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lpmarshall
02-27-2008, 08:27 PM
Does anyone know how big some of the more famous guitarist players hands were.
I assume Hendrix had gigantic hands.

LazySandman
02-27-2008, 08:28 PM
nope
not really

jeff541
02-27-2008, 08:31 PM
apparantly john mayers hands are quite large.

dont chirp him.

hes awesome.

Soul Power
02-27-2008, 08:32 PM
Johnny Winter has some creepy, long fingers.

Mr-Mufflers69
02-27-2008, 08:32 PM
i know hendrix had a large thumb but i don't know about his entire hand being large

n_tracyKC
02-27-2008, 08:32 PM
SRV's hands were abnormally huge.. he used D necks on his stratocasters.

lets not forget buckethead too...

pinky_demon
02-27-2008, 08:33 PM
Stevie Ray Vaughan had small hands i think

czlespaul
02-27-2008, 08:35 PM
SRV's hands were abnormally huge.. he used D necks on his stratocasters.

lets not forget buckethead too...


Stevie Ray Vaughan had small hands i think

Uh...

voodoo_child320
02-27-2008, 08:41 PM
i know tony iommi was missing a few fingertips on his fretting hand (i know that's not hand size but missing fingertips would make guitar playing more difficult)

walker-rose
02-27-2008, 08:48 PM
I have smallish hands, but im not famous. Coincedence?

jackfromcs
02-27-2008, 08:54 PM
Buckethead's hands are giant.

teh GoOs3
02-27-2008, 08:56 PM
Paul Gilbert has some long skinny fingers. Shoot. His pinky is as long as the average middle finger.

EDIT: I totally made that up. But he has some long as hell fingers.

Damascus
02-27-2008, 08:56 PM
Watching a video of Clapton playing "Layla", I thought he had a slide on his middle finger when he held it straight up whilst playing chords he didn't need it for. It's that long.

Hendrix, similar - there's a picture in a music book I have where you - at first glance - assume his finger ends at his second knuckle, because the length from first to second knuckle looks roughly the same length as a normal finger.

EDIT: I'd hazard it's like being tall to play basketball - very helpful, but there's very obvious exceptions of normal and even short people playing high-level. Unless the disney movie with Micheal Jordan lied to me.

Rocker_94
02-27-2008, 09:04 PM
I'm guessing Angus Young has small hands. After all, he is 5'2''.
They also look small here:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/78/AngusYoung1.JPG

Cameronrobson
02-27-2008, 09:08 PM
Afro-Americans like Mr. Hendrix generally have larger hands ( for better grip on their drum sticks/basketballs/fried chicken ) where as asians like Mr. Li usually have smaller, more flexible hands ( better from doing finger gymnastics.........if you know what I mean. ). White folks have hands also.

Twist of fate
02-27-2008, 09:10 PM
I'm guessing Angus Young has small hands. After all, he is 5'2''.
They also look small here:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/78/AngusYoung1.JPG
:haha:haha lol reminds me of that burger king commercial with the guy with the small hands.

jeremessmore
02-27-2008, 09:10 PM
I'm guessing Angus Young has small hands. After all, he is 5'2''.
They also look small here:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/78/AngusYoung1.JPG
yes he had small hands and the first sg he had had a custom neck that was small so he liked it better and he uses the sg due to it's smaller neck

NGMF-Sam
02-27-2008, 09:11 PM
its not there hand size that makes them great its there guitar skillz

real6
02-27-2008, 09:29 PM
Kurt Cobain had small hands and was short, but he was spectacular. Prince has small ahnds and is like 5'2". Paul Westerberg had normal hands. I guess if you're a lead guitarist it's better to have large hands, but it doesn't matter the size if you play rhythm.

The Virtuoso
02-27-2008, 09:32 PM
Yeah I don't really think hand size matters for guitar, I mean just look at Syu from Galneryus, he has small hands and he wears the guitar pretty low.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=zjnNOkjnLVI

Gord@k
02-27-2008, 09:34 PM
Doesent Tom Morello have quite small hands?

angus is god
02-27-2008, 09:43 PM
Joe Satriani actually has quite normal hands for an Italian like myself. We have about the same hand size.

Angus had small hands, same with david gilmour.

The Madcap
02-27-2008, 09:47 PM
Yeah I don't really think hand size matters for guitar, I mean just look at Syu from Galneryus, he has small hands and he wears the guitar pretty low. It doesn't really matter. Ana Vidovic is a woman, so her hands obviously aren't huge, yet she can hit chords perfectly that I being a person with large hands, have trouble with. Ex [8-10-8-9-8-12]

n_tracyKC
02-27-2008, 09:47 PM
pat smear has intensly short fingers too.

