I would like to reiterate the point that stretch is not the only consideration, either. Finger length is also critical. There are people on this listserv with fingers up to 2 inches longer than mine -- quite a difference. Ditto lenght of torso and arm (which gets into body size more than fretboard).Wayne S wrote: Many players could improve their technique with a guitar that is better suited to their hand size, of this fact there is no doubt and any denial is futile and illogical.
Measurements like these are not a definitive answer but can be very helpful.
This is true but also trying to compensate for an instrument that is much too large can cause one to develop faulty technique. An example of this is having a nut too wide for finger length can cause/require poor barre placement... That said, wide nut spacing also can result in the need to have much more precise barre placement. So again it all comes down to proper balance of size, technique, etc. (and as you said not addressing a problem strictly from the standpoint of size alone, or any singular standpoint for that matter).Ledhand75 wrote:It can be dangerous to approach the problem strictly from the standpoint of building an instrument just to compensate for faulty technique.
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