Plectrums â€“ commonly known as picks â€“ are a must-have guitar accessory. They maximize the playing ability and are extremely useful and handy for playing with different actions and techniques, and can be used to create various effects. It is funny that they are small and tiny, yet make such an important contribution.
They influence the tone, rhythm, and sound of the playing. The material, shape, gauge and texture of the pick form the deciding factors, as to which pick is most suited to the genre you want to play. Choosing your pick is as important as choosing your guitar, as it provides the tonal foundation of your plays.
Plectrums were first made out of tortoise shells which were later banned. Today, guitar picks are made out of various different materials, and come in many shapes and sizes for an enhanced playing performance.
The Big Three
Dâ€™Andrea was the first company to introduce celluloid guitar picks – in early 1922 – which are still popular in the market, while Jim Dunlop, in 1965, developed the first Nylon picks, and later Tortex picks â€“ one of the most popular guitar picks, used by many famous guitarists â€“ and Herco (the Hershman Musical Instrument Company) started manufacturing celluloid and nylon picks in Japan.
By the 80â€™s, these three companies rose to popularity and pioneered the guitar picks as we see them today, and came to be known as â€œthe Big Threeâ€
What To Look For The Best Guitar Pick
When looking for a pick, there are 3 primary factors and few others that you need to take into consideration â€“ the pick material, shape, and thickness (gauge)
1. Natural Materials
Plectrums were traditionally made from natural materials and animal byproducts like tortoiseshell, stone, ivory, wood, steel, etc. Letâ€™s have a look:
1. Tortoiseshell Picks
Tortoiseshell picks were the first picks to ever exist, and were believed to be the â€œholy grailâ€ of guitar picks. A tortoise shell is made of keratin, giving it an extremely similar look and feel as that of a human fingernail, and is heat conducive. Many players have accounted that these picks have a one-of-a-kind tone and feel.
They are extremely flexible and have low friction and thus make amazing picks. The shell of the hawksbill turtle â€“ an endangered sea turtle â€“ has been used to make the picks, and were banned in the 1970â€™s; it is illegal to buy or sell it in the US. However, you can still find some floating around as they are known to be extremely durable and last years. These picks are rare, expensive and fragile.
2. Buffalo Horn Picks
Natural buffalo horns pose as another substitute to tortoise shells as they look and feel like tortoiseshell and are even said to have a similar wonderful tone â€“ given you aptly select the shape and gauge and a smooth release. These picks tend to run a little thick, and are prone to splintering – like wood.
3. Farmed Turtle Shell
These picks are made from farmed turtle shell â€“ very much legal â€“ the closest thing to the banned tortoiseshell pick. However, unlike the sea turtle whose shell glides through the water and across strings, the red eared slider turtles used in producing these picks have rough shells that are ill-suited for use as a pick, and are expensive.
4. Turtle Substitute (Red Bear Trading Company Picks)
The company Red Bear is famous for making hand-crafting picks using a unique keratin-based material â€“ similar to tortoise shell â€“ and casein (a dairy derived protein). They have extremely high quality and are said to mimic the tortoise tone.
However, they run thicker than industrially-manufactured picks, with the lightest gauge being 0.9mm – 1.10mm â€“ not standard precise as they are hand-crafted. They are expensive.
5. Abalone Picks
Abalone picks are made from sea snail shells. They are extremely beautiful, smooth, and have a bright tone, and are inflexible.
6. Tagua (Corozo) Picks – Vegan
Tagua, also called corozo or plant ivory, is considered to be an ivory substitute. It is a light-weight, hard-white material harvested from palm trees. Tagua picks are great and have a bright tone and smooth release, however, they run thick.
7. Coconut Shell Guitar Picks – Vegan
Coconut shell, like Tagua, is very hard and light-weight. However, it makes good picks that are attractive and pleasant to hold. They have a good and fast release from the strings, thus a fast picking action, although they run thick.
