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Old 10-23-2011, 09:57 PM   #1
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Guitars for Short People?

I'm a pretty short guy at 5'5" and I've always had problems with guitars being too big on me. It's more than an aesthetic thing too, most guitars I've played just feel big and bulky. Anyone know of some sub 1k USD options out there? I was thinking musicman (or sterling) and it seems like the few i've played have felt smaller. I know i can't be the only one out there with this issue. Any advice? Thanks
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Old 10-23-2011, 10:06 PM   #2
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Ibanez S series, bodies are nice and small
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Old 10-23-2011, 10:09 PM   #3
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Old 10-23-2011, 10:11 PM   #4
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Randy Rhoads was around 5'6" and didn't have too much problems rocking Les Pauls and Vs.

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Old 10-23-2011, 11:27 PM   #5
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Randy Rhoads was around 5'6" and didn't have too much problems rocking Les Pauls and Vs.
Agreed. I'm about 5'7, kinda short, and I really like the bigger bodies.

Plus, you see Scott Ian with a signature that's actually LARGER then then original specs of the original instrument and Kerry King hauling around those huge-ass V's.

Aaanyways, back to OP's help:

Why not find a used Parker or ESP Eclipse (or LTD EC), or find a Schecter Solo-6 ?

EDIT: Hopefully nobody shuns me for this... but what about the new(ish) Gibby Melody Makers?

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Old 10-23-2011, 11:33 PM   #6
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Guitars look better when they look big on short people, not so much when they look tiny on big people. I love Jackson Rhoads, but they look like toys on my 6'1" 215lb frame.
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Old 10-23-2011, 11:42 PM   #7
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Guitars look better when they look big on short people, not so much when they look tiny on big people. I love Jackson Rhoads, but they look like toys on my 6'1" 215lb frame.
I dunno about that "big on short people" thing. Look at Mike Mushok and his PRS 7 string. The thing looks waaay too big on him, like the guitar would be as tall as he is standing on edge.

For smaller options I'd second the Ibanez S series - they're not minature, but the thinner outline plus thin body will probably work well. I'm only 5'8" and my S1520 looked a little too small on me.
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go shortscale? a Charvel 750xl are nice and tidy if you can track one down.

Also you may wanna check out something like a Parker or A Flaxwood,
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Old 10-24-2011, 01:21 AM   #9
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Washburn N4's are small, but probably not in your price range. Nuno is a little dude.
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I would definitely look into the LTD EC guitars. The other guitarist in my band is 5'5'' and he rocked one of them for years. It always looked perfectly sized on him. Conversely, the ESP Eclipse always seemed small on me, and I'm only 5'11''ish, so I really think that body style would be good for you. They're like a much better playing, higher quality control, modernized, much lighter Les Paul. There's always the Ibanez S series, too. They look sort of small, but they're still 25.5 scale.
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Old 10-24-2011, 01:23 AM   #11
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EBMM Silo's are pretty small.

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Old 10-24-2011, 01:29 AM   #12
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Washburn N4's are small, but probably not in your price range. Nuno is a little dude.
This is, I beleive, the correct answer.

Saving up for an N4 is what I'd do.
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Since everyone's talking about the N4's, why not the N2's? They're half of his limit. He could use the extra $$$ to mod an N4.

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Heck, all you need to do is get a better neck pickup, tuners, and Floyd, since it already has a pretty damn good bridge pickup.


...Although I've never tried a Bill Lawrence USA pickups, which I'm guessing is the one in the bridge.
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I'm also 5'5" and I also always felt most guitars looked and felt too large for me.

First I found out that guitars that have necks with a 24.75" scale, thin profile and a slim nut (1 5/8"'ish) made a huge difference for me. The guitars just feel a lot smaller and much easier to play.

Then I looked around for smaller bodied guitars. I don't agree with the Ibanez S being small - It's just thin, not small. I ended up with a Caparison Horus and that was the first guitar I ever felt was not too big for me (it has a slightly chubby neck profile, but not too bad). You wanna check the used-market for one of those.

Right now I'm looking into building a Warmoth 7/8 size model. Probably a strat for starters, but later on I want a double humbucker tele of some sort.

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Since everyone's talking about the N4's, why not the N2's? They're half of his limit. He could use the extra $$$ to mod an N4.

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Heck, all you need to do is get a better neck pickup, tuners, and Floyd, since it already has a pretty damn good bridge pickup.


...Although I've never tried a Bill Lawrence USA pickups, which I'm guessing is the one in the bridge.
IMHO it's a false economy. By the time you've changed 50% of the guitar and you're left with a made in nowhere in particular body and neck, you STILL don't have as good a guitar as the N4 and the bits you can't are the bits that are letting it down.

The N2 is a great axe for the price, but it's not in the same league as the N4.

Think RG350 to JEM
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Old 10-24-2011, 12:07 PM   #16
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IMHO it's a false economy. By the time you've changed 50% of the guitar and you're left with a made in nowhere in particular body and neck, you STILL don't have as good a guitar as the N4 and the bits you can't are teh bits that are letting it down.

The N2 is a great axe for the price, but it's not in the same league as the N4.

Think RG350 to JEM


Especially since you can always pick up a used N4 for close to half the cost new.

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Old 10-24-2011, 12:20 PM   #17
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I'm also 5'5" and I also always felt most guitars looked and felt too large for me.

First I found out that guitars that have necks with a 24.75" scale, thin profile and a slim nut (1 5/8"'ish) made a huge difference for me. The guitars just feel a lot smaller and much easier to play.

Then I looked around for smaller bodied guitars. I don't agree with the Ibanez S being small - It's just thin, not small. I ended up with a Caparison Horus and that was the first guitar I ever felt was not too big for me (it has a slightly chubby neck profile, but not too bad). You wanna check the used-market for one of those.

Right now I'm looking into building a Warmoth 7/8 size model. Probably a strat for starters, but later on I want a double humbucker tele of some sort.

Warmoth Guitar Products Inc. | 7/8 Scale S and T style bodies
Aren't Warmoth 7/8 guitars basically the same size as a Jackson/Charvel Dinky or a Kramer body but with a 24-3/4" scale?
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Old 10-24-2011, 01:06 PM   #19
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Aren't Warmoth 7/8 guitars basically the same size as a Jackson/Charvel Dinky or a Kramer body but with a 24-3/4" scale?
Don't know if they are exactly the same size. However, it's the 24.75" scale and the custom options that drew my attention to the Warmoths.

To the OP: A used Kramer Nightswan or Jackson Fusion would also be a good choice. Both are pretty rare though.
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Old 10-24-2011, 01:39 PM   #21
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SGs are 24.75" and have slim, relatively small bodies. There are a few going for sub-$1k brand new these days, and I'm sure you can find some of the nicer models used in that price range, too.

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Anyone know of some sub 1k USD options out there?
I got EXTREMELY lucky in finding my Parker which required me to trade my modded Highway One and cash, but the only ones he'll possibly find for sub-1k, are a Nitefly M/Swamp Ash which most won't consider "true Parkers" since they don't have the carbon fiber body/glass-epoxy fingerboard, and so on. The M's are solid guitars and have the same aesthetics and such as regular Parkers, but even those go for about $1K, so to find under that is gonna be tricky.

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