Okay, recently I realized I rather liked the tone I got with fingernails while playing fingerstyle, as I could actually lighten my touch (I seem to have a problem with this) and still get the clack I want. However, it's taking its toll on the nails: They tend to chip, which is annoying, to say the least, and I'm afraid of doing worse to them. On the other hand, I was never a fan of the tone I got with just my fingertips' flesh, but then again, I might be doing it wrong. I feel like the only two bassists I know of who use fingernails are Steve Harris and Geddy Lee, and Geddy mostly uses the stupid-fast flamenco style, which, while cool, isn't something I want to cop ("find your own style" and all that). I'm rambling again, I think. Bassic question: can I get good click without nails? What should I do generally to get that click? Or, should I just tough it out and look into ways to maintain my nails? On a side note, I only have my index and middle nails at this length. The others are pared back more...normally.