For average or smaller left hands I will state my case that narrow necks are best because it is better to optimize for the left hand rather than the right hand. What do you agree or disagree with?
- The standard left hand position with fingers all in a row uses tightly curled fingers (as shown in almost every method book). On the A-string this form deteriorates significantly and disappears altogether on the low E-string. With a 1&11/16 wide neck, six strings fit into the space of five so that I could play in proper style for five strings with only some deterioration in the sixth. If standard left hand form is really to be taken seriously (for all six strings), a narrow neck is an absolute requirement -- or does it really matter for the bass strings.
- Aren't narrower necks considered to be more playable in the acoustic/electric world? Don't they allow for a straighter left wrist?
- 1&11/16 is almost exactly 5/6 of standard. Is this really so narrow that the right hand can't easily adjust? As far as the right hand goes, I would think that someone with a small hand could play with a 1&11/16 inch neck just as easily as someone with a large right hand plays a 2 in.