It's pretty safe to say that for as long there have been stringed instruments, there have been musicians using picks to play them. Picks may come in a huge array of sizes, materials and thicknesses but they all have one thing in common - the ability to shape the sound of your instrument. Finding the perfect pick can be fun and exciting, and because picks are usually inexpensive, you can experiment with quite a few different brands and varieties to find the best ones for your personal preferences and playing style.
Since a guitar pick can be fashioned from just about any material, there are a few things you should consider while looking through this section. Metal picks, for instance, give you a firm, "sticky" grip even through sweaty jam sessions. Great examples of metal picks are the Clayton ZZ-Zinc Standard Metal Guitar Pick and the Pick Boy Heavy Metal Cellex Guitar Pick. A nylon pick, on the other hand, is light and nimble, often using a raised grip to make it easier to hold. Picks like the Dunlop Nylon Max Grip Guitar Picks have a nonslip texture molded into the entire gripping surface of the pick, offering you incredible control no matter what type of music you're playing.
How the pick hits the string is another aspect to keep in mind. If you like more slip when hitting the strings, choose a nylon or metal pick, but if you want more control while strumming you might want to invest in a wooden pick. Check out the Clayton Exotic Wedge Wood Guitar Pick for an example. Wedge wood creates a strikingly bright sound against your strings, and its grainy texture offers a firm grip that will stand up to the most scorching solo performances.
Whether you're jamming on stage in front of a crowd or rocking out in the comfort of your living room, a pick can change the way you make music. From finger and thumb picks to signature and specialty picks to multi-packs of picks and more, the variety in this section seems to go on forever - which is definitely a good thing if you want to try quite a few.
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