Tiptonic Finger Pick Selection Guide

Tiptonic Finger Pick Selection Guide

New Customers Please use the Finger Pick Selection Guide following the products listed below to select your Finger Pick Sizes. For more detailed information check out our Sizing Chart Instructions. Email or call for questions on selecting your sizes. email: britt@tiptonic.com  phone: (706) 338-9557 (12:00 PM – 7:00 PM Eastern Time Zone) Please email photos of your nails for any specific questions, confirmation of your pick selection, or special considerations. We are happy to assist you in finding the correct sizes.

Finger Pick Samplers

Finger Pick Samplers are designed to help new customers dial in their fit for each nail by providing a range of picks based on their selections. All Samplers come with a roll of (100) incredibly strong and tacky Finger Pick Adhesive strips. Use one or two strips per nail to secure the pick. Adhesive refill rolls sold separately to extend the life of your picks for many months or years of daily use on steel or nylon strings. All samplers also come with the roll of adhesive in one of our non-stick biodegradable kraft paperboard cases.

Tiptonic Finger Pick Sampler 1 for 1-2 fingernails (9 Finger Picks) with a roll of Removable Finger Pick Adhesive ($39) Click to Order 

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Tiptonic Finger Pick Sampler 3 for 3 – 4 fingernails (18 Finger Picks) with a roll of Removable Finger Pick Adhesive ($69) Click to Order

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Tiptonic Finger Pick Sampler 5 for finding picks for all 5 nails (27 Finger Picks) with a roll of Finger Pick Adhesive ($99) Click to Order

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Single Tiptonic Finger Picks

Customers who know their Finger Pick Sizes can order refill picks below.

Tiptonic Finger Picks ($4.25 each) Click to Order. All Single Finger Picks come with either Activator Adhesive already installed, or with a roll of (100) Removable Finger Pick Adhesive strips on the side. Made from extremely durable Delrin, these picks will last for months or years of daily use.

Tiptonic Single Finger Picks

Tiptonic Starter Kits

The Tiptonic Starter Kit is our high performance package that includes 48 picks for 1 – 5 fingernails with a roll of Activator Adhesive and an Activator. The Activator warms the adhesive to soften it up before putting on the pick allowing the glue to flow into any gaps. This gives you maximum surface contact area and is our strongest and most secure bond. It releases cleanly off of the nail when removed and remains on the pick for the next use. Activator Adhesive is applied to the pick and is reusable for around 6 weeks of daily use. All picks come with adhesive installed and ready to use. Adhesive refill rolls sold separately to extend the life of your picks for many months or years of daily use on steel or nylon strings.

The Starter Kit will arrive in 2 packages (US Customers only). The first package contains a Sizing Chart and Instructions. Use the Sizing to Chart to find your pick sizes, email them to us, and we will ship your Finger Pick sizing mix and Activator in package 2.

Tiptonic Starter Kit – 48 picks based on your selections with a roll of (100) Activator Adhesive circles and an Activator ($199) Click to Order

The Tiptonic Starter Kit comes with everything you need to get started playing with Tiptonic Finger Picks today! Plenty of picks in your sizes to choose from, the Activator for rejuvenating the adhesive, the Owner's Manual and a Sizing Chart for selecting your picks.

New Customer Finger Pick Selection Guide

If you are new to Tiptonic Picks we recommend that you begin with one of our Finger Pick Samplers (more details below). Whether you want to find Finger Picks for 1 Fingernail, 3 Fingernails, or all 5 Nails, Finger Pick Samplers are a great way to begin. The Samplers are a mix of 9, 27 or 45 Finger Picks based on your selections, and include a roll of 50 removable Finger Pick Adhesive strips. A snug fitting Pick is important and we designed these groupings to give you the widest amount of choices to dial in your fit. We customize the selection based on your choices, so we may send another Width or Shape in addition to the ones listed if needed. We send one of each unique pick size in your mix to give you the most sizes to choose from based on your selections. If we don’t get it right the first time we are happy to work with you to find the correct sizes.

