Hey all- I was just curious as to if anyone has this problem too (which I'm sure someone does). Right now, I gig only once a month, or every 2-3 weekends and always come home with very unhappy fingers on my right hand. We usually play about 3-hour gigs per night, and since we all kind of live out of town from one another, we spend as much time (usually 4-6 hours) possible BEFORE that first gig on Friday night practicing as in a live setting. Well, by the time we get done practicing I usually have small blisters on my index and middle finger, but nothing too bad. However, by the end of the first show on the first night, one blister has broken, and the other is near exploding with a blister developing on my ring finger (as I use that sometimes live). I do play with a pick on about 10 of our 33 songs, and that helps out a little bit. I play a fretless 4 with flatwounds, and a fretted 4 with DR-LoRiders (.45-.100). Is there just no substitute for playing THAT long? And I mean I probably practice at least an hour every other day, so it's not like I never touch strings in between shows, but can you just not duplicate a live-playing situation like that? Last time I was up there, I had no feeling left (and was on the skin under the blister that was under the first blisters), and I had to keep drinking to make that pain go away. So- anyone have any solutions besides some mild numbing agents?