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Hey all, I have a buddy that wants to learn guitar with me. The problem is that his hands and fingers are as big as godzillas. Is ther a guitar maker who produces a guitar with an extra wide neck for people with large fingers? This guys fingers are so large he has to dial the phone with the back side of a pencil!

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I don't know of any off hand, but has he considered a bass? The strings are spaced far enough apart.

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If he wants to play guitar, he may have to get creative in the way he forms the chords, there's always more than one.
Acoustics- Seagull tends to be a bit wider
Classicals are usually wider- barres and mini barres on one might get him started, not sure if that's wise or not
Electrics, er other than LP style I don't know.

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Lots of people with big hands play guitar, and even mandolins. I thought my fingers'd never fit the strings, either. It gets better with practice.

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Some folks also get twelve string guitars and take off six of the strings. Not for everyone, but it might help.


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I have a student with fingers like a pound of sausages - he can stop three strings with one digit. He really works hard to try and get it right. Sometimes he wins, sometimes he doesn't, but he keeps trying.


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Thank you for all the replies. I think I am going to take him to the music store and check out a 12 string. That sounds like the best idea. I would like if he got an electric so we could play (guitar) together, does anyone know if the electric 12 string necks are as wide as the acoustic necks???
Thanks again,

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I'm a beginner with pretty big hands, and when I first played with my electric sitar, I didn't think I could realistically play those little drone strings. These things are only 4mm apart from each other! Still, after going at it for a few days, my aim got more precise and I can play some short riffs on them (without using any picks). So, I think once you develop some muscle memory, it shouldn't matter so much how the strings are spaced.

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I'm pretty sure you can get a get guitar with a fat neck. Fender has a strat with a fat neck and there is also a Squier version too.


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two things you can look at that will help.

First, get a wider neck. If you play accoustic, look for something that has a classical width neck. If you play electric, you might have to look a little harder, but I've seen hollow-body adn semi-hollow body electrics with classical width necks.

Second, get a longer neck. You shouldn't have any problem finding guitars with 25 1/2, and 26 inch scale necks.

Combine the two, and you won't have any problems at all.

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I've got an Ibanez GAX70 that has a bit bigger fretboard. Still my easiest guitar to play.

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