Advantages of using artificial fingernails.

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Advantages of using artificial fingernails.

Post by davekear » Thu Aug 03, 2017 6:26 pm

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!!"
Eliot Fisk.

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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Re: Advantages of using artificial fingernails.

Post by Adrian Allan » Thu Aug 03, 2017 6:48 pm

I use artificial nails all the time, but bought ones from a drug store (as it is known in the US). It is good to know that there is a company that specialises in these products. I will order from you some time soon, as I always get the odd funny look when buying artificial nails over the counter. I currently use Kiss pre-formed nails, but if you can offer a better product, then I am very keen to give it a go.
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Re: Advantages of using artificial fingernails.

Post by davekear » Thu Aug 03, 2017 7:14 pm

Adrian Allan wrote:
Thu Aug 03, 2017 6:48 pm
I use artificial nails all the time, but bought ones from a drug store (as it is known in the US). It is good to know that there is a company that specialises in these products. I will order from you some time soon, as I always get the odd funny look when buying artificial nails over the counter. I currently use Kiss pre-formed nails, but if you can offer a better product, then I am very keen to give it a go.
Thanks Adrian. We also carry the pre-formed nails, similar to the Kiss nails. They're easy to work with and sound OK, but like all pre-formed nails, they're made with ABS plastic, which is a bit soft. We also carry our Instant Nail strips, which have much more durability and diversity of tone than the pre-formed nails. A bit harder to learn to use, but not too bad. Once you learn to customize nails by using different materials, it opens up many more possibilities. We do have many customers however that use the pre-formed nails and like them. You can also use wrap with the pre-formed nails that will increase the strength and change the tone a bit. Rico Nails are pre-formed nails made with ABS plastic. Although those are a bit thick, kind of muddy tone, and he sells one nail for $1.75 each! We sell the pre-formed nails for less than 20 cents each.
If you do try our nails and don't like them, you can always send them back to us and we'll refund your $. That rarely happens though. Our goal is to get our customers over any type of learning curve they may encounter, and get them so they can have great nails any time they want at will. And we're pretty good at that.
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Re: Advantages of using artificial fingernails.

Post by Adrian Allan » Thu Aug 03, 2017 7:32 pm

Many thanks - I will probably order a starter kit within the next few days/
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Re: Advantages of using artificial fingernails.

Post by davekear » Sun Aug 06, 2017 6:26 pm

Much of what we do at guitarplayernails.com is education, and part of that is to get anyone past any learning curve they may encounter. Our goal is for our customers to have the ability to create an artificial fingernail, standardly and repeatably, that feels and sounds like a great natural nail. We're usually able to accomplish that. We're also pretty good at helping those who want to keep using their natural nails, but are having problems doing so. So for anyone on this forum who is having nail problems, we're more than happy to help, whether you buy anything from us or not. We have a contact page at our site, or you can ask questions here.

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