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Old 08-06-2019, 04:49 AM
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Default 0-Size w/1-11/16" Nut

New to this site, but I would like suggestions for an 0-size, narrow neck, 12 fret, parlor style guitar. I have short fingers and like to strum and flat-pick rather than finger style. Anything bigger than an 0 is just more than I want. These may be an odd combination of specs but they suit my abilities. My budget would be $3K and below. Could be new or used. Thanks for any ideas.

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Old 08-06-2019, 06:07 AM
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Don't know where you're at, but this popped up on Facebook Marketplace yesterday...

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace...9012192361371/

Check it out!
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Old 08-06-2019, 06:11 AM
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Not sure if it s a typo but are you sure you want 1-1/16" or did you mean 1-11/16"?
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Old 08-06-2019, 06:14 AM
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Thanks El Cheapo, I'll take a look. Don't know Bedell guitars at all.
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Old 08-06-2019, 06:16 AM
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Thanks for the catch Tim. Yes that is 1-11/16" at the nut. Not sure how to edit the heading though.

Just figured that out. Thanks
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Old 08-06-2019, 06:53 AM
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New to this site, but I would like suggestions for an 0-size, narrow neck, 12 fret guitar. I have short fingers and like to strum and flat-pick rather than finger style. Anything bigger than an 0 is just more than I want. These may be an odd combination of specs but they suit my abilities. My budget would be $3K and below. Could be new or used. Thanks for any ideas.
Itís not an 0, but look at a Guild F20.
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Old 08-06-2019, 07:08 AM
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It's smaller body than an 0-size but I just ran across a Size 2 Baleno guitar. It does sport a 1-3/4" nut however. Does anyone know much about the Baleno's?
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I don't understand why you would want a size "O" 12 fret guitar with such a thin neck - is it for a child?
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Old 08-06-2019, 07:46 AM
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I don't understand why you would want a size "O" 12 fret guitar with such a thin neck - is it for a child?
Please read my original post. Short fingers and don't finger pick. I play mostly mandolin, am used to a small instrument, etc. It's for me. Historically a narrow neck doesn't seem to be out of the ordinary. Today it seems less common.

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Old 08-06-2019, 08:21 AM
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It’s not an 0, but look at a Guild F20.
I’ll second that recommendation. If there’s any chance you’d consider a 14-fret. In particular one from the 1960s. The nut widths range from 1 5/8” - 1 11/16”. Very close to 0 size, prices are usually below $2K. I had one (1964?). Sold it because I prefer 1 3/4” nuts. Very punchy, fun guitar. I was able to compare two of them when I bought mine - both sounded great.

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Old 08-06-2019, 08:47 AM
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New to this site, but I would like suggestions for an 0-size, narrow neck, 12 fret guitar. I have short fingers and like to strum and flat-pick rather than finger style. Anything bigger than an 0 is just more than I want. These may be an odd combination of specs but they suit my abilities. My budget would be $3K and below. Could be new or used. Thanks for any ideas.
What you seek is not as common as other sizes, etc.

I have a suggestion. Until you can find the exact guitar you want, there is a good, inexpensive one that I think you would find enjoyable and meets your specs.

Elderly Instruments carries a line called Old Town. They just introduced a few 0 size models. The OT line is patterned after classic old models.

I have a OT 22 that is a Gibson LG 2 like guitar. (00) It punches way above what you would expect sound wise. It is well made.

The 0 version is the OT 12 (0). It is a bit over $400 I expect this guitar is a winner with better sound than you would expect.

Check out Elderly's website. Listen to the YouTube videos.

No, these guitars won't sound like a $2000 guitar, but I will bet you will be surprised.

Worth a look.
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Old 08-06-2019, 08:55 AM
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Not an "O", but I have a Martin Custom OOO-18GE coming soon that I ordered with a 1 11/16" nut. You might check with Jon at www.myfavoriteguitars.com about having a Custom Martin built to your specs.
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Old 08-06-2019, 08:37 PM
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The first run of Larrivee Parlor guitars back in 1999 had a 1 11-16 nut.

Otherwise,

Your budget is plenty to order a custom from Ed. (Halcyon)
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Old 08-07-2019, 04:54 AM
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Collings O guitars are 1 11/16” standard. They are 14 Fret, however. Many dealers order them with 1 3/4” but, if you look a bit, there are the smaller nut to be had. Good luck!
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Old 08-07-2019, 05:39 AM
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Thanks to everyone so far for the leads and advice. It's starting to look as though I will need to prioritize specs somewhat in order to get in the ballpark of what I'm looking for.
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