Motor City Agate A Piece of America's Automotive History
Despite the name, Detroit "Motor City" agate, these are actually NOT stone or agate at all.
The material used in these Corvette picks, is the result of layers upon layers of automotive enamel. It's the accumulation of over-spray & run-off from painting racks which was then baked & hardened over time.
It's the byproduct of a time when vehicles were hand-painted, a time before machine automation, and before cars became just another electronic device.
It's a token of another era which hails from the assembly lines of Detroit Michigan, the birthplace of America's auto industry.
Fordite The material itself can be a rare find and typically is used for small jewelry, however it's much too soft to be used as an actual guitar pick.
So the solution developed in this case, was to cast a hard resin material as the playing tip. The result was a hybrid with the distinct look of Fordite, and the functionality as a playing piece.
Dimensions Each pick is approximately 30 * 25.5 and 4mm thick
Each one is available, labeled, & pictured individually. So what you see is the exact one you'll receive.
One-off Batch These Corvette picks have been in the making for some time and required further development before being brought to life.
Being a car enthusiast, they were more of a personal project. I was instantly intrigued by the unique composition and history of the material itself, but thought other car fans might appreciate it too.
A total of 16 were made of which only 12 will be available. These are not planned to be part of a more permanent line up like the glowing Helios or Minervas.
Mainly because material of this quality & format is difficult to find. But also because there were no Ford "Model T's" back in the Iron Age, despite it feeling like it's been so long :)
So a re-make is not being considered anytime soon.
But if you're a car enthusiast too, or know someone who likes cars AND guitars, this would definitely make for a cool one-of-a-kind gift. (Seriously, you won't find too many Fordite picks in existence)
Personalization Because there's a risk of engravings not being 100% exact or centered, these picks are not available for engraving.
(more common picks are simply thrown out when engravings are not up to standard)
However if you would like to have a 1.5mm hole drilled to use this as a key-chain or necklace, simply leave a comment in the "Order Notes".
You can also just send an email message with your order # and request it that way. There is no extra charge for this.
You can also do it yourself later as each pick has a pilot hole already centered at the top.
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