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Publication numberUS3927595 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 23, 1975
Filing dateMar 10, 1975
Priority dateMar 10, 1975
Publication numberUS 3927595 A, US 3927595A, US-A-3927595, US3927595 A, US3927595A
InventorsFerguson Laureen M
Original AssigneeRaymond Lee Organization Inc
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Guitar finger shield
US 3927595 A
Abstract
A finger shield for use in playing of the guitar that safeguards the nails of the player and permits conventional fingering of the guitar strings. The shield is in the form of a flexible rubber or plastic cup, the inside of which is shaped to fit about the tip of a finger and the finger nail, with a hardened insert fitted externally on the shield for use in fingering of a guitar string.
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Umted States Patent 1191 [111 3,927,595 Ferguson [45] Dec. 23, 1975 GUITAR FINGER SHIELD 1,741,285 12/1929 Carpenter 84/322 [75] Inventor: Laureen Ferguson, pierrefonds, 2,072,683 3/1937 N1ed0rff 34/322 x Canada FOREIGN PATENTS OR APPLICATIONS 73 Assignee; The Raymond Lee Organization, 602,024 8/ 1934 Germany 84/322 Inc., New York, NY. a part interest Przmary Examiner-Lawrence R. Franklin Attorney, Agent, or FirmHoward I. Podell [22] F1led: Mar. 10, 1975 [21] Appl. No.: 556,903 [57] ABSTRACT A finger shieldfor use in playing of the guitar that 52 US. Cl 84/322; 84/453 Safeguards the nails of the Player and Permits Conven- 51 Int. c1. G10D 3/16 Iional fingering of the guitar g The shield is in 58 Field of Search .Q. 84/320, 322 453 the of flexible rubber Plastic cup, the inside I of which is shaped to fit about the tip of a finger and 5 References Cited the finger nail, with a hardened insert fitted externally UNITED STATES PATENTS on the shield for use in fingering of a guitar string.

Gonzales 84/322 1 Claim, 3 Drawing Figures U.S. Patent Dec. 23, 1975 3,927,595

GUITAR FINGER SHIELD SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION:

My invention is a finger shield for use in playing of the guitar that safeguards the nails of the player and permits conventional fingering of the guitar strings.

The shield is in the form of a flexible rubber or plastic cup, the inside of which is shaped to fit about the tip of a finger and the finger nail, with a hardened insert fitted externally on the shield for use in fingering of a guitar string.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWING:

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT:

Turning now descriptively to the drawings, in which similar reference characters denote similar elements throughout the several views, FIGS. 1-3 show the finger shield which may be installed over the tip of a finger 11 so as to enclose the finger 11 and finger nail 12, yet permit fingering of the strings 13 of a guitar 14.

The shield 10 is formed of a flexible rubber or plastic material and shaped as a cap with an internal recess 15 2 open at one end of a size to engage the tip of a finger II, and with a recess 16 in the closed end 17 of the cap to fit loosely about a projecting fingernail 12 of the enclosed finger tip.

A semi-rigid insert 19 is integrally fitted to the exterior of the shield 10 and located so as to extend about the external surface of the shield from the closed cap end 21 of the shield to the external section of the shield adjacent the finger tip of the wearer. The semi-rigid insert 19 permits the user to press the insert 19 directly against a desired section of the guitar string 13 in point contact and without creating excessive deflection of the shield against the string 13.

Since obvious changes may be made in the specific embodiment of the invention described herein, such modifications being within the spirit and scope of the invention claimed, it is indicated that all matter contained herein is intended as illustrative and not as limiting in scope.

Having thus described the invention, what I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent of the United States is:

I. A finger shield, in the form of a cap, for use in playing a guitar which permits a finger enclosed in the shield to finger the strings of the guitar in conventional fashion comprising a cap shaped member formed of flexible material with an internal recess, open at one end, of a size to enclose the tip of a finger, said recess formed with a further recess in the closed section of the cap of a size to fit about the nail of a finger enclosed by the cap shaped member, with an insert of semirigid properties integrally fastened on the external portion of the cap adjacent to the tip of an enclosed finger, in the installed position.

Patent Citations
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US1690860 *Apr 22, 1926Nov 6, 1928Guillermo GonzalezDevice for playing musical instruments
US1741285 *May 6, 1925Dec 31, 1929Carpenter Richard JPick for musical instruments
US2072683 *Jan 6, 1936Mar 2, 1937Paula NiedorffFinger pointer and nail protector
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US6320570Dec 18, 2000Nov 20, 2001True Tip, LlcArticle to be worn on the tip of a finger as a stylus
US6398085 *Feb 22, 2001Jun 4, 2002R. Coyne FosterCover systems and methods for elongate members
US8502053 *Oct 17, 2011Aug 6, 2013Paul Richard GustafsonPick for string instruments
US20120090445 *Apr 19, 2012Paul Richard GustafsonPick for string instruments
US20120274548 *Nov 30, 2011Nov 1, 2012Pamela MolenPliable fingertip key depressor for use with small keyboards
US20150090095 *Apr 24, 2013Apr 2, 2015Jonathan Michael MaldonadoFingertip slides for guitar playing
Classifications
U.S. Classification84/322, 84/453, 984/123
International ClassificationG10D3/00, G10D3/16, A41D13/05, A41D13/08
Cooperative ClassificationA41D13/087, G10D3/163
European ClassificationG10D3/16B, A41D13/08B8