Los Angeles – Guitar Center – Rockwalk.

Just how big are the hands of our favourite guitar heroes? Yesterday I managed to get out to West Hollywood for an hour and went to the part where there are a couple of guitar stores.

The GC outlet there is the flagship store – the largest and best they say, of the 200+ outlets across the United States. I spent some time inside browsing around, mainly in the Platinum Room which contains PRS Private Stocks, fancy figured Gibsons and higher end Master Built Fender Custom shop guitars amongst other things.  I did see a nice Gibson EDS-1275 (the first time I’ve seen one in the flesh (uh, wood)) which had me mentally checking my bank account for a while, but alas it would have been tough for me to take home on the plane.

Anyway, GC West Hollywood also has the Rockwalk which has handprints of many of the most popular guitar heroes and contributors to the rock pantheon over the past 40 or 50 years. Below are some of the shitty phone camera pics I took with my (admittedly quite small) hand inside the print that allows you to see the relative sizes of some players to each other.

Joe Satriani’s hands:


Eddie Van Halen’s hands (he actually had his imprints in at least twice – by himself and with the rest of Van Halen elsewhere):


Jimmy Page’s hands. Not as big as I was expecting. His fingers look very long and delicate in those old Song Remains the Same vids. Maybe they shrank.


Slash’s hands. Quite thick fingers.


Eric Clapton’s Slow Hands below.


Billy Sheehan’s hands. Again, not as big as I was expecting – I thought he would have really massive strong hands. Note Vulcan salute, the Trekkie dork.


Yngwie Malmsteen’s very long fingers and huge palms that help him around his Stratocaster. Look at that little finger on the left hand.


Steve Vai’s enormous hands. Note extra finger on the left hand that enables him to do a B minor/Major7th #6/9 Aug b5 chord at the first fret. I think these were about the largest hands on the Rockwalk. Makes you wonder how he manages to play so accurately up at the high frets with such massive digits.


Zakk Wylde’s strong fingers.



15 Responses to “Los Angeles – Guitar Center – Rockwalk.”

  1. lol – maybe they shrank!!! Looks like PAgey always had little hands

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Sorry Matt, I meant to leave that comment on the blog not on your post :).

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Steve Vai hasn’t got 6 fingers.

  4. Marcus M. Says:

    An information is missing to figure out more accurately :

    What is the length of YOUR hand? (from the wrist to the tip of the middle finger)

  5. Andrew Johnston Says:

    Hi There,

    This is really interesting! Thanks for posting! As a reference, would it be possible for you to post your hand size? I’m very curious about how big my guitar heroes hands are as I have fairly small hands and struggle to make some of the chord shapes my heroes make. No worries if not thought 🙂

  6. Hi everyone

    My hand is 18.5cm from the line that demarcates my wrist from my hand to the tip of my middle finger. Hope this helps!



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  8. And what would be your palm’s breadth and thumb length starting from the second knuckle?

  9. Anonymous Says:

    I am confused I went there and my hand is a little over 7.5 inches long, yet my hand was MUCH bigger than satriani’s, van halen’s, and page’s, and vai’s hand was barely longer than mine> Am i measuring my hands wrong?

  10. I went to LA when I was about 20 and put my hand in Eddie’s prints. He is my hand twin, no doubt – exactly the same. No wonder I feel like his signature guitars were customized for me personally.

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