The picture below shows relative sizes of the of the acoustic guitars neck widths at nut. Read the rest of the article to see the lists of the wide neck acoustic guitars and reference information from guitar manufacturers.
- When someone says wide neck acoustic guitar, he/she usually means a guitar with the neck wider than 1 3/4″.
- Usually, crossover guitars are nylon-string guitars with long neck connecting to the body at the 14th fret and with the neck width 1 7/8″
- A lot of custom guitars and many “build to order” (BTO) guitars might have a neck that is narrower or wider than one on the corresponding non-custom models.
Standard Taylor Guitar Neck Width by Shape (click to zoom)
I took the table above from the Taylor’s Suggested Price List. As you can see, Taylor doesn’t provide wide necks on standard steel string, 6-string acoustic guitars. 1 7/8″ wide neck is used on 12-String and Nylon guitars only. I believe by Nylon guitar they mean crossover guitars with the long neck connected to the body on the 14th fret.
However, some time ago I saw myself and played a beautiful GS-series steel string non-cutaway Taylor guitar with the 1 7/8″-wide neck at local Guitar Center shop. Most probably, it was a custom model, but I can’t confirm that.
Wide Neck Acoustic Guitars
This search page on Sweetwater.com lists all 6-string acoustic guitars with necks wider than 1-3/4″ (1.75″, 44mm) Sweetwater sells. Note that it also includes a few nylon-string crossover guitars. The most guitars in the list are inexpensive Seagull guitars (cost less than $500). There are few guitars there from Martin, Taylor, Gibson, and even PRS, all in the high-end class ($3,000 -$8,000 range)
Another search page on Sweetwater.com with wide neck guitars categorized as acoustic-electric (with preinstalled pickup/preamp).
This page on Elderly.com allows you to filter their list of guitars by nut width (in inches) and several other parameters. When I wrote this, I saw there a bunch of Fender acoustic guitars with 1-5/8″ necks, a mix of Larrivee, Seagull, Gibson and Martin guitars with 1-25/32″ necks ( 2mm wider than 1-3/4″). a few guitars from Recording King, Webber, Martin with 1-13/16″ necks ( equivalent of 1-26/32″, or 46mm), and a bunch of Martin guitars with 1-7/8″ necks, including 1929 Martin OOO-28 ($32,000!!!!)
Of course, I can’t skip my favorite Takamine TF740FS guitar I’ve been playing for several years. It has 1-7/8″ nut width which fits my playing style very well. There are several other Takamine guitar models with necks wider than 1-3/4:
- The entire Pro Series 7 (P7D, P7DC, P7JC, P7NC), nut width 1-13/16″ (1.77″), 45mm
- CP3NYK, 1-13/16″, 45mm
- P3FCN, 1-7/8″, 47.5mm
- EF360S-TT, EF340S-TT, 1-13/16″, 45mm
- EF740FS-TT, 1-7/8″, 47.5mm
There is an old long-running thread (2010-2016) on Acoustic Guitar Forum with a bunch of wide-neck guitars mentioned.
Resources about guitar necks and nuts
- MartinGuitars.com, Neck Shapes
- TaylorGuitars.com, suggested retail price list. See the “Dimension by Shape” table on page 9 for neck widths
- Takamine Nut Widths
- frets.com, A closer look at nuts
- A book about guitar setup and maintenance I own and highly recommend: Mel Bay Guitar Setup, Maintenance & Repair (affiliate link at Amazon)
- Another great book which was highly recommended by many people at Acoustic Guitar Forum is The Guitar Player Repair Guide. It covers both acoustic and electric guitars and has a lot of useful information