#1
Hello! (not really sure if this should be posted in this area but oh well)

Just made my 11 year playing guitar, and I always had this question, I don't know if there is any product or homemade product that we can run our fingertips by, so it heals faster or makes the skin harder. I play with 12 gauge strings, ernie balls and i'm fine if i do 2 or 3 shows a week but whenever i learn a new song... let's say.. pink floyd (crazy bends). I spend one week playing... overbending etc, and at the 4th day i can't play anymore, fingers hurt really bad.

I once had a friend who said he always made a homemade oil where he puts his fingers and the skin gets harder and it really helped.

Any suggestion?
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#2
Put some superglue on your fingertips before playing. Be careful you don't glue them to something.
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#3
don't play for so long in one go...

give ur fingers a chance to ease into it.

or learn ur songs quicker
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#4
3 Band-aids on each finger. It's clunky at first, but you'll get used to it.
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#5
hahah!

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that glue thing seems interesting, but i would feel a bit stupid doing that
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Quote by Teque86
hahah!

guitar playing started as a simple curiosity, became a passion... now it's an addiction!

that glue thing seems interesting, but i would feel a bit stupid doing that
Hey, even rock climbers use it, Wikipedia says so:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superglue#Uses

IIRC, SRV did it too.
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#7
If you look at Stevie Ray Vaughan's fingers from when he played with 13s or heavier strings, his fingertips were destroyed. He used the super glue trick as he wouldnt have been able to play any other way. However your calluses wont really develop this way, so its up to you.
#8
lol damn!
my fear is if that's gonna damage my skin even more, because i have a show at 09-30.

is it safe? .-
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#10
A set of 12s feels right to me at C#, and D might be slightly tight but do-able. If you're doing a lot of blues-rock type of lead work w/ 12s at E then it's no wonder your fingers hurt. Even with a Gibson scale guitar (24.75") 10s still allow for semi comfortable whole step bends and 11s would be pushing it. Thicker strings sound killer and will set you apart from the pack tone-wise but 12s are really tight 4 E standard.
BTW I've torn calluses off w/ 10-46s before. Superglue works under calluses, but you prob won't like how it feels on the surface.
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#11
My grandpa was a pianist and taught me a good trick to toughen up your finger tips. Soak them in really salty water for a few minutes every day they callous much faster it works great.
#12
Quote by Teque86
lol damn!
my fear is if that's gonna damage my skin even more, because i have a show at 09-30.

is it safe? .-
It's safe, except for the few people that have allergic reactions to it.
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#13
Man up, perhaps?
Everyone is entitled to an opinion.

Feel free to express yours so I can make an informed judgement about how stupid you are.
#14
have you been playing on 12s long? no way they still hurt that much if you've been playing on 12s for years.
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#15
^this. It seems kind of weird. It only took me a month tops to get my hand used to to 11s from 9s.
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Quote by Jhachey22
^this. It seems kind of weird. It only took me a month tops to get my hand used to to 11s from 9s.
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#17
Quote by AxSilentxLine
My grandpa was a pianist and taught me a good trick to toughen up your finger tips. Soak them in really salty water for a few minutes every day they callous much faster it works great.


I thought water removed calluses, not the other way around.
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#19
Honestly, no lie, Jorge Posada pees on his hands to make them harder for catching.

I imagine his finger tips are pretty hard as well.

Seriously.
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#20
Methylated Spirits has always done wonders for my callouses. but I started on bass, so the callouses on both my hands have always been brutal?
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#21
My grandad plays the guitar, he once told me that soaking your fingertips in vinegar makes the skin get harder quicker. How true that is, I don't know.
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#22
I never thought that superglue could work. I would probably try it, but I like to build my fingers up.
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#23
Quote by Offworld92
I thought water removed calluses, not the other way around.


Yeah... when I used to surf a lot (every day, one or 2 sessions a day) sometimes my callouses would just come off, or sometimes really soften and kind of flake off a bit, but that was after being in the water for several hours. Not sure how a few minutes soaked would affect them, though.
#25
Quote by Offworld92
I thought water removed calluses, not the other way around.

Not salty water. It's been working for my grandpa for over 50 years and works for me too

Quote by FuzzLove
My grandad plays the guitar, he once told me that soaking your fingertips in vinegar makes the skin get harder quicker. How true that is, I don't know.

I've heard of this one too
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