, you'll throw all those silly looking ones away, that people think will make you play better, ha ha, the jokes on them - get them Jeff picks n o w
you hear me!!

Ernie Pollock Whoa!
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Rick Kornacker


From:
Dixon Springs, Tennessee, USA
Post Posted 15 Dec 2008 11:07 am     the "old standard" Reply with quote

Hey BB and all! The JF picks have been working great for years. The combination of the picks, a BJS bar,and the rest of my current gear add up to the best sound I've ever heard(for me!). Glad to see that Fran is hanging in there for everybody...she still loves the business and all of you over the many years. I'm fortunate enough to have a gold-plated JF pick that I received as a wedding present from my wife. Play gooood!RK
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Jack Dougherty


From:
Spring Hill, Florida, USA
Post Posted 15 Dec 2008 12:54 pm     Reply with quote

Guys...

If I can get a good pict, I have a gold plated set.

Not JF.....but JB The Originals!! Very Happy Very Happy
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Michael Douchette


From:
Gallatin, TN
Post Posted 15 Dec 2008 2:01 pm     Reply with quote

I hadn't thought of that. I'll take some pics of my first set. They were a gift from Lloyd when I was a teenager. They were his.
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Bernie Gonyea


From:
Sherman Tx. 75092 ,U.S.A.
Post Posted 15 Dec 2008 2:48 pm     Playing With The Best Picks Reply with quote

Very Happy Whoa! Laughing Rolling Eyes

Mikey : I'll bet that is why you play so devinely; being Lloyd had used them.Right? Bernie Laughing Rolling Eyes Whoa! Very Happy

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Marlin Smoot


From:
Denver
Post Posted 15 Dec 2008 3:03 pm     BJ Picks Reply with quote

I have a set of Jeff/Buddy picks that were given to me by a steel player friend a long time ago. On my picks they are stamped: "(BJ)" as I understand it; it was a pick that Buddy and Jeff had endorsed together?
Someone may be able to shead more light on these picks?
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Jack Dougherty


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Post Posted 15 Dec 2008 4:05 pm     Reply with quote

Marlin...

Exactly.... Very Happy Very Happy
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Michael Douchette


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Post Posted 15 Dec 2008 4:59 pm     Reply with quote

Bernie, I don't know about that, but thanks! Here are Lloyd's picks that he gave me. I used to play them, but now I keep them to bend "new" ones:





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Brad Malone


From:
Pennsylvania, USA
Post Posted 16 Dec 2008 8:09 am     Picks and picks Reply with quote

Jeffran finger picks are great but let me also give a word of praise to the Dunlap 0.0225 finger picks and the Zookie L-10 thumbs picks that I bought from Bill Stroud, they are also great, IMHO.
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