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Wood Picks......

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by ZenG, Jan 24, 2014.

  1. Anybody here experimented with some of the more exotic harder woods to make a pick?

    Like Ironwood or what-have-you?
  2. JustForSport


    Nov 17, 2011
    This place sometimes has a selection of Rosewood, Ebony, etc picks-
    I got a couple packs, but don't use picks much, altho when I tried the ones that they sent,
    they were all good and consistent quality and the different types of wood had very noticeable difference to attack and tone.
    Only thing I didn't like was that the thumb and finger contours left more of the tip sticking out that I prefer- the point could be rounded off a bit, tho and they'd be great.
    And, altho it seems they're made for guitar, they're thick enough for bass.
  3. I don't see a link....

    I was just thinking some of the harder "exotic" woods might last a lot longer than the typical species found around this neck of the woods.......

    although I think there are a couple of really hard species down south in the States.....

    Ironwood is really tough.....
  4. Thick McRunfast

    Thick McRunfast Not just good, good enough

    Sep 30, 2012
    Portland, Oregon USA
    I play with picks a lot. In all my years of playing I've never worn out a pick.

    They get lost long before they wear out.

    No way am I paying $5-$20+ for something destined to be lost
  5. groooooove

    groooooove Supporting Member

    Dec 17, 2008
    Long Island, NY
    plastic works. wood ones would look cool and be a nice novelty, but picks are a quarter a piece for a reason. we go through lots of them.

    and besides, you're not supposed to play bass with a pick anyway. :p:p
  6. Got lots of plastic picks.......

    A wood pick produces a different tone.......

    But a lot of woods are too soft........no longevity......

    I finger pick 95% of the time..

    but when I use a pick I want a certain tone...

    plastic tone/sound is marginally allright......but I'm looking for better
  7. FretlessMainly


    Nov 17, 2010
    I know this seems over the top, but I have this set and although the rosewood picks are on the soft side, the others are quite resilient:

    I like the sarod picks the best, so I added the extra groove to some of the dimple picks.
  8. FretlessMainly:-

    that site looks interesting......didn't know they made them out of bone too
  9. JustForSport


    Nov 17, 2011
  10. Rabidhamster


    Jan 15, 2014
    Ive made brazillian rosewood picks because I had brazillian rosewood too small to do anything else with. Very warm woody tone, I liked it a lot but it certainly wouldn't be for everyone - I gave mine away to a jazz guitar player.
    I've also got some picks I made from deer antler and I like those quite a bit, they naturally stick to your finger slightly, and they have a great sort of meaty-thick-fingernails sound to them - I call them the invincible thumb. If you shred with them they will leave some dust on the instrument that the plastics don't, its easy to clean but might skeeve you out. Ive got some nice cow bone waiting for me to buy a new respirator.
  11. Rabidhamster


    Jan 15, 2014
    This reminds me of the time I found a "pick of destiny" on the sidewalk outside radioshack. :hyper: No idea what happened to it.