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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
 
4.7

(based on 82 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (66)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Improves musicianship (31)
  • Improves technique (26)
  • Challenging (21)
  • Easy to follow (21)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Improving skills (35)
  • Specific techniques (20)
  • Learning to play (18)
  • Music lessons (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (27), Novice (19), Professional musician (6)

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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4.0

ALSO FOR DRUMMERS!

By talltallbill

from Simi Valley, CA

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Pros

  • Challenging
  • Improves Technique
  • Versatile; Multi Instrument Assistance

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Improving Skills
    • Specific Techniques

    Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves Varigrip Hand Exerciser:

    I bought this originally when I started to learn guitar, and this inexpensive device makes a world of difference in finger strength, mobility, and coordination. But it's kind of a "blank slate" and IMHO, you can also use it for virtually any instrument that requires finger or hand "muscle memory" (isn't that all of them?)
    I've used this successfully to improve my grip (both tight and loose) for playing drums, my main instrument, and to exercise/relax the wrist, while adding resistance that sticks don't have (hold down all the keys as you would your sticks, and pull wrist up, then relax just the wrist, to let it fall while still pressing the keys. I have to think trumpeters or sax players would benefit as well).
    Very inexpensive and very easy to use or take along, anywhere. Driving, the office, even while doing other exercises. The ability to even slightly adjust tension is a plus if you want to improve, and you can "imagine" the notes as you squeeze each finger, plus the "string bumps" helps with barre chords and calluses. Very worthwhile practice tool!

     
    5.0

    Works great!

    By JoBird

    from NC

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • The ability to excercise individual fingers!

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Improving Skills

      Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves Varigrip Hand Exerciser:

      Works great....I keep it at my desk at work and use it daily! I really like its ability to excercise one finger at a time (OR all four)....didn't know how weak my pinkie finger was until now.

       
      5.0

      I would buy again

      By Rueware

      from Detroit

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Improves Musicianship

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves Varigrip Hand Exerciser:

        Purchased as a gift

         
        4.0

        Works fine...

        By Jimi D

        from Beaver Falls, PA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves Varigrip Hand Exerciser:

        Haven't cranked it up from lowest setting yet, but so far it performs as advertised. Am using it to rehab from a hand injury.

         
        5.0

        Great Tool

        By Daniel the music guy

        from Canon, Ga

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Improving Skills
          • Learning To Play

          Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves Varigrip Hand Exerciser:

          As a guitar teacher, I recommend this product to all of my students. It really strengthens the fingers so that they can press harder against the strings.

          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I would recommend this product to everyone.

          By Terry

          from undisclosed

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves Varigrip Hand Exerciser:

          I ordered the case for my bass based on the description given by the website and the price. Once again I am very pleased with my purchase from musicians friend. The bass I have fit perfect, and the quality of the case is great.

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Get the other version of this product

          By Oinkus

          from Yorktown VA

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          Verified Buyer

          Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves Varigrip Hand Exerciser:

          Adjustment is basically useless

           
          4.0

          Good product

          By Yoshinobu

          from undisclosed

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves Varigrip Hand Exerciser:

          I find it a little uncomfortable to use. It works though.

           
          5.0

          Sore finger lol

          By Jeanaben007

          from Cloverdale VA

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves Varigrip Hand Exerciser:

          This is what I needed for that bad ring finger works like a charm

           
          5.0

          Recommend to all beginners

          By Suzanne

          from undisclosed

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          Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves Varigrip Hand Exerciser:

          This item is a must for beginners and pros alike.

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