Inside Profiles

We make each of the Pick Outline Shapes on the Sizing Chart with different Inside Profiles to fit different types of fingernails. The outside of the pick looks the same, but the inside is different. Our 3 basic Inside Profiles are for:

  1. Flat Nails – Fingernails that are fairly flat across the top of the nail but may curve down on the sides
  2. Regular Nails – Fingernails that look more half round when viewed from the front
  3. Curved Nails – Curved fingernails have a lot of arch, or curve from the cuticle to the tip when viewed from the side

We include all 3 basic Inside Profiles; Flat, Regular and Curved for each pick selection in the Finger Pick Samplers so that you can try them on and see which works best for each of your nails. The best way to see which one fits each fingernail is just to try them on and play with them. Follow the Finger Pick Selection Guide below to find you sizes.

Finger Pick Shapes

  • Click any of the 10 Finger Pick Shapes listed below to see a diagram of the pick
  • Each Row on the Sizing Chart is a different Shape
  • The key differences between the Shapes are:
    • The total length of the Pocket that you nail slips into
    • Whether the Dots are in the middle of the pick, towards the Front of the Pick, or towards the Back of the Pick
  • The Dots on the Chart represent the Points on each Side of the Nail where it first leaves the nail bed and begins to overhang
    • We want to know whether these Points are in the middle of your nail, towards the Front of your nail, or towards the Back
  • Use a ruler or calipers to compare Pick Shape Dimensions to those of your fingernails
  • or, place finger on Chart to compare the Front and Back Length of a Shape to your nails
  • The Front Length and Back Length of every pick on each row remain the same regardless of Width.
  • The Total Length of the Pick Pocket in the diagrams should be at least as long as your nail from cuticle to tip

Click on a Shape Below to see a Diagram

Shape A, Shape B, Shape C, Shape D, Shape E, Shape F, Shape G, Shape HShape J, Shape K

View a copy of the Sizing Chart showing all of the Shapes and Widths

View the Sizing Chart Instructions Page

We are happy to mail out a copy of our Sizing Chart printed on clear transparency film to any US address up request. Email us at britt@tiptonic.com to request a Sizing Chart.

3 Quick Measurements are all that’s needed to find your Finger Pick Sizes. Grab a ruler or calipers and a pencil.

  • Find the Width of each fingernail in mm (see table below to convert Imperial measurements to mm)
    • Identify the two points on each side of the fingernail where the nail leaves the nail bed and starts to overhang
    • Lay ruler flat on top of fingernail and measure the width from one point to the next. Do not wrap ruler around nail
    • Write down the Width for each fingernail
  • Using the edge of the ruler and a pencil, draw a line on your nail from point 1 to point 2 across the fingernail
  • Measure the distance from the Pencil Line to your Cuticle. This is your Back Length
    • Measure just up to where the skin touches the nail at the back. The pick should not sit up on the skin but should sit on the nail
    • Write down the Back Length in mm for each fingernail
  • Measure the distance from the Pencil Line to the tip of your nail. This is your Front Length.
    • Write down the Front Length in mm for each fingernail
  • Measure the total length of your nail from the cuticle to the tip. This is your Total Nail Length 
    • (Back Length + Front Length = Total Nail Length)
    • Your Total Nail Length should not be longer than the pick pocket that it will fit into, the Total Pocket Length. It’s okay if the pocket is longer than your fingernail.

Note: We divide the nail into two halves, the Back Length which is the distance from the pencil line to your cuticle and the Front Length which is the distance from the pencil line to the tip of your nail. The pick will ramp onto your nail until it hits the nail bed at the points indicated in the dots below. It will not go on any further. We want the back of the pick to be long enough to reach your cuticle at this point but no so long that it takes a lot of filing.

Jot down your measurements on a piece of paper and compare them to the dimensional drawings of our 10 Finger Pick Shapes (Shapes A – K) below. The outline Shapes indicate the pocket that your nail fits into on the inside of the pick. The actual playing end of the pick will be 1.5 mm longer. As an example all Widths for the Shapes below are 12 mm. We make all of the Shapes below in widths between 8 – 18 mm.