8. Wood Picks (Sheesham) – Vegan
Wood picks have a warm tone and natural feel. Wood picks can be made out of various types of wood such as Rosewood, African Blackwood, Cocobolo, Zebrawood, Mahogany, Maple, Walnut, Cherry, and more. It is important to keep the species in mind as hardness varies â€“ softwoods cannot be used.
Sheesham wood picks are common and have bright tones and run thick.
9. Surfpick (Lignum Vitae Wood) – Vegan
The Lignum Vitae is one of the hardest woods, thus great for making guitar picks. The picks made out of this wood are smooth, have a quiet tone and run thick while being aesthetically pleasing.
10. Metal Picks
Metal picks have an extremely crisp attack and deliver upper range harmonics, giving it a mega bright tone. Metal picks damage the strings, so if youâ€™re looking for metal picks, choose ones that have a rounded edge as they minimize this effect.
Opt for bronze for a thicker and jazzier tone, copper for the softest tone, and rass for a fairly soft and a warm tone. Amongst all the metals, stainless steel is the most durable.
11. Bone (And Ivory) Picks
Bones are quite dense and are used to make nuts and saddles of guitars. As picks however, they are not that great, as the surface poses an unpleasant amount of friction. They provide good volume and have a non-metallic harmonic chirp. They do not have a smooth or easy string release, resulting in unpleasant noise.
12. Stone Guitar Picks
Stone is extremely dense and has unique resonant and tonal properties; they produce a thumping or whooping tone. They have a good grip and produce mid-to-upper range harmonics. They donâ€™t absorb any harmonics, thus producing richer sound unlike other material picks.
They have absolutely no flex, irrespective of the thickness, and are good for solo-pickings and not chord strumming. They produce friction and an unpleasant â€œglassyâ€ scratching noise, suitable for electric guitars. Some stones frequently used for this purpose are Agate, Turquoise, Jade, and Variscite. They are expensive.
2. Synthetic Materials
Modern day guitar picks are made from a variety of synthetic materials such as:
1. Celluloid Picks
Celluloid was the first and original tortoiseshell pick substitute, a favorite of many players. It is cheap and flexible, and produces a balanced tone with crispy upper-range harmonics. They glide smoothly over strings, but tend to wear down faster than other materials.
2. Delrin/Delrex/Acetal Picks
Most of the modern picks are made from Delrin and have a matte, non-slippery finish. It has a warm tone and DuPont recommends it as a notable metal pick replacement. It is extremely flexible and highly durable.
3. Tortex Picks
Most players use Tortex picks â€“ Dunlopâ€™s primary material for guitar pick making. It is similar to Delrin, which while inexpensive also wears quickly. It applies friction to the strings because of its powdery texture, providing great grip.
They are considered the ultimate substitute to tortoiseshell picks and have a similar well-rounded tone; many famous players like Kurt Cobain, Jerry Cantrell, Pearl Jam, James Hetfield, and Dimebag Darrell preferred and used these.
4. Nylon Picks
Nylon picks produce bright tones and are extremely flexible â€“ preferable for strumming chords. They are textured to provide grip, as they generally have a slippery surface. They have a vintage appeal, and are a little stiff for playing bass notes. Some famous players like Jimmy Page, David Gilmour, and Gene Simmons used these picks.
5. Ultem/Ultex Picks
Ultem and Ultex picks are also one of the best synthetic picks, made from thermosetting plastics. They produce a good Tortex-like tone and are highly durable and cost effective. They are also flexible and lightweight, offering dynamic playing range to players. A lot of Gypsy-jazz players prefer these picks.
6. Blue Chip Picks
Blue Chip Picks have a good tone and low friction, while being wear-resistant, as they are made out of advanced, heat-resistant superplastic. They have one of the smoothest picking actions, suitable for both strumming and playing leads. They are manufactured in various shapes and sizes, offering wide variety for individualistic tastes and preferences. They are expensive.
