jules wrote: ↑
Wed Jun 12, 2019 4:30 pm
...I'm happy to travel ...
One of my family has one and I love the fractionally smaller size for ease but no idea if they would be a good long term prospect, or whether I just need to keep stretching til my hands finally find playing easier?
If you are happy to travel I would suggest the following thing, an off peak season trip to Madrid or Barcelona, and checking "guitarras del luthier" or "Casa Luthier", you do not even have to buy it there but it could be a nice opportunity to check a big amount of builders into your budget(and outside as the 2nd hand instrument option is there if you are not too picky)
Regarding factionally smaller guitars, many people play 7/8" guitars or rather full body size guitars with a shorter scale (640/630mm the most common ones).Due to health reasons I play mostly my 630mm guitars(ordered made,sound every bit as good as regular scale instruments),also have some 620mm/ 640mm too(most of them pre 1910 Spanish guitars).
Some luthiers are used to build shorter scale instruments (not toys
), not every luthier built them on a regular basis.
If your hands are small, or you have issues with them(RSI/tendinitis/weakness/carpal tunnel...), I kindly suggest you to consider going for a short scale & smaller nut instrument (or even a smaller body,in the shape of a Torres or other antiques)