KraftDinner wrote: ↑
Sun Sep 16, 2018 8:27 pm
My middle finger is just over 3 inches long and my hand span is just over 9 inches.
You're quite right. The Sakurai's scale length is 660mm. Will that be more difficult to play?
My (left hand) middle finger is about 3 in., hand span about 8 in. and I find my '76 Sakurai No. 5, also with 660 mm scale lenght, just fine in terms of playability. My only qualm is with Augustine bass strings they seem too short for this scale length, no problem with treble strings. That said, I started with high tension (Blue Augustine), now settled with Savarez Cantiga New Cristal (normal tension) as recommended by Sakurai enthusiasts in this forum for optimum sound (take it with a grain of salt
), and it is much more comfortable.
You mentioned having access to both GC-31 and '75 Sakurai No. 7, why not try them both to find out your very own preference?