I think many people change scales by having another guitar......More popular they change actions......but not many people change nuts for changing strings' spacingsashepps wrote: ↑Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:08 pmHi,
I have a small hands and for years I played with a good guitar that I bought new. Like me the music store manager probable never heard of the scale length or would have never sold the guitar to me with my small frame at 5'6", 130 pounds!
It was a beautiful sounding guitar, but I always had the feeling that perhaps it was too big for me. I had nothing to compare it with or no internet to discuss as this was back in the 70's. I was young and did not know enough to ask questions.
It was not until I got back at the guitar after a 35 year break and learned on this forum what my problem was!
Right away I knew that my 663 mm was far too long and since sold that guitar and purchased a second hand full body 630 mm I am happy, although I feel I may have had a better feeling with a 615 mm!
To me it was not the nut, I did not mind the over 2" wide nut on the 663 mm nor my 630 mm at just 2" nor the slightly less, I think, my Yamaha Silent Guitar.
The big thing was what I gained or I should say lost in the shorter scale guitar. It was not much, but it felt a heck of a lot better. It is surprising to me just what an inch or so shorter felt to me!
I can't add anymore than this, there are 2 or 3 threads on this same topic on the forum that can be viewed if you look for them, perhaps that is why you may be getting no responses.
Here we focus on the relation among scale/string length, nut width/string spacing and hand size.
=======Laudiesdad69 wrote: ↑Mon Aug 20, 2018 11:19 amI’ll play along. My hand span is, from thumb to pinky: 23cm From index to pinky is: 17.5 cm Fingers are 8cm index, 9cm middle, 8cm ring, and pinky 6.5cm I had posted this info in a previous thread, but I had measured wrong for that one. I currently play a 650. And had a 655mm which I liked the best. I’ve also played a 640, which makes certain stretches easier. It’s nut was only 50 mm. My current guitar’s nut is 52mm. I’m not sure of the string spacing. It’s a Yamaha CG192S.
I, too, have small hands, slightly smaller than Tomzooki's at 7.5" span. I love the tone of my Hill Munich, which is 650/50, and after working with it I can reach a lot I never thought I would, but that last 10% or so was still troubling to me. So, I bought (at a bargain) a New World Player series with 615/48. Mostly, its a joy to play. of course I can reach many things I can't on the Hill, but the narrower fingerboard means I have to be much more careful not to accidentally touch another string with my left hand fingers. I'm getting buzzing or muting from strings I don't intend to play. I guess I need to practice more with it, but I really love the sound of the Munich. I suppose it's great that my life is so full of difficult choices .Tomzooki wrote: ↑Wed Aug 22, 2018 3:40 pmMy thumb to pinky span is slightly below 8’’; I have small hands.
But I have another issue: I have great difficulties with « vertical extensions » between my 3rd and 4th finger, even after years of work it remained a challenge for me to put the 3 on the 6th string and the 4 on the first. I was playing a 52mm nut standard size guitar. Now I own a Stauffer copy, with a 48mm nut, and a 607mm scale. It is paradise! I no longer feel like I am fighting with my instrument
Hear hear! And you don't necessarily compromise sound for smaller scale.For those like me that fight to play on a standard 650/52 guitar, and to whom others say that it is better to work hard and get used to the standard size guitar than to play on smaller size guitar, with a lot of seemingly good reasons, ask yourself: why should you be condemned to fight with your big guitar, obviously facing bigger physical challenges than the big guys and girls have to deal with? For us little people a standard size guitar is less comfortable to play, and there is a multitude of resulting downsides: less pleasure to play, musical expression hindered by unnessecary physical difficulties, back pain resulting from holding the big body guitar (my case, resolved by my small body Stauffer), overall we obviously would play better on a smaller guitar. Yes, the tone of a smaller body guitar is not the same (personnally I prefer it, prefered it even before owning one), but I think it is a small price to pay. If you do not plan to become an international contest winner and/or an internationally acclaimed virtuoso, why stick to big torture instruments?