This short essay isn't about which is better; natural or artificial fingernails, this is simply some information we thought we'd pass along from our experience of over 25 years of owning GuitarPlayerNails.com. We have thousands of guitarists that have used, and are currently using our nails.
If you have the proper knowledge, skills, and materials, you can use artificial fingernails all of the time, every day, for your entire life, without any detriment to your natural nails. There's a lot of information on our site about the technical aspects of how to achieve that, but this essay is just going to point out some of the advantages of using artificial nails. After you've learned the basics of applying nails correctly, this is what you can expect:
First of all you never have to worry about your nails. No more nail emergencies. You could work cement all day long, and it wouldn't matter what you did to your nails. At anytime you can simply remove an old nail, and put on a new one. You could do this over and over again, all in one day if you wanted to. If you break a nail, it's no big deal. Once you get a bit of experience, you'll be able to remove an old nail, put on a new one, and be ready to play in less than 5 minutes.
You can adjust the tone and feel. If you're using the right material, you can adjust the tone of the fingernail after it's been applied by bending and shaping it in various ways. So if you apply a nail, and it sounds OK, you can then tweak it and make it sound great. That's another nice thing about using the right artificial nail, you can experiment as much as you want with it. You can always, at any time, remove it and put on another.
Uniformity of tone. All of your nails will sound great at the same time. No more playing with one nail that's a bit too short or worn away. (Your tremolo will thank you).
These are a few of the advantages of using good artificial fingernails.
If done correctly, an artificial nail should feel exactly like a natural fingernail. It should have a great sound, good diversity of tone, with great response and feel. There is a bit of a learning curve involved, but it's not rocket science either. At guitarplayernails.com, we're more than happy to help with any issues that may come up.
Eliot Fisk says this about our nails:
"This is a huge revolutionary change for guitar players. I think even you do not realize how big of a revolution this represents.
We are now in the realm of bassoon and oboe players with their reeds!!"
There is, if done correctly, a valid replacement for natural nails that does have some pretty good benefits. And for many, it's nice to have the option.
We have over 25 years of experience at guitarplayernails.com with all aspects of artificial and natural nails. If you don't have great nails all of the time, any time you want, you should. And you can.
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