hugoperales wrote: ↑
Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:58 am
guitarrista wrote: ↑
Sun Jul 08, 2018 5:57 am
Longer nails (versus short on the same hand
) will, if both scenarios start from the flesh/nail juncture
1) result in a steeper nail ramp, so at the point of release, the string is deeper into the guitar body than with a shorter nail/shallower ramp (or else you've changed your finger trajectory into a different arc). This generally causes a different tone;
Alright, that makes perfect sense. Tough, If you are hitting the string softly, like when doing a pianisimo, the string wont move.
Nick Cutroneo wrote: ↑
Sun Jul 08, 2018 2:48 pm
A longer nail has the string in contact and being used by the nail more often. Thus you can potentially get a thinner sound. However, I'd say nail length is more subjective in this regard.
After reading guitarrista post I dont think its subjective. With longer nails, at the point of release the string is deeper into the guitar body. I've just tested this with my guitar, and even a miniscule 1mm difference changes the tone.
You have to be careful distinguishing between two different concepts - one is varying nail length for the same guitarist, same hand - which is what my reply was about. The other concept is apparent nail length variation among guitarists - which is where a lot of people responded with "it is subjective" - by which they mean it is individual.
When people talk about "nail length", this typically refers to the amount of white you see on someone's nail, i.e. the part detached from the nail bed. I call this the apparent nail length - because it is not what is relevant for us. What matters is the nail length when your finger is pressed onto the string as in mid-stroke. Some people have very bulbous, rounded fingertip flesh; others have very tapered, thinning-toward-the-end fingertip flesh. Also when you press the string the flesh fills out some of the space that looked detached from the nail when the finger is at rest.
So, given these additional parameters, some people do very well with apparent long nails because they would usually have the tapered thin fingertips so when they press the finger to the string the actual nail the strings "sees" is just protruding a bit from the pressed fingertip; in fact they would do worse with apparent short nails. Other people (me included) who have the firm bulbous fingertips (bulbous as in rounded; small radius of curvature) can only do well with apparent short nails because even when pressed to the string, there is not much flesh adjustment - so in the end both apparent long-nail and apparent short-nail people would likely have similar actual nail protrusion as far as the pressed string "sees it", when executing a stroke.
William Kanengiser explains this aspect very well in his nail video
On top of that there is the influence of the nail shape and nail consistency.