Kelly’s Picks offers a unique array
of high-quality, custom designed thumb picks to musicians world-wide.
All picks seen in this web site are created by Fred Kelly, a music
enthusiast himself. His experience with guitar playing has allowed
him to conceive a variety of picks, to meet many different needs.
The superb craftsmanship of these picks is ensured through a reliable
production process and durable materials.
Fred’s love for guitar playing began
was a young child. He loved strumming with a
flat pick, and this suited his needs until one day, when he heard
Merle Travis on an old 45 record. He was extremely intrigued by
Merle’s picking style, and played the record over and over,
eventually wearing it out. He tried many different ways of simulating
Merle’s picking style using
a flat pick, but all were unsuccessful. He then
tried a standard thumb pick, but all on the market were too bulky
and uncomfortable. This inspired Fred to fashion his first unique
thumb pick, the speed pick. He designed the pick with a slim
shank to allow precision and speed, and with a comfortable, securely
fitting thumb hole.
Because of the overwhelming positive response
to the speed pick he received from fellow guitar players, Fred was
inspired to create more custom picks. He now offers the largest
variety of pick styles available on the market. He knows that each
guitar player has their own specific needs, and he works hard to
meet them. That’s why Fred’s picks come in multiple
blade gauges, materials, sizes, and even left-handed models.
When you purchase a Fred Kelly pick, you
can be certain that you are receiving a reliable, well-made product.
Each pick is injection-molded in Fred’s work studio by Fred
and his family. Injection-molding is a dependable process,
ensuring consistency in shape and weight throughout an entire run
The materials used in his picks are delrin,
polycarb, and nylon. All are long-lasting, and have their own unique
qualities. Delrin is an extremely
strong, unbreakable material, and provides a very soft and natural
sound on the strings. Polycarb is
also very strong, and has an appealing transparent color. The sound
created from a polycarb pick is louder and brighter than that from
the delrin or nylon. The nylon material
is used only in the flat picks, and is very durable yet flexible.
The nylon also creates a softer sound on the strings. Choose which
best suits your needs!
If you have further questions about us and
our picks, please call us! 1-877-667-5091 (toll-free).