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#1598065 - 09/03/06 11:32 AM Fingertip extensions?
superdave Offline
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Okay some of you know that I don't have the last joint of my ring finger on my fret hand (left hand). I have been playing/practicing now for about four months. I've made some decent progress. I am having trouble making certain chords which I knew would happen. A saleperson at the Guitar Center told me that there is a finger extension that I can get to put on the end of my finger. He even gave me a web site, Stewart MacDonald but I didn't see it on there. Does anyone here know if such a thing exists and if so where can it be found?

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#1598066 - 09/03/06 11:47 AM Re: Fingertip extensions?
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Not sure where you can find them, but Tony Iommi from Black Sabbath had a similar "problem". Maybe you can search for some bio info him on the interent.
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#1598067 - 09/03/06 12:02 PM Re: Fingertip extensions?
Dr. Ellwood Offline
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Not sure this might be a start: http://www.prosthesis.com/finger_base.htm
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#1598068 - 09/03/06 12:12 PM Re: Fingertip extensions?
superdave Offline
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Ellwood thanks for that link!! I could not tell that guy had a fake fingertip. I have thought about a prosthesis doctor but have not looked into it yet. I will now.

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#1598069 - 09/03/06 12:16 PM Re: Fingertip extensions?
Dr. Ellwood Offline
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Great Dave and that might be the answer, in a real life experience here, I have a press operatior that lost a index finger tip just below the first joint, he has a prosthesis for it and I swear you cannot tell it's no natural. I don't know how functional it is (I WILL ask him Tuesday when we go back to work).
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#1598070 - 09/03/06 12:44 PM Re: Fingertip extensions?
superdave Offline
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Thanks. I know it would not bend like a "real" figertip but just making up the distance I have lost would be a help. If it will stay on!!! I would hate to be playing in front of someone who didn't know about it and have the dang thing fall off! That would freak some people out wouldn't it? If it turns out that I get one and it doesn't work then I'll just deal with it. It's not the end of the world and there's a lot of things I can play around without a problem.

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#1598071 - 09/04/06 07:57 PM Re: Fingertip extensions?
Bejeeber Offline
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Quote:
Originally posted by superdave:
I would hate to be playing in front of someone who didn't know about it and have the dang thing fall off!
That might be a good bit of showmanship though that could help you clinch a gig if you were auditioning for someone like Ozzy Ozourne! :p
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