Tiptonic Finger Pick Shapes - with Dimensions
Finger Pick Shape Dimensional Diagram

 

Metric / Imperial Conversion Table

mm inches fraction
8 0.3150 5/16″
9 0.3543 11/32″
10 0.3937 3/8″
11 0.4331 7/16″
12 0.4724 15/32″
13 0.5118 1/2″
14 0.5512 9/16″
15 0.5906 19/32″
16 0.6299 5/8
17 0.6693 21/32″
18 0.7087 23/32″
19 0.7480 3/4″
20 0.7874 25/32″
21 0.8268 27/32″
22 0.8661 7/8″

You can also compare your nails to the Sizing Chart without using a ruler

  • You can also Print the Sizing Chart on paper or transparency film (best option)
    • IMPORTANT: Set Print Scale to 100%, Do NOT Not Scale Fit to Page
    • Confirm printed scale
      • Any pick outline that has a 10 on it should be exactly 10 mm wide
      • Any 13 should be just wider than 1/2″ (0.5118″)
  • View PDF on a computer or mobile device, or request one by mail.
    • Confirm image size or display.
      • Any pick outline that has a 10 on it should be exactly 10 mm wide
      • Any 13 should be just wider than 1/2″(0.5118″)
      • Adjust display settings if necessary

 

A note about our Adhesives

We recently found an incredibly strong adhesive that does not require an Activator to warm the adhesive prior to putting on the picks. All of our Finger Pick Samplers below come with a roll of our new Removable Finger Pick Adhesive. We now sell the small warming device, the Activator and rolls of our Activator Adhesive as an upgrade after customers have dialed in their pick sizes with the Finger Pick Samplers.

Single Finger Pick Orders can be ordered with Activator Adhesive installed and ready to go, or with Removable Finger Pick Adhesive on the side. If you are ordering Single Finger Picks and do not have an Activator, it is recommended that you get Removable Finger Pick Adhesive

 

Choose your Sampler

Finger Pick Sampler 1 – For One or Two Fingernails

Choose any Pick Shape and get 3 Widths for comparison (9) Picks and Adhesive

Finger Pick Sampler 1 for One or Two Fingernails. Choose a Finger Pick Outline Shape from any row on the Sizing Chart and get the width and Shape selected, plus one size narrower and one size wider in all 3 basic inside profiles:

  1.  Flat – For Flatter Nails, these picks have a lower inside height
  2.  Regular – For Nails that look more half round when viewed from the front. These picks have a bit more inside height
  3.  Curved – For Nails that have a generous curve from the cuticle to the tip when viewed from the side

That’s 9 picks in total giving you a wide selection to dial in your fit.

The Finger Pick Sampler 1 also contains a roll of (50) Removable Finger Pick Adhesive strips. Use one or two strips per nail to secure the finger pick.

Click Here to Purchase your Finger Pick Sampler 1 ($29.00)

 

Finger Pick Sampler 3 – For Three Fingernails

Choose 3 Pick Shapes and get 5 different Widths for Comparison

Finger Pick Sampler 3 is the best choice for fitting Finger Picks on Three Fingernails. Choose any 3 Finger Pick Outline Shapes in any Width. Exact pick selection is determined by your choices. 18 Picks in all.Get the Width and Shape selected, plus one size narrower and one size wider in all 3 basic inside profiles:

  1.  Flat – For Flatter Nails, these picks have a lower inside height
  2.  Regular – For Nails that look more half round when viewed from the front. These picks have a bit more inside height
  3.  Curved – For Nails that have a generous curve from the cuticle to the tip when viewed from the side

That’s 18 slightly different Finger Picks based on your selections to choose from.

The Finger Pick Sampler 3 also contains a roll of (50) Removable Finger Pick Adhesive strips. Use one or two strips per nail to secure the finger pick.

Click Here to purchase your Finger Pick Sampler 3 ($59)

 

Finger Pick Sampler 5 for all Five Nails

Choose any 5 Pick Shapes and get Picks in 9 Widths for Comparison

Finger Pick Sampler 5  is designed for fitting Finger Picks on all 5 Nails. Choose any 5 Finger Pick Outline Shapes in any Width. Exact pick selection is determined by your choices. 27 Picks in all. Get the Width and Shape selected, plus one size narrower and one size wider in all 3 basic inside profiles:

  1.  Flat – For Flatter Nails, these picks have a lower inside height
  2.  Regular – For Nails that look more half round when viewed from the front. These picks have a bit more inside height
  3.  Curved – For Nails that have a generous curve from the cuticle to the tip when viewed from the side

That’s 27 Picks in total giving you a wide selection to dial in your fit.

The Finger Pick Sampler 5 also contains a roll of (50) Removable Finger Pick Adhesive strips. Use one or two strips per nail to secure the finger pick.

