Cheap Easy Guitar Pick!





Introduction: Cheap Easy Guitar Pick!

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I'm always losing my guitar picks. This caused me to think about all the things I can make a guitar pick out of, I thought this one up when trying to find materials to make a metal guitar pick.

Please, take your time when cutting the pick out, this will yield better results and will afford much safer conduct.


Step 1: Preperation

Here's what you're going to need:

  • A Dremel Tool (a belt grinder will also work)
    • Dremel cut-off wheels & Sanding disks
  • Pliers
  • A coin
  • Safety Glasses

Before you start, you're going to want to mark the coin, so you know what to cut off. You can do this by placing a regular guitar pick over it, and coloring in the edges.

Step 2: Cutting

FIRST! Put on your safety glasses, I experienced many pieces of flying metal when cutting out the coin. So, unless you would like small copper bits as a permanent part of your eye, wear safety glasses!

All you need to do is cut around the black, then clean up the edges with the flat edge of the cutting disk.

Step 3: Finshing

After you have all of the black cut off, use the sanding disk to clear off all the sharp edges.

Congratulation, If you put in the time and effort, you should have a nice new guitar pick to test out! This could also make an excellent pendent for a necklace or bracelet. Or a great gift for other guitarists!


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I can dig it. I've been making these picks for year's. The sound is awesome, and yes they can and will damage you're strings. However with a soft picking style your going to be able to minimize the damage to the strings, pickgaurd and guitars body and finish. I like to thin the tip for a greater playability with these modified coins. The old Chinese coins are punched and improves my grip and are better metallurgically. The blue's tones are fantastic

Hello , I'm from Brazil . I'm using our coins of 5 cents and are great. You use a pick holder for your coins ?

drill a hole in it, put it on a string it would make a great gift or charm

Makes a lot of cents.


Looks very cool. When I made a quarter coin it was red inside, how did you prevent it?

Use an older coin. Modern quarters are copper and nickel, it's red inside because it's full of copper. Get a pre-1964 coin, they're 90% silver, it'll look nicer and probably be easier on your strings. If you're worried about wasting the scrap pieces of silver you cut off, technically you can recycle those, but it's really only a couple cents worth of silver at most so it's not worth refining unless you have a lot more scrap silver to throw in with it.

You say this will damage strings on a regular guitar. Do you believe a bass guitar's strings could handle it?

I've played my bass guitar with an uncut U.S. quarter (modern copper/nickel, not 90% silver) and even with the reeded edges of the coin it didn't noticeably damage my strings, so I'd imagine if you cut the coin and smoothed/rounded the edges your strings should be able to handle it.. especially if you use a silver coin instead of the modern copper/nickel.

I can't say, As I don't own a bass guitar and have never played one, but because the thicker gauge of the stings I don't think it will be to harmful to test it out.

If you do end up trying it, post a comment and tell is how it worked out!