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Star lover
July 20th, 2018, 06:43 AM
Guitar picks were made from tortoise shell until the 1970s, when harvesting tortoise shell was banned because it seemed unreasonable that endangered sea turtles should die to provide the world with bits and bobs like guitar picks.


To fill the gap, inventor Jim Dunlop devised Tortex, a synthetic, more environmentally friendly "tortoise shell." It's still used for picks today, although some guitarists have a different idea of what a pick should be. ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons picks with a Mexican peso coin, and Queen's Brian May uses a silver British sixpence.