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lilolmelilolme Posts: 2,464 ✭✭✭✭✭

I do not have any of the coin guitar picks. I kind of like some music and found some of the online coin guitar picks to be interesting or neat looking. I would not order one but I could see buying one if I saw it displayed, was one I collected or the look just hit me and priced okay. Put it on a mini-easel for display. Reading some sources it is stated they can give off a 'better' sound. Here are a few from internet search. Some look to be nicely polished on the edges (less string damage / wear). Some designs kind of stand out better.

PS - I know some will not like the destroyed coin.









https://youtube.com/watch?v=2YNufnS_kf4 - Mama I'm coming home ...................................................................................................................................................................... RLJ 1958 - 2023

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    MWallaceMWallace Posts: 3,862 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Someone was making these to order online a few years ago. May still be. I don't know. I don't even play a guitar but I ordered one made from a Quarter with my birth year.

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    JBKJBK Posts: 14,776 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 6, 2023 9:29AM

    I love these repurposed coins. My only disappointment is that the maker apparently didn't mark or sign them in some way. :/

    As for the base metal coins, certainly no loss there.

    As for the silver coins, some will look at them and envision former MS65 coins, but certainly they were average or cull examples.

    The person doing this work appears to try to include the dates on all the picks, so they're presumably aware of what they're working with.

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    crazyhounddogcrazyhounddog Posts: 13,816 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Very cool 😎

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    PerryHallPerryHall Posts: 45,438 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Looks like something that could be found on eBay.

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    bsshog40bsshog40 Posts: 3,777 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 6, 2023 9:52AM

    Might be cool to have but definitely not something I would use on my guitar. Too hard. Lol I use a medium pick myself.
    They really don't look like they would be hard to make. A little grinding and polishing.

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    telephoto1telephoto1 Posts: 4,749 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I'm a player myself. The old blues guys used to use really worn silver quarters shaped and buffed into the traditional rounded triangle... the silver helped create a unique tone. A lot of these things you see online anymore are just people trying to find ways to repurpose junk coins.


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    rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I do not play guitar, but I would think a pick fashioned from a silver Kennedy half dollar would be excellent. As suggested above, my certainly affect the tone. Cheers, RickO

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    OAKSTAROAKSTAR Posts: 5,829 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Very interesting! Yes, maybe a better sound but those things have gotta be 50 times heaver then a normal guitar pike! Wouldn't that be a problem for a guitar player?

    They sure are purdy though! I once found a normal plastic guitar pick in a bank wrapped roll of Kennedy's.

    Disclaimer: I'm not a dealer, trader, grader, investor or professional numismatist. I'm just a hobbyist. (To protect me but mostly you! 🤣 )

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    bsshog40bsshog40 Posts: 3,777 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 6, 2023 12:54PM

    @OAKSTAR said:
    Very interesting! Yes, maybe a better sound but those things have gotta be 50 times heaver then a normal guitar pike! Wouldn't that be a problem for a guitar player?

    They sure are purdy though! I once found a normal plastic guitar pick in a bank wrapped roll of Kennedy's.

    The hardness would get me. Some people prefer hard pics. With the coins being silver and most of it shaved off, I don't think weight would be an issue.

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    OAKSTAROAKSTAR Posts: 5,829 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @bsshog40 said:

    @OAKSTAR said:
    Very interesting! Yes, maybe a better sound but those things have gotta be 50 times heaver then a normal guitar pike! Wouldn't that be a problem for a guitar player?

    They sure are purdy though! I once found a normal plastic guitar pick in a bank wrapped roll of Kennedy's.

    The harness would get me. Some people prefer hard pics. With the coins being silver and most of it shaved off, I don't think weight would be an issue.

    Those picks would give me carpal tunnel syndrome and I don't even play guitar. 🤣 😂

    Disclaimer: I'm not a dealer, trader, grader, investor or professional numismatist. I'm just a hobbyist. (To protect me but mostly you! 🤣 )

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    OmegaraptorOmegaraptor Posts: 528 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I have heard some guitarists use these. However they do break strings a lot more frequently than normal picks do.

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    SmudgeSmudge Posts: 9,255 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Brian May of Queen uses a sixpence. He built his own guitar to get sounds other guitars could not make.

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    Dave99BDave99B Posts: 8,362 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) has used a Mexican Peso pick his entire career.

    Dave

    Always looking for original, better date VF20-VF35 Barber quarters and halves, and a quality beer.
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    JimnightJimnight Posts: 10,820 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Good looking piece, and what @bsshog40 said.

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    telephoto1telephoto1 Posts: 4,749 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I'd think the silver dollars would only be good for a bass pick. Too thick and heavy for anything else.


    RIP Mom- 1932-2012
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    Namvet69Namvet69 Posts: 8,674 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I'm pretty sure that Ron Landis makes picks. Yup, just checked.

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    jacrispiesjacrispies Posts: 717 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I like the give of medium plastic picks. I've tried metal picks and they just aren't as easy to wield. I bet with some practice and technique changes, you can use anything as a pick!

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    NysotoNysoto Posts: 3,771 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I don't think they would work very well on an acoustic and would ding the top. I use thick plastic Wegen Big Dipper 1.8 mm, it deadens the pick slap, no pick noise only the string sound.

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    remumcremumc Posts: 1,265 ✭✭✭

    I have some my son bought me for a birthday or Christmas, made from 1955 silver Washington quarters, my birth year. I'd never use them on any of my guitars, damage to pick-ups, pick guard, top wood, bridge,, fretboard, depending on how & where you pick.

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    bsshog40bsshog40 Posts: 3,777 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @jacrispies said:
    I like the give of medium plastic picks. I've tried metal picks and they just aren't as easy to wield. I bet with some practice and technique changes, you can use anything as a pick!

    Yep, I can remember years back having to make one out of a plastic milk jug. Lol

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    jacrispiesjacrispies Posts: 717 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @bsshog40 said:

    @jacrispies said:
    I like the give of medium plastic picks. I've tried metal picks and they just aren't as easy to wield. I bet with some practice and technique changes, you can use anything as a pick!

    Yep, I can remember years back having to make one out of a plastic milk jug. Lol

    I would imagine milk jug plastic would actually be durable enough. Sounds like fun!

    Sometimes I forgot a pick, but I had a dime in my pocket...
    The reeds made for a strange effect and I kept dropping the darn thing!

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