Guide to help you choose a guitar pick

The guitar picks to choose from

As you know that a guitar pick is an unsung hero in the guitar world. It is like a character in a movie who works in the shadows. In the case of guitar picks, they remain in the fingers of the players.

Most of the famous guitarists have their custom guitar picks. People in the United Kingdom call them plectrums, which means any small flat “tool”. On the other hand, some guitarists use coins as a pick. Anyhow, a pick is an inexpensive but essential accessory for a musician that does not cost more than 25¢. You can find hundreds of choices while visiting a music store. Furthermore, they offer custom picks with your name or photo on it. There are the following things to consider before selecting a pick.

The material of the Custom Pick

The custom or any other guitar picks are made of different materials. However, the most common ones are as follows:


It is a type of plastic which has a slightly dull finish which makes it easy to grip. See our Delrin guitar picks.


Another plastic which is the most common as compare to others. See our Celluloid guitar picks.


Nylon is an excellent material for making guitar picks as it provides additional grip. See our Nylon guitar picks.


Well, there are lots of shapes in which custom picks are available on the market. Anyhow, they are divided into three categories:

Small: As the name implies, these picks are little in size and commonly known as jazz picks. Guitar play uses it for more speed.

Large: Well, the largely shaped picks are easy to hold, and all of the three corners are the same.

Standard: Well, it is the most common type of shape that you can find anywhere. It is also known as style 351. If you are just starting with a guitar, then this shape will be right for you.


When it comes to the thickness of a pick, some manufacturers describe them as thin, medium, heavy, and extra heavy while others may use the millimetre measurement.

How to Choose A Pick?

Choose A PickWell, many players choose thinner picks. However, the thickness of a pick is critical. A thinner pick requires more force to push through all the strings of the guitar. In short, a thick pick means you need less movement to make a sound. On the other hand, the guitarist who learns to choose a pick early does not require a thin pick to make a sound.

Some of the newbies think that some picks are specially designed for one style of music, which is not true. However, you need to learn to choose the right pick for different styles of music. If you are playing the guitar in a studio, then you can choose a thick pick. But if you are performing live, then a thinner pick is an excellent choice to avoid the breakage of strings on the stage. A nylon pick is a great choice to avoid dropping it while sweating on stage.

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