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best bass for small hands

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by parksung, Sep 2, 2007.

  1. parksung

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  2. HELLonWheels187

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    Technique > Hand size

    If you play properly the size of the bass shouldn't matter. That being said Ibanez have pretty close string spacing and there lots of short scale bass that you can get. I suggest playing a around. You will be surprised at what you feel comfortable


    FTR: Vic Wooten is 5'3 and he plays a 34" bass and I like to think he is pretty good.
  3. Maj. Lee FUBAR

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    You might look into a Fender Geddy Lee signature bass. I don't own one but many people around here will say it has a very small and thin neck. Pretty readily available and worth a try.

    Good luck!

    MLF
  4. steve66

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    Check out Schecter, Fender Jazz and Ibanez. Ultimately, play something that is comfortable in the lower register (first 5 frets)
  5. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

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    Hand size means nothing. Playing bass or guitar is all about leverage.
  6. lowb1970

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    You might want to look at the MM Sterling. It may be a little pricy to you, but you really get what you pay for and the neck is one of the best I've played ever!!! I see others have recommended the Geddy Lee Jazz Bass also and that's a great bass too with a great neck on it. You should play as many as you can and buy what you can afford that feels right and looks good to you. Best wishes with your search.:D
  7. spideyjg

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    Play everything and find what is comfortable for you.

    Keep at it because your stature is no matter. My friend Wanda is 5' 1", plays in 3 symphonies, and plays circles around me on electric.

    Jim

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  8. xshawnxearthx

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    anhy ibanez soundgear that is a 4 string.
  9. JimB52

    JimB52 User Gold Supporting Member

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    In the upper intermediate price range a used Lakland Skyline Joe Osborn or Darryl Jones bass has a very slim comfortabe neck. I've heard the MM Sterling is popular with the ladies.
  10. dangnewt

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    Put newer Peaveys on the list of basses to try. Not as narrow as J-bass or most Ibanezes but the necks is shallower from front to back which works for me with short fingers but a pretty normal palm.
  11. A9X

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    Ergonomics > hand size. Strap on a bass and try to play near first position with the bass in the usual close to horizontal position. Check the wrist angles and finger spread. Now try it with the bass in a more upright position, like a DB and again check the spread, and the comfort.

    Parksung, get an SX Jazz from Rondo and move the strap pins to where they fit YOU. It's a cheap bass so it won't lose any real resale, but it might give you the ability to play and learn in relative comfort.

    www.rondomusic.net
  12. Assumer

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    I will second the MM sterling. Also, the G&L JB2 has a nice jazz size neck.
  13. Whaaaapsh

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    When I first started playing bass I thought I had this problem myself, but with practice I now play a P bass with no prob. But at 5'3", you may end up with little leverage when playing in the first few frets, so I might look at at shortscales if I were you.

    I've played a bunch of Fender Mustangs and Musicmasters, and in my experience the old ones play great, the new ones just ok. I did own one of the CIJ Mustangs which played like butter, but the pickups really leave something to be desired IMO. If I had one, I'd route it out to slap a good P pickup in there. The Dano longhorn reissues look cool, and sound pretty good with the stock pups, but it really depends on what kind of music you play.

    Some of the folks on this board that teach may have a better, more technique oriented, answer. I saw a "little person" shred it up on a standard sized strat once, so if there's a moral to that it's: work what you got.
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    Yep, that's the one.

    Small enough to accomodate dinky digits, err... ummm, small hands. :smug:
  15. JNowiski

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    ditto on the sterling. my Dargie has a great neck, besides my Tom Clement fretless, my sterling has the best feeling neck of all my basses.
  16. parksung

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    what does MM stand for in the Sterlings you are talking about? i did a search for 'mm sterling' and couldn't find anything...

    thanks;)
  17. JimmyM

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    Ernie Ball MusicMan.
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    Alembic series II 1996
    a 32" model.

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    Used Jazz Bass or used Sterling.
  20. K2000

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    Any kind of Beatle bass or violin bass.

    You can see you have lots of options (including learning to play "bigger" basses). Maybe try to approach it from the angle of 'what bass sound do I want" and then narrow it down from there.

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