Welcome to Guitar Pick Zone's List of Cool guitar picks!
There's a lot of competition on the market as well as options for players to choose from. Companies that have been around the longest such as Jim Dunlop & Ernie Ball seem to have most of the market share.
This makes it a lot harder for smaller companies or new gear companies that want to introduce their cool guitar picks to the market. If a new company creates a plectrum similar to any of the plectrums already on the market they will have an even harder time surviving.
Plectrum companies have had to come up with creative ways to separate themselves from the rest. This has brought about some really cool guitar picks that push the boundaries of the regular plectrum as you'll see below.
1) Sik Pik - S35, D75, D35
Sik Pik make some pretty cool guitar picks. Some even call it the fastest guitar pick in the world. There are experiences are hard to put into words and that is exactly where I am with this pick now. In order to understand the Sik Pik one must try it.
They make 3 different models, each with a different type of twisted point. The three different twisted points by Sik Pik serve different purposes and suit certain styles and techniques.
It really comes down to what the player feels is comfortable. For example the S35 suits accurate note picking, the D55 specialty is legato while (which helped the Guinness World Record fastest guitar player to set that record) while the D75 has the most extreme twist. This improves speed and power strumming as the pick becomes parallel to the guitar string.
They all have one thing in common and that is they've all been designed with a comfortable gripping surface. The Sik Pik comes in either blue or red. The colors do not signify any difference as far as we know.
See how the Sik Pik works in the video below.
2) Dava Grip Tip
At first glance the Dava Grip Tip looks like a regular old colorful plectrum. But when you investigate further and take a closer look you begin to realise that this plectrum is so much more than just a regular guitar pick.
The first thing we notice on the Grip Tips is the rubber coating that covers the gripping surface of the plectrum. This features drastically improves grip and reduces the plectrum from slipping and moving in between your fingers.
The Dava Grip Tip has a very special feature
The rubber coating has three bumpy lines. Whilst these lines improve the grip, it is not their primary function. Each line represents a different place in which to grip the pick, depending on where you grip the pick, the flexibility of the pick changes. This is revolutionary in that each pick on its own is exceptionally versatile. You can go from strumming with flexibility to lead playing with a harder feel.
The Grip Tips come in a choice of Three materials:
- Poly Gel tips
We think it should definitely be on the list of cool guitar picks.
Although this looks like a tool Spiderman would use, it is actually a seriously cool guitar pick creation. The Snakepick wraps around the index finger of the guitar players picking hand. The size of the coil along with the finger create the desired tension.
This feature gives the guitarist control without affecting his/her picking style and technique. It also cancels out the chances of dropping your guitar pick while playing. The SnakePick come in packs of three as pictured above. Each color is a different gauge and you can also get different coil lengths too.
The Gauges of This cool guitar pick:
What makes the Snakepick so unique and one of our cool guitar picks is, that the "gauge" of the plectrum is not measured in thickness but rather the consistency/density of the plastic.
The Snakepick allows the guitar player to shift their attention away from focusing on holding the pick and rather on playing the actual guitar. This makes it a great tool for beginner guitar players.
The Snakepick plectrum is best described in the review video below.
4) Strum-N-Comfort - Magic Pick Stone
The magic by Strum-N-comfort is a handmade stone plectrum with a heart-like shape and a talon-like tip. It also has an indent, so your thumb grips the pick comfortably.
This plectrum is exceptionally thick at 4.0mm but the tip is 1.0mm so articulating the notes feel great. This special gauge combination was chosen in order for guitar players to improve their flat picking as well as for beginners to develop their fine motor picking skills.
The stone produces a sound that a lot more unqiue in comparison to most other materials out there.If you're not sure which stone plectrum to buy, this is a fantastic place to start.
5) Butterfly Finger Picks
The Butterfly finger picks look more like a piece of jewelry than a guitar pick. Having said that, I really like these and think they're a great invention. Along with improving the sound of your playing, the butterfly finger picks are super inconspicuous. From far away it looks like the guitar player has no finger picks whatsoever.
- Increased volume
- Does not "suffocate" or irritate the fingers.
- Does not require the long growth of nails.
- The guitar player can feel the strings
- No more calluses
These can of course be used on both acoustic and electric however I'd have to say these are probably best suited for classical players but hey, there are no rules for plectrums!
Watch the butterfly finger in action below
6) The Coin Plectrum
The coin plectrum was made famous by guitarist, Brian May from the legendary band Queen as well as Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top. I'm sure Brian May and Billy Gibbons were not the first people to use a coin as a guitar pick but, they sure as hell brought them into the guitarist limelight as a real thing.
Brian May just uses a round coin, it is actually a British coin that is no longer in existence called a "sixpence". However nowadays there are actually companies that forge these coins into the shape of guitar picks such as the one pictured left.
