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Terry K Folk Size vs. Dreadnought Size Guitars? (28) RE: Folk Size vs. Deadnought Size Guitars? 21 Jun 06


I'm not really a proper guitarist but when I bought my first guitar I had the assistant play, and bought the one which sounded best within the price range, and which most looked like my perception of a standard guitar - a dreadnought.

All well and good, but I found eventually that part of my difficulty in playing was that my fingers am too thick enough to make, for example, an A chord properly. As that was the first chord in the tuitor book this was not the best start you can have!

Some time later, I happened to try an OM shape which I absolutely loved - firstly because its small, slim body against my large fat one meant that I could access the fretboard better - it felt just the perfect size. But secondly, I noticed it had a slightly wider neck (common to OMs) which meant that chord fingering was sooooo much easier.

I still play my dreadnought, but I think it's only so that I can then go back to the OM and get that feeling of how comfortable it is once again. So I will support the advice to go with what you find most comfortable to hold and finger. (Then maybe ask her which guitar you should buy .....).

cheers, Terry


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