The World’s Most Popular Guitar Picks, Says Who?

The most popular guitar picks? Says who? Says Amazon…that’s who.

If you’ve played guitar (or any plucked musical instrument) for any amount of time, you’ve probably come to realize that not all guitar picks are created equal. They have different gauges, or thicknesses, and come in different shapes, sizes, colors, and designs.

So how do you know which guitar pick is best for you? You try out several types until you find the one you like the best. We’re talking about little pieces of celluloid (for the most part) here, so this searching won’t cost you an arm or a leg. Sometimes you can get a variety pack that lets you check out several types in one go.

Alternatively, you could rely (at least, to some degree) on those who have gone before you into the world of guitar pick experimentation and see which brands, shapes, sizes, and gauges are the most popular at Amazon. That’s exactly what I’ve done here for you. The guitar picks shown below are the mostly highly rated ones (as of this writing) at Amazon.

Update: Tik Pik

Guitar picks from Tik Pik – “the pick that sticks” – might not be the most popular…yet, but they might just be the ones you pick (pun intended) anyway. “As seen on Shark Tank” (11/3/23), these picks have something special added to them that makes them almost impossible to lose.

A small circle of thousands of tiny suction cups attached to both sides of a Tik Pik give you a good “grip” on the pick and let you easily and quickly attach it anywhere you like – such as your guitar itself – so you won’t lose it in the couch, under the bed, or in your dog’s mouth.

Get them in Thin, Medium, or Heavy weights or get a multi-pack which carries two of each.

If you’re in a hurry and just want to check the pricing and availability of these picks at Amazon, you can click (tap) the links in the list below. Otherwise, you can keep scrolling and reading what few details there are about each brand.

D’Addario Pearl Celluloid Guitar Picks

Popular guitar picks by D'Addario
D’Addario Pearl Celluloid green guitar pick

Here are a few comments from the manufacturer (with spelling corrections included)…

“One of the first polymers ever created, cellulose nitrate [celluloid] is made by reacting cotton fibers with nitric acid. Celluloid was substituted for natural tortoise shell picks in the early 1900s and is still one of the most popular pick materials available today. They are available in a wide variety of thicknesses, shapes, and colors, and provide a natural feel and warm, fat tone.”

These picks are available in a wide variety of styles. You can get pretty much any combination of the following features.

For color, choose from black, blue, red, and green. Or you can get an assortment of colors. These are usually packaged in bundles of 10, 25, or 100. And they all come in light, medium, heavy, or extra heavy gauge.

D’Addario Pearl

Check the pricing and availability of D’Addario Pearl Guitar Picks at Amazon.

Dunlop Tortex Guitar Picks

Guitar picks by Dunlop
Dunlop Tortex .50mm red guitar pick

Dunlop’s Tortex picks are made of a “highly durable” treated Delrin base. They are designed to mimic the characteristics of a traditional tortoise shell pick – thus the “Tor” or “Tort” in the brand name. Tortex has been around since 1981, so you can see that the line has some staying power. The picks have a “grip-enhancing matte surface” for an improved hold, so they shouldn’t slip out of your fingers easily.

Tortex picks are color-coded to indicate their thickness.

  • Red = 0.50mm
  • Orange = 0.60mm
  • Yellow = 0.73mm
  • Green = 0.88mm
  • Blue = 1.00mm
  • Purple = 1.14mm

These Dunlop picks come in 12-, 36-, or 72-packs.

Dunlop Tortex

Check the pricing and availability of Dunlop Tortex guitar picks at Amazon.

You can also get the PVP112 variety pack which contains the following 12 items.

  1. Ultex 0.60mm
  2. Tortex 0.60mm
  3. Tortex 0.73mm
  4. Tortex 0.88mm
  5. Tortex Flex 0.73mm
  6. Tortex Flex 0.88mm
  7. Shell Celluloid Thin
  8. Shell Celluloid Medium
  9. Nylon 0.60mm
  10. Nylon 0.73mm
  11. Nylon 0.88mm
  12. Herco Flex 50

Dunlop Variety Packs

Check the pricing and availability of Dunlop Variety Packs of guitar picks at Amazon.

Fender 351 Premium Celluloid Guitar Picks

Fender 351 guitar pick
Fender 351 guitar pick

The Fender 351 picks are quite traditional in style. They come in 12-packs of these colors.

  • Black Moto
  • Green Moto
  • Ocean Turquoise
  • Purple Moto
  • Red Moto
  • White Moto

Fender Guitar Picks

Check the pricing and availability of Fender Guitar Picks at Amazon.

If you do want to take a chance on the above, you can take your chances with a Sampler 12-, 24-, or 48-pack. Each pack includes thin, medium, and heavy gauge picks. Beyond that, what you get is a crap shoot.

Fender Sampler

Check the pricing and availability of a Fender Sampler Pick Pack at Amazon.

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