While the majority of picks you’ll see at the shop are likely a plastic varietal, there are loads of alternative-material options like the 10 here—from wood to bone to stone—that might open a new tone window for you.
TIMBER TONESCoconut Stub Tones
These picks are produced from surprisingly hard coconut husk, which delivers clean, bright tones. An indent detail for the thumb and a scooped detail on the underside for the first finger help prevent rotation.
JIM DUNLOPCarbon Fiber Max-Grip Jazz III
Made from molded carbon fiber and featuring a molded-in grip with a combination of coarse and fine textures, these picks are designed to deliver a sharp attack and superior pick control.
$4 street (6-pack)
BREEZY RIDGE INSTRUMENTS
Rosewood Sarod Picks
Handcrafted in India, these rosewood picks are intended to produce full, rich, and strong tones, and have a rounded depression for the thumb and an index-finger curve on the opposite side.