IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS. No other guitar shop in Texas pays as much attention to and offers the variety of picks that you can find at GUITAR TEX. The reason is simple: Picks make a very big difference in tone, feel, speed and agility. No one size or shape is ideal for all players, which is why we have so many to choose from. We carry a great variety of picks for all styles of playing. Our selection of finger picks & thumb picks far exceed those of most other stores. Picks make a big difference. Such a little thing can radically change your playing technique for the better. We are the only store in San Antonio to carry hand made picks & we have had countless converts. Players fuss over their tone & technique, sometimes ignoring the smallest detail that can make a huge difference in tone, comfort & speed. Some players are perfectly content with a basic medium gauge celluloid or tortex pick, but others have found that a well made pick, with a good bevel and comfortable shape can have a marked positive effect on playing skills and tone.
Fred Kelly Thumb Picks (Chet Atkins/Tommy Emmanuel stylists love these)
in Polycarbonate and delrin, these Freedom Picks have some of the most natural response and feel of any finger pick! We are the only source in South Texas for these, so come in and give them a try!
Pro Pick Finger Picks. Hand made metal finger picks
Golden Gate Mandolin picks & Thumb picks
Dugain Picks. Hand made in France from organic & synthetic materials. Gypsy Jazz guitarists were the first to take to these wonderful hand made picks. Then the bluegrassers discovered them; then the shredders. Shaped & contoured ergonomically, allowing the player to achieve unexpected speed & clarity. At $16.00-$28.00 they’re not cheap, but it seems that no more how you get there great tone comes with some costs.
John Pearse faux tortoise picks come mighty close to real tortoise shell & they are legal*! On the way are another type of faux tortoise & faux coral picks by Papa’s Picks. $12.00 each & they are wonderful. Players who have had the opportunity to use genuine tortoise shell picks understand that picks can indeed make a great difference in tone & real tortoise shell is the gold standard. These new synthetics are made from casein, which is a milk by-product & it makes for a pick that is as close to the real thing as you can get without killing something. If your pick doesn’t matter to you, these won’t be of interest. For those of us whose life-long quest has been the best tone possible, it’s understood that the plectrum is just as important as the instrument to acheive that goal. My own keychain/pickholder has a Dugain, V-Pick, Wegen, & a John Pearse. Having the right pick lets me relax & play more effortlessly, as well as increasing my speed.
*real tortoise shell picks come from endangered sea turtles & have been illegal for decades.
Dunlop Ultex, Gator Grip, & Jazz Tone picks
Even our string selection includes products not easily found like FLATWOUND strings for jazz guitar, BLACK NYLON Bass strings, vihuela strings, ukulele strings & much more.
Bottleneck slides hand made by DELTA SLIDERS & by MR. Bs.
WE CARRY THE COOLEST SELECTION OF GUITAR STRAPS ANYWHERE!