Buffalo Horn Picks | Hub Guitar

Buffalo Horn Picks


Buffalo horn is an intriguing natural material for producing picks. Picks made from this material will tend to have a “slippery” feel, helping them to glide smoothly off of the string.


  • Affordable
  • Comfortable playing action
  • Fast, “slippery” smooth attack


  • Buffalo horn tends to shred and break

Comparison to Tortoise

Buffalo Horn has been compared to the now-banned tortoise picks, which are made from the shell of an endangered sea animal. Tortoise picks have “legendary” (i.e., exaggerated) tone and playing action.


Due to the nature of the material, buffalo horn picks tend to splinter or shred. Usually a small splinter can be peeled off and the pick remains usable, but occasionally the pick will splinter or shred so much that the pick must be discarded. Picks are dispoable items, c'est la vie.

How to Buy

For a standard “351”-style pick:
US Blues Buffalo Horn Picks (351)[?]Affiliate Link

For a smaller, “Jazz III”-style pick:
US Blues Buffalo Horn Picks (Jazz)[?]Affiliate Link


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