Click to Order your Tiptonic Finger Pick Sampler 5 ($89)

 

 

Tiptonic Finger Picks

Patented Tiptonic Finger Picks are a revolutionary new type of finger pick that locks to your nails, yet is easily removed when you’re finished playing. Tiptonic Finger Picks perfectly conform to the top and underside of your fingernails, protecting your nails while giving you a louder and more articulate sound. Key features include:

  • Available in hundreds of sizes to ensure a perfect fit (see below)
  • Clear silky high frequencies that improve articulation
  • Fatter bass response
  • More acoustic volume
  • Increased speed and control
  • Prevents nail breakage
  • Enhances all playing styles
  • Removable & reusable
  • Feels like a part of your body

Tiptonic Finger Pick Sizes Available

We make over 450 different Finger Pick sizes to fit almost any fingernail and playing preference. We designed the Finger Pick Sample Pack 1, 3 and 5 to hone in on your exact nail shape and give you a custom mix to find your perfect fitting Finger Picks.

Use a ruler, print the Sizing Chart, or Compare the Shape and Width of your nails to a PDF of  the Sizing Chart on your computer or mobile device. Complete Instructions below. We are also happy to mail a copy of our Sizing Chart printed on clear transparency film upon request. Email us at britt@tiptonic.com to request a Sizing Chart, email us a photo of your nails for size confirmation, or ask a question regarding your selection.

The pick selections in our Finger Pick Samplers are designed to allow you to test fit a variety of picks so you can dial in your perfect fit. A snug fit is essential, and testing a few different Widths and Inside Profiles will give you a better sense of which picks fit your nails. The best way to see which picks work best for each of your fingernails is just to try them on and see how they sound and feel. If you don’t get the perfect fit on each of your fingernails in your Finger Pick Sampler, give us a call or send us an email. We are happy to work with you to find the right sizes.

Tiptonic Adhesives

We are excited offer two different adhesives to extend the life of your Finger Picks for 100’s of hours! Now selling rolls of our Activator Adhesive and our newest product, Finger Pick Adhesive.

Activator Adhesive requires an Activator to warm the adhesive before application. It is the stiffest of our two adhesives giving you a rock solid bond between fingernail and pick. Warming the adhesive in the Activator softens it so that it flows around the nail and fills any gaps. This gives you a snug low profile fit to the top of the nail. Warming the adhesive also allows the adhesive to be used for around 6 weeks or so of daily use. Single Finger Picks come with Activator Adhesive applied to the pick and ready to go.

Finger Pick Adhesive works great at room temperature with no warming needed. Great for Finger Pick Sample Packs as you can test fit the pick without the adhesive grabbing your nail. Once you select your pick, try it out with the Finger Pick Adhesive to confirm your selection. Press and Play Finger Pick Adhesive is strong enough for performance and daily practice. Apply one or two strips to the fingernail to secure Finger Pick to the fingernail. This is typically a one use adhesive, though if it stays on the pick it can be reused several times.

Safe Adhesives that Won’t Damage Your Nails

Both adhesives are rated as safe for incidental food contact and peel cleanly off of your nail after playing.

A roll of 50 Press and Play Finger Pick Adhesive strips is included in our Finger Pick Sampler 1,3 and 5’s.

About Tiptonic Finger Pick Sizes

Some examples of typical finger pick sizes are: 12E2, 14F1 or 18G3.

The Number on the Pick that begins each pick size is the Width of your fingernail in millimeters. We make widths between 8 – 18 mm. Choose between Regular (our most popular widths) 10 – 18mm, or Narrow 8 – 16mm.

The Letter is the Shape, or row, on the Sizing Chart that matches your nail. We make 10 different Shapes. Each row on the Sizing Chart is a unique pick Shape.

The last Number is the Inside Profile of the Pick. The outside of the pick will be the same, but we make the inside pocket different to fit different nail types. Our 3 basic Inside Profiles that are included in the Sample Pack for each Pick Outline are:

  1.  Flat Nails
  2. Regular Nails
  3. Curved Nails

Regular Nails are nails that look more half round than Flat Nails when viewed from the front. These picks have a bit more inside height than the picks for Flatter Nails. Curved Nails have a generous amount of curve from the cuticle to the tip along the top of the nail when viewed from the side.

Standard Modifications

About 10 – 15% of our customers need some common modifications to fit their nails, such as more inside height, or more curve from cuticle to tip. These modifications are assigned to the remaining single digits 4 – 9. They are not typically included in the Finger Pick Sampler 1, 3 or 5. Email us at britt@tiptonic.com for more information. Sending a photo of your nails may be helpful if you think you may need one of these mods.