Picks with Pluck: 11 Guitar Picks That Dare to Be Different

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Barney Narcho

Gravity picks should be given alook into.In my opinion they are the very best. I was a V-Pick user,not anymore. They're great for pinched harmonics. Give them a test drive,you won't be disappointed.

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Barney Narcho

Gravity picks should be given alook into.In my opinion they are the very best. I was a V-Pick user,not anymore. They're great for pinched harmonics. Give them a test drive,you won't be disappointed.

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still rockin'

And yet Brian May made a career just using a coin. I like anything that's around .75mm. Every material adds its own color to the sound. Some good some bad.

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jcDesigns

Wow...no one mentioned Wegen Picks? http://www.wegenpicks.com/

These things last forever! Little pricey considering its just a pick, but this guy makes them well.

He will even custom make them to the size and shape you want!

I use some custom picks, and I've been using the same pick for five years. They don't die. Drilling holes into them gives a great grip.

For those that are adventurous, you can actually order rods of the material he uses for these and make your own!

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guitarladd

I have some double picks that are supposed to make a 6 string sound like a 12 string. Don't really do that but they are neat to play an acoustic with. They make a 12 string sound kind of like a zither or something. Not a brand name that I know of. Got them from Musician's Friend a few years ago, don't know if they still carry them.

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jlanzillo

If you have not tried Blue Chip Picks ( www.bluechippicks.net ), do your self a favor, pay the money and try one. They are one of the best feeling and fastest picking picks I have used. The sound quality difference is amazing. You may lose one before you wear it out. The one drawback is the cost of about $35.00 for one. Took me forever to pull the trigger, now I am sold.

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metalriffs

I used Dunlop nylon .88 mm for YEARS and then a couple of years ago I stumbled across and switched to Snarling Dogs 1 mm nylon Brain Picks. I like the feel and sound of nylon picks and the raised bumpy surface makes Brain picks nearly non-slip. The edges are a too sharp when the pick is brand new so I need to break it in and round the edges for optimum effect. Once the edges settle they're awesome! They're economical too because they last a long time and one box contains a dozen; I also like the little metal box Snarling Dogs Brain Picks come in. Pretty cool.

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mechmat

Where are V Picks? The best money can buy. And they're not one-offs like a lot of these, they make over a dozen models that are each unique.

I'm not going to post a website, but google V-Picks.

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watson503

Co-signed. V-picks are hands down my favorite - there is a discernible difference in tone and they do not move or slip at all while playing.

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SkinnyMusicTV

Dare to be different? DUNLOP'S ARE NOT DIFFERENT!!!

I'm a little disappointed to see that STAR PICKS from Everly Music are not listed here. They're better than most of the weird picks I see in this list, they're made in the USA and they help you grip the pick via the star cutout. It's all I use...

@Ardiril, you should try them because you wouldn't need to score your picks anymore to get a good grip.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/accessories/everly-star-grip-guitar-pick-dozen

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ardiril

I have played the Dunlop Tortex picks since they came out. I bought a pack of each size, and they last forever, until I lose one. I usually play the yellows, but occasionally switch to the slightly heftier greens. The heavy purples are great for crushing out power chords, and the thin reds are great for smooth even attacks.

I score each one with a couple strokes from an Exacto knife to improve the grip.

#10 above looks like a butt plug.

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