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Guitar Pick Holders: 10 Ways to Store Your Plectrums

Last Updated on March 30, 2024 by Justin

Why would guitarists need a guitar pick holder? Well, as guitarists we know the nightmare of constantly losing our guitar picks.

These small little pieces of plastic disappear on us like ninjas in broad daylight. They get lost in pockets, jackets, under the couch, in the car, on the stage, and the list literally everywhere.

I’ve found a few solutions and accessories below that will make sure that you’ll never lose a pick again!

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1) Pick Holder On Guitar Body – Jim Dunlop

As a guitarist, you’ve most likely seen the mounted pick holder somewhere. They’re little plastic gadgets that attach to the body of your guitar using an adhesive.

These can generally store a maximum of around 5 picks. However, this depends on the thickness and dimension of your picks.

There are many brands that make similar plectrum holders and accessories, however, my favorite is definitely the one made by the Jim Dunlop brand. Dunlop are leaders in the pick industry and their accessories for plectrums ar

How Do The Mounted Pick Holders Work?

Simple, the picks are stacked on top of each other and kept in place by a spring system.

If you find yourself wondering why on earth anyone would stick this on their precious guitar? Don’t feel alone, because I have asked myself the same question many times.

Having said that, I totally get the practicality of this device for many reasons. You can hide it discreetly behind your guitar or your bass guitar to contain your picks and have easy access to them whenever your guitar is in hand.

2) The Guitar Pick Case

The carry case holder is by far my best of the bunch. It can carry just over 50 picks of many shapes and sizes. You can probably fit a few more in if you double-stack some picks.

There’s also a pocket space that can be used to fit more picks, capo, strings, and any other tools or gadgets a guitarist requires.

This pick case allows guitarists to take all of their picks into the studio, on tour, or to a gig. This means you never have to worry about misplacing or finding your picks.

This is particularly handy for session musicians that want different tone options and can now carry with them a wide variety of guitar pick options on them at all times.

3) Leather Wallet With Pick Holders

I absolutely love this pick wallet for live shows and for my everyday life. I’d be lying If I said I didn’t own one. For years I kept my guitar picks in the loose change part of my wallet.

Now that they’ve actually made a guitar pick holder wallet how could I not get one?

It holds about 2 guitar picks as well as looks and functions just like a normal wallet. Only this wallet has places for your picks!

This is perfect for the gigging guitarist. Head over to your gig with your money and picks in one nifty wallet. Not only that, but these make a great gift for a fellow guitarist.

4) Headstock Pick Holder

Now, this little apparatus is just pure innovation and total guitar geekery.

The Wedge simply locks onto the strings above the nut of your guitar and provides a place for your picks to sit safely.

Although the picture above depicts the holder only holding two guitar picks, I can assure you that this wedge pick holder can definitely fit more than two plectrums.

This is perfect for the live player who needs quick access to his/her picks on stage.

5) Pick Holder Mic Stand

If you’ve ever been to a live gig or watched a live band on a video you’ve most likely come across one of these attached to a microphone stand.

This is a convenient piece of gear for a singer or guitarist to quickly grab his/her pick from the microphone stand in no time at all.

In a live-gig scenario, guitarists and singers aren’t able to search the floor for their lost plectrum mid-set. That is why these were invented.

6) Pendant Holder Necklace

Carry your guitar picks around in style with the stainless steel pendant necklace guitar pick. Wear and keep your favorite guitar picks with you at all times.

The pendant is able to hold around three picks (depending on the gauge of the plectrum of course).

In this picture, it is holding Fender picks, but you can store any brand of a similar shape.

The pendant necklace is also a great way to showcase a pick you got from a concert or from your favorite band.

7) Ernie Ball Pick Buddy

The Ernie ball Pick Buddy is a clever little gadget that quickly adheres to your guitar. Providing a convenient place for your plectrum to sit when not in use while still staying close enough to you so that it can be utilized when it needs to be.

While the device adheres to the guitar in no time, it is still adhesive free so it provides you will all the convenience without it damaging your guitar in any way.

This is due to the special design on behalf of Ernie Ball whereby the Pick Buddy uses “self-adhesive” suction to stay attached to your guitar without leaving any unwanted residues.

The Pick Buddy can be used on:

  • Acoustic guitars
  • Electric guitars
  • Bass guitars

See how the Pick Buddy by Ernie Ball works in the video below.

8) Guitar Strap With Pick Holder – Ernie Ball

What’s not to love about the guitar strap that has a built-in pick holder? This is yet another ingenious way in which to keep your guitar picks.
The advantages:

  1. Stash your guitar picks with your guitar when you put them away.
  2. Access to your picks on the fly within seconds of reach

This is very useful for a live gig scenario whereby you might not have access to a microphone pick holder like the one we featured in number 6 on this list.

The guitar strap pick holder has slots for three regular-sized plectrums however depending on the gauge of the pick, you might be able to fit in more.

9) Planet Waves LED Light & Pick Pouch

Planet Waves, if you didn’t already know, is basically the D’addario company. They are exceptionally well known for their innovation in the guitar string and accessories world.

This pick holder by Planet Waves is no different. It is a small keychain that fits:

  1. 5-6 Light Gauge Picks
  2. 4-5 Medium Gauge Picks
  3. 2-4 Heavy Gauge Picks

This means your picks can on be on you and handy at all times. A really cool LED light is built-in so you can see your pedal or amplifier settings on a dark stage if need be.

10) Capo & Guitar Plectrum Holder In One

This is a standard capo that can be used on electric, acoustic and classical guitars. But besides being a standard capo it also features a pick holder.

Pop this bad boy on the headstock of your guitar and you’ll never need to worry about losing your capo or your guitar pick.

When you buy the capo pick holder it also comes with three jazz-sized picks. If you would like to read more about Jazz guitar picks read our list of best picks here.

What’s The Final Word

The list above that I have compiled features the best devices to hold your guitar pick(s). With a guitar pick holder, you’ll drastically reduce the chances of losing your plectrums if that is a problem for you.

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