Best guitar picks 2024: recommended plectrums to upgrade your playing

Various guitar picks on Blackstar amplifier
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Not many guitarists pay attention to their pick, with most opting to go with whichever looks the coolest or something a friend recommended. The fact is, this small piece of plastic has a huge effect on your playing technique, and your tone itself, which is why we’ve put together this guide of the best guitar picks available today.

One pick won’t do it all, so it’s always good to have a multitude on hand for differing styles. Harder picks are great for when you want to get heavy or play fast, whereas a softer pick can be better for softer styles where you want more nuance in your playing.

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Jonathan Horsley

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to publications including Guitar World, MusicRadar and Total Guitar. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.

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