Guitar PicksPlectrum Style Guitar

Guitar picks come in many different colors and thicknesses but the basic pick shape stays very similar because you have to hold it in your hand. Picks stay in a similar shape for the same reason baseball gloves do, they have to fit on someone’s hand.

In the case of a pick they must fit between the thumb and index finger comfortably.

The black tear-drop shape is a Gibson pick from a long time ago.

The white thumb pick is made by Dunlop I usually file the playing tip down some on these.

I prefer a heavy pick for single notes because they don’t flex too much. Medium picks I like for strumming chords.

The F1 and X1 picks I got on the internet a few years ago at They have an extra section of plastic on them that helps steady the pick. The F1 has a plastic section for your index finger and the X1 has a section to put your thumb in.

Pick Material

The material the pick is made out of will effect the tone of your guitar. Try picking your guitar with some things you have around the house like a folded up piece of paper, broken CD or thin cardboard. Try using a quarter anything else that will work just to hear the different tones they create.

Picks are made from a variety of plastics and a few are made of metal. There are metal finger picks that the steel guitar players use and there are regular metal picks but they have no give.

I remember reading about a popular rock guitarist who used a dime for a pick but I can’t remember his name. It was the 60’s.

Pick Thickness

The thickness of your pick will change the tone some but the main thing is it will effect is your playing.

I’ve found that a thick pick is easier to control, they have less give and will help train your picking hand so your hand controls the tone too.

With the heavy pick you adjust the force your arm uses to pick lighter to heavy.

This puts a lot of the tone control right in your hand or arm I should say.

The thickness of picks vary from different manufacturers but not a lot. I usually use the Fender heavy because I have a bunch of them, any brand that doesn’t break is good.

Picking Speed

Here is another reason I like the heavy pick, since you have less flex you can play faster for single note picking. This movement comes from the wrist and arm together. They also make Sweep Picking easier. Most fast pickers like a heavy pick.

Basic Guitar Picks

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Dunlop Picks

Dunlop uses a plastic called Tortex. They came out with a tortoise shell pick years ago. No they didn’t use real Tortoises. Dunlop’s Tortex picks are available in a variety of shapes and gauges.

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Fender Picks

I have been using these picks since the sixties

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Gibson Picks

50 Pack so you won’t run out for a long time

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Ibanez Picks

Ibanez makes picks with rubber grips and a “sand” grip too. They have special Steve Vai picks also.

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National Picks

They only sell fingerpicks because they only make Dobros and Variations of the original Steel body guitar.

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Clayton Picks

Here are some picks with pinup girls on them.

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EVH – Eddie Van Halen Tin Picks

Twelve pack with grips on pick so you don’t drop them.

Ernie Ball Picks

These guys have been making guitar strings, picks and other guitar accessories since the late 60’s

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