rich menga books search contact

***Secret FSR Fender guitars? Yes, they exist, and they're right here

Amazon links are affiliated. Learn more.

Are thin guitar picks worthless?

Fender 351 Thin Picks

Most guitar players use picks of a medium or heavy thickness, but what about thin?

Choosing the right thin pick is important

I'm showing two Fender thin picks in the photo above for a reason. They're not the same, and I'm not just talking about color. The blue one is a California Clear thin, and the white one a regular 351 thin.

I greatly prefer the California Clear over the 351 because it has slightly extra stiffness to it that makes it flap a little louder, and I like that.

Said in plain English, my strings "ping" more when using the California Clear. I'm not saying that will be your experience, but it is for me.

What I am saying is that if you decide to try out thin picks, you'll probably have to go through a few different types before finding the one you like.

What are thin picks good for?

Rhythm playing, chords and muted notes.

I play a Jazzmaster, which means I play surf music, which means there's a lot of rhythm playing, chords and muted notes involved. Thin picks actually work really well here.

Do I always use thin picks? No. I switch between medium and thin, because some songs I play need a harder strike.

Thin picks were never worthless. In fact, they're quite the opposite.

Only metal shredders believe thin picks are worthless. These are the players who sincerely believe that a 2mm-or-thicker pick makes them sound better. It doesn't. The thickness of a pick does absolutely nothing to change the tone at all when the sound is highly distorted.

Thick picks do two things more than anything else when used to play an electric guitar. They deaden the sound of the string and cause annoying pick scraping noises.

When you use a thin pick on an electric, your notes will actually be clearer both for single notes and chords. Your notes and chords will also stay in tune better because you won't be striking the strings as hard.

If you don't believe me, try a thin pick for yourself. I suggest getting plain smooth Fender celluloid or California Clear first as the strike from either results in very good note clarity. After that you can try a textured pick such as the Dunlop Tortex in .50mm size (the red one) or .60mm size (the orange one).

And if you're daring, you can try the Herco Vintage '66, which is a nylon thin pick in gold color; it was highly favored by guitarists of the '60s. Definitely not the same as Fender celluloid or the California Clear, but some players really like it and use nothing else.


Best ZOOM R8 tutorial book
highly rated, get recording quick!

Gibson Les Paul Headstock New and Premium Used Gibson Les Paul guitars are all right here

⭐ Recent Posts

PRS SE EGThe guitar PRS wants you to forget, the SE EG
This is what PRS was making in the early 2000s.

NUX Duotime Stereo Delay Pedal3 solid reasons to use digital delay instead of analog
Switch to digital and you'll enjoy using the delay effect for guitar a whole lot more.

Boss RC-5 Loop Station Guitar Looper PedalWill looper drums ever not suck?
It is amazing that this problem still exists.

The best looking Dean Z I've ever seen
This is an example of when Dean does the Z right.

Black Sabbath - Black SabbathMy favorite Black Sabbath track from their first album
It's not what you think it is.

🔥 Popular Posts 🔥

Fender Custom Shop Limited Edition Golden 1954 Heavy Relic StratEverything you ever wanted to know about nitro guitar finishes
Is it good? Bad? That depends on your point of view.

Casio F-91WCasio F-91W cheat sheet
A quick guide on how to set the time, date and a few other tips and tricks.

PRS SE EGThe guitar PRS wants you to forget, the SE EG
This is what PRS was making in the early 2000s.

DigiTech Nexus LibrarianDoes the DigiTech Nexus software for the RP360 really work?
Information on DigiTech Nexus software for the RP360

BEAD Bass Guitar TuningBEAD tuning for bass, the easiest way for tuning down
Information on BEAD tuning for the electric bass

Is a fat Telecaster right for you?
This is a type of Telecaster that seems like the ultimate Tele, and for some it might be.

Squier Thinline TelecasterGetting a lightweight electric guitar the easy way
Many guitars bust over 8lbs (3.6kg) in weight. Can we go lighter and still get something good? Yes, we can.