What model of classical do you play? My pinky to index is the same as yours, and I find my 650 difficult on big stretches. I played a 640, and actually preferred it for stretches, bit didn't like the 50mm nut. I currently play a Ramirez 4NE. It's a 650. A 640 allows me to make the stretch from the first fret to the fifth fret. Currently I am not close enough to the fifth fret to get a good sound. My next guitar will likely be a 640.dfl3tch3r wrote: ↑Mon Apr 17, 2017 10:01 amI read this thread with great interest.
My thumb to pinky is 210mm max and my index to pinky is 165mm absolute max.
I do not own a 640mm scale CG but I have tried a Cordoba Parlour and wasn't impressed in as much as ease of play (Just my opinion).
At my current level I'm not playing pieces which demand such huge stretches but I do find some things noticeably difficult on the current 650mm scale; for instance I find Barre quite tough, along with a couple of stretches in Maria Gavotte quite challenging. I have to work hard to play clean.
I'm not sure but maybe a light tension string may make Barre easier and also maybe clean up the odd buzz here and there for hard to reach thus poorly fingered notes? Or maybe it's my technique ha ha.
We see players like Jennifer Kim, Liying Zhu and Kyuhee Park all playing 650mm scale guitars and all appear to have small hands/finger spans.
Maybe they're able to gain better stretches through better technique I'm sure!
So before I consider an additional guitar/short scale I'm wondering if a combination of lighter gauge strings with lower action and narrower nut, and more practice of course, might make all the difference?