I love trying out new guitar picks. One of the first things I do with my students that I teach guitar to, is give them a selection of picks to experiment with. It’s an important yet overlooked tool or guitar players. Too many players just settle on what is laying around but let me tell you, there is a big difference in the different types of guitar picks out there. Generally I use a
Dunlop Gator Grip Standard Guitar Picks 1.14MM 1 Dozen. These are nice picks with a nice grip to them. size and shape are pretty standard and I get about a week’s use out of them. Nothing special but they get the job done.
In my constant experimentation of all things guitar, I happen to stumble upon guitar pick maker Chris Fahey of Gravitypicks.com. These picks are made from sheets of cast acrylic. They are then laser engraved and cut out into the individual picks. Then each pick is ground and polished one by one. With all of the attention and work done by hand on these, the picks come at a premium. The average cost of one of these picks from GravityPicks.com is around $5. Now hold on! I know you’re thinking you gotta be nutz to pay $5 for a guitar pick but keep reading and I’m going to tell you why I think they’re worth it.
I got my hands on 4 different Gravity Picks picks and have spent the last couple of weeks using them myself and having my private students use them as well to test how they compare to your regular everyday guitar pick. I didn’t tell my students anything about the picks prior to them playing with them during their lesson. Just that I wanted to see what they thought of a new pick that I was trying out. Again, there was absolutely NO prompting or misleading my students. They were asked to try a different pick and then tell me what they thought. That was it. When asked what they thought of the Gravity Picks, every single student said the same things-
• There was improved grip using the Gravity Picks
• Gravity Picks were more comfortable
• Gravity Picks sounded better. Tone was warmer and fuller.
And you know what? I agree with them. You have better grip and control, the shape, size and thickness made them more comfortable and they sounded better. To me those 3 things are easily worth the extra cost. $5 for better tone, more control and less strain on my picking hand? It’s a no brainer. I really like these picks! It’s too early to tell but from what I understand, the material that Gravity Picks are made of last considerably longer so you won’t be shredding through these like conventional guitar picks. The couple of weeks that I have been playing on these show virtually no wear on the picks.
I tried out four of them from the catalog- the classic XL .75mm, classic std 1.5mm, striker XL 3mm and the classic XL 3mm. Here is what I thought of each of them-
Classic XL .75mm– Awesome pick for strumming. If you’re jamming with an acoustic or something, this is the way to go. Great grip on it, bigger size so you don’t feel like you’ll lose the pick, good flexibility and a warmer tone when compared to regular picks
Classic std 1.5mm– This pick seems to be somewhere in between a jazz pick and say a Fender medium in terms of size. Great control and speed for fast runs and you get the same warm tone and grip.
Striker XL 3mm– This has more of a triangle shape which I found nice for when you do pick scrapes or two hand tapping and have to quickly get the pick back in position. With the 3 sides being the same, its easy to get the pick back in to playing position. There is a nice bevel on it as well that I found allowed for the pick to glide through the strings.
Classic XL 3mm– This is a big pick. 3mm is pretty damn thick. It took a bit of getting used to but once I did, heavy down chugging riffs and such came much easier and I didn’t fatigue as quickly. I think it would take a bit of getting used to if you were doing a lot of lead work with them as they are a little heavier and the change in thickness will cause a bit of adjustment as you move from string to string.
All in all, these are fantastic picks! Check out GravityPicks.com and order a couple to try. You’ll never view your guitar pick the same again.