It's been awhile since I have spoken on this subject. I have small hands and did have a 663mm. I found it hard to play, not with barre chords and the like, it was just felt too big for me. I downsized all because of the help I got from this forum!dfl3tch3r wrote: So before I consider an additional guitar/short scale I'm wondering if a combination of lighter gauge strings with lower action and narrower nut, and more practice of course, might make all the difference?
Your span is similar to mine.dfl3tch3r wrote:I read this thread with great interest.
My thumb to pinky is 210mm max and my index to pinky is 165mm absolute max.
We see players like Jennifer Kim, Liying Zhu and Kyuhee Park all playing 650mm scale guitars and all appear to have small hands/finger spans.
Maybe they're able to gain better stretches through better technique I'm sure!
I think the distance between the index finger to pinky might be more useful for determining the scale length where there is no thumb fingering on the fingerboard. On the other hand, the thumb on the fingerboard may be used on the cello and the upright double bass viol. Then the thumb to pinky distance would be more valid.Alicia wrote: ↑Sun Jul 20, 2014 8:38 amHand size - Guitar Scale lengthkechance wrote: The revised chart, using commonly available neck sizes and expressing scale length versus the thumb to pinky distance, would be as follows
Thumb tip to pinky tip span of 250+ 664mm scale length
Thumb tip to pinky tip span of 230 to 250 656mm scale length
Thumb tip to pinky tip span of 210 to 230 650mm scale length
Thumb tip to pinky tip span of 190 to 210 640mm scale length
Thumb tip to pinky tip span of 170 to 190 630mm scale length
Thumb tip to pinky tip span of below 170 615mm scale length
I hope that this information will be of use to people who are still looking for that guitar that fits their hands. Happy Playing!
(This is so useful I'm quoting it so that I can find it again by searching my own posts.)
Thanks very much to Kechance for preparing this.
Users browsing this forum: CommonCrawl [Bot] and 6 guests