Those with small hands: What guitar do you play?

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  1. ♫♪♫

    ♫♪♫ Member

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    Strat type

    Les Paul type

    Telecaster type

    ES335 type

    Pointy shredder thing
     
  2. voodoovox

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    LPs, Tele Bajas, Gibson Accoustics, I don't like thin necks
     
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    SG, Srat, and a Suhr. I prefer somewhat thin necks, I like the neck to have a bit of meat to it.
     
  4. grownupboy

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    i've got tiny little lady hands (on a big fat old hairy guy's body! the agony!) and i've been through a bunch of necks to find something that works for me.

    my newest guitar is an avri 52 hot rod tele with the u shaped neck and 1.650 width. for me, it's a dream. thing is this - i had a regular 52 avri a few years ago when i started and i hated the neck. HATED IT! as it turns out my tiny little hands stretched out as i played and now i'm so comfortable on this neck it makes me happy jsut thinking about it!

    i don't like larger c necks like on the 59 les pauls. just can't get my mits around that thing. but this u shaped monkey is the dope.

    give it a try but remember - what you hate today you might love next year...

    g
     
  5. Custom50

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    none of the above. I play an SG.
     
  6. digthosetubes

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    I got small hands, too. Grew up playing wide, fat, flat classical necks.

    It was no picnic.

    Thought I really liked thin C shaped necks.

    But it turns out I like chuncky, deep, round Nocaster style necks.

    I got a wider but still full neck on this Gary Moore LP. I like that, too. Don't care for necks with too narrow a nut. Why bunch up your fingers like that.
     
  7. re-animator

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    I've got small hands.... been boxing since i was 14!

    That said I've also played almost exclusively teles since I was 16. A strat is in the works though. For some reason I also like the wide, flat classical necks. I have a bit of an unorthodox grip though.
     
  8. Robert1950

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    I started playing three years ago after quiting for many, many years. For the first two years, I couldn't hand big necks. Forget the PRS wide fat completely. I preferred smaller, slim profile necks. But in the last year, I've found I'm starting to enjoy fatter necks. I still like the slim profile. I have a MIJ Epi Riviera with a small neck, a Hamer with slim 60s neck and a Strat with a chunkier soft V which I just love. A few weeks ago I tried an ES339 with a fat neck and loved it.
     
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    Even with my small hands, one of my favorite neck profiles is the Suhr Big V. I generally like chunky necks, except for the 50s necks on the LP Reissues. I have found them simply too big for me which is a shame because I really wanted to buy a 58 VOS LP.
     
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    I really like a slim neck with a short scale length, so I spend most of my playing time on my LP with a 60s neck and my vintage Mustangs. But I'll whip out the tele or strat for a test drive every once in a while.
     
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    I have a Schecter with a slim and narrow neck which always worked well for me...and then I found a PRS Standard 24 with a standard carve neck. PERFECT. It's a nice shape, good width. Nothing more comfortable has been found since.
     
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    PRS wide thin neck and Fender soft V neck. If you like small necks and maple fretboards, try a PRS Johnny Hiland.
     
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    I like the necks on a pair of my Peavey USA Limited's. I also like the necks that are a little thicker that are on my Parker PM 20 and St. Blues Mississippi Bluesmaster.
     
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    I've got little stimpy hands as well. There was a time when I liked a fairly slim profile neck. But I've gravitated toward fatter necks. Two of my favorites are a Gibson 57 RI goldtop and a Suhr Classic with the big V. A neck that fills my hand feels best to me now.
     
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    Does anyone want to put up a measurement of their hand, say from the crease at the wrist to the end of the long finger and then the length of the long finger as well? Just wondering what makes a small sized hand.

    For me 19.5 cm and 8 cm - so the palm length is sort of bigger than the finger length, and I've always thought my hands were on the small side of the average.

    I like the R8 neck now, but for years went with slim necks. The neck on my Epi Casino is very slim and a really nice neck, but now I find the 58 more comfortable to play. Of course the 58 may not be one of the biggest ones as they can vary a bit.
     
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    I think I've got small hands - I get to shake hands several times a day at my work and 9 cases out 10 I feel that the other guy has bigger hands.

    I play Strats, Teles, Les Pauls and other stuff...I have moved from thinner wide necks to narrower chunky necks and I feel most comfortable with those. Think about Nocaster U shape and Gibson early 50s rounded neck.
     
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    Little baby hands here.

    A 24" Scale Jag does the trick.
     
  19. ripoffriffs

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    Small hands here too. Years ago, a guitar (virtuoso) teacher suggested playing only short-scaled guitars. I've got carpal tunnel on the left (fretting) hand too. Age and decades of playing will do that. The short scales help a great deal. Therefore my guitars are Gibson SG, 24.75" scale, PRS EG (US made when it was still small neck heel, 25" scale, a hold-over from before I learned about short scales), and currently my main: PRS Santana III, US made, with 24.5" scale.

    But I've had to modify the electronics on the Santana to make it decent. Highs were disappearing when you turned down the volume knob, electronics were caps and schematic were improved. Replaced the stock pickups with Duncan 59s including a coil tap on the neck. Lucky for me, I have a great guitar tech in central Indiana. Now I have a Santana III that sustains forever, never loses the highs when turning volume down, and a short scale that preserves my left hand. Why couldn't PRS build em right in the 1st place? Ah, if they did, I wouldn't have a Thorn on order.
     
  20. fish78

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    How long is a cm? I don't do metric...That said, for me its 7.5 inches and 3.25 inches respectively.
     

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