I'm wondering if it is possible to use thumb picks instead of nails. My fingers take a fair bit of punishment when finger picking on the electric and I'm wondering if there can be some sort of plectrum setup you can use to use finger picking / classical style techniques but not put your actual fingers through those thick steel strings?

I basically want to do a Freddy Kruger impression with my picks.

  • A friend of mine used clear nail polish on his nails to strengthen them a bit.
    – user28
    Jul 13, 2015 at 12:52

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There are a variety of finger picks available, in metal and plastic. These picks are so long that the technique (hand/finger motions) involved is different from what you get with your fingers, let alone that the tone is significantly different. For me, metal picks on electric guitar was unacceptable.

Alaska Pik provides an option that is closer to just extending your nails and may provide a feel and tone closer to natural finger nails.

Artificial nail extensions from a beauty salon may also be useful to extend and strengthen your nails.

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