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Fake Pick Comparison

There's a lot of fake picks out there. Some traders will try to pass off picks from pick tins as originals (our guide to tell the difference is here), and others distribute blatant fakes. This page aims to document the fakes.

HQ Picks

The HQ picks from 2020-11-14 are incredibly rare and highly sought after. That means there are fakes out there. In particular a lighter color pick with cheaper paint and much lower resolution art has been making the rounds.


Thanks to Frank Tochez for the fake pick for analysis.

City Picks

The most commonly faked picks are city picks. These are usually easy to spot. Here's three picks the real one is on the right the other two are fakes.

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On the front you can see the left most one has a smaller font. The middle one is a cheaper plastic that feels much smoother than a typical pick - it's very glossy.

On the back you can see the left one has a different Metallica logo, one when the hooks of the M and the A didn't come out as wide. On the middle one its more clear the ink doesn't work so well on the cheap plastic, it's a bit purple.

Invalid Variations

Sometimes people will make a "variation" of a pick that was not actually made by the band. Sometimes it'll be a different color or smaller font or something.

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