Guitar Body Size and Shape
When it comes to guitars there are many different sizes and shapes. It’s important to get the right size for you so that your learning will be easier and you won’t have to compensate for any size limitations such as: the body of the guitar is too big and your youngster can’t reach over it to pluck the strings, or the fretboard is too narrow and you are having trouble fitting your large fingers together to make chords, etc…
So when it comes to acoustic guitars there are many different sizes. Some are very large compared to others so if you are of small stature it would definitely be a hindrance to try and reach over a jumbo to pluck the stings.
When it comes to electric guitars, size is not so much of a problem because all of the guitars are relatively thin compared to an acoustic. But where you may run into trouble is with the many shapes that are available. For example if you like to sit down and play you may not be comfortable with my favorite shape for a guitar, the “Flying V”. Many people feel that this is not a comfortable guitar to play sitting down because there is no curve so sit on you leg. However, I think this guitar is very comfortable to play sitting down since I can angle the guitar up more easily and it is more centered for me to play.
I guess all of these preferences are subjective so you should really visit a guitar store and play as many different types of guitars that you can, and take some pictures of the guitars you like with your phone so you remember what to buy when the time comes.
More Topics On How To Buy A Guitar For Beginners:
- Acoustic vs. Electric Guitars – What should you get if you don’t really know what you want?
- Guitar Body Size and Shape -There are many sizes out there. Make sure you get a guitar that’s comfortable for you.
- String Scale – This is the length of the Fretboard. It determines how far apart the Frets are.
- Nut Width – or (Width of the Fretboard) – This determines how wide the Neck will be. Wider Necks are typically better for larger hands.
- Fretboard Action – or (String Height) – This is how high the Strings are off of the Frets. The higher the String the harder to play.
- String Gauge – or (String Tension) – Thicker Strings will be harder to play than thinner strings.
- Fret Buzzing – (When the strings make a “buzzing” noise) – And what causes this:
- Action Too Low
- Truss Rod Tension
- Worn Frets
- Also Worth a mention – (But not in detail) – These are advanced subjects for a beginner, so I will not dive in with too much detail. I’ll just give an overview so you are aware of them.
- String Intonation. – You tuned up your guitar with the tuner but your Chords still sound out of tune?
- Fretboard Radius – The slight curve on top of your Fretboard, and why it’s curved.
- Neck Profile – or (Neck Shape) – The back of the neck (where your thumb goes) also comes in different shapes.
- Fret Size – The “metal strips” on the fretboard also come in different sizes.