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Project by Timberwerks posted 01-25-2022 09:54 PM 540 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These aren’t a major woodworking accomplishment but I thought I’d share because they are pretty cool. Ebony, Rosewood and Maple guitar picks with a .016” brass core. I made and sold hundreds of wood picks years ago but they, of course would break over time unless they were in the 3.0 mm thick range or cross grain laminated. This time I thought I’d try a brass core and so far they are fantastic! Great looks, tone and feel without the problem of splitting that comes with picks under 3.0 mm, these are 2.0 mm. I make them in standard & Jazz III size.

-- https://www.facebook.com/pages/Timberwerks-Studio/126415221682





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swirt

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#1 posted 01-26-2022 01:29 AM

That is a very cool look and approach. What adhesive did you use?

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Timberwerks

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#2 posted 01-26-2022 01:32 AM



That is a very cool look and approach. What adhesive did you use?

- swirt

Thanks! Gorilla Glue clear, works great.

-- https://www.facebook.com/pages/Timberwerks-Studio/126415221682

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#3 posted 01-26-2022 02:05 PM

Interesting, so it’s wood veneer on a brass core with Gorilla Glue? Any idea on how well they wear? Seems like the wood would wear off of the tip and and you’d have a brass pick with wood grips.

I had thought about going the opposite way and embedding thin pieces of wood in epoxy resin. That way as the pick wears away, it would still look like shiny wood. Never got around to doing that, though.

-- Tony, SW Chicago Suburbs

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Timberwerks

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#4 posted 01-26-2022 09:26 PM


Interesting, so it s wood veneer on a brass core with Gorilla Glue? Any idea on how well they wear? Seems like the wood would wear off of the tip and and you d have a brass pick with wood grips.

I had thought about going the opposite way and embedding thin pieces of wood in epoxy resin. That way as the pick wears away, it would still look like shiny wood. Never got around to doing that, though.

- Tony1212

So far only slight wear on the wood. That was pretty much the idea going into these since many players like to use coins or brass pick lik Brian May of Queen. They do have a different tone to them.

-- https://www.facebook.com/pages/Timberwerks-Studio/126415221682

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#5 posted 01-27-2022 04:48 PM

Nice concept. I’m sure they would work great. I’ve built a number of wood and bone and a combination of both for picks. They look pretty but don’t suit my style of playing as I’m used to a little flex. Others really like them. I may have to try your method.

-- Darrel

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Timberwerks

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#6 posted 01-27-2022 10:05 PM



Nice concept. I m sure they would work great. I ve built a number of wood and bone and a combination of both for picks. They look pretty but don t suit my style of playing as I m used to a little flex. Others really like them. I may have to try your method.

- Foghorn

Thanks! I made and sold many wood guitar picks about 9 years ago but a common problem was the pick splitting if it was under 3.0 mm thick. I like to be in the 2.0 mm range. I made cross grain laminated picks and they were nice but they just weren’t that popular. These I really like! They look and feel great and have an interesting tonal quality. Acoustic players liked the wood picks but the brass adds a certain tone that electric players like so they appeal to both sides so far.

-- https://www.facebook.com/pages/Timberwerks-Studio/126415221682

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