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  • RealKurt

    Member
    November 28, 2021 at 12:13 am

    Hey @MikeGaurnier and @ironpat,

    Hope you both are doing well! I’m not even close to the definitive expert on scale length an nut width, and let not forget about string spacing at the saddle and neck profile, and 12, 13, or 14 fret. So many choices!!!

    In January 2022, I’ll be about 4 years into this little guitar journey – and I’ve bought a bunch of guitars. In fact, I’ve been accused of maybe having too many as recently as 3 days ago, hahaha.

    The truth is, scale length, nut width, string spacing, etc, are indeed all personal preferences. There are no “right” answers. And honestly, a guitar that feels and sounds right to you is probably the best one for you, regardless of anything else. I know we’re all enamored with the style and looks of a guitar, tone woods, etc., but it’s the least important part to me. Does if feel right? Does it sound right? Those are the right questions to ask in my opinion.

    I know what I like the best, but find I’ll make (and have made) exceptions for the guitars that I love. So what do I like?

    Mahogany and Adirondack

    Torrifaction or a great tap-toned top

    Hide glue

    Modified V necks

    Great tuners

    Short Scale

    1 3/4″ nut

    2 5/16″ string spacing

    I have a bunch of guitars that don’t meet those specs that I love, but in the end, it all that matters is what YOU like. I can talk about why I like all of those things, but I really think the most important thing is what you think. I like Mike’s recommendation of waiting a little while to decide on the guitar you want to invest in before making the big plunge!

    Good luck, and keep us posted!!!!

    All the best,

    Kurt