Re: Are JS guitars the best for small hand players?
If you can find a square heel S series from the late 80's or early 90's, that would be ideal. I have small hands too. I own a number of S series with different necks and the later Prestige necks from 2009 and up are definitely wider and thicker than the older stuff. I find my FGM400 the easiest to play, followed closely by an S1620 and then by an S5470 which has the larger Wizzard Prestige neck. All are AANJ but the first two have small frets. They still have a flat radius but the width of the board isn't as great as the latest Prestige guitars and it does make a difference.
In terms of fretting comfort for bends, I prefer the newer Wizzard Prestige necks as they have larger frets. So do some of the standard S540 series guitars from the mid 90's. I still find it easier to chord on the original Wizzard necks which is counter intuitive as there's less "meat" on the back to dig your thumb in. I also have a Les Paul with a 50's neck that's nice and fat (not the biggest 50's but it's no SG) and I'm fine on it as well.