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(@dylaningram)
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Hi ladies and gentlemen, My name is Dylan, I am from Australia

Well i have a slight problem , I recently come into ownership of a guitar handed down from my mother so i said stuff it i am going to learn.
Problem is my fingers don't fit in the frets, now i have started taking lessons online at justinguitar but when it came to the first chord to learn (D chord) i found out that my fingers just dont fit in the desired places, are my hands to big ? or is my guitar too small? can you get bigger guitars?

Ill try to include a picture of y problem but i am new to the forrums so i am not sure it will work

thankyou


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(@alangreen)
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It does look like a very slim neck.

How wide is it across the nut (the white bit which goes across at the end of the neck)?

How long is it from nut to bridge?

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(@dylaningram)
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Its about an inch across the nut, maybe a little more, i am just about to leave for work and i will measure it properly when i get home, thankyou for such a quick reply :)


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(@dylaningram)
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Ok so the Nut is an inch and a half, if that helps any :)


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(@alangreen)
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ok - that's quite slim.

Now, the photos you put up show your hand in the fret space to be not a lot different to mine with regard to how much space it takes up.

The next bit is the scale length. The nut provides one end of a length of vibrating string. The other end is at the bridge saddle. What is that length on your guitar? For guidance, a Les Paul routinely clocks in at 24.75 inches, and a Fender Strat at 25.5 inches.

"Be good at what you can do" - Fingerbanger"
I have always felt that it is better to do what is beautiful than what is 'right'" - Eliot Fisk
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(@dylaningram)
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I am going to have to find a tape measure for this, thankyou for your help, i will get back to you with the length, btw i dont know the parts of the guitar, is the bridge the part the strings ar connected to at the back ?


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(@s1120)
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Bring that thumb back behind the neck a bit. That will cause your fingers to hit the frets closer to straight down, and not laying across them sidewise. I have pretty big hands, and I mess around with some small, short scale guitars off and on, and some are tight. Give it a shot, and see how it works.

Paul B


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(@kent_eh)
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btw i dont know the parts of the guitar,

This should help

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