best bass for small hands

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

  1. parksung


    Sep 2, 2007


    Jun 13, 2005
    Los Angeles
    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

    Maj. Lee FUBAR Supporting Member

    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!

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

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Hand size means nothing. Playing bass or guitar is all about leverage.
  7. lowb1970


    Feb 29, 2004
    Columbia SC
    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
  8. spideyjg


    Mar 19, 2006
    San Diego
    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.


  9. xshawnxearthx


    Aug 23, 2004
    new jersey
    anhy ibanez soundgear that is a 4 string.
  10. JimB52

    JimB52 User Gold Supporting Member

    May 24, 2007
    East Coast
    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.
  11. dangnewt

    dangnewt Veteran Dispenser

    Jun 6, 2003
    MetroWest Boston
    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.
  12. A9X


    Dec 27, 2003
    Sinny, Oztraya
    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.
  13. Assumer


    Mar 26, 2003
    I will second the MM sterling. Also, the G&L JB2 has a nice jazz size neck.
  14. Whaaaapsh


    Apr 23, 2006
    Portland, OR
    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.
  15. Buck62


    Aug 22, 2007
    Yep, that's the one.

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


    Jan 16, 2006
    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.
  17. parksung


    Sep 2, 2007
    what does MM stand for in the Sterlings you are talking about? i did a search for 'mm sterling' and couldn't find anything...

  18. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Ernie Ball MusicMan.
  19. Alembic series II 1996
    a 32" model.

  20. jasper383

    jasper383 Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2004
    Durham NC
    Used Jazz Bass or used Sterling.
  21. K2000


    Nov 16, 2005
    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.