Guitar Picks

silver blues guitar pick made from coin

My choice of Blues Picks

I never struggled, asking myself what guitar pick I needed, nor ever contemplated which was used for rhythm or lead. I just bought a handful of different ones and naturally ended up playing just a couple that felt right. Both were very thick. One was a Fender’s Extra Heavy celluloid plectrum:

fender extra heavy black guitar pickThe second one was my own special treat and I love and cherish every bit of that idea. It was a 5 dollar silver coin issued in 1992…

jfk 5 dollar coin

…that a jeweler turned into a real blues guitar pick for me…


dollar-metal-pick-blues-guitar jfk-coin-blues-guitar-pick It is a fantastic piece of work that turned into an unexpectedly versatile tool, which I do not abandon regardless whether I play rhythm or lead. It is perfect for hitting single notes, adding the bright diamond tone to your sound and works great if you want to struck entire chord since silver slides so well on the nickel strings. An all around universal and best guitar pick for me. Don’t believe me? See what Rev. Willy has to say:

billy gibbons holding mexican-peso guitar pickHis is a Mexican Peso metal guitar pick, made especially for him.

Your choice of Blues Guitar Picks

There are countless types to choose from:

  • There are jazz guitar picks which are usually thick and relatively small to give the notes more intention:


  • There are Banjo Plectrum which you put on each of your fingers: 

Banjo Guitar Picks

  • There are plastic, metal, wood, glass, credit card and all things in between picks:

a pile of guitar picks

Thicker picks are in favor of solo players while thinner picks are easier to play rhythm with. Grab them by the handful because they will get lost often and it will happen at the worst possible moment to give you the “Guitar Pick Blues”.

It is not a necessity to play with a plectrum, Albert King used his fingers and he was a lefty. But if you fancy picks like me, you will discover yet another hidden world in the rich universe of Blues Guitar.

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