Hello Michael N. When I used the term "standard" I was referring to the market habit of calling the overall size of the instrument as the model"size"...: 7/8 0r 3/4 etc. and Not referring to the scale length. I do greed that we need a variety of scale lengths to meet the specific player personal needs for a correct "FIT". As the market stands at the present very seldom the scale length of the instrument is indicated in their advertisement which often lead to buyers choosing the wrong instrument. For example there are quite a few 3/4 size CG that have a longer scale length than the small Yamaha advertised as a 7/8 size CG.Michael.N. wrote:That's because there never was a standard, nor should there be one.
I have a reach of 7 inches from index to pinkie and 8 1/2 from thumb to pinkie. I played the 1a today and I know it's something that I just wouldn't get used to. And besides it doesn't sound as good as my 4NE.Jim Davidson wrote:I think it has as much to do with nut width and neck profile as it does scale length. My Cervantes is a 660 scale with a 53.5mm nut and a pretty thick profile. To my feel, the main difficulty from the scale length is controlling my vibrato. Conversely, the wide nut and profile complicate things greatly when it comes to counterpoint and barre chords. Many of those Ramirez 1As have 54mm nuts.
There isn't necessarily a strict correlation between height and hand size. I'm 5'11" with a 9.2" reach, but look at someone like Eliot Fisk: He's not that tall, but his hands are huge. Measure your reach from the tip of your thumb to the tip of your pinky. From what I've heard, 9" is just about where a 650 scale should be.
I deal with the bigger neck for the bigger sound (as I suspect many Ramirez owners do), but I really want to try a 660 scale with a narrower nut for my next instrument to see if that makes the difference.
I have a larger reach than you with a smaller neck. I couldn't imagine playing like that!Laudiesdad69 wrote: I have a reach of 7 inches from index to pinkie and 8 1/2 from thumb to pinkie. I played the 1a today and I know it's something that I just wouldn't get used to. And besides it doesn't sound as good as my 4NE.
Is your 7.9 inch span from index to pinkie or from thumb to pinkie?dory wrote:That is very jnteresting to me. My span is 7.9 inches. It seems to be about average for a woman. That is perhaps because although my fingers are very short my hand is relatively broad across the knuckles. I REALLY need to stop complaining now.