Magnetic Guitar Picks





Introduction: Magnetic Guitar Picks

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Every guitarist needs a pick, whether it's beachside strumming or arena shredding. Make sure you have your guitar picks close by making magnetic guitar picks! You can stick these magnetic picks to your strings, tuning heads, mic stand, or anywhere else you might need a guitar pick. These picks are a fun way to show your nerdy side while rocking out, they're fun and inexpensive to make.

I read this article about a company that sells magnetic guitar picks, but after seeing the price of ONE pick was $4 (not including shipping) I decided to make my own. Just super glue small neodymium magnets to the back of guitar picks, that's it! Design differences aside, picks are easily damaged or lost (even with magnets) and I wanted an inexpensive alternative to a slick commercial version

commercial magnetic picks
  • $4 for one (shipping extra)
  • $25 for 10 (shipping extra)
my picks

Just how powerful are these guitar picks? I plastered my magnetic picks on a guitar and filmed my friend shaking the neck, simulating EPIC rock moves:

These picks passed the test and can be stuck anywhere you might need some instant jamming: the fridge, your mic stand, side of your car. The locations are endless.
Grab your guitar, crank the amp to 11, and get ready to rock!



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    39 Discussions

    i always loose my picks.......always Nice instructable

    i like the idea alot! but making the magnet inside the pick would be ideal for me, with a little rough spot on each side for grip.

    Don't jam with a mechanical watch on!

    This is cool if pic grip isn't something you're too fussy aboot.

    I like 2 sided tape on the upper bout.

    Something I stumbled on back in 1988 when I got to pick up and strum a bit on the 1984 Frankenstrat(!) in EVH's tech's hotel room.

    don they stick to the strings when you play? I'd like to make these but my dad thinks that would be a problem.

    Great idea. I made a couple of these and they work perfectly.

    I wanted to try this, however i did it a little differently. i sandwitched the the magnet in between two picks. i wanted to melt the ends a little so i could squish the ends together to make it a single pick. little did i know, guitar picks are super flammable.

    About the picks...not the magnets
    Light or thin picks bend too much and I suppose a softer drying glue might help but my first experience is that they just fall off. Stiffer picks like those pictured might work but I don't use them.

    If pickups work off disruption of a magnetic field, will these pickups hurt or change your sound? I know there are other transducers, like peizo, but the majority of pickups are coil based. Older pickups are notorious for picking up mains hum, which is caused by a 50-60hz magnetic flux from the alternating current on main. Won't these also cause disruption?


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    The magnetic barcode on credit cards and rfid cards is not affected by a small neodymium magnet. I have tested this with several cards/magnets. There is almost nothing to worry about. Besides most people slide the pick into a wallet pocket, so its not going to be moving around all over the strip.

    With all due respect, my supermagnets wipe out magstripe cards in a single pass. But then again, I buy the premium magnets and not the standard "super magnets."

    I suppose a more superior neodymium could have that potential. I admit I have not worked with the higher quality versions, so it may be possible then. While at it, who is your neo supplier? I'll have to try these.

    Very nicely done. Just one question.why would I need this since the magnet will get in the way of the pics natural placement thus hindering the playing. Great idea about putting the magnet in pick but too strong of a mag wiill cause a tremolo effect while you play

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    or one could say the extra texture will add extra grip on the pick

    if anything i would be worried about the magnets in the pick interacting with the magnets in the pickups or attracting the strings while playing like you said

    i wonder if a fridge magnet would hold a pic on some strings when not in use?
    i wouldn't be worried about that interfering with anything