Researchers have engineered a one-of-a-kind glass pick, said to be capable of tones that “cannot be obtained with conventional guitar picks”

Shigeru Fujino's glass guitar pick
(Image credit: Shigeru Fujino)

Unless you’re a devout fingerstyle player, chances are you have a favorite type of guitar pick, be it a particular gauge or specific shape. Having said that – and despite the subtle differences between each pick on the market – conventional plectrums are usually made out of the same material.

Yes, there are some anomalies on the market – some are made from steel, wood and bone – but the majority of guitar picks are made from some form of plastic.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.