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Thread: Hand Size--please check this out

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    My small hand

    A:4 12/16 inches, 10 1/2 centimeters
    B:3 1/2 inches, 9 centimeters
    C:3 2/16 inches, 8 centimeters

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    Mine are:
    A= 12.4 cm / 4.9 inches
    B= 10 cm / 3.9 inches
    C= 9 cm / 3.6 inches
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    Woah, this was long ago, but...

    Eric and I have almost the same dimensions and looks to our fingers, so I ask him (Or anyone else with the same size), do you find that you prefer certain types of necks? My fingers made me a very picky person when it comes to guitars, as some could be VERY uncomfy to play with.

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    I have relatively small hands. I get around that problem by the following

    - I've evolved a style heavily dependant on 'string-skipping', I don't play three notes per string patterns for the most part, and that's ok 'cause I'm not a 'neo-classical' type of player either.

    - I play Les Paul type guitars due to their thick neck. Some people would recommend that people with small hands play a skinny-necked superstrat type, I would actually advise against it. Thicker necks means more comfort for my thumb, and the more rounded curvature keeps my thumb curved as well. I more discomfort on necks where my thumb has to flatted out more.

    - This of course has the added benefit of a shorter scale length.

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    Thicker necks means more comfort for my thumb, and the more rounded curvature keeps my thumb curved as well.
    This is very true.

    Back when I was selling guitars, I heard a story that one year at the Hamer booth at the NAMM show, they were demonstrating this by having a person grip a thin book, much like you would a guitar neck, but palms down. The same person would then try gripping a much thicker book in the same manner and would notice that the thinner book would cause hand/wrist fatigue much sooner that the thick one. This is because of the ergonomics of the hand and theat the thicker book (or neck) leaves the hand a bit more open, keeping the hand from getting more tense.

    So don't be afraid of a thick-necked guitar without trying it first!

    Thicker neck = more tone!

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    It also comes down to your habits. When I started playing guitar in the late 70's, basically it was Fender/Gibson, and to some extent, Ibanez guitars.

    To me it's a basic Fender Strat (C-shape neck). I've also had some other guitars like Gibson LP, Schecter/Ibanez Strat clones etc., but I'll always find myself going back to a Fender. Not to say that they're better in any way, but I'm just used to and to me they feel right.

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    A 12.5cm 4 3/4 ins
    B 11 cm 4 ins
    C 10 cm 3 3/4 ins

    Big hands and as clumsy as a Bull in a china shop!!!!
    All the finesse of an ice skating Giraffe!!!


    And I've always prefered Fender shaped necks.( Although the G&L is a tad thinner from fretboard to the back of the neck)
    Last edited by mattblack850; 06-19-2005 at 12:05 PM.

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    Well, mine are long and thin, and when I watch videos and performances of metal artists, they always riff with their fingers somewhat "flat" across the entire neck, I can't do that because of my long fingers.

    Also, it is *literally* impossible for me to place my index, middle and pinky on the 13-15-17 frets of the low E string WHILE standing up, no matter how high or low the guitar strap is, and I can *barely* do it sitting down with my guitar on my left knee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeattleRuss
    So don't be afraid of a thick-necked guitar without trying it first!

    Thicker neck = more tone!
    I also think that for the most part it also means a neck that's less likely to need a lot of truss rod adjustments. I prefer medium to relatively high action (certainly not as low as some shredders like, although many do prefer higher action). I seldom need to adjust my truss rod, my neck profile stays more or less the same. But back when I had one of those superstrats with a skinny neck, the changes were much more noticeable as temperature changed.

    But again, due to the issue of hand comfort, I always prefer thicker necks. I've often read ads highlighting a 'thin, comfortable neck' and wondered what the heck they were talking about, because to me no I***** W***** II neck or similar has ever felt comfortable.

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    Thicker necks all the way. Try play a 4 hour gig with a skinny neck. Your hands will be cramped up and hurting really bad. A thicker neck has that support that SeattleRuss is talking about, especially when playing chords.
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    A = 10.6 cm

    B = 9.6 cm

    C = 9.1 cm

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    A = 10,5cm / 4,14inch
    B = 9,0cm / 3,55inch
    C = 8,0cm / 3,15inch

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    A 11cm
    B 10.5cm
    C 8cm
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    A 10.5
    B 8.5
    C 8.5

    my hands are pretty small, but then i think its pretty close to average=]
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    A: 11.2cm
    B: 9.5cm (approx)
    C: 8.2cm

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