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View Poll Results: What nut width(s) do you prefer for a steel-string dreadnaught? (inches)
1 5/8 _____ 1.625 0 0%
1 11/16 ___ 1.687 25 28.41%
1 23/32 ___ 1.718 3 3.41%
1 3/4 _____ 1.750 47 53.41%
1 25/32 ___ 1.781 4 4.55%
1.8 _______ 1.800 5 5.68%
1 7/8 _____ 1.875 2 2.27%
2 _________ 2.000 3 3.41%
Other 1 1.14%
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Old 08-29-2009, 02:21 PM
david82282 david82282 is offline
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Default Preferred Nut Width for Dreadnaughts?

With all the discussion on nut widths over the years, I thought it would be useful to survey community preferences.

To not confuse things, this poll is *only for steel string dreadnaughts* (my impression is that's where most of the variability and questions seem to be). Perhaps others could start polls for other guitars or saddles.

I realize that string spacing at the nut is more important than actual nut width -- I went with nut width because it's the standard terminology.

This also might offer good feedback for designers/manufacturers.
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Old 08-29-2009, 03:29 PM
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Thanks for this poll. Very interesting results, conforming my own preference.

Thanks, Glenn
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Old 08-29-2009, 07:34 PM
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I put 1.75 down as that is what my Taylor 612C is which is my favorite width. My Gibson Advanced Jumbo Dread is 1.725 which was not available as a choice, but is so close to 1.75 that I don't really notice going between any of my guitars.
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Old 08-29-2009, 08:14 PM
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My Gibson Advanced Jumbo Dread is 1.725 which was not available as a choice, but is so close to 1.75 that I don't really notice going between any of my guitars.
I voted for 1 23/32" for the same reason--my J-45 nut is perfect.

That said, anything between 1 11/16" and 1 3/4" is totally fine, though some 1 11/16" can feel a bit cramped and some 1 3/4" can feel pretty wide, nut spacing and neck profile depending.
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Old 08-29-2009, 09:15 PM
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This question seems to me like "Preferred Glove Size for Ice Hockey?"
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Old 08-30-2009, 12:29 AM
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I Would like to have a 2" 12 fret Dread
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Old 08-30-2009, 01:09 AM
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Interesting results so far. Thanks to all for your votes and replies!

whoa, I see your perspective, and I actually wish that analogy was completely true, too. But, most manufacturers just offer 1 size per model (or, 1 size across all their dreads), so players' choices are often compromised. One point of this poll is to understand whether the most common offering for a dread (1 11/16) is consistent with the most common preference.
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