7. Thermoplastic: Chicken Picks
Chicken picks are one of the best synthetic picks and have a good grip and great bevel. They are made from high-quality thermosetting plastic. They are heavy, allowing the pick to have a smooth pass through the strings, but have no flex.
8. V-Picks (Acrylic)
Acrylic picks have a sharp tip, are hard and wear resistant, and provide a bright tone. However, they are extremely slippery, thus choose one with grip holes.
9. Carbon Fiber Weave Picks
Some companies are using carbon fibers to make the thinnest picks â€“ at almost 200 micrometers. They are extremely flexible and thin; an excellent choice for strumming but not suitable for leads. Pick Heaven is a company that offers carbon fiber picks.
10. Dragonâ€™s Heart Picks
Dragonâ€™s Heart Guitar Picks are not made from polyamide-imide plastic with different fills like graphite, glass fiber, carbon fiber, etc., offering variety. These picks produced a clear and slightly bright tone and are thick. It is good for intermediate and advanced players, as it has multiple picking edges â€“ one normal, another rounded, and another sharpened â€“ allowing players to create multiple effects.
11. Tusq Picks
Tusq is widely used for making guitar nuts and saddles. Picks made from Tusq have an ivory-like resonant tone, while being highly durable. They come in 3 types â€“ which, black and orange, with white being brightest, black being darker, and orange with a medium tone.
12. Wegen Picks
Wegen picks are made from a composite material that makes them extremely durable, but inflexible nonetheless. A lot of gypsy-jazz players prefer these picks.
Felt picks are made out of wool and cotton materials and have a weak attack. They are used for lower range sounds like ukulele and bass, and rarely for guitars.
Some other materials used for making picks are Kevlar, Leather, Fiberglass, Glass, etc. Some famous guitarists even use coins as picks, like Billy Gibbons who uses a Mexican peso and Brian May (Queen) who uses a British coin.
3. Pick Thickness
For comparison of two pick materials, the picks must be of the same gauge. Pick thickness or gauge is one of the most important and detrimental factors. Many manufacturers describe the thickness by branding the picks as thin, medium, heavy and extra heavy, while some give the exact dimension measurement.
1. Extra Light (under 0.40 mm)
These picks have a compressed tone and are pretty much useless. They are floppy and produce an undesirable audible click.
2. Light (0.40 mm – 0.63 mm)
Light picks have a non-restrictive feel and audible attack. They produce a trebly tone and bright zingy sound, suitable for acoustic strumming. They are thin and fragile, and difficult to play lead lines with. They are also good for tremolo picking on the electric guitar.
3. Medium (0.63 mm – 0.85 mm)
Medium gauge picks are very good for beginners. They have a balanced attack, stiffness and flexibility of lighter-gauge picks coupled with warmth, control, and durability of heavier-gauge picks. This makes them suitable (though not ideal) for all types of playing â€“ strumming, rock rhythm work and full-bodied acoustic leads. They produce powerful and blended tones without being too shrill.
4. Heavy (0.85 mm – 1.22 mm)
If you want a heavy sound, these picks are for you. They have extra warmth, control, and volume. They increase your dynamic range as they have a higher picking ratio of force to string vibration â€“ hence, they are best for playing leads.
They have a duller tone thatâ€™s less lively, but enough flexibility for crunchy rhythms. Solos and leads with these picks are more dynamically even and compressed, less likely to pick noise.
5. Extra Heavy (1.22 mm And Above)
Picks over 1.5 mm are ideal for big-body jazz and bass guitars, as they produce mellow and warm sounds. They provide great precision and control over each note and offer the ultimate picking force to volume transfer. They are also preferred by metal and lead players. Some players may find picks heavier than 2mm unplayable, but more than often, playing with these picks depends on the bevel.
4. Pick Tip And Bevel
A pick tip is very crucial and more important its shape. It may be pointed or rounded, depending on the playersâ€™ needs â€“ sharper picks are suitable for leads whereas rounded edges are suitable for strumming. The playing edge may be beveled to achieve higher picking speeds, especially in case of thicker picks.
