Best Thumb Picks

By Sherman Kelly | Last Updated on Nov 14, 2021

In Hurry? Editor's Choice:

Harley Benton Fingerpick Set
TOP 1
Harley Benton Fingerpick Set
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Dunlop 9003P White Plastic Thumbpicks, Large, 4/Player's Pack
TOP 2
Dunlop 9003P White Plastic Thumbpicks, Large, 4/Player's Pack
TR score rating icon 9.6
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Dunlop Thumb Pick White Middle
TOP 3
Dunlop Thumb Pick White Middle
TR score rating icon 9.6
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How To Choose Thumb Picks: Methodology

The best Thumb Picks ranking is based on our detailed evaluation and analysis of over 28,576 consumer satisfaction surveys. We have come up with the top 3 Thumb Picks you might be interested in and rated them on factors such as Availability, Sound Quality, Usage Experience, Pricing and Popularity experience.

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A Detailed List of Top 3 Thumb Picks in 2021

Harley Benton Fingerpick Set

Reviews for Harley Benton (TA Score)

TR score rating icon 9.9

Features

3 Plastic Finger Picks & 1 Thumb Pick
Tortoise
3 Plastic Finger Picks & 1 Thumb Pick
Tortoise
#TOP 2

Dunlop 9003P White Plastic Thumbpicks, Large, 4/Player's Pack

9003P
1.5 x 1 x 0.5 inches
0.32 ounces

Features

Molded In Classic White With The Dunlop Logo
Plastic Fingerpicks And Thumbpicks Can Be Used On Almost Any Stringed Instrument
Gives The Player A Warm Tonal Response And Increased Control
Molded In Classic White With The Dunlop Logo
Plastic Fingerpicks And Thumbpicks Can Be Used On Almost Any Stringed Instrument
Gives The Player A Warm Tonal Response And Increased Control
#TOP 3

Dunlop Thumb Pick White Middle

Reviews for Dunlop (TA Score)

TR score rating icon 9.6

Features

Medium
9002r
White
Plastic
Medium
9002r
White
Plastic

Best Thumb Picks — FAQ

How do I know what size thumb pick to buy?

Unless you have a giant thumb, Medium is the size you want. Get a pack of 4 or 12 and the snugness will slightly vary between picks. Alternatively, place a pick in the microwave for 30- 60 seconds and slightly expand or squeeze the thumb opening.

Nevertheless, are thumb picks hard to use?

The feeling of a thumb pick takes a little while to get used to, as it does feel very weird to have something attached to your thumb while you're strumming on your instrument. You may find that it's nearly impossible to find a thumb pick that's in your size, due to the limited range of sizes.

Likewise, which thumb pick is the best?

Best Thumbpicks for Beginners:

  • Our Top Pick: Dunlop 9003P White Plastic Thumbpicks.
  • Best Budget Thumbpick: D'addario Thumb Picks.
  • KGR Editor's Choice: Golden Gate Pearloid GP-6.

However, are thumb picks necessary?

As far as thumbpicked notes being louder than the finger notes (without picks), your ear will tell you when the treble and bass need to be better balanced. You balance them by relaxing the thumb a bit and plucking the bass notes softer than the finger notes, or by muting the bass strings with the picking hand.

Moreover, can you strum with a thumb pick?

A thumb pick isn't very different from your usual guitar pick. However, you can wear thumb picks on your thumb like a ring. Thumb picks are perfect for those who are used to strumming or plucking with just their thumb. Acoustic guitarists are the ones who usually do this kind of plucking or strumming.

In addition, can I use a thumb pick for classical guitar?

Yes, of course. A lot of people use a pick on a classical guitar. It's just that traditional players will never use a pick and always play with their fingers.We don't recommend using a thumb pick as classical guitars already have a balanced tone and a thumb pick would make the bass strings too loud.

Thus, what Thumbpick does Tommy Emmanuel use?

Tommy uses D'Andrea ProPlec rounded triangle picks and Jim Dunlop medium thumb picks.

Still, do thumb picks come in different thicknesses?

The "National" brand picks come in different sizes and gauges. However, for some reason the lighter they are the smaller they are.

Our Verdict

With so many Thumb Picks available, it's difficult to know which one is best. Fortunately, our research team compiled an unbiased list of 13 best Thumb Picks that will fit every budget. During this study there were over 44072 products across 13 brands. Our verdict: most customers choose Thumb Picks with an average price tag of $120!

Sherman Kelly
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sherman Kelly is a music enthusiast who has been playing the guitar for over 10 years. He loves to write and perform his own songs on stage, as well as performing cover songs of other artists. Sherman is happy to help others choose the perfect instrument that suits their needs.