About Hammerhead Picks

Shredders rejoice! A specially-designed guitar pick claims you don’t have to be a guitar God to play like one. The Hammerhead Picks Original touts its unique design made from hardened plastics that allows even novice musicians to do hammer-ons, pull-offs, tapping, and other tricks favored by many rock guitar legends and the Metalhead version adds an aluminum tip for even more sonic acrobatics.

Sorry, dude. There’s no info on the company that makes or sells Hammerhead on either its website or the BBB. Bummer.

How Hammerhead Picks Work

The Hammerhead is teardrop-shaped like a regular pick, but on one of its sides contains a tiny “hammer” – a contoured extension with a flat face. To use the Hammerhead, they say to start rockin’ out with the pick in the traditional position, which places the hammer behind the thumb. They claim in this position it has all the nuances and reacts, responds, and handles just like a regular guitar pick.

When it comes time to do a face-melting solo, they say to use your middle finger to swivel the hammer towards the strings. When the Hammerhead is in position, it does act like a tiny hammer, letting you bang a string against the fret board )much in the way a piano or hammer dulcimer works.)

When you pull your finger off-and-on the string with your other hand at the same time you are using the Hammerhead, the result is a sound that anybody who has heard a Heavy Metal song might recognize. (One of the original examples is “Eruption” by Van Halen.) A guitarist named Mike Abdow, who claims to work for Hammerhead, takes the pick through its paces in the infomercial, doing flashy hammer-ons, pull-offs, tapping, sliding, and harmonics.

They state the Hammerhead Picks Original is made from premium nylon plastic and is precision cut. They claim the Metalhead is a Limited Edition and has been coated with an anodized aluminum head for even heavier headbanging effects. They tout all Hammerhead products are proudly made in the USA.

They exclaim what normally takes months or years of practice is now effortless and that once you’ve played with a Hammerhead, you will throw your old picks in the trash.

Each Hammerhead Picks Order includes:

  • 3 Hammerhead Original picks (white or black with orange, green, or blue lettering) light, medium, or heavy gage
  • Limited-Edition Metalhead pick (extra fees and S & H)

Hammerhead Picks Pricing, Shipping, and Returns

The Hammerhead Original set of 3 picks sells for $14.95 plus $3.95 S & H for a total of $18.90. If you’d like to shred harder and heavier, you can add the Metalhead for $12.95 plus $2.95 S & H. They say to allow 2-6 weeks for your pick set to arrive. When you get it, you have 7 days to try it out. If you don’t find the crowd going crazy after your solos, you can return and get your money back (minus original S & H and what it costs to send them back.)

Bottom Line: Is Hammerhead Guitar Pick a Scam?

Everybody wants to be the next Eddie Van Halen or (insert your favorite guitar hero here.) As long as you are a reasonably skilled guitar player, this pick seems to work as advertised, but it’s kind of like buying one of those special golf clubs you see on TV that will get you laughed out of the country club. True, the Hammerhead is much more subtle (no one will know you are using it unless you show them) but we feel it’s pretty darn expensive for a piece of plastic that may only help you show off a few moves at Guitar Center.

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3 Customer Reviews for Hammerhead Picks

Average Customer Rating: 3.7
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Bottom Line: 67% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Awesome, great technology

    • Vancouver,
    • Jun 26, 2015

    This pick is just what the doctor ordered. I have excelled rapidly. Thank You.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    The Hammerhead Picks are a rip off. They took more money than reqired and did not send the product.

    • FL,
    • Jun 15, 2015

    My Review? What product? My money was sent. They took 30 dollars more and sent no product. What a rip off. Don't fall for the Hammerhead Picks because you'll never see it.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Amazing pick!

    • Boston, MA,
    • Mar 26, 2014

    I just bought a set of these and can play like I never have before. I put away my acoustic and brought out the electric to create and recreate music I thought was beyond my abilities. This has been more fun than originally expected. Shipping was fast and they were packaged well. I highly recommend this pick!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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