12-string spacing. MY MISTAKE. Before going further, I know this subject is revisit of one discussed time and again. Some guitar companies from the 80’s used exactly this size all along with some large frets for the creation of a unique type of soloing feel. In the Shop is back with another installment of Guitar Geometry. The term wide neck acoustic guitar here refers to a guitar with a neck wider than 1-3/4″ (1.75″, 44mm), but I decided not to include guitars with 1.77″ / 45mm” nuts because they are just 0.02″ (0.5 mm) wider than the standard 1 3/4″ necks. 1-7/8″ (48mm) Though most fingerpicking guitarists use acoustic guitars, you can also use electrics for that style, and wider necks offer a distinct advantage, due to the wider width at nut and string spacing. Does string spacing at the nut have to match string spacing at the bridge? Kinda tight IMO! The Best Uses. A 47mm (1 7/8”) width is common on 12 string acoustic guitars. Yes, vintage strat spacing is 2 7/32" which is only 1/32" narrower than 2 5/16" But that spacing works best on a strat with the 1 5/8" (1.650) nut. Mind, though, that sometimes the dummies who build guitars with wide necks use the same string spacing on the nut as they do for normal necks, so there is no advantage. It's 2-3/16, NOT 2-3/32 as I originally wrote. 44mm (1 ¾”) and 43mm (1 11/16”) are the most common for good reason. For this article, I’ve compiled a list of wide neck acoustic guitars from the guitar makers’ catalogs and web sites. This size is made for all those that have slightly larger and more massive hands. For 12-string guitars, builder Todd Sams marks his spacing on an index card, then transfers the marks to the nut: Measure the width of the nut and mark it on an index card. Gibsons (eg. The nice man said that it was 34.5mm. I once asked a vendor about the E-to-E notch spacing on their wide-neck nuts. These widths are a great balance that are good for strumming and fingerpicking. The neck width at the 14th fret is WIDER than the bridge spacing. It is very popular for fingerstyle guitars to feature wider string spacing; the string spacing can be as wide as 59mm, but the average us 57mm, which is 4mm that your basic acoustic guitar. The spacing on my normal-width Jazzmaster is 36mm. Mark the positions of the two outermost strings on the card. Naturally 12 string guitars tend to also be wider because they have more string to fit in. Also know the difference between “wide” and “fat” necks. Wide Neck Guitars: for Beginners, too? String Spacing is a time-old question we get asked all the time – 49.2mm, 49.5mm, 50mm, 52mm – which one is right for my guitar? So that could be going the other way in realtionship to your acoustic guitar. Greetings, I assume that you are refering to which specific guitar brand. Yeah, I know. No, they are two different things. 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