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What's a good bass for small hands?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Twenty2AcaciaAv, Sep 28, 2011.

  1. Twenty2AcaciaAv


    Feb 17, 2011
    I currently have two basses. My main one is the Schecter Stilleto custom, which I love. One of the many reasons I love it is because of the thin neck. My other bass is a relatively cheep 2001 Ibanez GSR 200, which as a not-so-thin neck.

    Anyways, I want to replace the Ibanez with a bass more fitting to my hands (and that's a better quality).

    What would be a good bass to get? The Schecter Stargazer has caught my eye by I've only seen picks and "jumbo frets" make me think that it doens't have a thin neck like the Stilleto.

    Anyways, my range is anywhere from $350 to $750. And let's just for now talk about new basses, not used (although I'm not opposed to getting something used). Any suggestions?
  2. NoiseNinja

    NoiseNinja Experimental-psychedelic-ambient-noise-drone Banned SUSPENDED Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2011
    I'm real happy with my Ibanez Mikro, it's way cheaper than your price range, but you could always mod it. And it's really a joy to play on, no sloppy strings or anything despite the short measure.
    I also had a Jerry Jones Longhorn which I was really happy with. Maybe you can find one used within your price range.
  3. profdave


    Nov 3, 2007
    Good Morning - a short scale bass that's worth a look is a used Guild - guitarist love these basses because the transition from guitar to bass is much easier. The Guilds are also high quality and fairly high priced. There are a few very good short scale bass options but I think that's the zone to watch. Dave
  4. bassgod94


    Jun 10, 2010
    I have small hands and I play on a Jay Turser violin body, however this won't really be an "upgrade" from yours almost any violin body bass is good for small hands, I bought this one because it was cheap and not a full hollow body
  5. Technique technique technique. With good technique, even kids can play a 3/4 upright.
  6. Spinal Tapper

    Spinal Tapper

    Nov 15, 2007
    It's kinda funny. I have pretty small hands, but I feel most comfortable on a P bass. When I pick up a Jazz, it feels too thin for my hands...weird, I know.

    I don't think your hands should limit anything. Mike Gordon from Phish is a phenomenal bassist and musician with tiny hands (he talks about it in his book) and he can rock a Modulus 5 stringer like no one's business.
  7. Art Araya

    Art Araya

    May 29, 2006
    Palm Coast, FL
    Gibson SG Faded Reissue
    any Birdsong bass

    I've had both and both are approppriate for small hands and short arms.

    Fender Jazz basses also have very small necks which are normal scale
  8. This.

    I don't have the world's biggest hands but I get around large necks just fine.
  9. SolidFooting


    Jun 6, 2011
    I keep thinking about that tv commercial where the guy has small hands...

    Anyway, this is a subject I've put some thought into. I have long fingers, and like fat necks. If our hands are different sizes, there should be ergonomic preferences. That's not to say you can't learn to play a larger neck, but I don't think you should have to.

    Have you considered Warmoth?
  10. rummy


    Apr 17, 2006
    Lombard, IL
    Lots of practice. Your hand/fingers will stretch upon repetition.
  11. Goatee220

    Goatee220 Bassist/Photographer/Goalie Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2009
    Spring City, PA
    This^ - but in the meantime any Ibanez SR series bass would work. The necks are super thin and fast.
  12. Twenty2AcaciaAv


    Feb 17, 2011
    My Ibanez GSR doesn't seem to have a thin neck.
  13. tbirddad


    Feb 22, 2006
    I have small hands and have no problem with my Music Man Sting Ray, but a Fender Mustang bass is also a good one - used by Bill Wyman (Rolling Stones) for years and years because he said his hands were too small for the Fender P.
  14. Relayer71


    Jun 25, 2009
    While I agree that it shouldn't matter and with proper technique you should be able to play any bass, I really think there's merit to this:

  15. dalahorse


    Apr 14, 2010
    The Stiletto Customs come with jumbo frets from the factory. (I have one, too.) So you should be used to them already. I don't know if the Stilettos and Stargazers have similar necks, though. I don't suppose there's one you could try out at a store nearby? If not, give Schecter's customer service a call. They'll get back to you pretty quick (same day, unless you call really late) and answer all of your questions.
  16. Practice makes perfect or permanent.
  17. darkstorm


    Oct 13, 2009
    Ibanez SR basses have nice slim necks. ESP Ltd B and F series also. Another schecter would also be good choice since you like the one you have.
  18. Twenty2AcaciaAv


    Feb 17, 2011
    The confusion is "jumbo". I didn't knwo that the Stilletto Custom have "jumbo frets". What's jumbo about them?
  19. dalahorse


    Apr 14, 2010
    Jumbo is a measurement of the fret wire. I suppose the crowns of the frets are little bit taller and wider compared to normal. As I'm not a bass builder or tech, I have no idea what normal would be for a bass. Perhaps jumbo is normal? Dunno...

    I found this link with a quick google search: Fretwire chart

    Anyway - If you like the frets on your Stiletto, you'll probably like the frets on the Stargazer as they should be the same. It really wouldn't hurt to call Schecter's customer support. They can put you on the phone with one of the techs that can give you exact specifications and explanations. Their number is 800-660-6621.
  20. Twenty2AcaciaAv


    Feb 17, 2011
    Well that exlains why the low action on it is so nice:p