The bevel affects the pickâ€™s attack, allowing the pick to glide off of the string by providing a surface. A bevel significantly large enough can effectively reduce the gauge of the picking edge. Hence, youâ€™ll find that the picking actions of some thicker picks is the same as that of a lighter pick.
5. Pick Shapes And Styles
Picks come in various different shapes and sizes, for different playing. Generally, a smaller pick is great for faster picking action, as it offers better precision and control. If youâ€™re an intermediate or advanced guitarist, this is definitely an area you should experiment with. Here is a guide for better understanding:
1. Standard Shape
This is the most common shape and considered as the â€œstandardâ€ guitar pick. It is also referred to as 351, and is recommended to all beginners. These also come in smaller or larger versions, sometimes with sharpened or beveled tips.
2. Standard Pick Sharp Tip
These are slightly larger than the standard picks, and have a pointed tip for greater picking control. These too are recommended to beginners.
3. Jazz III, Aka Little Jazzer
These picks originated as Jazz picks and are smaller with a sharpened tip for enhanced speed, precision and control. They are heavier, thus great for picking and leads, but not ideal for strumming, and are a great choice for advanced players.
4. Pointy Pick
These picks have a sharpened tip for extra control. Not recommended for strumming; good for picking though.
5. Shark Fin Pick
These picks have 2 playing edges â€“ a normal and a rounded one, and a wavy shark fin that is great for creating effects.
6. Teardrop (Wide)
These are a variant of the standard picks with a rounder shape.
7. Teardrop (Narrow)
These are a variant of the Jazz III picks, but narrower, offering tighter control and more challenging.
8. Triangular Pick
These picks come in larger sizes and are triangular in shape, providing 3 identical edges for picking – meaning, you can switch to another edge when one wears out. They are preferred by bluegrass players for strumming and fast-picking.
Pick Of Destiny & Miscellaneous Shapes
Picks these days come in many more shapes and designs. one particular designer pick that has become popular is the pick of destiny. You can find these and other shapes online and in stores.
A lot of picks feature letterings and/or patterns on the surface, not always for a design perspective. The texture of the pick impacts the tone of the playing, and a lot of guitarists such as Keith Urban and U2â€™s the Edge flip the picks, so that the textured side strikes the strings.
7. Other Features
You can also find some picks with grooves, ridges, raised edges, powder, holes, and rubber add-ons to enhance grip or style.
If youâ€™re a beginner, avoid starting with thin picks; they break easily. Start with medium-gauge (0.88mm-1mm) standard shape picks. If youâ€™re an advancing guitar player, you can experiment with different materials and gauges of pick. Everyone has individual tastes, and experimenting will help you discover whatâ€™s best suited for you.
9. Some Alternative Picks
In recent times, many offbeat and unusually designed picks are being introduced into the market, leaving string-strokers abound. If you are a guitar enthusiast and an intermediate/advanced guitarist, definitely check these alternative picks out for the sake of experience, and who knows, you might even enjoy and prefer these over the conventional plectrums!
1. Jellifish Plectrum
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This pick is not technically a pick, as it actually consists of a series of 18 articulated pieces of wires arranged at its end, forming a beveled edge. These guitar-string-like wires are attached to the plastic body of the pick, giving it a jellyfish-like appearance.
These picks are great as they graze over the strings producing a chorus like effect that is impossible to achieve with any other pick. They have a sonic texture and a lingering high frequency sound energy. You can strike the pick laterally over the strings, or even arc it back and forth; each picking technique will produce a slightly different timbre.
These picks are great for steel stringed acoustics, nylon-stringed, and electric guitars.
2. The Wirething Guitar Pick
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These picks have a small metal wire protruding as the striking tip on a nylon, acrylic, or plastic injection-molded body. This way, they offer the crisp bright and precise tone of a metal pick, while being lightweight and ensuring a proper grip (thanks to the plastic surface unlike the smooth metal pick surface).
