So, prior warning. This is the hardest commitment to tone you will ever make, because it is gross as fuck, but it's a legitimate technique, and if you want "that tone" you have to do it. I've done it twice before for classical and abandoned it for nastiness, but once you get them to the point where you can file them and get them into the proper shape it's... well, still gross as fuck. I've always found it sounds good on fingerstyle electric bass because you get the click-y attack of pickstyle without having to play such a horribly unnatural way.
Anyways, fingerstyle fingernails, some of you obviously know what they are, refer to this picture of Zakk Wylde with nasty talons if you don't.
Anyways, I always choke up on the pick on electric enough that the interior portion of my index finger nail snaps off. It's not normally a problem, because I keep them trimmed like a sane person. But the times I have grown them out that finger is useless.
Anyone else here had this happen? I know there are recommended supplements to take for strong nails, but I forget what they are. Any sensible tips on how to avoid it? I really don't care to change how I pick on electric, but not having the nail on that finger sucks for tone.
The circled part is gone.
Anyone ever used something like this? Do they work well? It seems like there are a couple options out there that closely mimic a real fingernail instead of feeling like a fingerpick or a thumbpick.