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D'Addario Planet Waves Varigrip Hand Exerciser   

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The Varigrip's ergonomic design and variable tension provides customized conditioning for individual fingers, the entire hand, wrist, and forearm. Th...Read More

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Develop and maintain the strength and dexterity of your fingers and hands.

The Varigrip's ergonomic design and variable tension provides customized conditioning for individual fingers, the entire hand, wrist, and forearm. The reversible molded grip even uncovers simulated strings to help develop and maintain finger calluses when you are away from your instrument.

FEATURES
  • Soft, over-molded finger pads for added comfort
  • Individually adjustable tension for each finger allows the user to set the tension from x-light to hard without purchasing a separate item
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D'Addario Planet WavesVarigrip Hand Exerciser
 
4.8

(based on 73 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (61)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Improves musicianship (29)
  • Improves technique (24)
  • Easy to follow (20)
  • Challenging (19)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Improving skills (31)
  • Specific techniques (18)
  • Learning to play (16)
  • Music lessons (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (25), Novice (17), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Pinky hated it

Up until a few weeks ago, I had never strummed a guitar. Then I saw Buddy Guy one night in Salina.I took a mission to learn, and while surfing this site spotted this...Read complete review

Up until a few weeks ago, I had never strummed a guitar. Then I saw Buddy Guy one night in Salina.I took a mission to learn, and while surfing this site spotted this gadget, read the reviews and decided it was worth a shot.Man, I am soooo green..and that aint no ordinary fiddle Lionel Young plays..The first day with this, my 56yo little finger could not work the plunger set to its softest setting -without screaming in pain. I'm working this with the tips of the fingers to strengthen and train to not accidentally mute adjacent strings.I had problems with the end of my pinky..seemed like the cartilage didnt want to settle in with being pressed on the very tip. -it really hurt.In short; this works.I gave it a 4.5 overall because the plunger pads are contoured (not flat like a fretboard) and could maybe benefit from having raised lines to simulate strings because I need both finger strength and toughened skin, but on the bottom of the exerciser, under the removable rubber cap, are a set of hard plastic molded-in lines that simulate strings, but not at the correct spacings.Anyway, day one I could only get my pinky to press 4 times before it was screaming time-out. but after just 3 days I can now squish on it all day and will soon crank up the plunger tension. The immediate result is I can attempt to play more chords before my hand gives out. This is an effective device!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Could Be Better

I bought this brand because it advertised that "allows the user to set the tension from x-light to hard without purchasing a separate item". Sounds great but there is no...Read complete review

I bought this brand because it advertised that "allows the user to set the tension from x-light to hard without purchasing a separate item". Sounds great but there is no "x-light" tension on this. The lightest setting is about the same tension as my Grip Master Medium. The Grip Master is better constructed. You should buy the Grip Masters in different tension versions. It would also be faster to switch units than to have to screw 4 different adjustments on the Varigrip. Though if you need a device that can adjust for a sprained, strained or weak specific finger then the Varigrip is your choice. You just won't find an X-light or light tension setting on it.

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5.0

Recommend to all beginners

By Suzanne

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves Varigrip Hand Exerciser:

This item is a must for beginners and pros alike.

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5.0

Hand exerciser

By Dan

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves Varigrip Hand Exerciser:

Has helped overcome some of the problems with arthritis in my left hand. I can now play longer than before

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5.0

great tool

By Lester

from undisclosed

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Improves Musicianship

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Improving Skills

    Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves Varigrip Hand Exerciser:

    works well ,really strengthens hands

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    5.0

    I would buy this product again.

    By Blad

    from Montgomery pa

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Improves Musicianship

    Cons

    • Too Easy

    Best Uses

    • Improving Skills

    Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves Varigrip Hand Exerciser:

    Help improve your skill.

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    5.0

    This works

    By L. Scott

    from Ashtabula, Ohio

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Improves Musicianship
    • Improves Technique

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Improving Skills

      Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves Varigrip Hand Exerciser:

      I am 55 years old and recently started playing the guitar. I have slight arthritis in both hands and this not only helps with finger strength and dexterity, it also eases the recurring pain from the arthritis.

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      5.0

      Good finger strengthing tool

      By John

      from Shawnee, OK

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Challenging
      • Easy To Follow
      • Improves Musicianship
      • Improves Technique

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Improving Skills
        • Learning To Play
        • Specific Techniques

        Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves Varigrip Hand Exerciser:

        Like the variable tension for each finger

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        5.0

        I'm going to purchase another one!

        By Hunter

        from Oakland, Ca

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Challenging
        • Easy To Follow
        • Improves fingers moments
        • Improves Musicianship
        • Improves Technique

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Improving Skills
          • Learning To Play
          • Specific Techniques

          Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves Varigrip Hand Exerciser:

          I use this product to warm up my fingers if I don't have a chance to warm up with my guitar just playing single notes. I take this every where I go before I start to play. During a long trip, I use this product to memorize the scales, technics, strength, and to have reflexiabity. Also I can ajust it to to a certain length to able to press hard or have it easily! It's great!

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          5.0

          Finger banger

          By satan

          from wi

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Improves Musicianship
          • Improves Technique

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Improving Skills
            • Specific Techniques

            Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves Varigrip Hand Exerciser:

            I got this to build finger strength and it does just that. I am a drummer and you can really tell the difference each day you use it. I use it mainly at work or while i sit around. Adjustable tension so you can feel the pump in your strong fingers but also include your weaker fingers at a lower tension. Worth the money good quality

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            4.0

            Build Strength

            By Stoss

            from Austintown, Ohio

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Follow
            • Improves Musicianship

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Improving Skills
              • Learning To Play
              • Specific Techniques

              Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves Varigrip Hand Exerciser:

              Have struggled with bar chords for 53 years. Within a week of using this device, I can already see an improvement when playing bar chords. I will continue using this gizmo, and just get better!

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              5.0

              Works great!

              By Rob Donovan

              from Harrisburg, PA

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Building strength and calluses
                  • Improving Skills

                  Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves Varigrip Hand Exerciser:

                  I have two other similar products, including the Gripmaster and I like this better. I never understood why the Gripmaster has individual springs for the fingers, AND another set of springs underneath that ruin the isolation of each finger. In my opinion, the Varigrip has a better design.

                  This thing has nice, smooth action, is steady and solid yet light weight. I like it!

                  It's interesting that the Varigrip has string textures on the reverse side. I always thought something like that would be nice to have. Guess I'm not the only one who thought so.

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