These picks have a cleaner attack, and arenâ€™t as rough on the strings as the metal picks. If you prefer playing with metal or heavy gauge picks, you must definitely give these a try. Some famous guitarists like Jerry Donahue and Gene Bertoncini love using this pick.
3. Fred Kelly Bumblebee
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The Bumblebee is a hybrid between a flat pick and thumb pick, allowing you to easily switch between thumb picking and flat picking with just this one pick! It offers maximum adjustment and is completely rotational, and lets you decide the amount of blade striking the strings, as well as the attack angle- making it easily adaptable to any individualistic playing style. Since this pick is assembled in two pieces, it also offers greater flexibility and better control.
These picks are made of Delrin, offering a soft natural tone, and are available in 2 shapes â€“ jazz and teardrop â€“ and 4 different gauges â€“ light, medium, heavy and x-heavy. It also offers a choice between regular or large thumb hope, and right-handed or left-handed models.
4. Heet Sound EBow
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The EBow is not technically a pick in its usual sense, rather a strings actuator. It focuses a sympathetic oscillating magnetic field on the strings â€“ a hand-held electronic bow for the guitar. However, it has gained popularity as being used like a pick by many, including some famous guitarists such as Robert Fripp, Adrian Belew, Radiohead, Bloc Party, and Opeth.
This battery-powered unit mimics strings, horns and woodwinds with an impeccable precision and sensitivity, and produces a sound rich in harmonics and with a powerful infinite sustain; no wonder it is replacing conventional picks! If you are looking for something out-of-the-box, you must definitely give the EBow a try for an incredibly powerful guitar play.
Here is a guide of the Top Best Guitar Picks to look out for:
Top 15 Best Guitar Picks 2020
First on the list we have the D’Addario pearl celluloid guitar picks pack of 25. Dâ€™Addario is a world-famous guitar strings and accessories manufacturer, known for high quality products. These picks too are of premium quality, and are made of celluloid. Celluloid, one of the first substitutes for tortoiseshell picks, gives them a warm fat tone. They are of standard shape for comfortable playing, and come in a variety of gauges:
- 8 Light (.50mm White pearl),
- 9 Medium (.70mm red Pearl),
- 8 Heavy (1.0mm black pearl)
2. Dunlop Tortex
Next, we have the Dunlop Tortex Standard Guitar pick pack of 72. Dunlop is an internationally acclaimed manufacturing company, started by Jim Dunlop. It manufactures premium quality guitar accessories, strings and world class gear for musicians.
Dunlop formulated the amazing Tortex formula that is still used today. These picks are used by many famous guitarists worldwide. They are made of Tortex â€“ a material known for an amazing bright tone similar to that of tortoiseshell picks and have a crisp attack, and are perfect for searing electric leads as well as acoustic strumming.
They are wear-resistant, thus extremely durable. The surface has matte finish for an enhanced grip hold. These picks are of 0.60mm gauge, excellent for strumming and for your electric guitar.
3. Fender 351
Next on the list we have the Fender 351 Shape Classic Medium Celluloid picks. Fender is a famous guitar, musical accessories and sound equipment manufacturing company. These picks by Fender are made of celluloid â€“ one of the first substitutes for tortoiseshell picks.
Fender has been the frontier for premium celluloid picks for decades. These picks are of medium gauge and standard 351 shape, and provide a warm round tone as that of a heavy pick, with the flexibility of a thin pick â€“ providing a true all-round performance.
