Hand size and nut width and spacing

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Re: Hand size and nut width and spacing

Post by nmshu1 » Thu Aug 23, 2018 5:23 am

I think the instrument size should meet personal needs. No standard exist...
Otto Vowinkel Concert 650 C/BRW; Córdoba C9 650 C/MH
Paulino Bernabe Torres 645 S/MP
Juan Hernandez Torres 640 S/IRW; Sweet Tone 640 S/RWLam
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Re: Hand size and nut width and spacing

Post by Scott Phillips » Thu Aug 23, 2018 11:55 am

Tomzooki wrote:
Wed Aug 22, 2018 3:40 pm
If you do not plan to become an international contest winner and/or an internationally acclaimed virtuoso, why stick to big torture instruments?
Big Torture Instruments...😂. That would make a great name for a Metal band :lol:

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Re: Hand size and nut width and spacing

Post by Chuah Hui Hsien » Thu Dec 27, 2018 11:24 am

My hands are even smaller, LH thumb to pinky just 7 inches or barely touches 18cm.

I struggled to play a 65cm during my learning days.I couldn't do wide stretches.Resting the guitar on the right thigh on the footstool also became an ardous regime.Never heard of ergo play, dynarette, not even short scales in those days. Until recent years I matured enough to search for googles, then came across this forum, I gained more access into the classical guitar world.

My new guitar is 64cm scale length, nut width 50mm,string spacing 42mm.The guitar body also smaller than concert size. My luthier strongly recommended a Torres "La Suprema" measurement.
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Re: Hand size and nut width and spacing

Post by celestemcc » Thu Dec 27, 2018 7:38 pm

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Re: Hand size and nut width and spacing

Post by MAK » Fri Dec 28, 2018 3:27 am

I have small hands—about 17cm hand span with 12mm from first finger to pinky. My newest nut has 37mm string spacing on my 610. My fingers are also narrow. The nut itself is about 51mm.

My newest guitar, requinto size 560, has 40mm string spacing at the nut, but I may end up having a new nut made with 37mm spacing. It seems like I have to have narrow string spacing, no matter what scale.

I’d like to be able to have narrower string spacing at the bridge, but that is virtually impossible. I’ve read on another Internet site that one could file string slots in the bridge piece to narrow the string spacing. I may give it a try.

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Re: Hand size and nut width and spacing

Post by ashepps » Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:35 pm

celestemcc wrote:
Thu Dec 27, 2018 7:38 pm
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Nice to see you with that, I reduced from a long scale like your old guitar and was Lucky to get a 630 mm with a full body and does it sound good.

I feel I could have gone smaller, as I do use my daughters unused 590 mm, I believe and it’s small, but easier to play, but small body,

You can get a great sounding 615 mm, but I believe they all have smaller bodies.

I often wish I owned one of these as well. Larger than my daughter’s 590, but still have a great guitar that would sound great and easy to finger for an even better fit!
Alan Sheppard
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Re: Hand size and nut width and spacing

Post by celestemcc » Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:50 pm

I feel I could have gone smaller,
Best way to find out if you'd like a 615 it is do as others have suggested and capo the first fret. Granted you haven't narrowed the neck's width but you'll have a great idea of what scale length is better. I actually do think there's such a thing as too narrow re string spacing, but being as I came from a guitar with VERY wide spacing (and my RH loved it, LH hated it) I'm a bit biased! :D
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Re: Hand size and nut width and spacing

Post by ashepps » Wed Jan 16, 2019 1:17 am

celestemcc wrote:
Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:50 pm
I feel I could have gone smaller,
Best way to find out if you'd like a 615 it is do as others have suggested and capo the first fret. Granted you haven't narrowed the neck's width but you'll have a great idea of what scale length is better. I actually do think there's such a thing as too narrow re string spacing, but being as I came from a guitar with VERY wide spacing (and my RH loved it, LH hated it) I'm a bit biased! :D
I know what you are trying to tell me, but I found it easy with the 790 mm, that is I did get used to it very quickly especially when it is much easier to finger.

Cheers
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1955 650mm Framus SL-32R
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Re: Hand size and nut width and spacing

Post by celestemcc » Wed Jan 16, 2019 5:03 pm

I found it easy with the 790 mm
:shock: Please tell me that's a typo! :lol:
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Re: Hand size and nut width and spacing

Post by ashepps » Thu Jan 17, 2019 3:30 am

celestemcc wrote:
Wed Jan 16, 2019 5:03 pm
I found it easy with the 790 mm
:shock: Please tell me that's a typo! :lol:
Whoops! 590 mm :)

Alan
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Re: Hand size and nut width and spacing

Post by rinneby » Tue Jan 22, 2019 3:48 pm

I tend to like 43-44 mm string spacing at the nut :chitarrista: I have quite ”normal” hands I guess...
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Re: Hand size and nut width and spacing

Post by ashepps » Wed Jan 23, 2019 1:43 am

I never had much problem with the string spacing, I found that I could get used to just about anything, but the scale length was another story.

Alan
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1955 650mm Framus SL-32R
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