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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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      OVERVIEW

      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.

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

      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
       
      4.7

      (based on 66 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (54)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (8)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (2)

      • 2 Stars

         

        (2)

      • 1 Stars

         

        (0)

      96%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Improves musicianship (24)
      • Improves technique (21)
      • Easy to follow (18)
      • Challenging (17)

      Cons

      No Cons

      Best Uses

      • Improving skills (26)
      • Specific techniques (16)
      • Learning to play (14)
      • Music lessons (6)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (23), Novice (14), 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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      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

      Finger banger

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      from wi

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      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

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        from Austintown, Ohio

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        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!

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          from Harrisburg, PA

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          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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              5.0

              I would buy this product again.

              By 

              from Cary, NC

              About Me Novice

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Improving Skills
                • Learning To Play
                • Music Lessons
                • Specific Techniques

                Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves Varigrip Hand Exerciser:

                Mainly, I will use this product to get the needed calluses on my left-hand fingers.

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                5.0

                Exactly as described--very satisfied with the purchase!

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                from Pittsboro, IN

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                Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves Varigrip Hand Exerciser:

                I was having problems with tendonitis on the inner portion of my left arm which made it very painful to play guitar. Some of the exercises the occupational therapist had me do involved using one of these gadgets, so I bought one. My tendonitis has subsided, but I'm continuing to use the grip to strengthen the fingers and keep the calluses when I'm away and can't be playing every day.

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                5.0

                Very Useful

                By 

                from Albuquerque, New Mexico

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Improving Skills

                  Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves Varigrip Hand Exerciser:

                  This Hand exerciser, works just fine. It helps with finger dexterity, making it easier to move about the fretboard!

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                  5.0

                  Tough, but shows quick results

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                  from Columbus, OH

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                  Pros

                  • Challenging
                  • Easy To Follow
                  • Improves Musicianship

                  Cons

                  • Tough for weaker fingers

                  Best Uses

                  • Improving Skills
                  • Learning To Play
                  • Recovery
                  • Warm-Up

                  Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves Varigrip Hand Exerciser:

                  I use this whenever I have time to sit and not use my hands: in class, watching tv, reading books, etc. It also makes a great warm-up tool if you try different finger patters for a couple of minutes before playing. Fair warning: even at the lowest setting, these can be pretty tough starting out.

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                  5.0

                  Valuable Exercise Devise

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                  from Lashmeet, WV

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                  Pros

                  • Improves Musicianship
                  • Improves Technique

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Improving Skills

                    Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves Varigrip Hand Exerciser:

                    Try it, its easy to use and you will see results

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                    5.0

                    Perfect

                    By 

                    from Calgary, AB

                    About Me Novice

                    Verified Buyer

                    Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves Varigrip Hand Exerciser:

                    I am not a professional, but this seems like a very good quality, like it very much and didn't have problems so far.

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Very effective post surgery tool.

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                    from Pa

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Great Strengthening Tool

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Great Post Surgery Tool

                      Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves Varigrip Hand Exerciser:

                      Regain strength.
                      Coordination recovery.
                      Endurance enhancer.

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