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Planet Waves Varigrip Hand Exerciser  

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Overview
  • 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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      Planet Waves

      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

      The ultimate conditioning tool for musicians. Order it today!

       
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      Planet WavesVarigrip Hand Exerciser
       
      4.7

      (based on 53 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (42)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (7)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (2)

      • 2 Stars

         

        (2)

      • 1 Stars

         

        (0)

      94%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Improves musicianship (17)
      • Improves technique (16)
      • Easy to follow (14)
      • Challenging (12)

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Improving skills (18)
        • Specific techniques (11)
        • Learning to play (10)
        • Music lessons (4)
          • Reviewer Profile:
          • Experienced (16), Novice (10), Professional musician (4)

        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

        Not just for guitarists

        By Keyman

        from Selma, TX

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

        • Hand And Finger Therapy
        • Handfinger Therapy
        • Improves Musicianship

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Improving Skills
          • Learning To Play
          • Specific Techniques
          • Therapy

          Comments about Planet Waves Varigrip Hand Exerciser:

          I am a keyboard player and choral music teacher (I play for my kids), and 15 years ago I got my left hand caught in a choral riser, almost cutting off my left ring finger and damaging two other fingers. After surgery and a long healing time, I had less than 40% usage of the finger, as well as nerve damage in my left hand. The docs said they had done their best and that the damage was permanent, but God had other plans. I used this unit (earlier version) throughout the day for almost a year, both with the individual finger exercises, and flipping it over putting the solid bar into my fingers to spread out the tension. I'm not at 100% but I am probably at 90%. I teach French horn as well, and this helped me strengthen my left hand -- specifically the ring finger for third valve -- and I have recommended and purchased this for several of my friends over the years, which is what this purchase was. One friend was in an ATV crash and did a lot of damage, and the other was injured last year on the job, almost severing several fingers on his left hand. Both ride motorcycles, and Varigrip is helping them strengthen their left hand and fingers. One friend is already able to ride again, and he attributes this to he Varigrip. Pretty cool, huh!

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          5.0

          Great exerciser!

          By ApachE

          from Uruguay

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Improves Musicianship
          • Improves Technique

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Improving Skills
            • Learning To Play
            • Specific Techniques
            • Strenght

            Comments about Planet Waves Varigrip Hand Exerciser:

            Great for exercising!

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            5.0

            Nice little exerciser

            By Sundancer50

            from Quakertown, PA

            About Me Novice

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            Pros

            • Challenging
            • Improves Technique

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Improving Skills
              • Specific Techniques

              Comments about Planet Waves Varigrip Hand Exerciser:

              nice little tool to work your fingers.. I have issues with my joints, this lets me keep my fingers working thru out the day.. I keep it with me and pull it out whenever i get a few free minutes.. have noticed a improvement in general and definatly helps my fingers when playing guitar.. which was the main reason I got it.. ALso like the idea that it is adjustable. so as each finger gets stronger you can dial up the spring rate to make it harder for that finger..

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              5.0

              Just the product I needed

              By BM40

              from NJ

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Builds Strength
              • Challenging

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Strengthening

                Comments about Planet Waves Varigrip Hand Exerciser:

                Recovering from minor Stroke.Had to rebuild strength in hands to play Guitar using a finger picking style. Like working out at the gym for your hands and fingers. It is a very good device.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Exactly what I needed

                By razorbach

                from Charlottesville VA

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Planet Waves Varigrip Hand Exerciser:

                      Recovering from hand surgery, this is exactly what I needed to rebuild finger strength and get back to playing.

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Pleased with this product, so far.

                      By FastEddieG

                      from Summerton, SC

                      About Me Novice

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Use Anywhere

                      Cons

                      • NONE

                      Best Uses

                      • Build-maintain Callouses
                      • Build Strength

                      Comments about Planet Waves Varigrip Hand Exerciser:

                      So far I am well pleased with this product. When practice just is not an option, this is the next best thing to help build finger strength and build/maintain callouses.

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Nice tool for improvement

                      By Ruser

                      from Northern Minnesota

                      About Me Novice

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                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Challenging
                      • Easy To Follow
                      • Improves Musicianship
                      • Light But Sturdy

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Improving Skills

                        Comments about Planet Waves Varigrip Hand Exerciser:

                        Made of plastic but tough plastic not the cheap brittle stuff-I have no concerns about durability. Molded finger pieces and base are great. Not as challenging for index and second finger but works the ring and pinky fingers hard, just what I was looking for. Can be adjusted to increase the challenge.

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Varigrip hand exerciser

                        By Lou

                        from Medford Ma

                        About Me Novice

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Follow
                        • Improves Musicianship
                        • Improves Technique

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Improving Skills

                          Comments about Planet Waves Varigrip Hand Exerciser:

                          Works great helps build up strength & speed

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                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Simply the Best

                          By MrJames

                          from Cape Cod

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                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Improves Musicianship
                          • Improves Technique
                          • This Unit Is A Must Have

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Planet Waves Varigrip Hand Exerciser:

                              This unit is a must have for all musicians that use their fingers to play their instruments. And yes I mean brass and woodwinds as well as stringed instruments. It strengthens as well as helps to increase dexterity. To access the part that simulates strings to keep your callouses calloussed you have to remove the rubber cover on the bottom side (not the 4 individual parts that fit the fingers) and you can create your own way to use it like this.

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                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              great tool

                              By Kurtis Mayfly

                              from Bingo NY

                              About Me Experienced

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Improves Musicianship

                              Cons

                              • Ineffective

                              Best Uses

                              • Improving Skills

                              Comments about Planet Waves Varigrip Hand Exerciser:

                              Found this to be really effective at increasing finger strength and speed, I use it on both hands to also increase strength in my finger picking. I have it with me all the time, at work or at meetings, I was using it one day and another guy had one, I showed him how to change the settings because he does not read instructions.

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