20 Weird Guitar Picks That Are Oddly Cool
Defining what cool guitar picks are, is a tough one. But, If you are in the pursuit of finding the coolest guitar picks then you have come to the right place!
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 picks for bass and/or guitar, 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 innovative guitar picks that push the boundaries of the regular plectrum as you'll see below.
1) Talon Raptor Guitar Picks
Herewith lies an incredibly versatile and comfortable plectrum by Talon. It's called "The Talon" and it's 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
2)The 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 realize 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 Guitar Picks have 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 the flexibility to lead playing with a harder feel.
The Grip Tips come in a choice of three materials:
3) Snakepik Guitar Picks
Although this looks like a tool Spiderman would use, it is actually a seriously epic guitar pick creation. The Snakepick wraps around the index finger of the guitar players picking hand. Essentially, this is a guitar pick with grip built-in. 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 These are:
What makes the Snakepick so unique 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. If you are a beginner guitar player and don't know what the word "gauge" means when it comes to plectrums then you'll find out guitar pick buyers guide very helpful.
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. That is why 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. Flat picking on a telecaster guitar with this guitar pick would be interesting to hear.
The stone produces a sound that is a lot more unique in comparison to most other materials out there. If you're not sure which stone plectrum to buy, this guitar pick by strum-n-comfort 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.
These have an insane amount of advantages over "Orthodox" finger picks.
- 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 on your finger
These can, of course, be used on both acoustic guitar and electric guitar. However I'd have to say these are probably best suited for classical players but hey, there are no rules for plectrums!
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. These can definitely be considered a custom guitar pick. The sound of these plectrums as you can imagine is "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 a plethora of Vox AC '30s.
7) Everly Star Guitar Picks
The Everly star 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. Essentially it is like a rubber "cap' that fits on top of your plectrum. These rubber caps are a great way to personalize your guitar picks. 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 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.
Is This really a pick?
The PickWorld MojoGrip could technically be classed as a pick holder. We somehow don't think so but we do have a list of guitar pick holders for you to check out.
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".
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 giving you 3 tonal options in one plectrum. Furthermore, this comes in plectrum necklace form as well if you'd like to wear it as a memento. Lastly, it comes in three gauges:
Pretty cool for a replica of a pick from a movie!
11) Timber Tones Stone Pick
This time we have the stone picks by Timber Tones. Timber Tones are perhaps most well known for their wooden picks for guitar 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. It is generally best to not use stone picks on an expensive acoustic guitar as it might cause damage to the body but if you're not bothered by that then go right ahead!
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 here at Guitar Pick Zone 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 really cool and ergonomic at the same time. The Orbit is essentially a tethered guitar pick. The long end of the plectrum has a circular 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 rights and left-handed guitar players.
13) Dragon's Heart Picks
The Dragon's Heart guitar picks had to make the list for their innovation alone. Besides 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 each pick will last 300 hours of playing. That's a testament to its durability. Watch the video below which demonstrates the Dragon's Hearts superior durability. They say this is because the picks are made from "superior materials"
That is still not all! Dragon's Heart says 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 and could be considered a triangular guitar pick. Thus, making it 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 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 Pick
Here's another crazy guitar pick! This one is called the Pykmax and it looks more like a piece of gym equipment for your fingers than it does a guitar pick. 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.
The Pykmax has many advantages that not many plectrums can provide in one such as:
- 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.
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 Double-Pulse by Plectone comes in just two gauges:
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 - Eco-picks
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.
18) Pocket-Picks For Your Wallet
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. The pick cards kind of reminds of the pick punch.
We hope you've enjoyed our awesome list of cool picks for guitar. There are some pretty epic options on this list that is completely different from 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.