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Old February 6th, 2008, 04:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What are the best guitars for small hands - tele or non-tele?

Hey all,

I was wondering if you guys could give me a list of guitars that are easy to play? I have very small hands (only my hands!) lol. Really.
I don't know what style of necks are the thinnest on tele's or any guitar for that matter?
I'd like to go out and buy some guitars but I spend so much time searching for a guitar I like and a neck that I like at the same time.
I'd really appreciate your input here. Maybe I'll have to order something because we're so limited here at our local GS?
It's not fair to hear about all the guitars you guys are buying and here sits poor Hugo getting nothing!

Thanks

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Old February 6th, 2008, 04:59 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I like the C shape tele necks but also really like the neck on my Cort G290 (also a c shape but thinner than a tele)for my small hands.
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Old February 6th, 2008, 05:01 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Hugo,
IMHO, just because a neck is small/thin...doesen't mean it is easier to play, even for small hands. A fatter neck fits into yout hand(I feel), and it doesn't fatigue as quickly. I think a Tele is a great guitar for all sizes of hands!
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Old February 6th, 2008, 05:17 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I remember the Peavey T60 guitar had the slimest neck (Depth wise) I have ever come across, Worth checking if their current batch of guitars still have the same. I have had Fenders and Gibsons but the Peavey was by far the slimest.
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Old February 6th, 2008, 05:35 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I second the older Peaveys; very small necks. Squier Affinitys generally seem to have slimmer necks too.
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Old February 6th, 2008, 05:54 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I do like the feel of the Ibanez necks. Now maybe they aren't thin, I don't know their shape but they felt nice and easy sliding my hand down the neck.
So, if someone is Ibanez savvy, please let me know what stlye of neck they are? I picked up a few to play and they just seemed more comfortable to me.
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Old February 6th, 2008, 06:03 AM   #7 (permalink)
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The thinest neck I have is on my Switch (brand) guitar. My hands aren't all that big, but I find that really thin necks like that are a disadvantage.

IMO, you're better off with a neck that fills your hand some.

I find C Tele necks to be about ideal, and I like several V profiles that I've run into. But the shredder thin neck just end up causing muscle problems for me.

I have a Gibson Les Paul Junior/Special that I thought the neck was unusually fat when I first got it, but I learned how to get along with it, and now it feels great.
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Old February 6th, 2008, 06:15 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Well, I learned something again on this forum. Just because a neck is thin doesn't mean it's the right neck for small hands. I never thought of how it would affect the muscles. Maybe I just need to get used to a thicker neck. Sometimes it's easier to do what's easier instead of what's best. So....filling your hand is a better idea than not filling it. Thanks.
Bendecaster, my apologies. When I read your response I thought you were full of...well you know. I see the point you were making. I ignored it because I thought I knew better but obviously I don't, since other people agree with you. I reread it just now and you're right. I just was trying to find an easy way out instead of working to get used to it. Also, I wasn't thinking about the ramifications of a smaller neck such as muscle pain. Thanks, I'm not worthy, I'm not worthy...
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Old February 6th, 2008, 06:15 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Have you tried any of the smaller scale guitars like Fender Mustangs, Broncos, Duo Sonics etc.
I would think that student guitars woud be easier to play. I don't know. I have big hands!
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Old February 6th, 2008, 06:37 AM   #10 (permalink)
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No, I haven't. These are all fenders? I've never heard of Bronco's or Duo Sonics?
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Old February 6th, 2008, 06:41 AM   #11 (permalink)
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My '69 has a 7.25" fretboard on a 'C' shape neck. I find it's perfect since my hands aren't all that big either. I can wrap my hand right around it; makes me feel like Jimi!
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Old February 6th, 2008, 07:47 AM   #12 (permalink)
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The Bonnie Raitt Strat has a very slim neck.

And lets not forget an early 60's Gibson ES355. The slimmest Gibson neck I've played. It's about 1 1/2" wide at the nut.
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Old February 6th, 2008, 08:45 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Consider scale length. I hate to say it because I love my Tele so, but my small hands with very curved pinkies can do reaches better with shorter scale guitars. That said, I still love my Tele more than my PRS.
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Old February 6th, 2008, 09:34 AM   #14 (permalink)
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My son is 12, short, with small hands and he gets around fine on a Standard Strat, a Squier 51, and my Teles.

If you have a chance, check out a G&L Tribute model. Their necks are a nice slim C-shape, and the guitars are sweet!
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Old February 6th, 2008, 10:31 AM   #15 (permalink)
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i agree with Pete Galati up there. my hands aren't that big either hugo. i had a washburn years back with a "v" neck on it and i liked this. the tele i'm playing now has a "c" neck on it and i love this! the fretboard is a little wider but the neck itself isn't as thick.
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Old February 6th, 2008, 10:46 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Consider scale length. I hate to say it because I love my Tele so, but my small hands with very curved pinkies can do reaches better with shorter scale guitars. That said, I still love my Tele more than my PRS.
I agree. Have you tried a Rickenbacker? I have very large hands and although I love the sound of Ricks, I simply can't play them due to their small size; their basses are an exception.

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Old February 6th, 2008, 10:53 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Who knows you might have an advantage having small hands---I know quite a few excellent guitarists with small hands
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Old February 6th, 2008, 10:54 AM   #18 (permalink)
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V neck all the way.
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Old February 6th, 2008, 11:01 AM   #19 (permalink)
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I, for one, do not like fat necks. They make chording much more difficult for me and cause fatigue. I have a 1981 Washburn SB-30i that has a fat neck, and I find it difficult to play for long periods of time. One of my favorite necks is the "shredder" neck on my mid-80s Charvel Model 2. It's wide and flat, just like my classical guitars. It's much easier to chord with and causes no fatigue. I think that the Standard and Highway One necks are fantastic. I have to rough up the finish on the back of the Standard, but the Highway One was perfect out of the box.

I should probably add that I have large-ish hands with short-ish fingers. If you're at all familiar with golf gloves, I wear a cadetXL left hand glove in FootJoy. That might help you understand my preferences a bit.

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Old February 6th, 2008, 11:01 AM   #20 (permalink)
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I like a nice V or U neck. C necks don't do it for me.
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