Duct Tape Grip Picks




Introduction: Duct Tape Grip Picks

About: I enjoy being creative and sharing my ideas with others therefore I have made a few instructables! :)

Are you tired of picks slipping out of your hand when you are playing your instrument? Are You Sick and Tired of shelling out more money than you have to just to get special "grip picks"? If answered yes to either of those two questions then keep reading. A solution awaits you!

So here I was thinking what I could use for gripping my guitar picks. They tend to slide out of my hand so I thought how about some Duct Tape? But then I took it a step further. I used the scraping part of a nail clipper to make it a bit rougher so it's not shiny and slips out of your hand. So far these have worked for me. I used these on my guitar picks (I use a medium gauge) and my bass picks (I use a heavy gauge).

Say NO to expensive "grip picks" and

Say YES to Duct Tape Grip Picks! . . .

Step 1: Materials Required:

What you will need is:

- Guitar or Bass Picks (however many you wanna do this to)
- Duct Tape (any color. I just happened to have black)
- Scissors (For cutting!)
- Nail Clipper (for scraping. you need the scraper part)

Step 2: Putting the Duct Tape

Cut a piece of duct tape and put on guitar Pick (do this twice one on each side) and try to line it up so it doesn't look all screwy.

This picture shows what it should look like across (I did not color it in so you can see how the shape goes) It's real simple. Do this on both sides so the tape sticks to each other. Then you want to cut around the excess with the scissors.

Step 3: Scissor Time

Get out those scissors and cut away the excess tape you will be cutting in a circular pattern (well sort of).

Step 4: Nail Clipper Scraper

Break out the scraper part of the Nail Clipper cause it's time to get jagged on the picks. All you need to do is scrap along the pick (both sides of the tape...you want grip on both sides).

To make the grip with the scraper: I made vertical scrape lines, then horizontal scrape lines. Then horizontals scrape lines and for extra effect poked the scraper at the pick a few times all over the tape area there fore giving it more grip. You don't have to do the poke part you can just do the lines and you'll get your grip.

Step 5: You're All Done...Yay!

Done! try it out. Hope it works out for you. I helps me. With out scraping it up it can still slide out of your hand so you want to make sure you do this step. It's real simple to do. You can do this however many times you feel right. Now you don't have to waste money on special grip picks some company is selling you. Use what you have. Congratulations, you just saved money :P

Best of luck, and enjoy.

P.S. By the way, That is an Altoids Smalls container. These little containers are great, especially if you are carrying something on the road with you. It's the same concept as my other instructable: just dump out the sweets and put the picks in! KEEP ON ROCKIN'!

Be the First to Share


    • Clocks Contest

      Clocks Contest
    • Game Design: Student Design Challenge

      Game Design: Student Design Challenge
    • Make it Glow Contest

      Make it Glow Contest



    Tip 2 years ago on Step 2

    Add Step 6 and this idea rocks! Duct tape is very sticky and when it gets worn or heated up it will leave the sticky glue substance on the surface of whatever you applied it on.

    So after the first 5 steps use the pick for a while or get out a hair dryer and heat up the tape. Use pliers or tweezers to hold the pick and hold it right up close the dryer. Using the pick until the tape starts to break down works too but if you are impatient heat it up.

    Then remove the tape from one side. All that goo is still there and it is very sticky and will stay sticky even when cooled. I suggest you let it cool some if you heated so it doesn’t transfer to your fingers. Now that pick will stay put. Best part Is the sticky stuff stays on the pick and it won’t transfer to your fingers. Brilliant! It worked so well I could perform tapping on my guitar while the pick stayed glued to my thumb.

    Do one side and play with the sticky side to your thumb. When it wears out take the other side off. You can repeat this process. The stick will remain for days and will be there when you use the pick again.


    8 years ago on Step 5

    I recommend trying Monster Grips.Monster Grips™ are a revolutionary guitar pick grip that is super grippy, non-sticky, and stays clean. Surprisingly durable, yet ultra-thin, it is extremely comfortable and is certain to enhance your playing experience. Monster Grips™ amazing properties allow you to hold the pick even more lightly, producing even better articulation, while reducing fatigue.


    13 years ago on Introduction

    strangely enough, the only time I have had a problem with grip on my picks is with one that has a textured design on it. with regular picks things are usually fine. however, I have tried this before (because I always need to fix things that arent broken) and it works relatively well.