Married men, thoughts on wedding bands (rings and tattoos)

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Will_White, Nov 18, 2015.

  1. Will_White


    Jul 1, 2011
    Salem, OR
    So I'm getting married in January and I've been looking at my options for rings I was wondering if you all had any suggestions for a ring that didn't hinder your playing, I was thinking of either titanium or tungsten.
  2. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Do not get titanium! I have been way too close to several situations where injured people needed to have one removed and you almost can't cut them! We had to use extreme measures to get them off. I realize that's worst case, but still. Get a softer metal. I have no experience with tungsten but it may be as bad.

    Mine is white gold and very simple in design. It's in desperate need of a polish, but from 6 feet out it looks great.

    To me, the simplest designs are much more classy. You may look cool with all kinds of diamond engravings at the club in your 20s. But simpler designs are timeless and will never go out of style.

    Get one with the rounded inside. It's much more comfy especially when playing bass.

    Maybe you can make out the rounded inside from this awful pic of mine.


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  3. GKon

    GKon Supporting Member, Boom-Chicka-Boom

    Feb 17, 2013
    Albuquerque, NM
    I just ordered an engagement ring for my girlfriend (I haven't asked her to marry me yet. Waiting for it to get here first)
    that is made of silver. She does not like gold or platinum.

    I've looked at rings for myself, too, when we do get married, and I, too, prefer silver. Also, we will be wearing our rings on
    our right hands (Greek tradition), so it will be on my plucking/picking hand ring finger, thus not getting in the way.
  4. Nose ring. Problem solved.
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  5. I can't play with mine on...I take it off right before a set and slide it back on after set is done...I've been through 3 rings in 2 wife is smart though and bought a few extra cheapies to wear to gigs...cause the big stick isn't keeping the ladies at bay...
  6. Will_White


    Jul 1, 2011
    Salem, OR
    I hadn't thought about that with the tungsten and titanium rings I'll have to keep that in mind. I'm definately thinking of just a plain silver band, maybe engraved on the inside.
  7. Orion1985

    Orion1985 Supporting Member

    May 4, 2010
    Grass Valley, CA
    High quality tungsten and titanium rings are now typically made with break points just in case of a swelling injury. I was told to be careful not to drop my ring because it might shatter. They're designed to break with a tap from a hammer.

    I don't usually wear my ring while playing either. It's a little higher profile and I always feel like I'm going to drag it across the frets. I like the idea of switching it to the right though.

    The only other consideration might be weight. I would imagine tungsten is quite a bit heftier than titanium.
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  8. BJMtz


    Oct 18, 2010
    Columbus, OH
    I just got married about a month and a half ago and I have been wearing a ring since. My ring is tungsten and I love it a lot. It's very difficult to scratch up. I have skinny fingers so I got a really skinny band. It only took about 2 weeks to get used to it. Now I hardly even notice it's there. Playing bass is fine. I got used to it and it doesn't affect my playing at all. At first it did but you quickly get used to it.

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  9. GKon

    GKon Supporting Member, Boom-Chicka-Boom

    Feb 17, 2013
    Albuquerque, NM
    Congratulations on getting married!
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  10. foolforthecity

    foolforthecity Supporting Member

    i have a titanium (hypoallerginic, fyi) ring that i more often than not wear as a necklace, since i can't stand playing with a ring on my fretting finger
  11. BJMtz


    Oct 18, 2010
    Columbus, OH
    Thanks man!
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  12. /\/\3phist0

    /\/\3phist0 ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) mmm Woody! DHDIK? Sweet Treets. Supporting Member

    Not yet married, but committed for eight years
    On our recent Hawaiian vacation we both independently decided on a a nicely Lazer engraved Tungsten band, both as a memento of the trip and a symbol of our committment.
    She had a 2ct diamond that I gave her a few years ago, but it was stolen, in a really icky situation.

    Anyway :) congrats.

    I have no issues playing with it on, but I do wish it was a little lower in profile.
  13. tpaul

    tpaul Supporting Member

    Mar 19, 2011
    A tattooed ring is the least bothersome while playing.

    Leather would also be good.
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  14. Joebarnes


    Oct 4, 2011
    Surrey, BC
    Wedding ring stays at home when I play. It clacks against the neck and nicks it a lot. When I'm on stage I am like Steel Panther. I'm community property.;)
  15. Ditto the rounded inside. I've worn my ring for 15 years this coming June (surprised I haven't lost it yet). Sometimes at shows, or when I'm turning wrenches or such I'll take it and clip it on the biner I keep my keys on.

    I got a couple of friends who took commitment pretty seriously and got their ring finger tattooed.
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  16. Son of Wobble

    Son of Wobble

    Mar 8, 2010
    If I say "I don't rate wedding rings on men" is that like saying "I don't like effects" in the effects forum?
  17. rllefebv


    Oct 17, 2000
    Newberg, Oregon
    I was a machinist when we met and married, so no ring for me... After 22 years, I got a tattoo that will be with me forever...

    My son went with silver and likes it.

    Congrats on the upcoming nuptials!!

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  18. joeaba


    Aug 20, 2015
    Tungsten Carbide. Check out Triton. Not too pricey.
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  19. bolophonic


    Dec 10, 2009
    Durham, NC
    I wear my farher's ring, which he wore for 29 years before his death.
  20. Photobassist


    Dec 18, 2010
    When I was in the Army I would wear my ring on my watch wristband to avoid any potential hazards if it snagged on something.

    Now it's on my finger and never comes off. I've never had any problems playing bass with it on.

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