Before I get to my talk with Some Dude’s Pesopicks creator, Stuart Brady, I want to say a few words about the humble guitar pick.
If you play guitar, you probably know there are picks of all shapes, sizes, colors, thicknesses, designs, etc.
You might even keep several guitar picks handy, and stop by the local guitar shop regularly to re-stock. Picks are usually kept at the front of store and sold for under a dollar, near the other relatively inexpensive musical accessories like guitar strings, capos, etc.
For such a small object, guitar picks are certainly an important part of guitar player’s setup. They help define the sound, even though they don’t generally get a lot of credit.
Guitar players can get rather particular about their picks, the more they develop a certain sound. It is at this point that guitar players start to notice the different characteristics in the picks they like or dislike, and their preferences get more particular.
Some players want picks that have a grip, others like ’em smooth. Some want them thicker, others want them paper thin. Some like gimmicky picks that are covered in logos and designs, others like them with no symbols on them in just one color only.
The type of pick you use depends on your own playing style more than anything, and that can take time to develop.
It’s worth mentioning, for the sake of beginner guitar players out there, that the type of pick does contribute something significant to the sound that’s being produced by the guitar.
That said, guitar picks, for the most part, are made of plastic and many players don’t think about them much. You just buy 10 for a dollar as you’re making other purchases, and if you drop them on the ground and lose them, many would say “Who cares?”
But some picks you might not want to lose.
The thing is, not all picks cost $0.25 and look cheap and shoddy. Some guitar picks are worth showing off.
Enter: the Pesopick.
These unique picks are made from actual Mexican pesos by a dude by the name of Stuart Brady, AKA Some Dude. In fact, his business name is Some Dude’s Pesopicks.
Here is the Pesopickdude himself standing with the late great Bill Paxton.
Stuart makes a living producing these Pesopicks by hand in his home state of Texas, home of some of the greatest guitar players of all time.
He started making Pesopicks decades ago, in an effort to create a more durable, unique type of guitar pick that creates a deeper, richer sound. They have other benefits as well, such as outlasting the person using them.
We were lucky enough to talk with Stuart about his prized creations. We just had to get the lowdown on them straight from the source.
Enjoy our Q&A with the the Pesopickdude!
What are Pesopicks?
Pesopicks are authentic Mexican pesos handcrafted into guitar picks.
How durable are these things?
They will last forever…the first one I made is owned by my best friend and is over 40 yrs old. He still uses it everyday…they are heirlooms.
What do you like about the metal on metal sound?
They make your stringed instrument a little brighter and louder, creating awesome pinch harmonics…they are super fast due to less friction than other picks.
How much does a Pesopick cost?
They start at $50.00 and go up in price depending on type of peso and the work done to it.
What’s the difference between a Pesopick and your typical $.050 plastic guitar pick?
They don’t wear out and they wont harm strings…kinda of a nickel on nickel thing.
Is it true that Billy Gibbons has a soft spot for these picks? Also, why does he like them so much?
Yes, Billy Gibbons loves them and I am currently making him a large order of them now. I believe he likes them because of the tones they create plus the mystique of the peso as a pick.
Who’s the intended audience of these types of picks?
The intended audience is anyone that wants to improve their technique and tone.
How long does it take to make one of these babies?
It normally takes me about an hour to complete one single pesopick…but I do about 30 to 50 in stages.
Do you ever run out of stock?
Sometimes I do run out of stock…but not for long…I have a lot of contacts.
How unique is each pick, would you say?
Each pesopick is unique, but they are consistent with the shape and size of a regular fender 357 style pick…they are never the same because of dings, dents and scratches on the face of the coin.
Do you use any other coins these days besides the peso?
Sometimes I’ll make a pesopick with a lire or shilling, or any cool high quality metal coin large enough.
Are they only good for rock music?
They work excellent on any electric guitar, acoustic guitar, or bass guitar without harming the strings.
Where can people get them?
They can be had by contacting me on Facebook at this time…however, a website is in the works and should be up and running soon.