Wooden Guitar Picks
When it comes to guitar picks, wood is definitely not the first material that comes to mind. The reason for this is because the guitar pick market is so flooded with different variations of plastic that wood is often forgotten.
There has most certainly been a rise in the use and popularity of exotic materials to be used and shaped into guitar picks. Some examples of these exotic guitar pick materials include wood, steel, buffalo horn, graphite and bone.
We will also attempt to answer a few popular questions regarding wooden guitar picks and why they have a place.
Why Wooden Guitar Picks?
Because there are no rules when it comes to guitar picks, it was always inevitable that wooden guitar picks would become a thing. From the research that we did, it was evident that wooden guitar picks have been around for much longer than the modern day plastic.
But despite this, the question regarding why someone would use a wooden guitar pick is unanswered.
The best possible reason for this is the unique tone that the wood pick produces. It is unlike any plastic present day guitar pick and that is why it has gained a niche following over time.
This brings us on to our next question...
What does a Wooden Guitar Pick Sound Like?
The wood pick has a very warm and deep tone to it when you compare it to modern day guitar picks. The pick produces a very earthy sound which is why we believe it is best suits for use on acoustic guitars. The down side to this is that you don't get the same sharp attack like you would with a plastic guitar pick
The wooden pick really brings out the acoustic tone of the acoustic guitar.
What does a Wood Guitar Pick Feel Like?
Wooden guitar picks, like all other plectrums come in variations of thickness and gauge. However, wooden picks tend to not have much flex in them at all as they are generally quite heavy in gauge. When strumming with a wood guitar pick, it is important to not strum too hard as you can do damage to your guitar strings.
The best use of a wooden guitar pick is for single note picking. That is where it really shines.
What is the price like of a Wooden Guitar Pick?
Wood plectrums are definitely more expensive than regular guitar picks because they are a lot more labour intensive to produce and wood is a limited resource so to speak when you compare it to synthetic materials. That is why plastic picks are so much cheaper.
Exotic guitar picks are generally more expensive all because of this reason. In fact, the more scarce the resource and the harder the pick is to make, the higher the price of the guitar pick will be. A great example of this is the coin guitar pick.
Can you get different types of Wood picks?
Most definitely! The list of types of wooden guitar picks could be absolutely endless but we will name a few popular ones below:
Below we will discuss some of the most popular wooden guitar picks on the market. Get ready!
Clayton | Teak Wooden Guitar pick
Clayton offers a full line of exotic guitar picks including a range of wooden picks. This teak wood pick in particular sounds by far the warmest when it comes to tone. It also boasts a smoothly carved dimple for enhanced grip.
The wooden grain flows downwards enhancing the strength of the plectrum. This natural grain also adds to the tone of the guitar pick.
US Blues | Flexible Rosewood Guitar Pick
- When you buy these rosewood picks, they come as a unit of 3
- According to US Blues, this is only flexible wooden guitar pick
- This rosewood pick is best suited on acoustics
- Soft to medium gauge
- Comes from sustainable sources
Timber Tones | Wooden Acoustic Picks
- Comes with 4 guitar picks in a pack
- produces a beautiful tone on an acoustic guitar
- Includes 4 different types of wooden guitar picks
- African Sapele
- Santos Rosewood
Rosewood | Guitar Picks & Wooden Color Capo
Here's something a little different! It's a pack of two wooden guitar picks for the acoustic guitar along with a wooden colored capo to match the picks. The picks are rosewood and the color of the capo matches the rosewood. This is great for a nice little acoustic set up.
Recycled Wooden Skateboard Guitar Pick
These are some seriously cool wooden guitar picks. They have been handcrafted in the United States but the coolest part is that they are made from old recycled skateboards. These wooden guitar picks have some awesome features:
- They produce a full and natural sound
- These last much longer than plastic guitar picks
- They have a laser engraved logo which also helps improve grip
Riversong | Wooden Guitar Picks
Riversong has released a cutting edge technology wooden guitar pick. This is due to the way in which they are produced, combining 4 different materials to give you a plectrum that sounds like nothing you've ever heard.
This guitar pick is a hybrid in that it combines wood and synthetic materials.
- Soft to medium gauge
- The shape is standard /regular
- Exotic maple wood
- Comes with three guitar picks in a pack
Concluding Wooden Guitar Picks
We can see that most wooden guitar picks have the same characteristics in terms of the sound they produce. The guitar picks seem to generally sound more natural and rounded. They also seem to be more popular on acoustic guitars instead of electric guitars although there must definitely a small niche who like wooden guitar picks for electric guitars.
Another consensus regarding the wood picks is that they last much longer than your conventional plastic guitar picks.
On the whole, wooden picks tend to be more expensive too, however this is understandable when you take into account that the resource being used is wood. On That note, we have seen some beautiful exotic wood guitar picks in the list above. There are more out there which we will hopefully be adding to in the near future.
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