#1
Alright, so in all my brilliance and ingenuity( ), I have decided to file down a quarter (2005 Kansas if anyone cares) to use for a pick. While it seems to make me a bit faster and has a nice strength to it, several of my friends have warned me that I can ruin my strings using it. Is this true, and if so,how long before I notice a difference?

Also, is there anything slightly bigger than a quarter I can use to have a better grip? Maybe a Peso or something?

EDIT: For the record, I tried searching, but nothing came up on this particular topic. My searchbar-fu is low I guess.
#2
Brian May used a six-pence for a pick.

I'm sure it's going to cause a bit more wear on the strings than a normal pick would, I think you'll be alright as long as you're not hacking the strings as hard as you can.
#3
why dont you trade your 'pick' to get a real picK?
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#4
Quote by trutrojan8
why don't you trade your 'pick' to get a real picK?


I already have a small assortment of regular picks, I just wanted to try something a little different, and from what i've been doing, I like it. It has a bit more resistance, but if I use the tip, I can get a nice speed going. I may file down a few more coins for practice or just to refine making picks though. I had trouble scratching off most of the quarter ridge so it wouldn't bite into my finger.

Also it's to fool the pick gnomes.
#5
ZZ top said that the coin he used for a time had a habit of sawing thru the strings.
#6
you have to use thicker strings. i use coins on my strat sometimes. it really has a more full tone. i use a dime, because they are as small as jazz III's
#7
You know they do make metal picks...

But yes, it will tear up your strings, and the finish of your guitar.
#8
I have decided to file down a quarter (2005 Kansas if anyone cares)


I'm pretty sure that's a felony
#9
when i go on my hiking trips, sometimes i have to improvise when it comes to getting a pick. the things i have tried include those plastic things you put on the top of a plastic bag that holds bread or w/e, quarters, growing my finger nail out a little bit, and the tip of a metal spoon. if you can file it down so it is completely smooth, i don't see how it could destroy your strings. i think the grip on the rim of it or the impressions on the front of it will kill it.
#10
Quote by Verit4s
I'm pretty sure that's a felony


You're right.
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#11
Quote by Verit4s
I'm pretty sure that's a felony


If i'm not mistaken, it's only punishable if I actually try to use it as currency again. And it's rarely enforced anyhow. But I spent a good hour filing this thing down. I don't want to let it get away from me.
#12
Quote by Verit4s
I'm pretty sure that's a felony


yea it is, but with the dollar tanking these days and the rampant inflation, maybe it would do good to get rid of some money.
#13
Make sure you also have a pickguard on your guitar, I can imagine a slight slip off the high E and a bad slice in your finish.
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#15
Quote by Tackleberry
ZZ top said that the coin he used for a time had a habit of sawing thru the strings.



You realize that ZZ Top is an entire band of people right?
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