The Madcap
02-27-2008, 09:48 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lr_l20miin4

Here's another reason why I think hand size isn't as big a deal as people think.

Sonicxlover
02-27-2008, 09:55 PM
It doesn't really matter. Ana Vidovic is a woman, so her hands obviously aren't huge, yet she can hit chords perfectly that I being a person with large hands, have trouble with. Ex [8-10-8-9-8-12]

Really? I got up to play that, seems simple enough. Barre the 8th fret, ring finger on the 10th, middle on the 9th, pinky on the 12th. Of course, I have quite long fingers, being 6 ft... >.>

diminishedtobme
02-27-2008, 09:56 PM
Ive heard that Shawn Lane had tiny hands, but could get giant stenches due to being double jointed.

lpmarshall
02-27-2008, 09:59 PM
that chord sounds like ****

OG610
02-27-2008, 10:10 PM
http://www.sneakmove.com/images/bucket-unmasked.jpg

thats buckethead

fenderuser93
02-27-2008, 10:13 PM
I know that john mayer has really large hand, as do I and I'm only 5'9" actually not that small now that i think of it but my fingers are long and creepily lanky


^ holy **** his pinky is giant

Carswell98
02-27-2008, 10:14 PM
It doesn't really matter. Ana Vidovic is a woman, so her hands obviously aren't huge, yet she can hit chords perfectly that I being a person with large hands, have trouble with. Ex [8-10-8-9-8-12]

that is a lot like my friend and I,

he has monstrous ganglioid fingers and can't even do a bar chord,I have puny fat fingers and I can finger that chord you put down relatively easily

edit- not that I'm that good of course :p:

fenderuser93
02-27-2008, 10:15 PM
wtf his little finger is his largest

synpet713192
02-27-2008, 10:18 PM
It doesn't really matter. Ana Vidovic is a woman, so her hands obviously aren't huge, yet she can hit chords perfectly that I being a person with large hands, have trouble with. Ex [8-10-8-9-8-12]
I would say that chord isn't so hard, but I also don't play a Classical guitar.[insertbucketheadpicturewithhugefingers]
thats buckethead
It's also an extender on his pinky. His fingers are long, but not as long as that looks.

From what I've seen, Petrucci and Yngwie have rather average sized hands, among others. I really don't think hand size matters so much.

Hcmanu
02-27-2008, 10:32 PM
Top of my longest finger to wrist,


24 cm ( i know i got goddamn big hands)

czlespaul
02-27-2008, 10:32 PM
^
I don't see how that was necessary.

If I was you, I would take it down before you get banned.

alittleguitar
05-12-2008, 05:15 PM
http://playalittleguitar.blogspot.com/2008/04/how-about-hand-for-guitar-player.html

-metalhead-
05-12-2008, 05:23 PM
Buckethead's penis is giant.

Fixed.






Great, now I feel really gay.

urik
05-12-2008, 05:28 PM
SRV and Hendrix could do a barre with the thumb and the index, which I can't.

The Paul Gilbert's hands look like frickin Ashkenazi tarantulas :eek:.

will123456789
05-12-2008, 05:28 PM
tom molleros got long fingers

ChrisN
05-12-2008, 05:30 PM
Kurt Cobain... spectacular? Excuse while I leave this thread and never return.

wylde_overdrive
05-12-2008, 05:34 PM
http://img179.imageshack.us/img179/5118/rockwalk222c18e6nu1.jpg

Check Steve Vai's left hand :haha

Mask_Of_Sanity
05-12-2008, 05:36 PM
http://www.vegooseblog.com/band_photos/bucket_head.jpg

master
05-12-2008, 05:42 PM
I have chode hands. :( only stretch like 5 frets

JMTrio134
05-12-2008, 05:45 PM
i have big hands, but average fingers. I'm 15 and 6'4" though!
Two of my pianist friends have beastly hands, however.

saxaxe
05-12-2008, 06:02 PM
Steve Vai has fucking banana hands.

KenMasters
05-12-2008, 06:23 PM
http://img179.imageshack.us/img179/5118/rockwalk222c18e6nu1.jpg

Check Steve Vai's left hand :haha
F**king lol! :D :D :D

I strech to about six but it only depends how low you go on your guitar
I just checked...
from fret 1 to 7

ChillofWinter
05-12-2008, 06:43 PM
yeah as people have said , Buckethead and Paul Gilbert have big hands.

But there are some amazing players with small hands, Michael Romeo and Shawn Lane both have/had very small hands.

Ive also got pretty large hands , i can do a chord stretch of

D-7---
A-5---
E-1----

in the middle of a song with no struggle.

