- May 30, 2015
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I think this is it. My old guitar teacher used to call it "The Spider," the fretting hand shape in which the very tips of the thumb in the back and fingers on the board are the only parts of the hand in contact with the neck. He was also a shredder extraordinaire and loved to show off how many notes he could unleash with The Spider. I think it's an 80s thing that appeals to some players because that's what they learned on. Small hands maybe, but I have big ol' mitts so I don't know. I prefer chunkier necks as well.Skinny neck forces thumb behind the neck, compared to blues style grips. Less neck contact and lower friction to move around.