Pick Smith Jam Kat Wearable Pick Review

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jamkat1When I got the invite to test drive Pick Smith’s Jam Kat. I agreed, not knowing what exactly a Jam Kat did or who Pick Smith was. Twenty minutes of poking around their website got me only marginally closer to answering those questions, but I did eventually determine that the Jam Kat is a rather clever device for quickly switching between playing fingerstyle and using a pick.

(This review was originally posted on my Ukulelereview.com site. I thought my gadgeteer guitar playing friends would like to read about it too – Julie)

I managed to size up my forefinger using their equally unclear sizing guide (an illustration would be most welcome), and a few days later it arrived in the mail.


Worn on the first finger, the Jam Kat has a spring-loaded arm that swings your pick out of the way when you’re ready to go fingerstyle. It comes with a standard teardrop pick, but it’s easy to adjust to your preferred brand.

I’ve tried a few different thumbpicks before, and I wasn’t expecting much. My friend David does amazing things with the Fred Kelly Bumblebee, but I’ve never quite gotten comfortable with it. Standard banjo-style thumbpicks are even worse.

So, with some misgivings, I tried on the Jam Kat. And I liked it. It’s much more comfortable than any thumbpick I’ve tried–I’m wearing it right now as I type this. And since it isn’t a thumbpick at all, it allows direct thumb-to-string contact.

As an added bonus, this is the best solution yet for teaching lessons–I no longer need to set my pick down when I reach for a pencil.

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With some reconsidered marketing and a redesigned website, I’m sure Pick Smith has a winner on their hands.

Josh Skaja plays uke, guitar and a few other things in the band Owen Too. He blogs about teaching & learning the guitar at JoshSkaja.com


Product Information

Manufacturer:Pick Smith
  • Great for writers and instructors because you don't have to set the pick down to write something
  • Not obvious how to pick the write size
  • Might feel awkward at first

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