The 8 Best Guitar Pick Punches

Updated April 24, 2018 by Sheila O'Neill

8 Best Guitar Pick Punches
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We spent 43 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top selections for this wiki. If you're looking to buy a unique present for the musician in your life, you might want to consider getting them one of these pick punches. They allow any guitarist, mandolinist, or ukulele player to create their own custom plectrums from just about any plastic material, including old credit cards, hotel keys, and driver's licenses. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best guitar pick punch on Amazon.

8. PickMaster Premium

Like a lot of great rock-and-roll artists, the PickMaster Premium comes from the UK. Its sleek, shiny, all-metal design gives it a cool, clean aesthetic that will look right at home next to any collection of sound equipment.
  • file is built into the handle
  • made from durable materials
  • takes a lot of pressure to work
Brand Pickmaster
Model RASPM
Weight 14.1 ounces
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

7. MuzJig Blue

The MuzJig Blue looks a little lighter and less durable than the majority of its competition, but it has enough weight and staying power to chop away at thinner plastic for years on end. It comes with a convenient gift case.
  • plastic sheets included
  • cuts clean smooth edges
  • struggles with thick materials
Brand Muzjig
Model pending
Weight 1.8 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

6. Minidiva Professional

Whether you want to work with ABS, PVC, or celluloid, you'll be set with the Minidiva Professional. It can turn all kinds of raw materials, from gift cards to hotel keys, into the rounded, triangular shape that all guitarists know and love.
  • plastic bottom protects tabletops
  • made of stainless steel
  • doesn't catch or hold finished picks
Brand Minidiva
Model BTL0032
Weight 15.5 ounces
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

5. EconoLED Plectrum Press

For a simple and effective option, consider the EconoLED Plectrum Press. It doesn't bevel or round edges, but it can create standard picks out of materials up to one millimeter thick, giving you the chance to finally make use of that stack of old credit cards.
  • works on multiple types of plastic
  • large double spring
  • comes with sample materials
Brand econoLED
Model BCG329155
Weight 15.2 ounces
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

4. BridgeWire Music Perfect Puncher

The BridgeWire Music Perfect Puncher arrives with enough strips of plastic to create 50 medium-gauge picks in a slew of interesting styles, most of which will be appealing to the average player. It also comes with a smoothing strip to file down jagged edges.
  • holder included
  • heavy base for stability
  • comfortable curved handle
Brand BridgeWire Music
Model BWM-0300
Weight 1.2 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

3. Pick Punch 351

The Pick Punch 351 claims to be the first and best option available on the consumer market. While those claims can't be easily substantiated, there's no denying that it's reliable, easy to operate, and sturdy enough to last for years, even if you use it often.
  • punches standard 351 shapes
  • weighs just over one pound
  • decent instructions included
Brand Pick Punch
Model 351
Weight 1.3 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

2. Signstek Flanger

Turn all your expired rewards membership cards into useful musical tools with the Signstek Flanger. You can use any plastic up to 1mm thick, so whether you like your picks thin and flexible or strong and sturdy, you'll be good to go.
  • available in two colors
  • costs less than twenty dollars
  • one plastic card included
Brand Signstek
Model 12-21
Weight 14.4 ounces
Rating 5.0 / 5.0

1. Pick-a-Palooza DIY

The Pick-a-Palooza DIY comes with everything you need to get started, including a guitar-shaped emery board for smoothing out rough edges, a leather pick-holding keychain, and fifteen brightly-colored, patterned plastic strips ready to be punched into shape.
  • comes in a nice gift box
  • suitable for serious musicians
  • stainless steel blade
Brand Pick-A-Palooza
Model pending
Weight 1.6 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

Your Card Has Been Declined

There are few more embarrassing words in the English language than "I'm sorry, but it seems your card has been declined."

It's a terrible situation for both the customer in question and the salesman or waiter charged with charging the destitute fool.

That may have been too harsh. There's no proof here of destitution. In my time, I've had a card or two declined just because the purchase raised a flag in the card company's identity theft algorithms.

If you do face the unfortunate experience of actually having your card declined and then deactivated for one reason or another, or if you simply have a card that's expired, you may find yourself in a position to make the most out of the pick punch.

It's a pretty simple device, really. It uses leverage focused toward a simple hinge the same way a stapler works. But, instead of driving a stapler, the pick punch pushes a pick-shaped piece of metal through a pick shaped hole lined with a blade.

Think of it like Wile E. Coyote running through a stone wall and leaving the perfect imprint of his body, but this time his body is shaped like a guitar pick.

When I Went Green

If, when I was a teenager, Jim Dunlop held a press conference and announced the bankruptcy of his company and the discontinuation of the .88mm green Dunlop Tortex picks, I might have quit playing the guitar then and there.

I had that much of an emotional connection to them.

It's still my go-to pick, as it has been for nearly 20 years of guitar playing.

That kind of commitment is hard to give up, and if you've played with a specific thickness of pick for a long while, it's something you're going to have to consider when selecting your pick punch.

A credit card or a gift card, for example, which are probably the two most commonly cited items punched into guitar picks, is .76mm thick. That's not quite .88mm, but it could do in a pinch. If that's much thicker than what you normally play, you'll have to seek out thinner plastics.

No pick punch set comes with an .88mm sheet set, though several brands offer .90mm sheets sold separately on their websites, and it was possible that I could make the transition from one weight to the next without losing too much sleep. But I far preferred the specific feel of Dunlop's .88mm nylon.

So what's a boy to do? Well, lucky me, the plastics industry is always happy to oblige a paying customer. You can find pretty much any kind of plastic or synthetic material online for your pick punch. As long as it's in the same Vicker's hardness test ballpark and it's less than 1mm thick, you should be able to punch it.

Playing Guitar Uphill, Both Ways

More and more I find myself playing the "When I was your age" card. Now, that's a card I'd be happy to feed to the pick punch!

The truth is that these punches weren't around when I was learning the instrument, and for the many years I spent playing out and touring with bands.

There was a stigma against homemade guitar picks back then. This was mainly due to the fact that, in order to cut a pick for yourself out of something like a credit card, you had to do it by hand. Usually, we'd use scissors.

The process was long and inarticulate, and the resulting picks were but shadows cast on the wall of the cave, flickering, unshapely semblances of a far away ideal.

They were too sharp, so they often cut through lighter strings. They were the wrong material, so they produced an ugly tone.

It's only in the past decade or so that all those problems were solved with a pick punch and a little bit of light emery cloth.

There's some disagreement about who made the thing first, but we can all agree that it works.


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Last updated on April 24, 2018 by Sheila O'Neill

Sheila is a writer, cosplayer, and juggler who lives in Southern California. She loves sitting down with a hot cup of tea and coming up with new ideas. In her spare time, Sheila enjoys drawing, listening to podcasts, and describing herself in the third person.


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