View Full Version : Plectrums and strings

03-13-2010, 12:02 PM
I really like the sound of my uke played with a plectrum, but I'm not used to nylon stringed instruments -- will using a light guitar plectrum ruin the strings, does anyone know?

03-13-2010, 12:39 PM
The traditional plectrum used with ukulele would be made of felt. I've seen them for sale on eBay, and at some music retailers.

03-13-2010, 01:03 PM
I don't think a plectrum would necessarily "ruin" the strings, although it might cause them to wear out a little sooner. I think the bigger problem would be scratches on the uke's finish from aggressive strumming. Acoustic guitars typically have a pick guard to protect the finish.

03-13-2010, 01:17 PM
When you think about it, a plectrum would be no harder on a Uke (or guitar) than long finger nails.
Also, have seen pro players on YouTube us thumb picks. Have also seen a lot of well used Ukes with finger nail scratches.
Just go for the sound you like best and what works for you.

03-13-2010, 09:42 PM
Thanks guys. I'll try out a felt one and see how it sounds, but it seems like I have no real need to worry.

03-13-2010, 10:17 PM
Ask Willie Nelson, he's been using a medium guitar pick on his nylon strung Martin for a lot of years.:)


03-13-2010, 10:19 PM
Try leather picks as well. Kiwaya sells them. I've been planning on buying one, but I don't really see a great need for it.

03-14-2010, 08:23 AM
I've had good luck with rubber "Wedgie" picks. Get the softest they make, which is the thin white one. They're hard to find. I only found thick mediums at the local store. I ordered a variety pack online and tried them all before I settled on the thin ones.

03-14-2010, 10:05 AM
Don't buy felt picks they are fat and inflexible I use a .60 normal plectrum

03-14-2010, 12:54 PM
I make felt picks by sandwiching a .60 Dunlop nylon pick between two pieces of sticky-back felt from WalMart... Works a charm. Not stiff like the felt 'uke' picks...