The ChromaCast Sample Guitar Picks are an assorted pack of 12 guitar picks. These picks are of the standard 351 shape with a rounded tip. This assorted pack contains 6 celluloid picks and 6 Durapicks:
Celluloid is one of the most popular guitar pick materials, initially introduced as a substitute to tortoiseshell picks. These picks have a natural feel and warm, and fat tone. They come in the following gauges:
- 1x Red Pick (Light ,60mm)
- 1x Blue Pick (Light .60mm)
- 1x Green Pick (Medium .73mm)
- 1x Black Pick (Medium .73mm)
- 1x Purple Pick (Medium .73mm)
- 1x Abalone Pick (Heavy .88mm)
These picks are made from Duralin (also known as Acetyl or Delrin) that gives the picks strength, stiffness, dimensional stability, fatigue resistance and low friction. These picks have a bright tone and are suitable for playing acoustic, rhythm guitar, as well as fast single note passages. They come in the following gauges:
- 1x Red Pick (Extra Thin .50mm)
- 1x Orange Pick (Thin .60mm)
- 1x Yellow Pick (Thin/Medium .73mm)
- 1x Green Pick (Medium .88mm)
- 1x Blue Pick (Medium/Heavy 1mm)
- 1x Purple Pick (Heavy 1.14mm)
5. Fender Premium
The next entry on our list is by Fender once again â€“ the Fender premium picks sample, a pack of 24. These picks are made of celluloid â€“ a premier pick material and a cornerstone for fender â€“ that is one of the first substitutes for tortoiseshell picks.
They are of the standard 351 shape and have a warm round tone. They come in thin, medium and heavy gauges for an all-round experience, and are the go-to picks for many professional guitarists.
6. Dunlop PVP102
Dunlop, founded in 1965, is the leading manufacturer of musical instrument accessories and home of legendary products such as the Crybaby Wah and Tortex picks today. This assorted set by Dunlop offers the 12 most popular picks of different gauges and materials, so you can play different styles and produce different tones as required:
- Heavy Celluloid;
- Red Nylon Jazz III;
- 88, 1.0 Tortex;
- 90, 1.14 Ultex Sharp;
- 88, 1.0 Nylon Standard;
- 88, 1.14 Max Grip;
- 96,1.14 Gator Grip.
7. Dunlop 44R.60
Dunlop makes an entry again with the Dunlop Nylon Standard. These picks are made from high-quality Nylon and are known for their high resilience and durability. The pack contains 72 picks with gauge 0.60mm. They have a bright zingy tone and are extremely flexible. They have a molded tactile gripping surface for an enhanced grip. These thin picks are perfect for acoustic strumming; however, they are not suitable for bass and heavy playing.
8. Dunlop 471R3C
Dunlop is considered the music instrument industrial leader in design, quality and innovation, and its guitar picks are globally recognized and widely used. The Max-Grip Jazz III Nylon pick has an increased speed, precision, and control thanks to its Jazz III shape. These picks have Max-Grip surface technology for enhanced handling.
These picks have enhanced grip, as the non-slip textured grip is molded onto the entire surface, providing incredible control. Their tips are sharper and beveled, thus allowing quick string release. They are made from carbon fiber and are heavy gauge, suitable for electric guitars and heavy playing. They are ideal for playing leads – not suitable for strumming. A total of 24 picks come in this pack.
Next, we have this assorted Best Guitar Picks. These picks are made from celluloid â€“ a tortoiseshell pick substitute â€“ giving the picks a warm tone, flexibility, durability and a smooth finish. They are of the standard 351 shape with a wide and body and dense round tip. This assorted pack comes with 100 guitar picks of different colors, designs and gauges and a small compact box for holding and carrying the picks. The gauges available are:
- 50 Medium Sized (0.71mm),
- 25 Light/Thin (0.46mm),
- 25 Thick/Heavy (0.96mm).
*You can refund the purchase if unsatisfied.
10. Vincent Van Gogh
Why have boring picks when you can have some amazing famous artwork on them? Inspired by this thought, next on our list, we have this Luxury Pack Vincent Van Gogh Guitar picks set that comes with 12 cool picks and a keychain pick holder.
The picks are made of celluloid and are durable and provide a warm tone. They are of medium gauge â€“ 0.71 mm â€“ amazing for picking leads, and playing heavy notes, and for bass and electric guitars.
