Guitar Pick Guide
The two most important things when deciding on which guitar pick to use is THICKNESS and MATERIAL. Here is a short description of both:
Thickness:Guitar picks come in varying thicknesses to accommodate the different playing styles and kinds of strings. Thinner plectra (such as our 0.46mm pick) are more flexible and tend to offer a wider range of sounds, from soft to loud, and produce a "click" that emphasizes the attack of the picking. However, some argue that heavier picks (such as our 0.81mm pick) produce a brighter tone.
In rock and heavy metal, while playing electric guitar with hi-gain amplification or distortion, it is generally assumed that thinner picks produce muddier, heavier, less controllable sound and thicker picks produce more delicate, more controlled and well-shaped tone. Thicker picks are generally used in more discrete genres, such as heavy metal or power metal. However, there are many exceptions to these stereotypes, especially as there is an element of guitarist preference involved in selecting pick thickness.
Material:• Celluloid: Historically, this was the first plastic ever used to produce picks, and it is still of some use today .They are great for guitarists who want to get some vintage feel.
• Nylon: This popular material has a smooth and slick surface, with a high-friction coating to make them easier to grip. However, nylon loses its flexibility after 1-2 months of extensive use, becomes fragile and breaks, so guitarists that use thin nylon picks should have several spare picks just in case.
• Steel: Picks made out of steel will produce a much brighter sound than plastic ones. Brian May of Queen uses steel picks which replicate his original choice of a silver sixpence.