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Guitars & Accessories

Best Guitar Pick

Guitarists constantly carry them around, are quite particular about which ones they prefer to use, and they’re so important that nationally touring musicians typically have a row of them lined up and ready to go just a few inches away from their faces; we’re talking, of course, about the guitar pick. An essential accessory in the performance of many different styles of music, the pick is used by players to coax sound out of their strings and because there are many different types of guitarists and several different kinds of sounds/styles, there are a number of guitar picks to choose from. We've selected some the best guitar picks, with each one designed to be durable for hard and consistent playing, they bring out a brighter tone from your guitar strings, and they're all available in multi-packs for a great deal and easy replacement.

Dunlop Tortex Standard Picks - .88mm Green, Bag of 72

Like the shell on the turtle that graces most of their products, Dunlop’s Tortex Standard guitar pick is a durable force designed to withstand the wear and tear of constant use on your guitar strings. Used by musicians around the world, Tortex picks are available in a variety of gauges (from .50-1.14MM). The matte finish texture enables you to maintain a firm grip on the pick, even when your hands get sweaty (as they often do when you’re blazing through a set). Offering maximum memory, this guitar pick has been made to last a long time, and to deliver a bright and precise sound for guitarists. They’re also available in a variety of colors, which can give you the specific kind of visual flair that you seek when it comes to repping your axes style.

Dunlop Jazz III XL Pick

Players from Eric Johnson to Mark Tremonti all agree, Dunlop’s Jazz III XL guitar picks offer a little bit extra for those who are looking to gain more precision and accuracy in their playing. The molded tactile gripping surface offers greater control for those who choose to hold this pick in their hand; that surface is extended too, which gives players greater maneuverability in their playing. It’s easy to tuck away if you are a player who favors a hybrid pick/fingerpick style, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Because of its compact yet intuitive design, this pick is great for players of all styles and types, from fast picking to more percussive playing and beyond.

Clayton Exotic Standard Sleek Horn Pick

Clayton has made a name for itself by designing picks that are carefully crafted to achieve specific sounds or performance requirements. Enter the Exotic Standard Sleek Horn. They carry a bright sound, and have been made with a very thick horn coupled with a thinner gauge. This allows for a versatile style of playing that can fit a variety of genres. Sharp tips enhance lead guitar playing, while the natural lubricant of the pick is designed to offer fast response from your guitar’s strings.

Fender 351 Premium Celluloid Guitar Picks

Fender has often been associated with the most traditional and time-honored of elements that one thinks of when they consider electric guitars. Following that cue, their 351 Premium guitar pick takes on the classic, traditional shape that guitarists have found to be advantageous when used for playing. Built from celluloid, the 351 Premium delivers a warm and round tone while being easy to hold and use. These picks come in a pack of 12, making it a convenient purchase for players who know they will be going through a bunch of them; ask any guitarist how easy it is to misplace a guitar pick and you’ll understand why it helps to have a few extra on deck. The 351 Premium is also available in an assortment of different colors which allows players to customize even the tiniest details surrounding their instrument and performance.

Dunlop 412P100 1.0mm Tortex Sharp Guitar Picks

Some of the artists who heartily endorse the Dunlop Tortex Sharp guitar pick include Bloc Party, My Chemical Romance, and Mastadon. It’s not difficult to understand why. The pick takes everything that works about the Standard design of the Tortex, but adds a sharp tip, which enables players to gain greater precision in their picking and strumming; this design improves both the sound and speed of your playing. They are also built with durability in mind, meaning you won’t be running through a bunch of these no matter how much you play. That said, they're available in packs of 12 so you can easily replace them should they get lost.

Sean Kramer
I'm a guitarist/music producer with 18 years of experience playing on-stage, in the studio, and everywhere in between. I have toured and recorded on projects both independent and major, in styles such as rock, pop, funk, hip hop, electronic, and more. My axe of choice is probably always going to be the Fender Stratocaster, but I've been known to pick up other guitars when the music calls for it. I'm a big fan of using a multitude of effects (both hardware and software-driven) to manipulate the sound and atmosphere of an instrument. In addition to playing on records, I have also contributed to the score/soundtrack for shows and spots on MTV and ESPN, as well as for a variety of independent films, web series, and television shows.
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