10 Crazy Guitar Pick Alternatives

guitar pick alternativesWelcome to a carefully crafted list of crazy guitar pick alternatives.

Guitarist are everywhere, smoking on the water gently weeping around the corner. But you are special. You stand out from the crowd and do you know why? You have your pockets full of crazy guitar pick alternatives that make every street musician boil with jealousy 🙂

Being the best guitar player you can should be your highest priority but besides standard practice exploring the world of guitar accessories to find your personal unique sound is a worthwhile endeavour. I hope this list helps you with that and pardon my childish humor from time to time.

  • The E-Bow

  • The Hammer Jammer

  • The Triller

  • Plectone Double-Pulse

  • Pykmax High Performance

  • The Sharktooth Crossover Pick

  • The Rhythm Pick

  • The Fred Kelly Bumblebee

  • The Power Drill

  • The Cello Bow

The E-Bow

The E-Bow is probably one of the most established guitar pick alternatives. The first time I saw someone playing with it I was completely mesmerised by it’s beautiful sound. It works through inducing feedback in the strings creating smooth legato sounds in contrast to the common fast attack of a guitar. The version below has different modes such as sustain, fades, bowing, and tonal textures.

The E-Bow
35 Reviews
The E-Bow
  • Includes 2 FREE 9v Batteries!
  • "Energy Bow" for guitar, bass, and other stringed instruments
  • Produces a variety of effects such as sustain, fades, bowing, and tonal textures
  • Replaces the pick in your right hand and inspires creativity

The Hammer Jammer

The Hammer Jammer is a device that lets you play the guitar in a way a little more similar to the piano. Through tapping keys a hammer mechanics hits the strings producing a soft yet full sound. I especially like the rhythmic aspect of the hammer jammer when used on acoustic guitar as you can hear in the video to the left.

The Hammer Jammer
20 Reviews
The Hammer Jammer
  • Develop incredible speed
  • Unique patterns
  • New percussive sounds
  • Fits all 6 string guitars with standard neck widths.

The Triller

The Triller is a thrilling guitar pick alternative that can be used in two ways as seen in the video to the left. The main idea is to let it bounce off of your guitar string to create a trilling sound. It can also be used similar to a normal pick but why would you want to do that in the first place?

The Triller
131 Reviews
The Triller
  • Dozens of new guitar sounds and playing techniques
  • For guitar, bass, mandolin, ukulele, banjo, and other string instruments
  • Voted top "10 coolest guitar gear innovations" by guitar player magazine

Plectone Double-Pulse

The Plectone Double-Pulse guitar pick is a plectrum alternative that is two picks in one. Through the double pulse it creates the effect of holding two picks at once producing a richer attack texture.

Plectone Double-Pulse
40 Reviews
Plectone Double-Pulse
  • Adds a new dimension to your guitar sounds, producing tones that are richer, fatter, and brighter.
  • Simple and intuitive to use.
  • Each string is struck twice with each strum, generating up to 12 attacks per strum.
  • The flexible coupler allows the guitarist to change the distance between the two pick strike points, easily switching between strumming and playing lead.

Pykmax High Performance

The Pykmax High Performance Guitar Pick is a alternative to the traditional plectrum with a focus on the ergonomics, meaning the ease with which is sits in the hand while playing. It was designed to reduce the stress on your fingers to allow for injure-less hourlong playing.

Pykmax High Performance Guitar Pick
7 Reviews
Pykmax High Performance Guitar Pick
  • Patented Design
  • Amazingly Comfortable
  • Great for Strumming
  • Absolutely Won't Slip

The Sharktooth Crossover Pick

The Sharktooth Traditional Crossover Pick is a mixture of a thumb pick and a flat pick. The selling point on this one is that it holds really tightly around your thumb which allows you to play freely and strongly without worrying of loosing the pick. Thumb picks are prone to fall off on too aggressive up strokes but not the Sharktooth!

The Hammer Jammer
58 Reviews
The Hammer Jammer
  • One Pick for all playing styles Achieve a universal picking technique Maximum comfort and control Less Muscle fatigue Fully adjustable Choose your own flat Pick Promotes increased speed accuracy and player confidence
  • Maximum comfort and control Less Muscle fatigue
  • Choose your own flat Pick Promotes increased speed accuracy and player confidence

The Rhythm Pick

The Rhythm Pick is a combination of an egg shaker and a pick. Each pick stroke now becomes a egg shaker stroke as well which adds a nice little flavour the the attack texture. Alternatively to this product you can just use an egg shaker and a normal pick as shown on the video to the left.

The Rhythm Pick
11 Reviews
The Rhythm Pick
  • Sold Individually
  • Made in the USA

The Fred Kelly Bumblebee

I don’t want to bore you with common thumb picks as guitar pick alternatives but this one is a special find. People describe it as the best thumb pick on the market so I thought you might want to check it out: the Fred Kelly Bumblebee.

Fred Kelly Bubmblebee
21 Reviews
Fred Kelly Bubmblebee
  • Durable premium quality delrin material
  • Soft and natural sound on the strings
  • Heavy gauge (1.04mm) comes 3 per package
  • Fully adjustable and rotational which makes it user friendly

The Power Drill

The Power Drill pick alternative. Say whaaat? Okey now this article can official be called crazy but hey we go to great length for a great sound and this alternative gives you extra points on show effect. Will you give it a try?

The Power Drill
4,390 Reviews
The Power Drill
  • Ideal for drilling into wood, metal plastic and all screw driving tasks
  • Lithium Ion Technology & 20V MAX: Lighter, more compact, no memory, longer life
  • 11 Position Clutch: Provides precise control for drilling into wood, metal, plastic, and all screwdriving tasks
  • Compact and Lightweight: Less fatigue and allows users to drill / screw in confined spaces. Part of the 20V MAX System - A System that Demands Attention

The Cello Bow

Let’s finish of the list with a classic: The Cello Bow – still a great alternative for guitar picks. Even though it can be quite challenging to properly bow a electric guitar string, if you nail it you can create haunting guitar drones with goose bump guaranty.

The Cello Bow
36 Reviews
The Cello Bow
  • Brazil wood octagonal stick cello bow
  • Half-lined ebony frog
  • Leather thumb grip and wire winding
  • Natural horse hair

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By |2018-11-13T12:46:31+00:00November 13th, 2018|Categories: Gearology, instruments|1 Comment

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