The sound of these plectrums as you can imagine, are "metallic" sounding. Other than that, there is not much left to say about them.
Check out the video below. It's a live performance of Queen. This should give you an idea of the sort of Treble-heavy sound this coin can produce. This is of course along with Brian May's treble booster and plethora of Vox AC 30's.
7) Everly Star Guitar Picks
The Ever start guitar pick is a very simple yet effective creation. So what is it about these Everly picks that make them so special?
At first glance these just look like regular Tortex-type plectrums. In essence they are pretty much Tortex picks, even the colors & gauges are the same but, they have one major difference. The Everly picks have a star cut-out in the center for an improved and comfortable grip .
Similar to the Redbear picks. You can read more about Tortex & Redbear picks in our Best Guitar Picks list. According to the guys at Everly these plectrums have changed guitarists lives.
8) PickWorld MojoGrip
Whilst some may not class this as an actual plectrum, we certainly do. The reason being, it is for your plectrum and it is cool. That combination alone is enough for the MojoGrip to make our cool guitar picks list.
essentially it is like a rubber "cap' that fits on top of your plectrum.
This rubber grip improves grip as well as making for a much thicker gripping surface without changing your favorite pick.
As you can see, the plectrum pictured as a Fender celluloid thin plectrum but you can put the grip on any standard sized pick you desire. This will make a lot of players happy who like a thinner gauged tip with a thicker gripping area.
Say you have a favorite plectrum but it does not have enough grip. Problem solved with the MojoGrip.
The PickWorld MojoGrip could techinically be classed as a pick holder. We somehow don't think so but we do have a list of guitar pick holders which you can read here.
9) The Pick Of Destiny
If you don't know what this plectrum is, then you haven't watched the motion picture Featuring Jack Black and Kyle Gass from Tenacious D titled, "The Pick of Destiny". I won't ruin it for you so you can watch the pick of destiny DVD here.
This pick is a replica of the one you'll see in the film and If you're wondering if you can actually use this plectrum, the answer is yes. It is actually made from delrin, a popular guitar pick material. It also features three edges with give you 3 tonal options in one plectrum. Lastly, it comes in three gauges:
Pretty cool for a replica of a pick from a movie!
10) Talon Raptor
Herewith lies an incredibly versitile and comfortable plectrum by Talon. Its called "The Talon" and its great.
The Talon is basically two guitar picks in one. The one position has a sharp Jazz tip called, "The Talon edge" for greater articulation and sweet tone. Turn the plectrum 90 degrees at your will and it becomes a flat pick for strumming chords.
This plectrum was also designed with improved grip in mind as it has a contour shaped for your thumb to reduce the slipping and sliding of the pick out your fingers.
The Talon comes in three colors as you can see above left. Each color plectrum represents a different thickness or gauge
- Pearl: Lighter Gauge
- Mango: Medium Gauge
- Ruby: heavy Gauge
To Hear what the picks sound like, watch the tone test video below in which all three picks are tested
11) Timber Tones Stone Pick
Another stone pick has made our list of cool guitar picks! This time we have the stone picks by Timber Tones. Timber Tones are perhaps most well known for their wooden acoustic guitar picks however have come out with yet another great product.
Timber Tones found that the timber plectrums weren't doing it so they came across using special stones as a plectrum to be used on the electric guitar.
The stones that they use are carefully crafted into a standard guitar pick shape. Each stone pick is unique and thus measurements are not precise across all picks but that generally go from 2.5mm down to a tip of 0.7mm.
12) Zero Gravity By Orbit
We get asked about the Zero Gravity Orbit plectrum a lot. It's possibly the craziest most boundary-defying guitar pick out there on the market. The Orbit looks more like a can opener than a guitar pick but it's actually a really cool and ergonomic at the same time.
The Orbit is essentially a tethered guitar pick. The long end of the plectrum has a circle opening for your index finger to fit through. this ensures that you never drop your guitar pick whilst playing.
The tether is not the only innovative thing about this pick. it also has a unique rubber grip in the middle of the gripping area. This is for comfort as well as for grip.
The range comes in the usual Thin, Medium and Heavy gauges and fits hands of all sizes. This includes both right and left handed guitar players.
13) Dragonheart picks
The Dragonheart picks had to make the list of cool guitar picks for their innovation alone. Besides for this, the guys who created these plectrums say that these are the best playing picks in the world.
But that is not all, they also that that each pick will last 300 hours of playing. That's a testament to its durability. Watch the video below which demonstrates the Dragonhearts superior durability. They say this is because the picks are made from "superior materials"
That is still not all! Dragonheart say their picks play faster and will improve your guitar playing. These are all pretty bold statements but this plectrum is really cool. It features three different points so its also super versatile.
14) Guitar Triller
Seriously what the actual hell is this thing!? It resembles nothing close to a guitar pick. It looks more like a medical tool or a DIY tool. But the truth is, it really is a guitar pick!
