I just measured the distance from the nut to the middle of the 10th fret bar on both my Taylor 210e (scale length 25.5") and my Seagull Entourage Grand Rustic (scale length 24.84"). The Seagull's distance was only .25" (1/4") shorter than the Taylor's over that number of frets, so the frets are very slightly closer together. I'm not sure that's a meaningful difference in terms of reaching chords with the fingers, no matter how large or small the hands. For me the shorter scale length (and smaller body) do make the Seagull a little easier to play because I'm not having to stretch my left arm out as much and I feel like I therefore have a little more control over my fingers. For many people I'm sure this is not important, but I like it. I like my Taylor too.
Floridagull ... my impression is the shorter the scale, the easier the strings are to fret. Important point for a beginner in my opinion.
Thanks for your responses. So there's a 1/4" difference (at the 10th fret) between the Godin 24.84" and the "normal" 25.5". So, with the 23.5" of the GS Mini or the 24.2" of the Walden T550, the "closer-togetherness" of the frets would be a little bit more...
Doesn't seem irrelevant to me...
And thanks, Walt - you saved me making the measurements on my Performer and my Giannini tonight... :-)
Best Buy has a GS Mini sale going on right now for $374.99...now I have GAS for my daughter's guitar!
Definitely not irrelevant. What you give up in volume through short scale, you make up for in playability for fingerstyle and for beginners with sore fingers. Can't wait to hear your review of your "daughter's" new GS Mini. :-)
That's one heck of a good price!
I know - I'm going to call them and see how long it is valid...
Run over there right now and buy it. Get a rain check if they're OOS. Low risk - you could probably turn around and sell it for a small profit if you decide it's not exactly what you want.
Its on Best Buy.com $374
My youngest daughter plays guitar, and the fretting of the strings was her biggest issue when she was first learning. She's averaged sized with good hands. But when she was first learning she would put a capo on the 1st fret just to lower the strings (and this on a guitar with its action set as low as possible). This is a kid who had been pitching competitive fastpitch softball for about a dozen years and knew all about building up calluses and finger strength, but let's face it, most people who try to play the guitar abandon it because of the difficulty in fretting chords.
A lot of girls seem to prefer acoustic guitars over electric. Maybe they are turned off by the cables, equipment, etc. and just want an instrument that feels more personal. But learning to play on an acoustic is a challenge. I think it makes sense to get her one that is most likely to help her succeed. I wanted to get my kid a parlor sized guitar, but she wanted a dreadnaught. She has an Epiphone Dove, which I find to be a very nice guitar.