#1
k so, i have pretty small hands..not like tiny but pretty small for a guitar player
for me a Fender neck is just about perfect....
anyways i went to the store and tried out a few les pauls and guess what....the neck feels SOOOO fat like wow...i cant shred like i use to (even tho its not for shreding).
i mean is this feeling just "not used to it" feeling?? cuz ive played with strats and shreding guitars since i started...but like i said i do have smaller hands...so i really cant tell if its that im not used to it or that im just not suitable

anyways..thanks a lot
#2
Its probably because your not used to it. I had the same feeling when trying out my first LP.
#3
It'll be alot harder to play quick passages on an LP neck, but then that's why there are different neck profiles like 50's and 60's, some models of the les paul have smaller/fatter necks.
#4
same here. moser's are like th most metal guitars but they have well thick necks
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#5
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It'll be alot harder to play quick passages on an LP neck, but then that's why there are different neck profiles like 50's and 60's, some models of the les paul have smaller/fatter necks.


ive tried the 50's 60's neck...and honestly, the difference is so small....
ive also tried the new asymetrical neck...still fat
why do i have to have small hands
#7
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get a custom LP and order a fender neck


Or you could buy a custum les paul and shotgun and just blow it pieces
#8
Their necks are pretty big compared to some "shred" guitars like some Ibanez and Jackson ones.
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#9
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get a custom LP and order a fender neck

instead of spending 5000+ on something like that...why dont i get an ESP eclipse II :O
#10
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Their necks are pretty big compared to some "shred" guitars like some Ibanez and Jackson ones.

hey man..how does ur traynor sound?? im thinking about getting that exact one
#11
I have small hands too, but after a few minutes of playing I barely noticed the difference between my Epiphone Les Paul and my Fender Strat.

Having said that, hitting those top notes is still a bitch...and if you really want to play up there a lot, I would suggest going with a different guitar.
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#12
It's almost certainly because you're not used to it. Unless you are physically unable to reach notes, I'd say it's something you'll become more comfortable with as you practice.
I don't have particularly large hands and my strat has a Warmoth boatneck, which at 1" nearly all the way down the neck is larger than anything you'll find on a production LP. My girlfriend can play my LP just fine, and I guarantee she's got smaller hands than you do.

If you really think it's going to be a problem, keep three things in mind:
1. It won't be a problem; you'll get used to it
2. The LP Classic has a thinner neck than most, maybe find a used one
3. It won't be a problem; you'll get used to it
#15
It's alright, just put your hands on it and take it slow...You'll get used to it...

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#17
I have a SX LP special copy with a thick ass neck (I swear it's a baseball bat) and I'm very used to playing my Telecaster neck. At first it seemed strange but after about two days or so I began to feel more comfortable with the neck. Now I still notice a difference but it doesn't hinder my playing, I play mostly rhythm. I think I have small hands too but I don't let that keep me down, just keep on playing and if not try an LP with a 60s neck.
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#18
does anyone know which neck is smaller? then new 2008 LP or the 60's neck
#19
My slim neck agile is almost perfect for me, it could use just a tad bit more around the edges.
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#20
small hands don't matter at all unless they were like baby hands or something. A few of my friends who play guitar have much bigger hands but i can still go 1 to 7 and they can only do 1-6 so its how much you use them. you will get used to it you went from one guitar to totally something different. I got a new guitar for Christmas and i was used to it in a couple hours. You played it in a store, and you didn't like it so why get it why not get a different guitar.
#21
I have hands that are described as "Baby Hands", "Artists hands" (as opposed to working hands), or just plain Small Hands. I can play a 50's neck Gibson Les Paul just fine. I think the only guitar I have trouble playing is the SG, and possibly Ibanez with wizard necks because the neck is so wide. You shouldn't have nay problem with a Les Paul, you just need to get used to it.
#22
I have small hands myself (being a chick and all that **** that comes with that), I started out with Fender necks, comfortable slim necks. Then I got an Ibanez acoustic and I seriously thought I was fooling myself as the neck was hella wider than my Strat, it took some months to get used to it, felt like my hand wasn't big enough for the neck, but after some time I got used to it. I played that acoustic and still do until the strings melt off...and it helps!

But if I stop playing it for like two weeks or something and try playing it again I can feel some stretch pains, I am also born with almost no muscle in my left hand which doesn't help at all. I forced myself to play larger necks, I now have an Eclipse which is quite wide, not sure if they are wider/slimmer than Gibson's though. In general it takes practice, the more you play the better you get at it, and the more natural it will be to play 'em. Now when I pick up a slimmer necked guitar I feel like it ain't big enough, like something is missing, and like "WoW, this neck is ****ing thin!"

Yes it is easier to shred on slimmer necks, especially those with 24 frets, ya know Kirk Hammett vs. James Hetfield, get the picture???

Some guitars similar to Gibson Les Paul with slimmer necks I believe ya got Hagström Swede, and Super Swede and a few others...
#23
I have small hands and I actually like the fatter '50s neck of a les paul. It's not so big that you can't reach around it or anything but it kind of fills up your hand more than say... a strat neck or a '60s neck or a neck on a shred guitar. I like having the feeling of the beefier neck for things like bends on higher strings, I just feel like it's more stabilized.
#24
I have pretty small hands and I can play my Les Paul Custom just fine.
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#25
i also have small hands. ive given up on les pauls cause i shred a lot. to me the best compromise is the wide-thin neck on a prs. i dont know if you can get that on a singlecut though.