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Old 01-07-2022, 03:37 PM
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Default Nut width?

Hi guys,
When measuring the width of the nut, do you include any binding on the edge of the fret board, or just exclude this?

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Peter
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Old 01-07-2022, 03:51 PM
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I just measured the nut on one of my guitars and I'm calling
it "1 3/4" ...



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Old 01-07-2022, 06:46 PM
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As a pretty new guitar (kit) builder, I've been perplexed by this as well. Does 'nut width' mean the width of the neck (as pictured), or the outer width between the strings? Asking for a friend...
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Old 01-07-2022, 08:51 PM
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Tell your friend that a well made nut is exactly the same width as the fretboard where they meet. String spacing has no effect on nut width.
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Old 01-08-2022, 12:06 AM
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'Nut width' is actually the width of the fingerboard at the nut, including the binding when present.
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Old 01-08-2022, 03:24 AM
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Thanks everyone, that was very helpful, as always.
I just didn't know if we included the binding or not, this has cleared thet up.

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Peter
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Old 01-08-2022, 04:37 AM
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Bit late but to confirm - the width of the nut is exactly as it reads - the outside edge of the nut which should correspond exactly to e width of the very end of the fretboard.

At the other end over te saddle the "string spacing" refers to the distance -between centre" of the two out side strings.

Nut widths are commonly 1 & 11/16" for rhythm
1 & 3/4" standard strummers
1 & 13/16" flatpicking /fingerstyle
1 & 7/8" fingerstyle.

String spacing:
2 & 3/8" for intricate picking/fingerstyle over standard scale.
2 & 5/16" for shorter scale (under 25")
2 & 1/4" - rhythm instruments, archtops etc.

Standard scale (flat top) now seems to be 25.4 to 25.5"
Standard scale : archtops/reso - 25"
Short scale (Martin) 24.9"
Short scale (Gibson) Variable but mostly app 24.75

E & OE, YMMV etc.
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Old 01-08-2022, 10:15 AM
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Thanks for this info.

I'm fairly new to guitar, just 2 years in now, but trying to learn how to do my own work on the guitar.
I didn't know different widths were for different styles, this is interesting, thank you for posting.
Due to Covid I haven't had the opportunity to go into any guitar shops and fell the difference in how guitars feel.
Looking forward to the day I can.

Many thanks,

Peter
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