Question:
Gman, I have been blessed with short stubby fingers it is very hard for me to finger chords.  Am I doomed or are there any tips?  

Walter


Answer:
There are different acoustic guitars with different sized necks.

One dimension that is different on guitars is the nut width.  That's the little white thing at the top end of the neck.  When a manufacturer specifies a nut width, that lets you know something about it's playability.  I'm used to a 1 11/16" nut width because the first guitar I ever got was this way.  After all these years, If I play a guitar with a narrower nut width, I have problems hitting strings where I should especially on the bass strings.

Fingerstyle and classical players gennerally like a wider neck or nut width.  ( 1 3/4" to 2" )

Electric guitarists that want an acoustic usually like the narrower necks or nut widths because they are more similar to the electric guitar necks they are used to.  If you have smaller hands, try one of these as well. 

The profile or contour of the neck also needs to be considered.  That's the shape of the wood on the back of the fretboard.
Standard or also may be referred to as chubby is shaped like a D.
Low-contour or low-profile is more of an oval shape.
There's also the old vintage more of a V shape with a rounded point that is coming back into style again.

If you have small hands, try the low profile neck first to see if it works for you.

If you are fortunate enough to have a good music store handy that sells a lot of guitars, go try different ones to see how they feel.  There really is a difference.

Bob, Gman ( o )==#

 

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