Good question, KMFrye54. Also, a good point made about the Ovation picks starting out the same way as the picks you obtained at NAMM shows. (You have a nice collection of your own!)
Jay, perhaps you could ask around about the Ovation guitar pick?
Just a guess, I don't believe this pick is an artist pick. I can't see Glen using this pick or giving out marketing picks for Ovation with his name on the picks.
I am guessing Ovation manufactured these picks after Glen's rise to stardom on the Goodtime Hour. Ovation followed his fame with a pick promo for the Ovation guitar "as played by Glen Campbell".
Were there NAMM-like events in the late sixties, early seventies?
Perhaps Ovation distributed these picks to guitar dealers to hand out?
Remember the post in this forum about Glen's pick holder? The holder was fastened to the body of one of his guitars played in the early seventies at concerts. This holder suggests to me that Glen used a personal pick.
Very nice, jay -- a Rick Nelson with Cheap Trick pick!
It must have been great fun when you were young to shop for a guitar pick.
--Dee (who is still searching the attic and the basement for her long-lost Glen Campbell fan club pick...it was red with Glen's name on it....I had purchased it from the official fan club in Hollywood, not because I played guitar but because it was the only item in the merch inventory that I could afford at the time...it probably sold for 50 cents.)
" Is it possible the GC picks from Ovation started out in a similar manner?"
Not possible...on target...although I don't think there is one simple answer.
The advent of modern picks came in the early 20th century. The originator of the modern day pick also began branding picks with his name, which soon caught on for other manufacturers and then artists...in the 50's!
With the guitar revolution in the 60's you also had folks start collecting because artists all used different picks. Branding picks added a different facet to the pick industry. Did you buy the pick because Glen used that pick, or the name Ovation was on it, or the artist's name was on it, or because of the shape or because of what it was made out of or a combo of any or all of them. Something so simple really created a whole new part of the pick industry and created several different aspects of why someone might buy that pick. Yes...it started out as advertisement...but from that point, branding also added value to the pick, in adding association with other aspects of the music industry...
There are several books out there about pick collecting. I probably should have read one of them before answering your question...
jay (sorry I logged on wrong)
I've been to NAMM a couple of times. Every guitar vendor in the hall has pots of picks on the table so you can try out their wares. Different size, shapes, colors, but most with the maker's stamp on 'em.
I came home with at least a dozen from each trip. Some from names like Taylor, Fender, and Gibson, and some with names I'd never heard of until that trip. I even have one with a Korean character stamped on it. Is it possible the GC picks from Ovation started out in a similar manner?
The one with an Ovation guitar is interesting. That one probably is pretty old. I could see someone making those for Ovation.
You can never tell about personalized picks. They are so easy to make.
Rick Nelson with Cheap trick will throw his to the audience (i got one in college)...those are actually artist used picks. He stacks about 24 or so on his mic stand for each concert.
I have yet to see a GC pick that was personalized that claimed he used it.
All the concerts I saw with Glen...he used the same pick and when he wasn't using it, stuck it in his pants pocket.
You might be able to get Jeff to tell you if Glen used personalized picks or just used his favorite pick.
I am guessing the latter.
When you were a kid...picking a pick out of a pick box was about as difficult as picking what ice cream you wanted to eat at Baskin Robbins. They had so many shapes and names on them. I remember that big triangle pick in the upper left-hand corner. I had several of those. Each corner was a different thickness if I remember correctly.