by Carlos Diez Macia 26. May 2021 6 Comments
In our article “How to choose the right guitar pick,” we did a deep analysis on the qualities you should consider when deciding which plectrum to use.
In this article, we will discuss the most important characteristics needed in a guitar pick in order to make the playing experience as comfortable as possible and obtain the best results. These characteristics are not as obvious as others but are essential to getting the most out of this accessory.
The Cambridge Dictionary says premium is “used to refer to something that is of higher than usual quality."
Therefore, a premium guitar pick will exceed in qualities like material, shape or texture and will provide a playing experience that’s above average in terms of precision, durability, comfort, tone, or other areas.
Put simply, a premium guitar pick will perform better than regular picks.
Reducing the definition of a guitar pick to its basic intrinsic features, it is easy to understand how to improve certain areas.
For example, it is logical to conclude that better materials will have an impact on the guitar pick’s tone and durability.
Also, with the help of basic ergonomic and design laws, you can create a shape that enhances grip or slides better. The key is to know what you are looking for.
Back in 2018, with the help of a number of professional guitar players, we defined the requirements the Rombo picks had to achieve:
With these premises, we started a journey to identify the qualities that would provide an above-average experience in every area.
Grippy, non-sticky surfaces are perfect for the guitar pick’s hold area. The best way to achieve this is to create a texture that fits between the grooves of your skin and prevents the guitar pick from slipping or creating an aggressive grip geometry that is uncomfortable for long practice sessions.
When developing the grip texture, our focus was to create a type of grip that allows the player to maintain flexibility and freedom along with a feeling of security and control.
More information on guitar pick grip can be found here.
A guitar pick with a polished tip allows the player to experience more control and less friction. Reduced friction between the plectrum and the strings of the guitar will increase the durability of the pick because it will wear less and reduce its noise.
Noise reduction is a feature especially useful for recording studio tracks.
Furthermore, a polished tip produces more clear individual tones, a requirement for some guitar techniques such as sweep picking.
One of the less common characteristics in guitar picks is variable thickness. It is ideal for the pick to be thick for better control; however, this could significantly reduce its flexibility.
For that reason, plectrums of variable thickness have been created, giving us the best of both worlds.
That is to say, we could have a guitar pick with a solid, thick body that gives us better grip and control. Additionally, it features a thinner tip that provides enough flexibility to achieve greater versatility when developing various guitar techniques.
Remember that an increase in the thickness of only two sheets of paper will substantially reduce the pick’s flexibility!
Read more about the advantages of using a guitar pick with variable thickness here.
By following ergonomic models, the surface of the pick can be adapted to feel more comfortable and also look great.
Similarly, we can take advantage of concave or convex surfaces, as they help keep the plectrum’s position oriented and avoid losing control in turning movements.
The shape is also closely connected to the tone of the guitar pick. Just like with the design of a surfboard, you need a specific shape to optimize your energy when catching a wave. The same effect is caused when the guitar pick plucks the strings; different shapes will produce different results.
If your hands are doing an arduous job, then they deserve the best tools, right? Many people spend a lot of money on guitars, amplifiers, strings, and other accessories, but they overlook the guitar pick. This is a big mistake.
The material with which the pick is made can influence the tone, attack, flexibility, durability, and many other aspects. Therefore, without paying attention to it, you can hardly find your personal sound.
Are you curious about the materials used for the Rombo guitar picks? Read a full article on the topic here.
The design of everything you own is a way of expressing yourself and defining your personal style.
When it comes to guitar picks, functionality is everything. This is the reason we have spent so much time integrating beautiful geometric patterns that also fulfill the functional requirements for every technique.
In short, guitar picks are personal items that are bound to subjective perceptions. However, some aspects are measurable and can be improved to fulfill requirements that every guitarist needs.
Don’t overestimate this small piece of gear.
Not sure what is the right guitar pick for you? Let us help you here.
05. February 2022
Desde España: Llevo más de 40 años tocando la guitara. Rock, blues, pop, metal. Tengo y he tenido bastantes guitarras de calidad profesional, sobre todo eléctricas, y he usado por temporadas todo tipo de púas. He comprado recientemente el conjunto de púas variadas de Rombo, así como varios paquetes de otros modelos. Las he probado en distintas guitarras acústicas y eléctricas y son púas bien diseñadas, con buen agarre y buenas propiedades mecánicas, como el ataque. Mis gustos personales se decantan más por las púas gruesas, y he encontrado más útiles las “Diamond”, las “Horizon” e incluso las “Jade” que a pesar de ser bastante gruesas, sus perfiles muy redondeados todavía permiten un deslizamiento fluido sobre las cuerdas. Son púas divertidas y “bonitas” (yo suelo llevar púas en los bolsillos pues nunca sabes dónde te vas a encontrar con una guitarra) y, a veces, juego con ellas entre los dedos. Se pueden recomendar. Como consejo si no tienes muy claro el tipo de púa que necesitas, empieza por el conjunto de púas variadas. Probablemente, una vez probadas, te sobrarán la mitad, pero tendrás más claro cuáles pedir en el siguiente pedido.
22. October 2021
I went on a great “search for picks” a few years back and tried many different types of materials and shapes. These ultimately won out.
I played for my first 4 years with your standard sized tortex .73mm picks. Those worked great. But recently a buddy turned me on Rombo Jade and I haven’t touched another pick since.
It’s amazing how at times, a little adjustment can make a big difference.
03. October 2021
Discovered Rombo picks recently and won’t use anything else! The 8 styles I have are PERFECTION!!
29. September 2021
Hi! First I want you to know that I’ve bought the variety pack in September and after several weeks of testing them and play with them I can say without any doubt that your picks are awesome. In particular I love the material you use, they really endure string friction, and now I mostly use the origami for everything.
Second, do you plan new picks soon?
28. August 2021
I’ve just taken delivery of the mix pack and I am very impressed so far. The .45 and .75 are great for strumming an acoustic guitar and the two other heavy picks – with the 1.25mm my favourite – work really well on electric guitar and bass. Looking forward to playing live with these soon!
12. August 2021
Hey guys, I love your work! Finally somebody is creating thoughtful designs in the world of the guitar picks!
I have been playing for years and after I discovered your pick Origami I cannot play with another one :) Looking forward to trying the new guitar pick models in September!
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