Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by ZenG, Jan 16, 2014.

  1. ZenG


    Dec 13, 2013
    Near the fridge
    Want to find out what the average size hand is in relation to the bass guitar that you most often play.

    My fret hand fully outstretched is 10 inches from tip of little finger to tip of thumb. I play an Ibby SR500.

    What's yours?
  2. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize! Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    Strange measurement... I never use my thumb on the fretboard with the other fingers. But it is 8 3/4".
  3. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings
    My fretting hand is 9 1/4 inches, my other hand is about 8 1/2. I play MIA Fenders, Spectors and Alembics.
  4. Close enough to 8 inches. I have small hands.
  5. StyleOverShow

    StyleOverShow Still Playing After All These Years Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    May 3, 2008
    Hillsdale, Portland
    9.25 inch, EBMM, Fender P and J
  6. My left is 9.75" my right only 9.25" . . . WHAT THE HELL DAMN GUY
  7. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
  8. MalcolmAmos

    MalcolmAmos Supporting Member

    On my acoustic 6 string rhythm guitar hand size becomes an issue more so than on the bass. Why? On the 6 string rhythm guitar we form chord patterns with our hand and then strum. On the bass we play the notes of the chord one note at a time so hand size is not as big of an issue.

    There are many patterns you can use, some span four frets, others span more or less frets. I'm sure you will find one that will work for you. Here is the one I live with.

    Major Scale Box.
    G|---2---|-------|---3---|---4---| 1st string
    E|-------|---R---|-------|---2---|4th string
  9. pfox14


    Dec 22, 2013
    I'd like to have hands the size of Stanley Clarke or Jimi Hendrix.
  10. ZenG


    Dec 13, 2013
    Near the fridge

    Well we might be playing one note at a time......but when you fret a note your brain is miles ahead of you getting ready for the next note. My style of playing I do quick walks and runs all over the neck a lot of times.

    With the hand span that I have I find that four- fret "spreads' on the lower end of the neck are at times challenging.

    I'm wondering how people with smaller hands would do this.

    If you haven't got the span then you'd have to "jump" from note to note a lot.
    Which maybe doesn't bother some people at all.


    I go 6 3/4 inches on the finger span chart posted by El GECKO.......
  11. t77mackie


    Jun 13, 2012
    Wormtown, MA
    ~8" using OP's measuring standard. 5" pinky to index. I play 34" scale basses.
  12. MalcolmAmos

    MalcolmAmos Supporting Member

    I like the word slide instead of jump. So I have to slide over some, I do not beat myself up over stuff like this. Yes I learned - four fret pattern use four fingers, however, if I have to slide some, so be it.
  13. Lownote38


    Aug 8, 2013
    Nashville, TN
    9 inches
  14. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    8 2/3" and 7 1/2" respectively. My basses are 35" and 41 3/8" ...
  15. mrbell321


    Mar 26, 2012
    N. Colorado
    8.5" little-finger to thumb
    5" little-finger to index-finger. Altho that's stretching. I couldn't manage that span playing anything.
    I have an Ibanez SR300(34") and a Squier Bronco(30")