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The Jury is In on the Tiptonics nails!
Alas: they don't work for me, not at all. Don't know if they'll work for most classical guitarists, but I'll speak only for me. Please note I've written to Britt West, who makes these nails, and he's been an absolutely tremendous help in getting me the right sizes and lengths: terrific customer service!
The nails themselves are a thicker plastic with a flange that your natural nail (you only need a little) fits into. You put the nails into a special heater which activates the adhesive on them. See below for more details.
1) Incredible array of sizes, to fit any and all fingers. As stated before, you measure your nails across several different dimensions to determine the curvature across the nail bed as well as along the length, then measure the depth of your nailbed and the playing length desired. Very, very impressive. And Britt will work with you to help you achieve the best fit possible.
2) in spite of the thickness at the tip, when the nail fits right and you put it on with the properly heated adhesive, it feels surprisingly comfortable and natural, though they look weird (but who cares!). This is because the cuticle end of each nail is beautifully tapered to fit nicely against the natural nail bed. And the nails can be worn all day, -- unlike with Ricoh adhesive, you can get them wet -- and are very easy to remove with no damage at all.
3) Customer service is outstanding.
The not so good: and remember please that this is my own experience.
1) for me, much too thick. They're much thicker at the playing edge than GPN pre-formed nails and the press-on drugstore nails I typically use with superglue. They're hard to file to shape (more below).
2) The shape (I chose medium length) of the nail is too pointed for me, too much like a standard flatpick. Not wide enough to file to a ramped shape, for example (which I prefer). The material is a bit soft, and hard to file even with the enclosed file -- one that would cut through more traditional fake nails like butter. The flange described above poses a problem in that if I could file enough, the remaining edge would catch on the string.
3) The tone is, for me, much too bright and nail-y. I get a much better tone with natural nails or traditional glue-on nails. This is particularly noticeable on the basses: way too much noise on the windings.
These seem to really have been developed for steel-string players mostly, and perhaps for guitarists who occasionally switch to playing either classical music on steel strings.
So there you have it... I'd had high hopes. Ironically my beleaguered p nail is finally coming back to health, and with any luck, I'll have a good natural one in about a month...!