View Full Version : Would nails damage strings?

02-05-2009, 03:18 PM
Maybe a silly question. I'm not talking about the strumming, I strum with my index finger. But when I play D (2220) sometimes my ring finger's nail is pressing the string down and sometimes I start from 1110 then slide to 2220. I'm paranoid that the nail sliding would damage the string.

I just have a mental picture of something sharp sliding on wood and chipping pieces off, thinking the same would happen with my string. :confused:

02-05-2009, 03:58 PM
I doubt it. If it worries you, though, I'd suggest you keep the nails on your left hand really short.

02-05-2009, 05:33 PM
the fingernails on your fret hand should be short so its easier to play. I dont think your nails would damage the strings if you just play normally.

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02-05-2009, 05:58 PM
Roofing nails would.

02-10-2009, 05:25 AM
Ip you are carepul, it should be ok. I get good tone prom my nailz

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02-14-2009, 04:12 AM
Mine do and I keep my nails pretty short. You can feel all kinds of nicks on my strings from it. When it gets bad or seems to start affecting intonation I change em.