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What are the best guitars for small hands - tele or non-tele?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by hugo, Feb 6, 2008.

  1. hugo

    hugo Former Member

    Oct 17, 2006
    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!:lol:


  2. StuH

    StuH Friend of Leo's

    May 12, 2006
    Yukon, Canada
    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.

  3. bendecaster

    bendecaster Friend of Leo's

    Aug 1, 2007
    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!

  4. Scotele

    Scotele Tele-Meister

    Aug 27, 2007
    Moray, Scotland
    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.

  5. voided3

    voided3 Tele-Afflicted

    May 6, 2005
    I second the older Peaveys; very small necks. Squier Affinitys generally seem to have slimmer necks too.

  6. hugo

    hugo Former Member

    Oct 17, 2006
    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.

  7. Pete Galati

    Pete Galati R.I.P.

    Mar 25, 2006
    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.

  8. hugo

    hugo Former Member

    Oct 17, 2006
    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...

  9. nvosmeier

    nvosmeier Tele-Meister

    May 7, 2006
    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!

  10. hugo

    hugo Former Member

    Oct 17, 2006
    No, I haven't. These are all fenders? I've never heard of Bronco's or Duo Sonics?

  11. Stevie 202

    Stevie 202 Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 22, 2007
    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!

  12. Telenator

    Telenator Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    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.

  13. imwjl

    imwjl Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 21, 2007
    My mom's basement.
    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.

  14. Willie D

    Willie D Friend of Leo's

    Nov 19, 2004
    So. Illinois
    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!

  15. scoots

    scoots Tele-Holic

    Jun 26, 2007
    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.

  16. Tele-evangelist

    Tele-evangelist TDPRI Member

    Dec 31, 2007
    Vancouver Canada
    scale length

    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.


  17. 51tele

    51tele Tele-Holic

    Aug 15, 2006
    new orleans
    Who knows you might have an advantage having small hands---I know quite a few excellent guitarists with small hands

  18. HOBBSTER01

    HOBBSTER01 Friend of Leo's

    Nov 23, 2007
    Ringgold, Ga.
    V neck all the way.

  19. superchicken_VI

    superchicken_VI Friend of Leo's

    Aug 16, 2007
    Monroe, NC
    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.
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2008

  20. thekillingjoke

    thekillingjoke Tele-Holic

    Oct 2, 2007
    I like a nice V or U neck. C necks don't do it for me.

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