10 Unique Guitar Picks
Guitar picks, along with most things involving the instrument, matter. I would even go so far as to say that not having the right pick can significantly impact your playing. Everything including thickness, size, material, and grip makes a difference in the way you pluck the strings. With all these factors at play, it makes sense that there are literally thousands of pick types that exist on the market. Today I want to take a moment to shine some light on the picks and their brands that are on the more unique side of things.
These picks are definitely no joke. If you see someone playing with a Dragon’s Heart pick their likely to talk your ear off about how great they are. And this makes sense once you’ve seen one of these up close. These picks have three different sides/points to choose from which gives them a very distinct look and versatility. Also, these are incredibly well made, very thick picks that can last upwards of 1000 hours of playing. While I wouldn’t recommend these for everybody, if you are intrigued by these picks don’t hesitate to order some.
This funky little guitar gadget definitely checks off the unique box. The concept behind this product was to make the most ergonomic guitar picking experience possible. This thing works by tethering the pick end to a rubber ring that goes around one of your fingers. While this idea sounds gimmicky some people have actually had great success introducing this invention into their playing style. And at just $2.99 this is a reasonable purchase just to see if you're missing out on a potentially more comfortable way of playing guitar.
Surprisingly enough some players swear by stone guitar picks. The reason most people play with picks of this variety is due to their very pronounced presence and enhanced definition. Also… they are kind of just amazing looking. But regardless of why you would want to buy a stone pick, one of the best companies out there for this type of thing is Stone Works. This brand's picks range from a wide assortment of all kinds of stones (even meteorites!). The biggest complaint I and many others have with these picks is their prices start at 20 dollars and go up from there. But if you are able to hold on to them, these should sound great for a very long time.
If you really hate that plastic sound that some of us hear with regular guitar picks, a wood pick is a great option for you. Wood picks are slightly warmer than plastic and metal picks but are much stiffer like one made of glass would be. You will also find most wood picks to be less likely to slip than that of glass thanks to their grain texture. The Clayton Wood Exotic picks are particularly great because they have an indent that acts as a grip.
Coin Picks -
There are a lot of coin picks for sale on places like Reverb and Etsy, along with several other sites dedicated to guitar picks made with metal currency. Coins have been used by guitar players for years, the most famous example being Brian May’s use of an old sixpence British coin. The sound produced by coin picks is closest to that of stone picks, but there is definitely some difference between the two. Also, in case you were wondering, it is perfectly legal to make picks from real currency (at least in the U.S.) since it is only illegal to alter coins for fraudulent purposes.
Gravity picks are among the most respected high-end picks on the market today. What makes these so special? Well a couple of things, but first and foremost these picks are handmade in California. Each Gravity pick is hand-shaped down to the edges and then polished with great care. The other main special feature of this pick brand is its material. This company makes their picks with thick cast acrylic that, for most players, has a much more lively/bright sound than nylon picks. Furthermore, these things are made to last, so even though they are pricey, it is definitely worth it if you don’t lose them (easier said than done!).
If grippy picks are your thing then the Dava Grip Tips might just be perfect for you. These picks are mostly covered in a very good feeling rubber grip. On top of this, the Grip Tips also have several beveled lines in the rubber along with other bumps that give extra control. If you are dropping these guys a lot then no pick is going to stay in your fingers. These get a lot of praise from a lot of people and are definitely worth checking into.
This one is kind of cheating for this article because this is not a pick, but rather a pick accessory. The Double-Pulse is a piece of silicone that you can attach two picks on to make your 6 strings sound like 12… yep that’s it. It is an interesting idea, but don’t think that you can buy this, and you magically now have a 12-string. This definitely is not a perfect product and the reviews are mixed on it. However, if your expectations are not too high, the Double-Pulse can definitely give your guitar some pretty interesting tones.
If you know of Zager guitars you likely know the company as being a small and lesser-known luthier shop for Denny Zager. But the company also makes accessories including strings, picks, and even a capo. Their Carbon Flex pick is a rather original looking design and is instantly recognizable once you’ve seen one. The four-hole grip layout does a great job of preventing pick movement when strumming and feels great to hold. On top of all that, these things have raving reviews and a 100% lifetime breakage guarantee.
Shark Fin Picks –
With shark fin picks we are specifically talking about the pick shape known as “fin” or “shark fin”. You can find several brands that make and sell this pick shape in a variety of different materials/sizes. The most well-known of these, is probably Dunlop, seeing as their Tortex picks are very popular and do come in the shark fin shape. However, the origin of the shark fin shape (along with most modern pick shapes) is credited to the still present D'Andrea. Now, as to why you would want to buy or use a pick in this bazar shape… I haven’t the slightest idea.