Coins for guitar picks?

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Nickguitar800
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Coins for guitar picks?

Post by Nickguitar800 » December 22nd, 2014, 11:12 am

Hello peeps! recently I've been experimenting with using dimes and quarters as guitar picks. It sounds like it would be terrible but if you use a light touch and a little bit of a different picking technique it is actually very nice... at least for me. Anyway, is this very bad for my strings? I was just wondering what everyone's opinion was on this.

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Re: Coins for guitar picks?

Post by Diceman » December 22nd, 2014, 7:30 pm

You wouldn't be the first one to use a coin to pick an instrument with . If that sound is what you like to hear why not use it ? Is it bad for your strings ? Friction is friction although a metal probably would wear the string out quicker than softer materials . They make new strings everyday !
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Re: Coins for guitar picks?

Post by dedguy » December 24th, 2014, 9:33 am

a perosn I used to know says the coins wreck the strings, but I always use a coin coz I cant be botherd with picks, or i use my finger, and I barely every brea a string, but when I start using whammy bars again I think I will brea them

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Re: Coins for guitar picks?

Post by Nickguitar800 » December 31st, 2014, 4:51 pm

Thank you everyone! I think I'm only going to use the coins if they help me get a specific sound that I want.

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Re: Coins for guitar picks?

Post by Alan Green » January 1st, 2015, 1:26 am

Listen to Queen - Brian May uses a silver sixpence (old English coin). He also says that an American Nickel produces an acceptably close sound.
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Re: Coins for guitar picks?

Post by fanomar » April 8th, 2015, 8:42 pm

Never liked coins as my pick. But if it works for you, then go ahead man. I don't see it as a big issue. :)

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Re: Coins for guitar picks?

Post by notes_norton » April 20th, 2015, 4:02 pm

The strings are going to wear out anyway. I can't see anything wrong with it, except if you drop the 'pick' and can't find it, you are out some money ;)

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