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Thread #61506   Message #989128
Posted By: Don Firth
23-Jul-03 - 06:05 PM
Thread Name: guitar nut/neck size
Subject: RE: guitar nut/neck size
The width of the nut has a lot to do with left hand technique. Most fingerpickers I have known personally like a fairly wide neck (i.e., fingerboard). If you play mostly chords, and if you like to wrap your thumb around the neck, the narrower the better, I guess, but this doesn't make for agility. If you do a lot of rapid left-hand fingerwork (as in classic and in fingerpicking), you need some room to maneuver. I've played classics (2" at the nut) almost all my life, and to me, most steel string guitars feel like I'm trying to keep track of six strings on a toothpick. But, then, that's just me.

Don Firth