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Best acoustic for a girl with small hands?

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  • Best acoustic for a girl with small hands?

    Hey everyone. I guess I have "tiny" hands...for a guitar player.. But yeah I'm looking to buy a new acoustic. Playing piano, I can play octaves and JUST be able to stretch my hands wide enough to play another step up.
    I was wondering if any of you could offer suggestions for a quality guitar for a good variety of musical styles..lets say well under $500.
    I usually run into problems playing most regular acoustics because of my small hands..
    And no I am not looking for a guitar for beginners.

  • #2
    look for smaller sizes?

    theres 3/4 sized guitars and stuff

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    • #3
      i'm 5' 3" with small hands, and i don't have any problems playing a guitar with a wider neck. in fact, i prefer it, but sadly most guitars have thinner necks than i like. if you're looking for a narrower neck, that means you're in luck.

      i recommend you check out a blueridge br-63. it's got an awesome sound, thinner nut width, smallish body. http://www.maurysmusic.com/inc/sdetail/35953

      if you prefer mahogany to rosewood, the br-43 also sounds great, same size.
      http://www.maurysmusic.com/inc/sdetail/80419

      blueridges have more bass than the yamaha fg730s, but if you don't mind a full sized body, the neck is slender - too slender for my taste - and the guitar has a silvery sound.

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      • #4
        i'm 5' 3" with small hands, and i don't have any problems playing a guitar with a wider neck. in fact, i prefer it, but sadly most guitars have thinner necks than i like. if you're looking for a narrower neck, that means you're in luck.

        i recommend you check out a blueridge br-63. it's got an awesome sound, thinner nut width, smallish body. http://www.maurysmusic.com/inc/sdetail/35953

        if you prefer mahogany to rosewood, the br-43 also sounds great, same size.
        http://www.maurysmusic.com/inc/sdetail/80419

        blueridges have more bass than the yamaha fg730s, but if you don't mind a full sized body, the neck is slender - too slender for my taste - and the guitar has a silvery sound.


        Awesome. Thanks for your answer. I happen to be 5' 3" as well, but I'm not as fortunate to prefer wider necks as you do haha. Do you own either of the blueridges that you mentioned? They do have great sound.

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        • #5
          http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Yamaha-L-Series-LL6-Dreadnought-Acoustic-Guitar-with-Case?sku=518511

          These possess a well balanced tone and are well suited to fingerstyle and strumming, but as always it's best to try as many instruments as possible before finalising your choice. It should feel and sound good to you and not the other way around.

          Are there any guitars that you like the sound and feel of already?
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          • #6
            Playing piano, I can play octaves and JUST be able to stretch my hands wide enough to play another step up.


            That's definitely NOT tiny! Go for a regular size guitar, you can do it!
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            • #7
              www.lunaguitars.com
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              • #8
                That's definitely NOT tiny! Go for a regular size guitar, you can do it!


                My feelings exactly. If you can span an octave on a standard piano keyboard I don't think you'd have any problems playing a standard size guitar.
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                • #9
                  Don't Ovations have an "easier" playing neck?
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                  • #10
                    Don't Ovations have an "easier" playing neck?


                    Ye ive also an elec/acoustic / Ovation which has a slim neck though never play it as prefer my

                    Alvarez acoustic + the Ovation is just sitting in its gigbag

                    But you get better ones for sure.
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                    • #11
                      Parkwood PW320M - Small guitar with solid spruce top and solid mahogany back and sides. Narrow neck so reach is easy and they are usually set up nicely by Parkwood. Guitar Center sells them and so does Musicians Friend. Good sound.
                      Well under $500.
                      If you want a used one I can sell you mine.



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                      • #12
                        You don't need a small guitar because you have small hands.
                        Are your hands smaller than Xuefei's? (I understand that she cannot palm a basketball.)
                        She plays a guitar with a 2 inch nut width. Here she is at age 12.

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                        • #13
                          www.lunaguitars.com


                          Another vote for Luna. They are great values, even for those without small hands. Their acoustics all have a 1-5/8" nut width and a nice c profile neck with fairly low action for easy playing.

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                          • #14
                            You can find a used Taylor 100 Series under $500. They are known for their slim necks and easy playability.

                            Yamaha (FG700, FG730, FG750) and Alvarez are two other brands that have slim necks. You find them new between $200 and $500 depending on the model.

                            Yamaha also has a smaller body version of the FG700 Series guitars: The FS-720. It's a full size guitar with a OM body.
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                            • #15
                              Ye the Alvarez i use has a slim enough neck which i prefer

                              Though always looking at other guitars but the Alvarez is a fine guitar.
                              <div class="signaturecontainer"><font color="indigo">A WISH A KNEW, WHAT A KNOW NOW, WHEN A WAS YOUNGER ----&gt; ROD STEWART..</font><br />
                              <br />
                              Alvarez RD20S-Sitka Spruce Top / Lam Mahogany ---&gt; Back/Sides<br />
                              <br />
                              Seagull Entourage Mini Jumbo (Burst) Cedar-Top / Wild Cherry ---&gt; back/Sides<br />
                              <br />
                              Yamaha FG 730S Vintage Burst Sitka Spruce Top / Lam Rosewood ---&gt; back/sides<br />
                              <br />
                              Ovation applause elec-acoustic (lam)<br />
                              <br />
                              <br />
                              HCAG Permanently Ignoring ----&gt; NO ONE WHY ? ----&gt; Because I Aint So Child-ish <img src="http://img3.harmony-central.com/acapella/ubb/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smilie" class="inlineimg" /> </div>

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