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Old 03-28-2011, 10:20 AM
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Default Looking for a steel string classical

I've always felt most comfortable playing a very wide neck. Does anyone make a steel string classical? I can't seem to find anything ready made. Does anyone know a maker of fine guitars who will do this? It's about time for me to get an ultimate guitar before I can't play anymore.

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Old 03-28-2011, 10:24 AM
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Pretty much any of the AGF sponsors (including myself) could build you a wide necked guitar.
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Old 03-28-2011, 03:28 PM
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Yeah, a wider neck should be easily done by any competent luthier. If you're looking for something off the shelf, you might try to find an old Gibson F25... these are basically steel-stringed classical sized guitars with a 2" wide neck at the nut.

Ah, I see there is one for sale in the classifieds: http://www.acousticguitarforum.com/f...d.php?t=211050
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Old 03-28-2011, 03:44 PM
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For some reason I find it funny that right now I'm building some nylon string Voyage Airs... OM body with classical bracing and neck. It's based off from a steel string with a wide neck... It's really not much of a change unless it's a cutaway then there is some geometry that needs to be worked out. My standard "wide" neck is 1 7/8" and I find I can go to 2" without making new bending forms (or tweaking on a hot pipe)

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Old 03-28-2011, 05:16 PM
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Probably the most "classical-like' steel string guitar I've ever played was built by Al Carruth:

http://www.alcarruthluthier.com/

Al is a very accomplished well-respected builder. I remember that guitar looking and feeling much like a classical guitar, long before I made the transition to classical guitars.

Highly recommend that you speak with Al if you're interested in a custom build.

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Old 03-28-2011, 06:49 PM
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Our CS model is built with classical sensibilities yet with a steel string base. Like has been said, most AGF builders can probably do this for you. Look around at our websites and give us a call.
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A cedar-topped Taylor K-14c with Elixers is very classical in both response and sound.

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Old 03-29-2011, 10:43 AM
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hi
i played classical for a long time, decided switch to steel string, because i
rather the clear intonation in the high notes( with the chords)
Asked Kronbauer for something close to a classical guitar: 1 7/8, short scale,
low action, custom light strings, with any mark in the fretboard,not inlays and a simple rossete.
i really like it

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Old 03-29-2011, 11:08 AM
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Yeah, a wider neck should be easily done by any competent luthier. If you're looking for something off the shelf, you might try to find an old Gibson F25... these are basically steel-stringed classical sized guitars with a 2" wide neck at the nut.
They also made the FJN, same neck with fancier inlay and a dreadnought body.
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Grit Laskin makes gorgeous ones:

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And does anyone make affordable (sub 300) guitars like these?
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Old 04-06-2011, 09:29 AM
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I've always felt most comfortable playing a very wide neck. Does anyone make a steel string classical? I can't seem to find anything ready made. Does anyone know a maker of fine guitars who will do this? It's about time for me to get an ultimate guitar before I can't play anymore.

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Old 04-06-2011, 09:47 AM
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Oh, can I? I've been waiting for you!
Having played a few of Matt's guitars and with that kind of attitude, I don't think you could go wrong with him.
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Old 04-06-2011, 12:15 PM
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Having played a few of Matt's guitars and with that kind of attitude, I don't think you could go wrong with him.
Thanks Jay.

Bill, check out John Mello as well. Wonderful guy, lovely instruments.
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Sorry to (half) hijack this thread, but has anyone found one of these types of guitars by a cheap manufacturer c. $150-200?
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