Making plectrums is fun and easy, and once you get started you won’t be able to stop!
You will never know what you can do with a guitar plectrum until you start using them.
A guitar pick can be made out of anything, but some materials work better than others.
We collect guitar picks from all over the world, and use them to make awesome one-of-a-kind plectrums.
Our mission is to bring together people who love making their own plectrums.
My name is Daniel and I make plectrums. I have been making my own plectrums for a while now and what started off as a bit of fun has now developed into a hobby of mine.
My main reason for creating this blog is to try and educate people on the advantages of using your own plectrums. Not only do you get to create your own unique design, but you also save an awful lot of money.
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Once you have made your plectrum you may wish to decorate it with a felt tip pen or even paint. This is great if you are making a gift for another guitarist or if you just wish to personalise your plectrums.
I have seen some really fancy guitar picks online, and they make great gifts, but they can be expensive. My approach is perhaps old fashioned, but it works. I like to use a variety of materials when I’m making my guitar picks, including wood and plastic. Some people also like to use leather, but this is something I haven’t tried as yet. Making your own guitar picks is fun and the best thing about it is that you can come up with whatever design you want.
One of the first things you will need is a piece of wood or other material that can easily be cut. If you are going to use wood, then it should be thick enough to hold the shape of the pick without breaking or splitting. Once your piece of wood or plastic has been cut out then it’s time to begin sanding it down. You can make the edges smooth by using fine sandpaper or even an electric sander. After sanding the edges of your plectrum, then it’s time to drill some holes
More often than not, guitarists are left to their own devices when it comes to making the most of their plectrum. With varying degrees of success, they will try out different materials, different thicknesses and even different shapes in an effort to find a plectrum that best suits their style.
In this blog we will attempt to educate you in the ways of DIY plectrums, providing you with all the information you need to make your own customised plectrums that will allow you to get the best possible results from your playing.
We will start off by examining the more commonly available materials that are used for making guitar plectrums. We will then look at some common shapes and sizes, before moving on to more exotic alternatives that may help you stand out from the crowd.
Finally, we will provide a step-by-step guide for you to follow in order to create your very own bespoke guitar plectrum – one that has been designed and made just for you!
There is a growing trend amongst guitarists to make their own plectrums. It’s all a bit hush-hush at the moment, but if you start looking around you’ll find people making them out of all sorts of materials, such as old credit cards, beer cans and even bits of wood.
Here I want to show you how to make your own plectrums. Firstly, it’s worth understanding what goes into making a plectrum and why it is not as easy as you might think.
If you are here, you probably feel the same way I do about guitar plectrums. You feel that nothing is quite right with the ones that are commercially available. They either break too easily, or they don’t fit in your fingers very well. If you are like me, you might have even tried to make a plectrum yourself at some point in time and failed to achieve a good result. Well, if this is the case here is your lucky day. In this blog I am going to show you how to make a guitar plectrum of your own, that will be perfect for you.
When it comes to making a guitar plectrum there are two important things that need to be considered: Material and Design. As far as material goes there is no one best material; each has its advantages and disadvantages. The most common ones are Plastic, Metal, Wood and Bone (or Ivory). Recently there has been an increasing interest in exotic materials such as horn of various animals (cow, buffalo etc.), glass (usually formed by melting discarded CD/DVDs) and even stone. From my experience the best materials are wood and stone; but we will get into details later on.
The design of a plectrum can be expressed by looking at
Making a plectrum is easy and cheap. They are especially useful if you have a guitar and you want to play it with a pick. You can make a plectrum out of anything that has the right properties – plastic, wood, metal etc. I will show you how to make one out of an old credit card.
You need: An old credit card, a scissors or a craft knife (I use one of these), something sharp to cut with, like another craft knife or a Stanley Knife (optional).
To do: Cut off the magnetic strip from your old credit card.
Cut around the edges as neatly as possible (this is where the craft knife comes in) – you can use the straight edge of another card for help here.
Round off the corners using your scissors or craft knife.
Sand down your new plectrum using sandpaper until it is smooth and rounded on all sides.