PCB Guitar Pick

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Introduction: PCB Guitar Pick

About: I'm a physics student. I like to build stuff and learn about electronics.

In my first Instructable, I gonna show you how to make the most geek guitar pick ever.

This pick IS NOT MY IDEA, I take the model from Etsy.com

Step 1: Materials

For this project you will need:

- Any cool PCB (The thickness isn't really relevant so you can take the circuit you prefer. I took it from an old cd drive).
- Power drill (If you have a dremel, better).
- Drill bit to cut plastic.
- Sandpaper.
- Pen.
- Patience (not optional).

Optional:
- Soldering iron.
- Three hand or vice grip.


Step 2: Select the Work Zone and Cut It

Now you need to choose what part of the circuit do you want to use. If the area has components, take out with the soldering iron.

Then, cut it.

Step 3: Mark and Cut(again)

Afterwards, draw the pick outline in the PCB and cut it with the power drill or the dremel.

Step 4: Make It Better!

Now look good, but not gorgeous. So, take the sandpaper and clean the both sides. Don't worry about the circuit, the sandpaper only erase the surface layer.
After that, sand the edge and finish the work.

Step 5: Enjoy It!

Finally you have your own and untransferable circuit guitar pick!

Sorry for my bad english and play with it a lot!

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    23 Discussions

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    tylershep3
    tylershep3

    6 years ago

    I made mine (http://imgur.com/OoY0GxK) into a necklace and I use wirecutters, a sharpie, a guitar pick, sandpaper and a file. Just think, only a whole drawer full to go. http://imgur.com/fGpyke9

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    Ravirar
    Ravirar

    6 years ago on Introduction

    You should probably coat the board in some sort of thin glue finish so that you don't harm the pcb and it doesn't harm you..

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    plugable
    plugable

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    I made it for a friend, but he never gave me any feedback about it. So, sadly, I don't know how much harm it can cause.

    But sure, coating is an idea I had in mind from the start, but I never managed to find a good material to use.

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    elruke
    elruke

    9 years ago on Introduction

    i've made mine with a red Nvidia card ! i've cut it with Pliers, Sharp crowbar and Sandpaper !! look so cool ! ^_^

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    plugable
    plugable

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    So cool! Don't you unsolder the resistors? Its good looking anyway.

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    elruke
    elruke

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    no i don't remove it, that work like Anti-skid ;-) ! thanks for the reply !

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    batman96
    batman96

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    That doesn't hurt your fingers?

    LOL notice the printed on inductor near the bottom, I thought that they only did that on cheap circuit boards.

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    lilrocker90
    lilrocker90

    10 years ago on Introduction

    im probably going to do this soon, but i would need some kind of plastic coating because the solder on it is led, and a lot of the times, i put my pick in my mouth to hold it while im doing something with both hands.

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    mrmerino
    mrmerino

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Eh. A little lead never hurt anyone.

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    johnnypanic13
    johnnypanic13

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Would polyurethane work? Or is that just trading one health hazard for another? I've used polyurethane with other projects where I need a durable clear coating and it's worked pretty well. But not anything I'm putting in my mouth. I'd like to make a few of these (lots of guitar players in the family). If anyone knows more about polyurethane than I do, would that be relatively safe?

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    plugable
    plugable

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    It´s a good idea to add a plastic layer to the pick but I dont know what material use. Sorry and post it here when you do it. Or make your own instructable explain how, it should be interesting.

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    dhargreave
    dhargreave

    9 years ago on Introduction

    I've got a set of these, but I'd urge guitar players to be careful with them. They have absolutely no give, which is bad for your strings and usually your sound, and they'll scratch up your guitar something fierce. They'll scratch the pickguards too--which is what they're there for, but it still doesn't look pretty.

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    WALLz
    WALLz

    9 years ago on Step 3

    cut w/ scissor? xD

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    plugable
    plugable

    Reply 9 years ago on Step 3

    No! Use a dremel or the power drill. Sorry for the mistake, im rewriting it

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    WALLz
    WALLz

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    thx \o/
    now i can make my own pick, i don't lose R$2,00 (+-US$1,17)\o/ xD

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    jzone3
    jzone3

    10 years ago on Introduction

    You said the pcb has to be less than 1mm thick but I play 1.5mm picks so you should change it to say 1mm is what you prefer.