View Full Version : Is it just me, or do Guitars look grotesquely huge to you?

11-08-2010, 07:18 AM
I guess the title says it all, but let me explain. After playing ukulele for over a year now (or thereabouts), whenever I see people play acoustic guitar (and I still do play guitar, so no offense intended towards guitar players), especially when they are seated, I am like automatically saying, "Wow, that seems like such an awfully big thing to be holding?" It just has started to look so odd to me.

Again, this is not a diss as much as an actual observation of how I feel when I see acoustic guitar (never mind I have no idea what those other two strings are for). I guess violin players must feelt his way about the cellos.

All the best,

BadLands Bart
11-08-2010, 07:20 AM
Yes, I have been noticing that as well. The body of the guitar seems to be extremely large to me.

11-08-2010, 07:23 AM
Ha, I play both, and totally agree with you - whenever I pick up my acoustic it feels HUUUGGE. Not helped by the fact I play dreadnoughts either.

The other issue is if I have been playing uke for a while, my hands forget how to place fretting fingers on the guitar - it just feels so wide.

11-08-2010, 08:11 AM
I agree. Last time I picked up a guitar I commented that it was like holding a battleship... the guitar's owner was not impressed :)

11-08-2010, 08:15 AM
Heheh....our uke teacher took our class in to play along with a guitar class one day. Dang those things looked huge...one of my classmates said something like Whetu's comment, above. "It looked like they all had aircraft carriers on their lap!"

11-08-2010, 08:24 AM
They never used to before......but do now ;)

11-08-2010, 08:25 AM
In the 70's I was trying to learn classical guitar from Frederic Noad's old TV series on PBS. I even had some episodes on *videotape*, wow, it was so new! Through the 80s they were mostly under the bed but I took them out every now and then to try to keep up on the little I knew. Then broke a hand and finger and sold them. Then discovered ukuleles.

However I had a bout of temprary insanity and just got two vintage guitars because my hubby won't play his uke, but he's tickled with the guitars. OMG, the frets are MILES apart! It hurts my shoulder to have to reach so far for the top frets on the neck. I have forgotten all my guitar chords because they are different for uke, and I didn't want to confuse myself. I picked up a couple classicals in stores too recently and they are even harder to fret with the wider neck. I like the V necks on the old acoustics. And the regular guitars seem so big, especially dreadnoughts, how does anyone manage them?? It just boggles me. I am still tickled with the vintage guitars though, one of them has a ring that goes on and on and on, like church bells, it's insane.

11-08-2010, 08:26 AM
To answer your question....

Anton K
11-08-2010, 08:29 AM
Fat bottom girls make this rocky world go round......

11-08-2010, 08:36 AM
For me i dislike the position my strumming arm sits now on my acoustic guitar. It feels cumbersome too

11-08-2010, 08:44 AM
The shop where I take uke lessons is mainly a guitar shop. Whenever I'm there I see my fellow students lugging around their guitars, and I am always happy that my instrument of choice is so much easier to carry around :)

11-08-2010, 08:53 AM
In a moment of revival I pulled out my concert uke last week, and THAT seemed enormous and felt like it had lead weights in it. Yes Guitars look grotesquely huge and cumbersome to me.

11-08-2010, 09:34 AM
Actually, a parlor sized, or 7/8, 00, 000, or OM is not too big...so naturally I bought a jumbo sized Ovation celebrity...pretty, sounds nice...can't get my bloody arm around it to save my life! This thing is freakishly huge! On the plus side I can hide from the rotten tomatoes and cabbage being hurled by the audience!

11-08-2010, 01:39 PM
The bass player in our band just bought an acoustic bass. Now THAT'S huge!

11-08-2010, 02:01 PM
Being little to begin with seems to magnify the problem ....


11-08-2010, 02:12 PM
This is a common reaction most ukerists have when getting reaclimated to the guitar, myself included. The neck feels like a friggin' baseball bat whenever I pick mine up now. I used to keep them in their cases, but now I keep them out and make myself pick them up from time to time, just to keep some semblance of chops available. If not, they just stay cooped up until I need one for a session or something and it's like I've never played before when I bust it out! Not good. I do more uking than anything else right now, but I hate to see all those years (and investments) go to seed.

11-08-2010, 02:37 PM
To answer your question....

Dear god, I lol'd. but yeah I feel ya guys on the big guitar thing, that's what I though when I picked up an ukulele, haha.

11-08-2010, 03:25 PM
To answer your question....

Good to see you back, Bruddah Iz!

11-08-2010, 04:06 PM
I play a 000 body, anything larger and its obnoxious to me. also electrics are awesome, they feel really small to me, just with really long necks.

11-08-2010, 05:53 PM
I picked up the Uke while recovering from shoulder reconstruction. While I can still enjoy guitar and getting some mobility back, the Seagull mini-jumbo feels HUGE.... I am glad I rediscovered the Uke. I just added a 6 string tenor and this thing just satisfies most all my needs!

