Back in the days before the Internet, Djangophiles actually wrote letters to each other and sent them via snail mail! Hard to imagine, right?
Neil Andersson of Pearl Django had such a correspondence with Jon Larsen (founder of the Norwegian Gypsy jazz record label Hot Club Records.) Years ago Neil gave me a copy of a letter Jon wrote concerning Gypsy jazz picks. Very interesting, especially since he includes a [u]drawing of the actual pick that Django used!!![/u] I'm not sure what his source was...maybe there was still one of Django's picks in his guitar (now kept in a museum in France.)
The interesting thing about this drawing is the very dull edge that the pick had. My experience was that most Gypsies I played with (Fapy Lafertin, Stochelo Rosenberg, Paulus Schaefer, etc) used picks with extreme wear like this. I actually pointed this out to Michel Wegen....he came up with the Button pick which is "pre-worn." I think it's a great pick....like the Gypsies, I prefer a pick with a blunt edge.
The PDF includes the entire letter...he offers advice on making your own pick and some tips on right hand technique. Gee, aren't you glad that all you had to do was buy [url=http://www.djangobooks.com/books/gypsy_picking/]Gypsy
Picking[/url] to learn all this stuff?