The Òrd (Scots Gaelic for Hammer) is the brain-child of Ben Smith of Andertons TV and Smith and Brewer.
Ben contacted me on Instagram to ask if I’d ever made a thumb pick. I said “no, but I’m up for it!” After asking around in the plectroverse I soon realised the thumb pick it rarely attempted by boutique members, because they are typical injection moulded, not handmade. Some have tried making them by bending thin metal – a big no no for Ben.
In the past, Ben would buy thumb picks and tailor them to his own needs – cut and file the tip down to give a sharper, smaller surface and score the inside and add violin rosin to give a more reliable grip. But he was still stuck with a thin, floppy pick.
All of these issues and needs were taken into account on creating the Òrd, Ben’s signature thumb pick.
Incidentally, the word “òrd”, meaning “hammer”, in Scots Gaelic stems from the word “òrdag”, meaning “thumb”. Nice bit of pick-naming serendipity there!
The Òrd features:
- a shortened and more pointed playing tip (compared to common thumb picks) with bevelling for speed and ease through the strings
- a thicker, more rigid base, giving strength and body to the tone on acoustic or electric guitar
- inside grips top and bottom, made by chequering the surface, a technique used in gun making
- a snug, bespoke fit
The Òrd is made to order and sizes are not pre-determined. After purchasing, the buyer will be contacted by DaveDavePicks to determine measurements and preferences for the best possible fit.