HowlingMonkeyPicks

Hand Made Tagua Guitar Picks

Rochester, New York · 283 Sales

HowlingMonkeyPicks

Hand Made Tagua Guitar Picks

Rochester, New York 283 Sales On Etsy since 2013

5 out of 5 stars
(65)

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Brian S

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Announcement   We make guitar picks from Tagua Nut (otherwise known at Vegetable Ivory). These picks have superior attack, control and wear down slowly without chipping or scraping.

Announcement

We make guitar picks from Tagua Nut (otherwise known at Vegetable Ivory). These picks have superior attack, control and wear down slowly without chipping or scraping.

Brian S

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Brian S

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Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(65)
Tina Constantino

Tina Constantino on Jun 14, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

My fiancee loved his picks!! Says they feel great.

Alexandra Randell

Alexandra Randell on May 23, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

This item turned out even nicer than I thought it would! The wood is very good quality, and the engraved work was really well done! The seller created the product in great time, and it shipped very quickly. I was communicating with the seller regularly to ensure the product was what I was looking for. The seller was very quick to respond, and very clear and concise, and even provided a mock-up of the box to make sure everything was great! I would definitely buy from this company again!

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About

Hand Made Tagua Guitar Picks

The rainforest. Humid, sunny, full of vegetation, animals and critters of all kinds. A place where the circle of life is fully evident. Where monkeys live, play and howl in the trees. Where trees grow and shed their seeds to spread new life throughout the forest.

Western New York. Cold, gray, full of concrete, cars and crazy people of all kinds. A place where snow falls in April. Where people live, eat chicken wings, and play music in bars. Where the we dream for a championship from our professional sports teams and it never comes to true.

In the dead of winter, January 2013, where there was not a band to gig with and needing refuge from the cold, Howling Monkey was born. After trying many guitar picks from many brands and materials, Tagua was introduced to us, and the rainforest and Western New York merged into one spectacular place. It didn't take long for Howling Monkey to take off. After only a couple weeks of getting various designs into guitar players' hands and solidifying a final design, our picks were ordered from guitarists all around the world and the USA. We've been growing quickly and will continue to do so with the support of so many loyal and happy customers.

Other guitar pick manufacturers claim that their picks are "hand made", where they are actually cut from a resin based material and then hand shaped from there. Howling Monkey, on the other hand (no pun intended, well...maybe so) everything is handmade from the beginning. The tagua nut is sliced, then shaped into a pick shape through multiple steps, ergonomic grooves are cut on the front, and the pick is shaved further with beveled edges then dyed - all done painstakingly by hand. We do our own graphic design for our website, packaging and marketing...we even screen print our apparel and sew our own bags.

Brian Staebell, owner and founder of Howling Monkey Hand Made Guitar Picks, is an avid music lover and guitarist. He has been playing guitar (and tooling around) on other instruments for 18 years. He has many years in the musical instrument retail, sports retail and tourism industries. He has been instrumental in the marketing and product development in each company he has ever been employed by. He values every customer he meets and is excited to bring Howling Monkey Hand Made Guitar Picks to you.

Our Philosophy on Environmental/Economic Sustainability:

At Howling Monkey Tagua Nut Guitar Picks we strive to bring you high quality tagua guitar picks. Tagua Nut is a natural, environmentally sustainable substance found in South America (Ecuador/Columbia). The tagua nuts are harvested through a coalition employing over 1800 native Ecuadorians providing good income that would normally not be there without this import. Unlike wood guitar picks that require manufacturers to harvest entire trees, tagua nut picks are environmentally friendly--we're just picking the fruit. And since tagua nuts grow on trees, there's no need to harm animals like horn, bone and hoof guitar pick producers may do. Our supplier meets ISO 9002 standards and is certified by SGS International Certification Services.

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Last updated on June 4, 2017
At Howling Monkey Tagua Nut Guitar Picks we strive to bring you high-quality tagua guitar picks hand-made in Rochester, NY. Tagua Nut is a natural, environmentally sustainable substance found in South America (Ecuador). The tagua nuts are harvested through a coalition employing over 1800 native Ecuadorians providing good income that would normally not be there without this import. Our supplier meets ISO 9002 standards and is certified by SGS International Certification Services.

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Payment
We accept Paypal payments which also include Visa, MasterCard, and Discover.
Shipping
We will ship your product out within 1-2 business day of your order unless specified otherwise.
Refunds and Exchanges
If you are unhappy with your tagua guitar picks, please contact us and we will work something out. If your tagua pick has broken within the first week of playing, please contact us and we will ship you out a replacement.
Additional policies and FAQs
We will do custom orders based on any spec you wish. Personalized picks can be ordered at howlingmonkeypicks.com