The Guitar Triller defies everything that a guitar pick "should" be but it makes so much sense.
There are multiple ways in which the Triller can be held. All of which serve different cool functions:
- The Triller can be held as in the image above for hitting two strings at a time. This is great for lead playing or arpeggios
- Turn the triller the other way around and it can be used for hitting whichever strings you choose. This is great for playing chords and rhythmic playing
- The last way to hold it is like you would with a pen or pencil. This allows you to pick strings as you would with a regular guitar pick
This is best described by the infographic below or you can watch the tutorial here
15) Pykmax High Performance Cool Guitar Picks
We can assure you however that this is indeed a plectrum and a really good one too.
You place the ergonomically designed grip between your fingers with an attachment tip for plucking the strings. The cool thing is that you can buy packs of these replacement picks for the Pykmax in quantity and in different gauges as pictured below.
- Allows for greater control over your picking
- Enables the guitar player to play faster
- The ergonomic design means it is comfortable to hold and thus you can play guitar for longer and reduce fatigue.
- The Pykmax gives the guitarist better leverage and better attack
Watch the video below which perfectly describes and explains this cool guitar pick by Pykmax.
16) Plectone Double-Pulse
The Double-Pulse by Plectone is basically a double-plectrum which allows the guitar player to achieve double the sound. Some of the plectrums we've featured in this list are 2 or 3 in one picks but we've never done one like the Double-Pulse which is two guitar picks played at the same time.
A thick rubber block with a leverage hole is sandwiched between two standard shaped guitar picks. This allows the use of two plectrums to be played simultaneously.
Strumming a six string guitar sounds like you're strumming a 12 string guitar while on the other hand, strumming a 12 string guitar sounds like a 24 string. can you imagine!?!
The reason Plectone have made only two light gauges probably lends itself to the fact that these plectrums were designed for strumming.
Being able to control lead playing with this plectrum is quite a challenge but the sound of chords being strummed with this pick sounds amazing.
17) Clayton Guitar picks - Exotics, Metallics, Eco-picks & Pocket-Picks
Clayton have been producing some seriously cool guitar picks of late. In fact, they have so many cool plectrums that we've decided to feature 4 of Clayton's awesome creations.
The exotic range of plectrums are made from a variety of different exotic materials. Each one of these materials make for a unique sounding and feeling guitar picking experience. You're able to buy the variety pack of Clayton exotic picks here so that you can experiment and experience each different one as they are all so different.
- Coconut Shell
- Blonde Woode
- Wedge wood
These are awesome picks indeed!
There are three Metallic picks in this range by Clayton. These include Stainless Steel, Brass and Copper.
Stainless Steel: The stainless steel picks by Clayton are an absolute investment as they will last you forever...provided you don't lose them of course!
Copper: These provide a clear, snappy and sharp tone that is very unique in comparison to most plectrums.
Brass: These brass plectrums are durable and transparent in sound.
For all the environmentally conscious people out there, Clayton made the perfect plectrum for you. The eco-picks are compostable made from special natural polymer, that uses sustainable and renewable energy.
The whole process these picks go through to get made is carefully done in such a way that the environment is looked after in every possible way. Even the ink used to print the design on the plectrums are made from natural raw materials.
The pocket-picks by Clayton is such an ingenious creation. You buy the plectrums in a credit card sized rectangle. The picks can then be easily pushed out in an instant giving you access to guitar picks anytime, anywhere.
These are fantastic to keep in your wallet so you'll always have plectrums handy. not just one plectrum but 5!
You can get these pick cards in various gauges and colors ranging from 0.5mm up to 1.0mm. The plectrum cards by Clayton are very convenient for the guitar player on the move.
18) Freedom Picks & The Bumblebee by Fred Kelly
Fred Kelly is an innovative guitar pick designer. He came up with a two-part solution for finger picking.
The Freedom Picks
These are specially made plectrums that slip over your nail. This makes them a lot more comfortable than traditional finger plectrums.
The Freedom picks also mean that the guitarist does not need to grow his/her nails in order to pick. The freedom picks are designed in such a way that they are "nail-like" in shape.
You can set the Freedom picks to fit your fingers by putting them in hot water for a little bit and then molding them the fit your fingers.
What this is, is a Jazz pick with a thumb holder. The thumb holder slides backwards and forwards and locks into place at the desired depth. You can also turn the pick for your desired picking angle.
The best thing about the bumblebee is that you won't drop it and thus can focus your attention on playing rather than holding the plectrum.
Conclusion on Cool Guitar Picks
We hope you've enjoyed our awesome list of cool guitar picks. There are some pretty cool guitar picks on this list that are completely different to what we think we know a guitar pick to be. We urge you to try as many of these as possible as they can change your guitar playing forever.
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