ManosTh
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Join date: Nov 2012
21 IQ
#1
Hi guys

3-4 months ago I bought a second hand Ibanez GSA60, which is in very good condition. The guitar is great for it's price. Note this is my first guitar as I am now learning.

My problem is that I have somehow fat fingers. This means I sometimes press two strings with one finger or I accidentally mute a string. Would a thicker necked guitar like a les paul be better for me or would I be overwhelmed by the thicker neck?

I have played with a friends acoustic guitar (which they deffinitelly have thicker necks) and I found it much easier to play chords in it, even barre chords.
Nameless742
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Join date: May 2009
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#2
I agree fat stubby fingers are a disadvantage(I suffer from these) but it is still mostly down to technique and muscle memory.

"This means I sometimes press two strings with one finger or I accidentally mute a string."

You just have to practice the form. Like when you first learned the G chord. You had to play it, check each strings ringing, if not reposition.

Your guitar is a "rock/metal" guitar with a slim neck for fast playing. Different guitars have different size necks. Les Pauls famous for "baseball bat" size. I like my skinny as necks though means my hands can get round them.
On playing the Paul Gilbert signature at the guitar store extensively, my missus sighed:
"Put it down now, It's like you love that guitar more than me!"
In Which I replied.
"Well it has got two F-Holes!"
KorYi
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Join date: Mar 2011
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#3
^that

also:
Thicker neck means that there is greater distance between the back of the neck and the top of the fretboard. You rather seem to be refering to greater distance between strings (ie 'wider' neck). In guitar specs, this would be generally noted as 'nut width'

ibanez GSA has nut width 43-44mm(depending on year), gibson LP uses 1-11/16" (~42.8mm)
most acoustic guitars have 1-3/4" (45mm)
Last edited by KorYi at Jan 19, 2013,
halfj06
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#4
What you really need is practice. It'll come to you
Robfreitag
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#5
yip, les paul is not much wider, acoustics are. but what you need is practice. I can remember when I thought I'd never be able to play an A chord... just took practice.
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Zan595
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#6
You'll get over that with practice, no worries. If the issue persists, get an F spaced guitar, or a guitar with a longer nut width. There will be more room between the strings.
hollowskull100
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#7
Oh, and you can try scalloping the frets. Yngwie Malmsteen's hands are pretty chubby and he scallops his frets to help his fingers.
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ManosTh
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Join date: Nov 2012
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#8
Thanks guys. You have been rather helpfull.