Sir Anonymous
05-12-2008, 06:47 PM
http://img179.imageshack.us/img179/5118/rockwalk222c18e6nu1.jpg


Looks like Jeff Beck has little baby hands compared to Vai and Berry.

SuPaGrAm
05-12-2008, 06:49 PM
Paul Gilbert has enormous hands, probably about 11 inches

holyvr
05-12-2008, 07:41 PM
Top of my longest finger to wrist,


24 cm ( i know i got goddamn big hands)
lol im at 17cm :D

alittleguitar
05-17-2008, 08:33 AM
ok, long fingers may be good but what if you had six fingers on your fret hand.

http://playalittleguitar.blogspot.com/2008/05/six-strings-12-fingers.html

danohat
05-17-2008, 08:50 AM
What? Do you want to know how large their weenies are? You creep!

RocksAwakening5
05-17-2008, 08:53 AM
I know a lot had long fingers. Hendrix had ridiculously long fingers.

browar
05-17-2008, 08:58 AM
http://img413.imageshack.us/img413/5175/stevevaina8.jpg

rancidryan
05-17-2008, 09:02 AM
steve vai has huge hands and he s awesome and sr vs hand were massive

ralph wiggum
05-17-2008, 09:05 AM
http://gitara1.com/slike/MArty%20Friedman%20-%20Melodic%20Control.jpg

i always thought Marty Friedman had big hands...

i just measured mine. Im 20cm from thumb to pinkie, and 19cm from wrist to the end of my middle finger :)

edit: holly f*cking sh*t at the pic of steve vai :eek:

rockinlespaul
05-17-2008, 09:47 AM
http://www.sneakmove.com/images/bucket-unmasked.jpg

thats buckethead
That's so photoshopped.

i am iron man
05-17-2008, 09:54 AM
i know hendrix had a large thumb but i don't know about his entire hand being large


Must be the bass player gene.

ze monsta
05-17-2008, 09:58 AM
Kurt Cobain had small hands and was short, but he was spectacular. Prince has small ahnds and is like 5'2". Paul Westerberg had normal hands. I guess if you're a lead guitarist it's better to have large hands, but it doesn't matter the size if you play rhythm.
Kurt Cobain was most certainly not spectacular. He even said he was a lame guitarist.

ledhead67
05-17-2008, 10:29 AM
That's so photoshopped.

I doubt it. You can clearly distinguish between his little finger, and whatever the hell is on it. Slide perhaps?

Retro Rocker
05-17-2008, 10:33 AM
Joe Satriani actually has quite normal hands for an Italian like myself. We have about the same hand size.

Angus had small hands, same with david gilmour.
Come again?

maniac111
05-17-2008, 10:33 AM
That's so photoshopped.

I'm pretty sure that's just an extension. You can even see where it gets darker on his fingers.

Whiskky
05-17-2008, 11:00 AM
I envy my brother for having huge hands. He's not very tall, and the only reason I can think of for having such enormous hands is because he played handball when he was a teenager. His fingers are long and skinny, what most people would call "pianist's fingers" (those bastards get all the merit), and although he can REALLY stretch them, they're clumsy, as in I-can't-keep-a-string-properly-fretted clumsy. Either way, it's a waste of good hands.

On the other hand, this girl I know has the shortest, stubbiest fingers I've seen on a teenage girl, but plays the piano like a mofo.

Godzillolz
05-17-2008, 11:02 AM
It's also an extender on his pinky. His fingers are long, but not as long as that looks.
This.

Jhachey22
09-07-2008, 06:42 PM
Afro-Americans like Mr. Hendrix generally have larger hands ( for better grip on their drum sticks/basketballs/fried chicken ) where as asians like Mr. Li usually have smaller, more flexible hands ( better from doing finger gymnastics.........if you know what I mean. ). White folks have hands also.

oh my god :haha . you're going to hell :devil:

and asians don't have smaller hands for gynastics, silly.
it's so they can assamble those tiny components in your amps and effects :haha

beadhangingOne
09-07-2008, 06:45 PM
Paul Gilbert can probably palm a watermelon.

af_the_fragile
09-07-2008, 06:47 PM
I have small hands...
And i'm still very famous!!

JackWhiteIsButts
09-07-2008, 06:51 PM
Afro-Americans like Mr. Hendrix generally have larger hands ( for better grip on their drum sticks/basketballs/fried chicken ) where as asians like Mr. Li usually have smaller, more flexible hands ( better from doing finger gymnastics.........if you know what I mean. ). White folks have hands also.
Well put, couldn't have said it better myself :haha

aerosmith513
09-07-2008, 08:17 PM
i got big palms decent size hands

they stretch 6 and half frets. Im only 15 and 5ft 9.