davekear wrote: ↑
Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:12 pm
I can't help the fact that we own a store that specializes in fingernails for guitarists when I post here. I didn't say everything else is junk. As a matter of fact there are many solutions out there. Some better than others. But perhaps Instead of getting mad at us for doing what we do, take advantage of our knowledge and experience in this subject. We've been doing it for over 25 years now, and are very successful at it. The reason for that is because of the results we get. It's not as easy thing, there really is a lot involved. And we're just trying to help.
Yes, I have found the information on your web site very helpful. To learn about these things is why I subscribe to this forum. I would not want you to be silenced!
I'm gluing on pre-formed nails, not perfect solution, (is anything?) but very pleased with the tone, convenience and low cost. I may agree with you on the Tone Tips being problematic, primarily if these nails are relatively thick. The tone will not be so nuanced, but hopefully, someone will report back on this product soon.
I have some issue with glue on practice, but that would apply to any bonded artificial nail solution. My natural nail, evident nearer the tip only, will thin out over time of many applications and removal (usually the bond will weaken on its own and the nail will start to detach. I re-glue, but eventually, it is futile, and a new nail needs to be applied.) I surmise that a skin thin layer of nail stays embedded in the glue, (acrylic, gel?) and will be lost until replaced by new nail moving up. Observing this, I'm sure there is decreased likelihood of ever going back to natural nails. Certainly, bad nails is why one uses artificial nails in the first place, so I face up to the fact that I will never more have natural nails suitable for guitar playing.
I do wish I could manage a nail-less playing technique. Unfortunately, my hands are old and pained with arthritis, consequently I find each attempt to re-position my right hand for nail-less playing to be un-acceptably strained. I would need a good, patient teacher, (patient pupil also!) if ever to succeed in this endeavour.