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post Aug 2 2008, 11:25 PM
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huh.gif Hi I was just wondering if anybody knows what is a good guitar for someone with small hands? I am just starting out ,been playing for about 3 months but have trouble with certain pull-offs and chords when I have to stretch from the 5 fret to the eight fret. I am using my index and my pinky finger but am still stretching to far to be comfortable. Is there a guitar with a smaller fret board? If so maybe someone can tell me what to buy, maybe a few names that are not to pricey after all I'm just starting out. I have a Ibanez right now that was about $450 it sounds pretty good so I would like the next one to sound about the same if not better. Any advice would be greatly appricieated....thanks
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post Aug 2 2008, 11:30 PM
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I think the distance between the fretboards on a eletric guitar doesn't change, usually the difference I see is between Fender Stratocaster an an Ibanez, which as a fretboard until 24 and fender until 21 if I'm not mistaken...That's the only thing I can say...if you keep practicing your muscles well develop and you'll get the grip of the streches sooner or later...


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post Aug 2 2008, 11:32 PM
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every stretch is going to feel uncomfortable or difficult at only 3 months playing. I have small hands too and when I started playing some things like some EVH pull off stuff in eruption and other stuff I thought for sure the music tabs I was looking at were typos, no way you could stretch like that. Now those don't seem difficult at all. To improve your stretch just practice doing the stretches, make it a small part of your daily routine and you will be surprised at how much more your fingers can stretch than you ever thought possible. I play a fender which is same scale as your ibanez. A gibson is a smaller scale guitar but only 3 months in I would not worry about getting another guitar at all, just keep practicing the stretches and work on technique, it will come with time.
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post Aug 2 2008, 11:42 PM
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Try a Les Paul, that could work for you (24 3/4" scale). Or a Fender Mustang which is shorter 24" scale.

Fender Strat and Ibanez (as far as I know) are 25 1/2"



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and to develop this further for an understanding. The distance between fret 1 through 12 equals half of the scale length.

Meaning on a Les Paul 24 3/4" scale (628mm) you fit 12 frets on 314 mm
On a 25 1/2" scale (e.g Ibanez, Strat) (648) you fit 12 frets on 324 mm. Resulting in a further distance between the frets.

It has nothing to do with the number of frets you fit into a scale, may be 21, 24 or 32 the distance from fret 1 -> 12 is still half of the scale. The more frets you add only means it gets more crowded further down the neck towards the bridge.

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post Aug 2 2008, 11:44 PM
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I know there are some 3/4 scale guitars out there, but I would rather practice my stretching ^^


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post Aug 3 2008, 12:47 AM
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There is no other way than constantly stretch you fingers and getting used to it. It takes some time until youre comfortable to play solos with your index on the 12th fret and the pinky on the 20th...


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post Aug 3 2008, 12:31 PM
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check out marty friedman. He's got small hands and adjusted to that. I can't see why you shouldn't be able to do that (with the right amount of practice)


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post Aug 3 2008, 12:36 PM
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Michael Romeo has midget hands as well.
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post Aug 3 2008, 12:51 PM
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Just practice, and when you are under twelve, it's normal to use a 3/4 guitar.


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post Aug 4 2008, 01:24 PM
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Gibson guitars have this short scale, so this might be a help for you


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post Aug 4 2008, 10:40 PM
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QUOTE (Marcus Siepen @ Aug 4 2008, 05:24 AM) *
Gibson guitars have this short scale, so this might be a help for you


I think a standard Gibson(such as a Les Paul) would not be a good choice, because although it has a shorter scale(and the frets may be closer togther for stretches) the necks are wider than something such as a Fender Strat and with small hands it would be more difficult to play(Such as notes on the 6th string(Low E). I own a Strat as well as an LP and I notice this, and I have normal size handes. As others suggested, you should probably spend more time trying to develop the skill, and then down the road maybe consider buying another guitar. You definitely don't want to be limited in your technique by the specific guitar you are playing at the time - you need to be able to stretch on pretty much any guitar that is in your hands.


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post Aug 5 2008, 06:43 PM
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QUOTE (MickeM @ Aug 2 2008, 06:42 PM) *
Try a Les Paul, that could work for you (24 3/4" scale). Or a Fender Mustang which is shorter 24" scale.

Fender Strat and Ibanez (as far as I know) are 25 1/2"


Telecasters are short scale too.

mmmm...Telecasters...

There's not a lot you can do with a full sized guitar to get smaller distances between the frets, really. Neck thickness and width can make a lot of difference and unfortunately that's something that really you have to just go out and play guitars to get a feel for it.

Small neck profiles are highlighted as a feature for Daisy Rock guitars. My first guitar was a Daisy Rock (long story...it's in the introduction forum somewhere). It's good quality, and feels good. Not all of them are overly girly either. They're worth a look, I think.

I started playing guitar late because I thought my hands were too small. With the Daisy Rock, it felt good, but I still had no reach up and down the neck. As I've been playing and practicing, my reach is getting wider and my hands are getting stronger. I'm playing an ESP Eclipse and an Ibanez Roadstar now too and they're more comfortable to me now. The big fat Les Paul necks are still too fat for me though.

The way I see it, there are certain things on the guitar that I'm not going to be able to do but it's not going to stop me from playing....I just need to stretch and be creative in how I do things that I can't reach.


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post Aug 5 2008, 09:44 PM
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Not having read all replies, but only some, I too suggest sticking with a "regular" guitar. Don't take the easiest route. You will eventually learn to cope and stretch your hands and fingers properly. Of course how you position your thumb on the back of the neck could cause the problem. Try having it far down on the lower side of the neck, as that will give better access to the frets.

On a whole different note, I've heard of people being able to stretch from fret 1 to fret 8, while I am only comfortable with stretching from 1 to 5 or 6 at most. You don't need anymore though, as the notes are on the string below too. Otherwise you'll learn to move your hand and slide up and down the neck to eliminate this flaw.


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post Aug 5 2008, 10:32 PM
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I've got small hands too. I got my Les Paul when i was 16 or something, and It was the first guitar i really felt comfortable with playing on, so i would recommend atleast trying one of those.

Nowadays i dont mind what scale the neck is, i still have small hands though smile.gif But i find playing on 25.5 scales just as easy, or even easier.


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post Aug 5 2008, 11:19 PM
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I pointed this out in the "Ladies forum" awhile back but you could check out Luna Guitars.


As i stated in that post Luna guitars makes topnotch instruments but they cater heavily to female artists. The scale size is smaller and the nutwidth is generally smaller making it a much more compact playing surface.

They are beautiful guitars too with top of the line hardware.

Here is an example of one of their guitars, its definately worth checking out. I have had a chance to play on 1 and i can say its a solid guitar. The other benefit is how light they are as well.


http://www.lunaguitars.com/electricproduct/andrphoenix.php

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