montana wrote:Can you switch back and forth between guitars or is that too difficult?
I commonly use three guitars (often more) every day:
630 mm - an antique from 1840
650 mm - my main performing instruments
664 mm - my "work horse" guitar which I use whilst arranging/composing
There is absolutely no problem switching from one to another.
I am of short stature and have small hands but one of the easiest instruments I have ever
used, is the 664 mm (Mikhail Robert). There are so many other variables than simply scale length to take into account that I believe it to be a mistake choosing an instrument on that basis.
Hand size (whilst maybe not insignificant) is also over-stressed - I suffered a severe arm injury about 18 months ago. My left hand and digits are obviously still exactly the same dimensions, but the changes at the shoulder
have resulted in a significant effect on abduction in the fingers.
It is clear from this experience that technique and whole-body posture are far more significant than string length in determining our ability to handle an instrument - one can observe this in youngsters, sometimes with positively tiny hands, performing perfectly well on full size guitars.
There might well be a case sometimes for investing in a better teacher before a different instrument ...