Guitar picks - make your own picks
All about guitar picks
Why are guitar picks so important?
- The pick hitting the string on guitar is the source of the sound. So you want the quality of the string and the pick to be as high as possible. A certain amount of it is physics - a thicker string with more mass and a thicker pick with more mass will probably result in a better tone from any instrument.
- Taken to extremes, the pick could be 1.5 mm in thickness, and made of tortieshell substitute or stone, and the string could be 0.13 on the first string. This is the sort of thing used in Gypsy Jazz in an attempt to get the tone that Django Reinhardt became famous for in the 1930s.
- Heavy gauge picks may be more suited to fast lead solo playing. For rhythm guitar it's much more comfortable to use a lighter pick. I like Jim Dunlop .73mm and .88 mm picks for most chord playing, as a bit of flexibility gives you a better tone. It's worth trying nylon and tortex picks to see which are easiest for your own style of playing.
- I also like to have an embossed surface, as it is easier to hold on to the pick. Jim Dunlop grey nylon picks have this kind of rough surface.
The nature of picks is to get lost so it's nice to have some spares. Although it may not be worth the hassle, you can make your own picks as shown in the video - I like the idea of recycling old CDs, as there is nothing quite as useless as a scratched CD - although they can also be used as drinks coasters.