Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Making Guitar Picks..... Again

Hi All,
There was such an overwhelming response from my post on making your own picks,i thought i would post again,but do it here and not have you go to several links to get the info.
I will mention several things here that will help in how it is done and with what.
The material chosen can be of plastic,metals(brass)and really any material that you can cut and file or sand to make the edges smooth!The material and thickness will have dramatic effects on the feel(playability) and tone.For a beginner player,the thinner and plastic will be easier to use.And for a more advanced player,they may prefer a thicker and smaller brass type and more pointed at the tip(s).Below will be listed how to(s)and some tips that will help in your decision on the material to choose and the shape to cut.I suggest starting by buying an assortment of picks(differnet materials and shapes,then playing with them(to find a favorite shape or two and the material),then making your own(fine tuning your preference).

1.Find an old plastic card(credit,gift...whatever).These will be in different thicknesses.
2.Trace the outline of an existing pick onto the plastic.
3.Cut out the shape of the guitar pick.
4.Use an emery board or a small scrap of fine sandpaper, smooth the edges of the pick.
5.Thats it......Play,Play,Play!!!!!!!!!!!!And don't be afraid to experiment with different shapes, materials and thicknesses.I may use several types in one night,depending on the guitar(electrics or acoustics) i am

Guitar Picks come in so many shapes, sizes, materials, and thickness (gauge) that sometimes it's difficult to know which ones to choose. There are four main attributes of a guitar pick.
The shape of the tip
The thickness
The overall size
The material


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