We have many different guitar picks to choose from, here's a simple guide to help you find the right one for you. There are many factors that affect the tone of the pick: Thickness, Shape, Bevel, Mass, and Stone Density. You'll find that there are many ways to combine the elements of soft and sharp attacks, by using a sharp point with a soft bevel, or a soft point with a sharp bevel. Below is a brief discusion of each of these factors:
Thickness (or thin-ness) of the guitar pick can make an impact on the volume of your tone. Picks and Stones offers the thinnest stone guitar picks at 2mm, 1.5mm, and 1mm thin! We occasionally have Ultra-Thin Agate Picks (0.8mm thin) available in our Rare Picks section. Thicker picks have greater mass which can translate into greater volume, especially on acoustic instruments with no artificial amplification. Thinner picks have a sleeker feel in your fingers and have a naturally sharp attack.
We also make 2.5mm and 3mm guitar picks for those who desire greater mass. But for those of you who prefer an even thicker pick, we also offer Grip Picks. These picks are much thicker than our original picks: they range from 2mm-5mm thick.
Grip Picks have specially designed grooves to help them stay in your fingers. Even the sweatiest palms will be able to grip these picks! Thicker picks can be made with a sharp bevel that gives you the playing edge of a much thinner pick, see Bevel for more info. So if you want the mass of a thick Pick, without giving up the sharp attack of a thin Pick, you can have the best of both worlds.
Thin Picks (1-1.5mm)
Great for use with electric instruments
Great for lead and rhythm Guitars.
Thick Picks (2-3mm)
Great for jazz rhythm and lead playing
Great for use with electric, accoustic, and bass instruments.
Grip Picks (2mm-5mm)
Great for loud accoustic playing- rhythm and lead
Especially suited for Bluegrass and Gypsy Jazz styles.
Grip Picks with Soft Bevels are recommended for Bass Guitar .
To begin with, we offer four Classic guitar pick shapes; the Traditional style, the Jazz style, the Teardrop style, and the Tri-Point style. We also offer a myriad of Combo Picks using a breakdown of these basic shapes and a few other interesting features as well.
The Combo styles allow the player to choose three different points and have them all on one pick. The range of points and shoulders go from sharp to rounded with The Claw allowing for even sharper points than the Jazz Point.
The sharper the Point the sharper the attack and the rounder the shoulder the softer the attack. Each and every possible playing edge can be used for lead and rhythm playing depending only on the desired effect.
The term "Bevel" refers to the subtle shape of the edge of the pick, which can be rounded (Soft) or it can be Sharp coming almost to a point. Our thinner picks (from 1-1.5mm) are already as Sharp as they can be despite their rounded edges.
Our Bevel options are available on picks from 2-5mm so you can have a thick pick (or a Grip Pick) with the playing edge of a much thinner pick. With a sharp Beveled edge, a thicker pick combines the qualities of thick and thin.
Thick picks offer greater mass and therefore greater volume, and with the sharp Bevel they can be as snappy and crisp sounding as a 1mm pick. Our Right Side Sharp Bevel (and Left Side Sharp for Left Handed Players) has a slight twist to the point that adjusts for the angle of the pick, making for an even sharper attack.
For a great Bass Guitar Pick try an Xtra thick pick (3-5mm) with a Soft Bevel, the effect is a Soft and Poppy Tone that sounds very close to using a well calloused finger. Below is an example of Bevels as though you were looking at the edge of the picks.
Thickness, size, and stone density are all part of what gives a pick its mass. Mass is more than just weight, it's ballast that literally fortifies your attack. All of our picks range in mass, but thicker picks have greater Mass and therefore greater Tone and Volume.
This is why we recommend Grip Picks for all acoustic applications when you want to be well heard, especially when your accompaniment threatens to drown you out.
Thinner picks can still be used on accoustic instruments but really shine on electric guitars where their voices are clean and clear. Thicker picks can have sharp Beveled edges combining the sharp attack of thin picks with the Mass of thick picks.
The most important factor that effects the overall tone of a stone guitar pick is the Density of the stone itself. This is the reason we focus our production mainly on Brasilian Agate which is the densest and most consistent of the Agate family.
Amber is our newest product and though it's relatively soft compared to agate, it's still more dense than plastics. More importantly, Amber is equal in density and performance to the banned Tortoise Shell guitar picks used by generations of guitarists. Though Amber is softer than agate, it has arguably the warmest richest tone quality of them all. Please see our Amber Picks page for more information on the qualities of amber Picks.
Mohs Hardness Scale
This chart is for reference only; not all of the materials are used for guitar picks.