How Guitar Players Can Solve A Cut Fingertip

Posted by: Daniel R. Lehrman Posted in: Guitarists Health

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Stevie Ray Vaughan

Here is an exclusive guitar  tip from the late great Stevie Ray Vaughan. Players like Stevie Ray bend strings, a lot. It is part of the particular style of music he played. Stevie Ray Vaughan used the largest gauge strings made, at least ones I am familiar with. Gauge size is .013″ to .056″, basically the same size as suspension bridge cable. I am a sissy, I use light gauge strings such as .009″ to .046″ gauge. Bending strings is quite common today, however there is a fairly serious problem that can occur from lots of guitar string bending that is not a guitar problem. It is more of a guitarists health problem.

The problem I want to address is cuts on your fingertips and or separation of the fingernail to the fingertip itself. I have had this problem occur, and more than enough guitar players who bend strings can testify to this problem.

What is the solution? Super Glue. Regardless of whether it is a cut or separation, a drop of super glue solves the problem. One small drop of glue on the cut or in the separation is plenty to let you finish your set or gig. Some players actually put a drop of glue under the nail before a long hi energy set/ gig starts. This is a mandatory tool to keep available, like in your gig bag or tool box.

Ironically super glue was invented and used in the medical field as ‘surgical cement’ for years before it became a house hold product.

Super glue in general can be found almost anywhere. Because guitar players are specialists, there is a company that sells a unique super glue just for guitar players. Stewart-MacDonald sells a specialized super glue for repairing fingertips and other suitable guitar parts. Keep a bottle handy, you will be glad to have it should it become necessary to fix a finger.

I don’t know for sure that Stevie Ray Vaughan was the first guitarist to figure out that super glue was great for this purpose, however, SRV is the only player I know of to have mentioned and discussed how he solved the issue.

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7 Responses to How Guitar Players Can Solve A Cut Fingertip

  1. oh yeah, hey I have used superglue successfully on a nail busted below where I can cut it comfortably. It kept it from catching on junk until it could grow out enough to cut. Cool tip, although I think I heard that it is kinda poisonous for bloody cuts. Am I wrong?

  2. Cool story–even here is Honduras!!

  3. When we were talking to Ray Hennig in Austin, he was throughly amazed at what Stevie could get out of those 13 gauge strings! This one was news to me, but makes perfect sense!

  4. I have looked for some information of this topic for the last several hours, Your blog is greatly treasured.

  5. Hi,I took guitar about 16 motnhs a go, what an experience, so far it has been fun and rewarding, however I’m at a stage where I’m asking my self a very important question. Before taking guitar I always played air guitar fretting with my right hand which is my strong hand, whit out knowing or anybody telling me otherwise I taught it was natural for me to play fretting with mi right hand, I’m at a point where I notice my strumming is weak and doesn’t get any better because the left hand is my weak hand, so it seem I’m at a cross road, do I switch to have my strong hand strum and get my left hand used to fret or I keep strumming with my left hand and fretting with the right?Will my left hand ever be more agile, maybe with practice? Which I do every day for a min of 1 hour, or change now since it’s not been that long since I took guitar?.Thanks for your timeJ.J

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