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atties, I mean I have really fat fingers for some reason and on a Strat they feel pretty cramped. So I was wondering if a Standard Plus Top, or 1966 G-400 would give me some more space? Weird question, but :-kO:) By fat fingers I mean I need a wider neck, like the fat from under my fingers hangs down (WTF?) and sometimes mutes some strings. One more question, what does Honey Burst look like exactly, on some websites I've seen it looking like a VIntage Sunburst

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Epiphone-Les-Paul-Standard-Electric-Guitar?sku=518341

And then I've seen it look like...honey.

http://www.zzounds.com/item--EPILPSTDPL

And THEN I've heard Jimmy Page's LP was a Honey Burst, but it looked like a dark Heritage Cherry to me.

So which one does the Epi have?

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Not sure about the Epi 66 reissue, but I know the Gibby SG Classic has a really chunky neck. First thing I noticed about it when I played it. (2nd thing was how awesome the guitar was. O:) ) I love the looks on the Epi 66, but haven't gotten to play it yet.

 

The Epi LP's neck is defintely wider than a strat as well.

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One more question' date=' what does Honey Burst look like exactly, on some websites I've seen it looking like a VIntage Sunburst

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Epiphone-Les-Paul-Standard-Electric-Guitar?sku=518341

And then I've seen it look like...honey.

http://www.zzounds.com/item--EPILPSTDPL

And THEN I've heard Jimmy Page's LP was a Honey Burst, but it looked like a dark Heritage Cherry to me.

So which one does the Epi have?[/quote'] I agree, the retail website pics can be misleading, it seems.......

My honeyburst (EE May of '07) looks like this under indirect natural lighting (on hammock on my back deck ,indirect sunlight)

CIMG1255-1-2.jpg

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I have the same problem. FFOF (fat fingered old fart) I just sold a Strat hard tail because of the same thing. The LP Studio has a wide enough neck that I don't have that trouble with it. BUT I just got a new/old guitar (circa:1994) that is even better for the FFOF syndrom, it has a full 1 5/8th inch nut. I would tell you what brand but every post I say anything about it in gets removed...lol

So don't feel alone with your problem...a few more of us have it also. Keep looking you will find one you can play. Like I said the LPs gives you more finger room than the fenders.

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I have almost the same problem.. I have very large hands and thick fingers. One think i've found is when I can I use 1 finger to hold down 2 strings on some chords even though your not suppose to do that. I showed the guy whos giving me lessons and he just said whatever works. The other things is make sure you are arching you fingers on chords. Also I play alot of music that only requires power chords or afew basic chords. Bottom line is trial and error of what works.

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"The LP Studio has a wide enough neck that I don't have that trouble with it. BUT I just got a new/old guitar (circa:1994) that is even better for the FFOF syndrom, it has a full 1 5/8th inch nut."

 

interesting that you say that, as earlier today uncle al said:

 

"I will attest that the mid 60's Casino's nuts are EXTREMELY narrow (1 5/8")"

 

so one comment saying a 1 5/8" nut is wide and one saying it is thin...my casino has 1 5/8" approx. nut and

the neck is very thin...current epiphone website gives the nut at 1.68 which is thicker than 1 5/8" (1.62)

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Aside from having fat fingers, my fingers are short and I have small hands. To give you an idea of how small my hands are, I cannot grip-hold a standard sized basketball with one hand even though Im 5'8. And in the past, I have been able to try out Gibson Les Pauls and to be honest, I got turned off because of the thick, chunky necks. To me, it felt like playing a cheap, badly made accoustic guitar. And i have always preferred "fast" necks like those from Fender and Ibanez.

 

But then, I came across an Epi LP Plus top and the Ultra, and I have to say, I was very very impressed with the neck shape and playability. So, that day, I took home the Epi LP Plus Top. And has been my favorite guitar! #-o

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One think i've found is when I can I use 1 finger to hold down 2 strings on some chords even though your not suppose to do that.

 

You're not supposed to do that? I do it all the time! I'm completely self taught, so I don't really have anyone to help refine my technique, but I think if it sounds good why not do it?

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My fat fingers work better on the LP fingerboard. My USA Standard Strat is closer and I have trouble playing clean open chords on it at times, especially C and F, which require adjacent fingering. I play mostly E, A, and C bar chords, so its not a big deal. I used to play an SG and I think it feels at least as roomy as the LP, maybe a tad more. I do know that after playing the Strat for a few years, I remember picking up an SG in a store and was amazed at the feel of the fingerboard. It felt fast and well spaced. The thin body is nice, too, but sustain is much better on the LP.

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Well' date=' not speaking from experience. But I suppose a LP or SG has a shorter scale than a strat which means less space for your fingers. It is however easier to play ie bend notes because of the lesser string tension.[/quote']

 

Yes, Gibson necks tend to be shorter in scale length (24.75" vs 25.5") than their Fender 'cousins', but they are also wider, so, yes, a Gibson-style neck will leave more space between the strings for the fat-fingered.

 

Watch out for '70s-era Gibsons though; some of them have extremely skinny necks... 1 9/16", narrower than a Fender.

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Yes' date=' Gibson necks tend to be shorter in scale length (24.75" vs 25.5") than their Fender 'cousins', but they are also wider, so, yes, a Gibson-style neck will leave more space between the strings for the fat-fingered.

 

Watch out for '70s-era Gibsons though; some of them have extremely skinny necks... 1 9/16", narrower than a Fender.[/quote']

 

The neck may be wider, but is the stringspacing?

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I'm not very experienced, so there may be a million reasons not to do this, but...

 

How about tuning the whole thing down a half-step and placing a capo on the 1st fret? Wouldn't that give you the effect of a wider nut with more space, while at the same time letting you play the guitar that you want to play, and costing you only the price of the capo and not the price of a new guitar?

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Yup.

 

RC...not questioning your expertise but are we talking about the same stringspacing? In my experience(albeit limited) Gibsons have a more narrow stringspacing than a Fender. How else would you explain the problem of lining up humbucker polepieces on a Fender and viceversa?

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