I've solved the Hobbit hands problem

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  1. mysticguitar

    mysticguitar TDPRI Member

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    I love the sound of Strats and Tele's but with some music Hobbit hands have to work to hard.....Iv sold and bought lots of guitars, going back and forth between full scale and smaller necks, ease of playing usually sacrifices tone. I've finally settled on playing 25.5 inch for music requiring basic chords types, no far out extensions, and 2 note per string pentatonics.for more challenging stuff, stretchy chords 3 note per string stuff, I just switch to a PRS or Mustang, I use all 3 guitars interchangeably, which is a good compromise.
     
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    LGOberean Doctor of Teleocity

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    "Hobbit hands"? Do you mean wide across the palm but with short, stubby fingers? If so, I may have to steal this line. :twisted:
     
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  3. El Tele Lobo

    El Tele Lobo Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    You have to do what works for you. Glad you found your formula.
     
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    Ess Eff Tele-Holic

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    'Hobbit Hands'? Hairy like their feet?
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    Guitardvark Tele-Afflicted

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    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Yup! That there's a Hobbit hand!
     
  7. mysticguitar

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    I have small hands.
     
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    You know what they say about small hands;)


    Small gloves!
     
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    RhythmFender Tele-Meister

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    that might be closer to a dwarve hand than a hobbit hand... :twisted:
     
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    nicknklv Tele-Meister

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    Well then wher's 'is' ammer? o_O
     
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    Uncle Daddy Tele-Afflicted

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    I too have short fingers, and steered away from Fender scale guitars for years. But I love the tones from longer scale. As long as I stay away from the extended power chords, it's not too bad. I learned how to stack them with the root on the top instead of the bottom, which gets me out of trouble most of the time.
     
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    It's the tone of the Strat or Tele that keeps us trying to play them.....I can rip through something on my Mustang then try it on my Tele and it takes more time to get down.....
     
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    It’s great that you’ve found a solution that works for you but rather than scale length it might be factors like string tension or the neck profile or it might be partly psychosomatic... the difference between Tele scale (25.5”) and Mustang scale (24”) is only the same as moving one fret up the neck (& the PRS 25” even less). So it should be easier (in terms of stretch) to play the same song in B on the Tele than it is to play it in A on the Mustang.
    (BTW I have 25.5” guitars and a 24.5” guitar... I don’t find the stretch significantly different, but of course YMMV. I would love to have a Mustang, I really enjoy playing them.)
     
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    The difference is moving one fret up? Which fret? Do you then divide by 25.5?
     
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    If it’s 25.5” from the bridge to the nut (plus a bit for intonation adjustment) then it’s 24” (or if you are measuring very carefully 24.06”) from the bridge to the first fret. So a 25.5” scale guitar tuned down to Eb and with a capo at the first fret plays pretty much as a Mustang would (well, bends are a tad different because you don’t have a free length of string beyond the nut).
     
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    Nope, not hairy enough!
     
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    There are conversion necks out there that you can slap on a standard Tele loaded body.

    These are interesting in that they are a down-sized Tele with the full Tele tone. Washburn made these and then similar ones with the same specs (model WI-36 ?). I found a non-working and smashed one for $10 that I stripped, repaired, recut the headstock, and have for a travel guitar.


     
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    Warmoth among others will sell a Gibson scale neck to fit a tele or strat. I agree with others that it may be more the neck thickness than the scale that bothers you.
     
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    Me too, although when I went to the Hollywood walk outside of Guitar Center, I found that my hands are roughly the same size as Zakk Wylde's and Billy Gibbons'. So that destroyed my theory that my fingers are too short to play guitar well.
     
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    now look what you done did. made on offer on one on reverb & it was accepted. my reach problem only developed in the last year: finger tip.jpg
     
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