Reddit user theguitarman chimed in to the r/guitar forum this week with a questions that a lot of players have asked over the years: What scale length should you use if you’re a player with small hands?
Specifically, theguitarman was checking to see if anyone with small hands had trouble with a baritone guitar featuring a 27- or 26.5-inch scale length, but we’ll dive a little deeper into this issue.
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The main concerns for younger players or players with smaller hands are finding a body size that is comfortable, a neck profile that allows for a proper grip and a shorter scale length, which places the frets closer together.
Since the 1950s, Fender has offered many of those features in the Jaguar, Mustang and Duo-Sonic models. All three boast offset bodies that make them comfortable to play and 24-inch scales—a step down from the typical 25.5-inch scale of many Stratocasters and Telecasters.
On the acoustic side of things, a good option could be a Parlor, with their compact size and 24.75-inch scale.