Ping Pong Ball Nails as a Way of Life

Nail care, nail problems, and the use of nails in playing the classical guitar.
Jack Douglas
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Re: Ping Pong Ball Nails as a Way of Life

Post by Jack Douglas » Thu Feb 16, 2017 9:25 pm

Hi Dave,
Did you see the post on here about players nails, the product that Elliot Fisk and others use. It looked appealing and I thought it might be of interest to you. It's not expensive either.
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Re: Ping Pong Ball Nails as a Way of Life

Post by DaveLeeNC » Thu Feb 16, 2017 11:56 pm

Jack, I have seen those. I almost gave them a try but as long as the PPB solution is working I think I'll just stay with what works.

However, the PPB solution does require that you have at least a little bit of nail. So I can certainly see the limitation here for PPB's.

Thanks for the reminder.

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Re: Ping Pong Ball Nails as a Way of Life

Post by TheRoadGoesOn4Ever » Sat Feb 18, 2017 2:47 pm

I don't mind the tone of ping pong balls (when installed, fitted correctly). For myself, it is just too time consuming to have to glue them on, maintain, etc. I'd rather stick with natural nails (thankfully I don't have many problems with mine).......... Great to use in a pinch though.
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Re: Ping Pong Ball Nails as a Way of Life

Post by scottszone » Wed Mar 01, 2017 8:12 pm

Another option is to get acrylic directly applied over your natural nail. No artificial nail, just acrylic. Any nail salon can do this and they are strong, can be lengthened and shaped to your desire. Last around 6 weeks and then time for a fill. Cost is around $10.
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