Everyone is different and we all like options. For this reason, BJS Bars offers the widest selection of standard bar sizes available anywhere. We offer diameters of 3/4", 13/16", 7/8", 15/16", and 1", and lengths ranging from 2 13/16" for smaller diameters, through 3 3/4" for the larger diameters.
When shopping for bars, you may find them listed as 10 String, 12 String, etc. These designations are provided as a general reference only. Please know that many players deviate from these classifications as a matter of preference.... So by no means should they limit your decision when choosing a bar.
Beginners making a bar selection will have three decisions to make. Diameter, Length, and Weight It will help to begin with some point of reference..... an old bar you have tried, recommendations from an experienced player or instructor, or follow the classifications of a 10 String bar for a 10 String instrument and so on.
Many players want to feel the butt of the bar fit comfortably in the pocket of their hand, which is created where the index and middle fingers meet. From this position, the length of your fingers may suggest a longer or shorter bar length. Typically, the nose of the bar should extend beyond the end of your index finger. The size of your hands, and your ability to grip and hold the bar can also be a factor. A larger diameter might be easier to grip for someone with large hands. A heavier bar might require less downward effort from the hand and wrist. From another perspective, bigger and heavier bars can feel sluggish and slow. Smaller, lighter bars can be easier to maneuver and control up and down the neck. In the end it will come down to feel and personal preference. And this may change as you play and progress.
If you want to discuss your options, feel free to contact me
via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
or call: (731) 414-4038.
Below you will find a general description of the different bar categories. When shopping for bars, you will find specific information for each bar by selecting on that bar.