The set is provided with a click clack box, so you can store and carry your picks without losing them. A leather chain is also provided along with the set for a complete aesthetic look. The picks come with high-quality prints of the following 12 memorable Van Gogh art works, providing the feeling of an art museum in the palm of your hand:
- Starry Night,
- The Langlois Bridge at Arles,
- Fishing Boats on the Beach of Saintes,
- Cafe Terrace at Night,
- The Bedroom
*You can return the product within 90 days of purchase if unsatisfied.
Donner is an international company, widely famous for manufacturing high-quality musical instruments and accessories and sound equipment. This entry by Donner is a 16-pack set of celluloid picks, with a delicate metal click clack box for easy storing and carrying of the picks.
The celluloid material gives the picks a natural and warm tone, while the standard 351 shape of the picks allow you to play with ease and comfort. These picks come in the following various gauges for a wholesome tonal and all-round playing:
- Thin (0.46mm)
- Medium (0.71mm)
- Heavy (0.96mm)
- Extra Heavy (1.2mm)
Next on our list is this beautiful personalised stainless steel guitar pick. This is made of stainless steel and is heavy with 22-gauge thickness. Created and sold by Blue Sky Creations, it makes the perfect gift for guitar lovers and enthusiasts.
You can customise this pick with a personalised message – any name, phrases, quotes or numberings – that is stamped on one side of the pick; upto a maximum of 20 letters. It is extremely heavy and durable.
It can wear and damage the strings of your guitar, as the tip is not beveled and some players may find it unplayable because of its heavy gauge. You can occasionally use this pick for a heavy metal tone, and can bevel and shape the tip yourself for a better use.
This novelty item is a perfect keepsake and comes in an elegant organza bag. You can also order the item in bulk.
Tips to personalize: specify the letters, numbers and/or design accents as you want them to appear; include all lowercase, uppercase, and capitalized lowercases. All pieces are completely handmade and hand stamped.
Next, we have the Abstract Art colorful guitar picks pack of 60. These picks are made from high quality celluloid that provides them with a warm day tone, similar to that of tortoiseshell picks.
These picks are extremely lightweight, flexible, wear-resistant and durable, as well as smooth, with an impeccable attack action. They are of the standard 351 shape, providing comfort and ease while playing.
What’s more: the picks come in various bright colors, and with a pack of 60, you will not run out. They come in the following different gauges, offering an all-round playing:
- 20 0.46mm (random colors)
- 20 0.71mm (random colors)
- 20 0.96mm (random colors)
14. Art Tribute
Next on our list we have the set of 12 Guitar picks with Tin Box. This is a premium set of 12 guitar picks with assorted modern art designs. The picks are made from celluloid and provide a warm day tone, and have a gauge of 0.71mm – perfect for acoustic strumming and picking leads. They are of the standard 351 shape, allowing maximum comfort for playing.
This isn’t an ordinary pick set – the picks have a high-quality print of modern art on their surface, so you can say goodbye to boring monotonous colored picks. What’s more, the set comes with a leather keychain and a click clack tin box, so you can store and carry your picks with ease.
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The last entry on our list is the Haneye Celluloid Guitar picks pack of 100. Haneye manufactures high-quality guitar picks and other guitar accessories. This is a premium set of guitar picks of standard 351 shape. The picks are made from celluloid, providing a warm tone, similar to that of tortoiseshell picks.
The celluloid material also gives them a pleasant low-frequency rhythm while playing. They have a smooth picking action and crisp bright sound. The picks are flexible, lightweight and come in various colts and patterns, giving a funky look.
Thin picks are soft and suitable for the performance of sweep picking.
The sound is bright and the low frequency is less. The noise caused by the pick rebounding, adds a pleasant rhythm to the sound of sweep picking. If you use more of the split sounds, consider a relatively thick pick. The picks come in various gauges as follows, providing an all-round playing experience:
- 30 0.46mm
- 40 0.71mm
- 30 0.96mm