The table below compares the most typical acoustic guitar neck widths in inches and millimeters as measured at nut. The picture shows the relative sizes of the nuts. Use it for comparison only – the real size of the nut on your screen might be different due to the picture scaling on your computer.
|2"||52||Classical nylon string guitars|
|1-7/8" (1.88")||47||- Some steel string guitars, mainly for fingerstyle,|
(often called wide neck acoustic guitar)
- Nylon string crossover guitars
- Many Gypsy jazz guitars also have 1-7/8” neck
|1-13/16" (1.81")||45||Some steel string guitars|
|1-3/4" (1.75")||44||Most typical for steel string guitars – either for strumming or fingerstyle|
|1-11/16" (1.69")||43||Some steel string guitars|
Relative widths of the acoustic guitar nuts
A few extra comments
- 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.
Resources about guitar necks and nuts
- MartinGuitars.com, Neck Width/Shapes
- TaylorGuitars.com, 2014 suggested retail price list. Includes guitar specs and neck width numbers.
- 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
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