Welcome to Guitar Pick Zone's piece on 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 this type of guitar pick and why they have a place.

Warmest ToneMost FlexibleBest for AcousticsRecycled Materials Most Innovative
1) Clayton Teak2) US Blues3) Timber Tones4) Handmade Picks5) Riversong

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Why Wood?

Because there are no rules when it comes to guitar picks, it was always inevitable that wood would become a thing. From the research that we did, it was evident that wood as a material for picks has been around for much longer. Especially when compared to modern-day synthetic materials like Delrin and celluloid. 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 Do They 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 downside to this is that you don't get the same sharp attack as you would with a plastic guitar pick The wooden pick really brings out the acoustic tone of the acoustic guitar.

What Do They Feel Like?

Wood guitar picks, like all other plectrums, come in variations of thickness and gauge. However, they tend to not have much flex in them at all as they are generally quite heavy in gauge. When strumming with a wooden plectrum, it is important to not strum too hard as you can do damage to your guitar strings. The best use for one of these picks is for single note picking. That is where it really shines.

What Is The Price Like?

Wood plectrums are definitely more expensive than regular guitar picks because they are a lot more labor 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 could be absolutely endless but we will name a few popular ones below:

  • Teak
  • Wedge
  • Maple

1) The Clayton Teak Guitar pick

Clayton Picks Exotic DWS/3 Teak Guitar Picks

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.

2) US Blues | Flexible Rosewood Guitar Pick

The US Blues P3-FXRS Flex Woods Rosewood Guitar Picks

  • 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

3) Timber Tones Acoustic Picks

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The Timber Tone Guitar Picks

  • Comes with 4 guitar picks in a pack
  • produces a beautiful tone on an acoustic guitar
  • Includes 4 different types of wood
    • Jatoba
    • African Sapele
    • Santos Rosewood
    • Cocobolo

4) Rosewood Guitar Picks Capo

The Rosewood Capo & Guitar Picks

Here's something a little different! It's a pack of two 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 setup

5) Recycled Wooden Skateboard Guitar Pick

The Recycled Skateboard Plectrum

These have been handcrafted in the United States but the coolest part is that they are made from old recycled skateboards. These 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

6) Riversong Picks

The Riversong Guitar Picks

Riversong has released a cutting edge technology 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 of these plectrums 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 wood plectrums for electric guitars.  Another consensus regarding theses is that they last much longer than your conventional plastic guitar picks.

On the whole, these types of 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 picks in the list above. There are more out there which we will hopefully be adding to in the near future.

If you like this post you might be interested in our list of the 10 of the Best guitar picks in the world.

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