Hippie Dribble
11-08-2010, 06:24 PM
hi lambchop

YES to answer your question...these days I only play the guitar when I have to (for choir rehearsals, church worship etc etc) and feel so much more comfortable with the uke...especially when playing the guitar seated...it feels like you're hugging a great tree trunk, whereas the diminutive, cute little uke is a mere sapling...always takes a good few minutes for the fingers to reaquaint themselves with the wider neck and frets

11-08-2010, 07:22 PM
Being little to begin with seems to magnify the problem ....


That was astounding. I know their hands have to be smaller than mine and I can't do those stretches.

11-08-2010, 09:48 PM
Used to play Dreadnought guitars. (Learned on a 12 string) Moved down to parlor and classical guitars. Now that I play Ukulele, I can hardly hold a classical anymore. That fretboard just seems huge!

After seeing those kids play, I think I'll stop complaining.

11-08-2010, 10:11 PM
Being a guitar player for 20 odd years, at the time my guitars felt fine, like an extention of me.. Since being a dedicated uker since april and not playing the guitar anymore, when i got me old acustic out the other day ( and this is a flat plastic backed one) and its thinner than the adverage guitar it still seems massive and loud.. Not to my liking anymore, give me my uke anyday.

11-09-2010, 05:02 AM
I started with ukulele and then I picked up a classical guitar and WOW at first it felt so huge...especially the fretboard. But know I've grown used to it.

11-09-2010, 09:30 AM
My wife had her dreadnought out over the weekend - her tuner was bum so I took the guitar and tuned it for her. WOW - that thing was massive. I can't believe I used to have one and didn't think it was just gargantuan...funny how perspective has changed over time.

11-09-2010, 10:02 AM
I play a dreadnought which is a nice size... now this video is of a 'super jumbo guitar', these things are rediculouse and I don't even think the sound they produce is an improvement, no offence to any one that owns one but it kinda reminds me of guys with the 20" subs in the car boot, bigger, louder, deeper... but better sound? not in my humble opinion.


ooo which reminds me, has anyone else noticed how the newer Kanile'a ukes have taken on an almost dreadnought style shape... thats one of the things I really like about them.

11-09-2010, 04:51 PM
Big instruments need lovin too!

11-09-2010, 05:07 PM
They are sooo big and I hardly pick up my Martin acoustic yet I can't help drooling over the Gretsch and Fender electrics in the shops. I love playing my ukes but I don't get too excited about looking at new ones, maybe it's just the mass produced ones we mainly get in the shops here.

11-09-2010, 09:48 PM
If you still have a guitar you long to play, be careful with it, it is so big you might bump something. First remove both of the low strings and then dig out the CAPO. Put the Capo at the fifth fret. Now you can play it. This is an ideal set up for a ukulele shy spouse or a transitional guitar player waiting to save up for a ukulele.
If you are a parent or know younger people I think you should be modern and let them experience a guitar once in a while, and even a mandolin if you can borrow one, until they are old enough to decide to play the ukulele themselves.

But this still doesn't factor for the high/low g. Which in my opinion is a HUGE difference, at some point I will have a uke dedicated to low G.

11-09-2010, 11:17 PM
I just can't keep from bumping mine into everything. Also, when playing banjo, the frets really get out there, it's like I need ape arms to play it.

11-10-2010, 01:53 AM
:agree: with everything in this thread, they seem soooo huge! My carer has one and watching Darla play her Uke and then play around on her mum's guitar...wow, I never noticed how big they were before!

11-10-2010, 04:30 AM
Yep - I haven't picked mine up in a couple of years, and my daughter and I were switching over for a change and we kept hitting everything. They're, quite suddenly, huge.

I Ukulista
11-10-2010, 04:44 AM
We have a ukulele workshop every Thursday. We start with a moment of silence for all those guitarist still out there!
So a small boy asked why? His father took him to one side and explained. He said,"Son how many fingers on your hand? Four.
How many strings do you really want?". Our group leader says. "Never play an instrument that you can not go on the run with",
we went on to learn Bob Dylans Wanted Man.

11-10-2010, 06:46 AM
Depends on the guitar... a dreadnought really is too big for me. But a long scale, 14 frets to the body, Martin OM with a 1-3/4" nut and a srting spacing of 2-1/4" at the saddle is just fine for me as long as the neck has a low oval profile. It's easier for me to make the longer stretches on it than many other smaller guitars with chunkier necks, especailly when I get around the 12th fret. I also like the smaller 00 size guitars, and even some parlor guitars as long as they have a scale of at least 24", like the Larrivee parlors. The Larrivee parlor guitars are not as comfortable to play for me though as their larger 00 and OM cousins. I also prefer the Martin OM string spacing at the saddle. And I have a harder time with shorter scale guitars. So I guess the guitar needs to be just right for me - not too big, not too small. The mama bear version is just right for me, rather than the papa or baby bear ones.

But, in the ukulele world, I like soprano ukes best!!! So go figure.