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Professional guitarists and their nails

Post by rolan » Sat Jan 04, 2014 6:42 pm

I'm searching for pictures of the nails of pros.

I already know you can see the hands of several pros on the homepage of trilogy guitars.
There are also a a few pictures of David Russell showing his nails:


Are there pictures of other guitarist's nails?

I often try to stop HD youtube videos when they show a close up of someone doing artificial harmonics, but the movement of the hand is often enough to make the picture blurry, so you can't the exact shape of the nail.

Thank you

Mick the Ramirez Man

Re: Professional guitarists and their nails

Post by Mick the Ramirez Man » Sun Jan 05, 2014 1:11 am


A good place to see Classical Guitarists' nails is YouTube. When they show closeups of their right hand you can sometimes pause the video and get a really good look. I've looked at Julian Bream, Liona Boyd, etc. Sometimes you'll be shocked at the bizarre shapes they use!

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Re: Professional guitarists and their nails

Post by guit-box » Thu Jul 07, 2016 5:45 pm

That first picture of David Russell's m finger is really interesting. It appears that he is older in the first photo, the m finger is longer in the younger picture of him. At any rate, the m finger nail sits WAY below the tip flesh. I've always had a feeling like I can't get my m finger short enough to not catch, no matter how it's filed or ramped or not ramped. It's useful to know that David Russell doesn't follow the typical nail filing advice that the nail should be level with or 1-2mm past the flesh -- his m nail is several mm *below* the flesh.
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Re: Professional guitarists and their nails

Post by Mike Gover » Sat Aug 20, 2016 5:21 am

Caution steep ramps above!

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