- Band Management
- Home Recording
- Live Sound
- Best Instruments
- New Music & Video
PROS: Expands creativity; unique sound.
CONS: A tad pricey.
There are so many custom, one-off items for guitarists – from guitars and amps to straps and pedals, but picks seem to always be an afterthought. Rosemary Pierro crafts custom, one-of-a-kind picks in her native Hawaii to fill this niche.
They’re hand made of glass, meaning that they vary from piece to piece in overall shape, thickness, and color. The blunt end has a unique textured ridge to it, providing a solid grip. For a player used to a standard Fender-style pick, it’s not too much of a jump. Thickness-wise, the two samples we received were each about 2mm, but have a surprisingly light feel to them for such a chunky plectrum. The thickness may not be for everyone, but overall they’re pretty unique; using the various edges can provide strumming Autoharp-like tones, which normally can’t be achieved with a standard pick.
Check out more accessory reviews from Performer Mag here.
At $20 a pop from her online shop, they’re not cheap, but can offer some interesting tones. For a player who often loses picks on stage, this may not be a good application, but in a studio setting, they can open up a whole new world of sounds. Shop here for glass picks.