KeMe wrote:About how long does it take to put on the GPN nails or the Rico nails?
If you're using GlueDots, it takes less than a minute per nail to put on a new GlueDot. You should clean your nail(s) with rubbing alcohol before putting the glue dot on. Put the dot close to where you contact the string. Place the nail on top. Press firmly all over until you can see most all the dot through the nail. Wiggle a little as you press. To take the nail off, gently lift a portion that has no glue near it and patiently pull. It takes some getting used to to take them off, but eventually it will take just a few seconds.
When you re-use the nail with the GlueDot attached, just clean the your natural nail and apply the artificial one.
Do you put them on and take them off every time you play?
Me - yes. I frequently leave them on though as I tend to play, take a break and come back.
Once you put on the nails about how long will they stay on?
Using a new GlueDot, they stay on till I take them off. Getting them wet lessens the adhesion temporarily. After a couple days, the glue will eventually weaken. You will be able to tell by feel and/or sound. I've never had one come off, it just feels loose so I take it off, remove the glue, clean my nail with rubbing alcohol and put a new one on.
To remove the glue from the artificial nail, take a toothpick and slide it into the glue. Then start rotating the toothpick. The glue will wrap around the toothpick and come off. It takes a little effort to do this but it will eventually only take you a few seconds to do it.
Do you have to do much filing?
Both the KISS and the GPN come longer than needed - the GPN more so. I usually cut them to length then file them.
Both the super glue and the acrylic is very hard...so what's the difference in using guitar picks or these?
I've used silk wraps and super-glue before - these give better sound and wear. I've not tried picks.
I'm interested in trying the GPNs.
Honestly I would try the KISS nails as they are very easy to get. They have a boatload of options. I've used the Active Oval type. The only drawback is they are slightly narrower than my nail. I assume it's because they are designed for women.
The GlueDots I use are the "Craft" type.
[EDIT] I would get the perforated sheets, not the roll type. They are much easier to apply to your fingernail.
In another thread, someone mentions you can call GlueDots and give them the part number that RicoNails uses and they will send you some - it's not listed online. The thread has the part number.
[Edit] - Here's the info: http://www.classicalguitardelcamp.com/viewtopic.php?f=87&t= ... 90#p611516
I personally don't like the RicoNails. They are very thick, plastic sounding and soft so they wear pretty fast.
I should also mention I have tried this on my thumbnail only and I'm just using them temporarily. I've been practicing so much lately and experimenting with nail shape that my thumbnail was worn down way too much. These have helped me a lot.
I would give them a try. There's not much to lose. You can probably pick up the nails and GlueDots locally - see my post above.