Nick Horan of York, PA first picked up a guitar at age 13. 80’s thrash metal was his sound of choice as he and his band shredded Metallica and Slayer all day long.
Fourteen years later, Nick’s world was turned upside down: he underwent a hand amputation.
“After my accident, I lost the ability to play the guitar, something that has been a part of me for more than a decade.”
Nick’s New Prosthetic Hand
With access to knowledgeable and passionate fabricators, Marlies crafted a prosthesis to match Nick’s individual playing style.
“We started by taking the silicone impression of his residual hand so that we could work on the specific successful design,” says Marlies.
The result was a new hand that features a custom guitar pick adaptor, letting him strum the strings without injuring himself.
Playing Riffs without Rifts
Today, Nick is back to coaxing melodies on his guitar. The only difference? He’s added Neil Young to his repertoire alongside his 80’s thrasher favorites.
“Ability has taken on my ambition to regain my musical talents and turned it into a reality,” he says. “They consider no hurdle too high.”