Which pick is the right pick? First, start with the thickest pick you’re comfortable with. A thicker pick with a varied touch will give you more dynamic range than strumming or picking harder with a thinner one. As a pick gets thinner, its tonal properties diminish so a thicker pick will give you greater tonal influence.
Taylor Premium Ivoroid Picks
Taylor Premium Ivoroid Picks are made from a custom blend of highly detailed premium celluloid precisely cured to resemble grained ivory. Available in 351, 346 and 651 shapes and precision-cut in .46, .71, .96 and 1.21mm gauges. These picks produce an enhanced midrange and warm tone with the classic feel of a premium celluloid pick.
Taylor Premium Thermex® Ultra – Ruby Swirl/Blue Swirl
These are the most popular guitar picks from the Taylor Darktone® Series. Made with an exclusive thermo-bonding process that produces broad overtones, slightly scooped mids, with a touch of high-end presence and sparkle for a warmer, more articulate guitar tone. Available in the classic 351 shape, Ruby Swirl or Blue Swirl. Precision-cut in 1.0, 1.25 and 1.5mm sizes.
Taylor Premium Thermex® Ultra – Black Onyx/Abalone
These are the original Taylor Darktone® guitar picks. Made with an exclusive thermo-bonding process that creates a rich, well-balanced tone across the lows, mids and highs. Slightly warmer than the Thermex Ultra Ruby Swirl/Blue Swirl. Available in the classic 351 shape. Precision-cut in 1.0, 1.25 and 1.5mm gauge sizes.
Taylor Premium Thermex® Pro
The most traditional style and feel from the Darktone® Series. Made with a proprietary thermoplastic to resemble authentic tortoiseshell. They glide smoothly off each string for an extremely warm, rich, articulate response with less twang. Available in 351, 346 and 651 shapes. Precision cut to a 1.5mm gauge size.
Taylor Premium Taylex®
These picks offer the boldest response of the Taylor Darktone® Series. Their proprietary thermoplastic material is bright and lively with a smooth low end and rich, sparkling treble tones that are warmer and more complex than celluloid. Perfect for players with an aggressive attack. Available in 651, 351 and 346 shapes. Precision-cut to a 1.25mm size.
These picks glide quickly off your strings for fast, articulate runs and effortless strumming. Made from Ultex®, these picks offer a balanced tone with high-end presence and a fast, immediate response. Offered in the 351 shape and a textured surface for improved grip. 88, 1.0 and 1.3mm sizes. Three picks per pack by size.
Taylor Ultex® picks combine flexibility with a monstrous attack. Lightweight, yet virtually indestructible with a wide dynamic range. Their edge yields a smooth release off the string with high fidelity, presence and detail. Slightly scooped midrange. Available in .73, 1.0 and 1.14mm sizes. Six picks per pack by size.
Do picks affect the tone of your guitar?
Yes, the material and gauge play a huge part in the sound. The general rule of thumb is the thicker the pick, the more volume and richness of tone. Details are listed in the pick descriptions.
Shouldn't I use a thinner pick for a softer sound?
No, this is a common misconception. For a softer sound, simply hold the thicker pick slightly looser in your hand. This will produce a fuller, softer sound.
How do I determine which pick thickness is right for me?
Taylor recommends using the thickest pick that feels comfortable. The best way to determine this is simply to get them in your hands.
Can these picks be used on both an electric and acoustic guitar?