I did once think about giving false nails a try and who knows maybe at some point I might.
For me personally the science behind how I attack the strings and my nail shape is still evolving and so it's a slow process. But I think this is true for all players and its a process all players must go through. Very few (if any) have perfect guitar nails! After all every player must and will shape his or her nails according to a number of different factors. A players nail shape will correlate absolutely to their own individual hand position, anatomy and angle of attack etc etc.
The point about shaping with grit paper on strings is that it simplifies the crude but highly important shaping process and is very comforting and confidence building to know you have the correct shape for YOU and not some standard pattern ramp shape taken from a book, which whilst great as a general beginners guide for shaping is simply just that. Nail shaping is obviously a very personal endeavour and a players nail shape 'perfect' for the player is something which we all strive for. I can't imagine John William's takes his nail shape from a book, an
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