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Can't get splinter out of finger. Help! Any one know any tricks to getting it out?

#1 User is offline   Lungimsam 

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Posted 03 March 2011 - 11:06 PM

Every time I do a set up on my basses I get a metal sliver in my finger while playing afterwards.
The kind you can feel, but not see.
Any one know any tricks to getting it out?

I have tried:
Duct tape
Tweezers
Meddling around with a pin
Magnifying glass- but cant see it.

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Posted 03 March 2011 - 11:26 PM

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Soak in epsom salt solution, take two asprin.


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Posted 03 March 2011 - 11:32 PM

in my line of work i get those all the time. the only way to get it out is to dig it out with a needle or a screw tip or a knife.
wetting your finger and drying it clean makes it more visable.

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Posted 03 March 2011 - 11:46 PM

Mega Super Jumbo Powerful Magnet will pull that sucker right out [flapper]
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Posted 04 March 2011 - 12:02 AM

I actually tried the mega-magnet I have, but no dice.
It must weigh about 5 lbs. Big magnet. Hard to pull off metal surfaces. My sister and I used to attach it to our braces when we were kids!

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 12:57 AM

I use an Xacto knife and just dig it out. Hurts a little now or a lot later.

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 03:29 AM

Remember to sterilise any surgical instrument...alcohol/ethanol or in a flame

A sewing needle works well for me....

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 03:42 AM

soaking in the epsom salts will do alot.....it will help draw it out, especially after infection and puss sets in ;) I;d just keep digging at it with a needle and tweezers.

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 07:08 AM

 Lungimsam, on 03 March 2011 - 11:06 PM, said:

Every time I do a set up on my basses I get a metal sliver in my finger while playing afterwards.
The kind you can feel, but not see.
Any one know any tricks to getting it out?

I have tried:
Duct tape
Tweezers
Meddling around with a pin
Magnifying glass- but cant see it.


I get them all the time since I work in a machine shop. I fine point needle is all that ever works for me. Sometimes I have to dig a hole many times bigger than the actual sliver just to extract it [cursing]

What I want to know is why you get these after setting up your bass? :-k

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 09:26 AM

I don't know why, but my guess is one of two things:
1. Slivers from screwheads or from cheap feeler guage after running it between string and fret.
2. Fragments of steel wool used (unbeknownst to me) by a tech in the past.
I would never steel wool a fingerboard. Maybe my tech guy did in the past.

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 09:29 AM

Steel wool is banned from my shop. Evil stuff!

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 09:38 AM

Are you sure it's a sliver and not just dry skin? Dry skin from exposure to certain metals and woods can make your skin feel like it's got a sliver or splinter in it to the touch but there's nothing physical there.

I had a wood splinter in my foot when I was a kid that I got from a pool deck, because it was wet and I decided to shuffle along the boards. Ended up with a splinter in the middle of my foot, while on vacation to cottage country PEI. My mom was dating my now Stepdad at the time.

Poor Bas*ard, I was screaming so loudly in this cottage surrounded by other cottages in a quiet country area that the other cottage go-ers thought they were murdering me. My soon to be step-dad outside with three cigarettes in his hand, trying to relax, waiving to the other guests while my mom dug around my foot with tweezers.

Good times.

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 01:53 PM

The only tweezers that were ever worth a darn were made with two flat strips of stainless steel, connected at the butt end with a cylindrical spacer. Then the two tapered halves were squeezed together, then a very sharp point was ground in the two joined tips. This will dig out the smallest sliver. They used to be sold everywhere. I heard they went out of business. I bought one like it with an magnifying glass attached at a swap meet. The guy had dozens. It was branded as a Fiskars, you know the scissors people.

Good luck finding one.

These look similar: http://www.herrschne...word=ca+thefind , but they don't appear to have had their tips ground to a point.
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Posted 04 March 2011 - 01:55 PM

Put sugar on the pad of an Elastoplast and then place over the splinter, it should start to draw it. Takes a while like.

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 01:59 PM

 Lungimsam, on 03 March 2011 - 11:06 PM, said:

Every time I do a set up on my basses I get a metal sliver in my finger while playing afterwards.
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You think the sliver is coming from the new strings? Is it possible you impaled yourself with a string end? (not likely, though as big as bass strings are)

Maybe you need a better brand of strings.
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Posted 04 March 2011 - 10:03 PM

I have a cigar cutter that would work but it might mess up your picking. [biggrin]
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Posted 04 March 2011 - 10:20 PM

just cut off the tips of the fingers with splinters and learn to play like Tony Iommi hahahaha :D but seriously dont do that

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 11:55 PM

 Crocstar6, on 04 March 2011 - 10:20 PM, said:

just cut off the tips of the fingers with splinters and learn to play like Tony Iommi hahahaha :D but seriously dont do that


I guess Tony never has to worry about splinters! ha ha!

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 11:58 PM

 Artillery Owl, on 04 March 2011 - 09:38 AM, said:

Are you sure it's a sliver and not just dry skin? Dry skin from exposure to certain metals and woods can make your skin feel like it's got a sliver or splinter in it to the touch but there's nothing physical there.

I had a wood splinter in my foot when I was a kid that I got from a pool deck, because it was wet and I decided to shuffle along the boards. Ended up with a splinter in the middle of my foot, while on vacation to cottage country PEI. My mom was dating my now Stepdad at the time.

Poor Bas*ard, I was screaming so loudly in this cottage surrounded by other cottages in a quiet country area that the other cottage go-ers thought they were murdering me. My soon to be step-dad outside with three cigarettes in his hand, trying to relax, waiving to the other guests while my mom dug around my foot with tweezers.

Good times.


I do have eczema on my hands, so maybe there is something to that.
Remember, when pulling a splinter out of bottom of foot - pull as fast as possible. Slowly pulling makes it hurt - alot! I found this out when pulling out a nail in my foot. Tried to pull slow and it was terrible. My friend yanked it really fast and I didn't even feel it when it came right out.

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Posted 05 March 2011 - 12:03 AM

Victory!!! It is out, whatever it was. I can play again. I am so happy. I don't know why this happens so much.
I scrutinized my fingertip under magnifier for 20 minutes today in the sunlight and could see nothing. I used the pin trick and started lightly pulling up areas of suspect skin (the areas that hurt when I ran my finger over it).
Whatever was in there seems out now.


Thanks for the great tips everyone! I will keep them in mind the next time this happens. Hopefully others can also benefit from all the wisdom and tips you imparted in this thread!

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