Guitar picks or plectrums can be made from a variety of materials. They are made in different sizes, thicknesses, and shapes. Finding the best guitar pick for yourself will require some experimentation but can be fun. The perfect guitar pick feels good in your hands, and gives a sublime sound that can be perfected to your liking. Of course, what constitutes as a “feel good” and “sublime sound” will depend on personal preference and interpretation.
Types of Guitar Picks
A guitar pick can be made from wood, bone, ivory, shell, stone, metal, plastic, or other synthetic materials such as nylon and celluloid. Some say that guitar picks made from turtle shells are the best; however, using turtle shells and ivory to make picks is illegal due to endangered species considerations. Commercially available guitar picks are often made of wood, metal, or man-made materials: V-PICKS makes the best!
- Wood : Wooden picks produce a bright sound when the pick hits the strings and the natural texturing of wood allows you to have a good grip of the pick even during extended jam sessions.
- Metal : Metal picks produce a rich and bright sound but the picks tend to wear down the guitar strings faster than other materials. Metal picks are fun in that you can have them made with silver, or a metal alloy which creates a distinctive and unique sound.
- Plastic : There are many types of plastic picks and they are fairly affordable. Each will generate a different tone and have a distinct feel between your fingers. In general, plastic picks are thin which makes them great for fast action playing. Plastics used to make this type of pick include: celluloid, nylon, acetal, acrylic, and more.
- Other Materials : picks can be made from almost anything including glass, gemstones, and composite materials.
Shapes & Sizes of a Guitar Pick
Most guitar picks are triangular in shape with variations in size, thicknesses, colors and textures. Although a pick can be any shape that feels comfortable, typical picks have rounded corners and are equilateral or isosceles triangles. Some picks are made with materials that make them “sticky”. This is a desirable feature since it prevents the pick from slipping while you strum your instrument. Other picks have perforations, indentations, recessed logos, or additional coatings to give you an anti-slip grip. The materials we use create that anti-slip texture you need.
Take your Pick
V-PICKS carries a huge selection of picks for guitars and mandolins. They range in shape, size, thickness, color, and materials. For those who are not sure what to buy, we offer starter kits and sampler kits at discounted prices so you can find the best pick for you! Please be aware that shipping within USA is only $1.99 (we also ship internationally) so don’t be shy, give us a call at (615) 927-5989 or contact us online.