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Short-scale electric guitars that hold their tuning

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  • Short-scale electric guitars that hold their tuning

    I'm a very petite woman learning to play, and I have a Squire mini-Strat that goes out of tune constantly.



    I'm wondering if there are other short-scale electrics that might be more steadfast? Someone once recommended a Danelectro to me. Any advice?

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    Fender Mustang, Squier CV Duo Sonic, etc. Most short scale guitars will hold tune just fine if set up correctly.
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    • #3
      Yeah, I'd go with some little Fender (or Squier) or maybe a Daisy Rock.



      Don't shoot yourself in the foot by only learning on a really short scales. I'd also consider a Les Paul, as they have the shorter of the two most widely used electric guitar scale lengths.
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      • #4
        Fender mustang!! They sound incredible, and they're really easy to play. I have a vintage 1969 competition mustang. Check her out:



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        • #5
          Danelectro guitars are generally 25-inch scale, longer than Gibson standard scale.



          Short-scale Fenders (24 inch scale) include the Mustang in various forms, the Jaguar, and the Duo Sonic.



          I have tiny hands for a man, and I like the scale length of the Mustangs and Jaguars, combined with the Fender narrow nut width, as compared to many Gibsons. For a petite woman, I'd recommend a Fender Mustang (or the new Fender Pawn Shop Mustang Special), the Squier Duo Sonic or an old Fender Duo Sonic. Jaguars have large bodies and can be pretty heavy.
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          • #6
            petite or not, those mini strats work very well with standard strings. I tried 11s and 12s on one I had and that was better. But I find that those work great if you tune them up to G. Like every string tuned up to the 3rd fret. then the tension is proper and it just functions more like a normal guitar.
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            • #7
              Heh, oh and for what it's worth, here is my hand. Note the AA battery being nearly the same size as my pinky.







              I use strats these days as my main guitars. No trouble. 25 1/2" scales... right, or is it 25.75...? I get mixed up sometimes. Either way, its one of the longest scales where the guitar is still a guitar and not a baritone.
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                Quote Originally Posted by Grantus
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                Danelectro guitars are generally 25-inch scale, longer than Gibson standard scale.



                Short-scale Fenders (24 inch scale) include the Mustang in various forms, the Jaguar, and the Duo Sonic.



                I have tiny hands for a man, and I like the scale length of the Mustangs and Jaguars, combined with the Fender narrow nut width, as compared to many Gibsons. For a petite woman, I'd recommend a Fender Mustang (or the new Fender Pawn Shop Mustang Special), the Squier Duo Sonic or an old Fender Duo Sonic. Jaguars have large bodies and can be pretty heavy.




                Old Duo Sonics were 22" scale. The Duo Sonic II from the mid-1960s was 24". Mustangs were available as both 22" and 24".

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                • #9
                  I totally want a Mustang Special.



                  Notjonah, you just may have a slightly shorter pinky than I do.
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                  • #10
                    I have a Fender Bronco with a 24" scale. I usually put 12s on it.

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                      Quote Originally Posted by Roy Brooks
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                      Old Duo Sonics were 22" scale. The Duo Sonic II from the mid-1960s was 24". Mustangs were available as both 22" and 24".




                      Yeah, I realize that. I was talking more modern versions. I kind of doubt the woman's second guitar is going to be a vintage Duo Sonic or Mustang after her first was a Squier mini Strat.
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                      • #12
                        if the nut is pinging when you tune, it may need to be properly filed. i've also found that improperly stretched strings, especially 9s, tend to vary considerably. make sure the strings are stretched. it may help you to go up a string gauge.



                        lastly, i have 10 year old students with bigger hands than mine. small hands is a cop out.
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                          Quote Originally Posted by Help!I'maRock!
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                          lastly, i have 10 year old students with bigger hands than mine. small hands is a cop out.




                          For me, it's a matter of comfort rather an issue of ability. My preference, because I have small hands, is short-scale Fender necks. That doesn't mean I can't play other guitars.
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                          • #14
                            Ibanez Mikro. I recommend them to my students all the time.



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                              Quote Originally Posted by Grantus
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                              For me, it's a matter of comfort rather an issue of ability. My preference, because I have small hands, is short-scale Fender necks. That doesn't mean I can't play other guitars.




                              comfort is another cop out.
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