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The standard nutwidth on Seagull guitars is 1.8 inches.    

 

This is wider that practically any other manufacturer.  A few Seagull models (The Entourage and the S-6 Original "slim" feature a 1.72 inch nut and the high-end Peppino D'Agostino model is actually a whopping 1.9 inches.

 

Today I played a very nice Breedlove that had a 1.68 inch and I could barely form chords.  I could live with a 1.75 inch nut which is fairly common among major guitar makers.

 

Personally, I chose my Seagull in large part because the 1.8 inch nut made it easier for me to play with my big old slightly arthritic fingers.  In looking for my next guitar, nut width will be a big factor in my decision.

 

How about you??

 

 

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In researching Martin and Larivee guitars, I was sort of amazed to fnd that almost all of the "affordable" models have a narrow nut 1 11/16 or 1.68 inches.  Some of the higher priced models give you a 1.75 inch nut.  I suppose there must be a lot of players out there who actually prefer the slimmer neck and smaller nut, otherwise a companies like Martin and Larivee would have more options.  This is still another reason I love Seagulls!!!

I bought my first guitar when I was 17.  Before Christmas of my senior year in high school (1980!), my Grandmother said "if I gave you $250 for Christmas, would you buy a guitar and take lessons?"  I said yes, went with a friend (also 17) who played guitar to a music store he knew, spent $250 on a Penco dreadnought (made in Japan or Korea - don't remember), and took lessons until May of 1981.  Took guitar to college, played a little over the years, got married, lost guitar in divorce (1998), and didn't get another guitar until I bought my Aria in a pawn shop for $100 in 2001.   BTW, the Aria has a 1.68" nut...

I really knew nothing about nut width differences.  I began playing in church, and another guy had a Martin (D-15, I think), and I wondered why his seemed easier to play than mine.  Only within this year did I realize that there were nut width differences!  This happened because a friend of mine gave me 4 left-handed guitars earlier this year - he had collected many, had some stolen from him, and couldn't play anymore due to a hand injury.  My Cordoba C5 was one of them, but easily restrung to righty.  This has a 2" nut width.  The others were a Martin DM-L, a Fender DG-10CELH, and a Gibson Les Paul electric.  Oh, if only they were right-handed...

I traded the Gibson for my Seagull Performer CW Flame Maple Q1, and I was immediately enamored with the wider, 1.8" nut.  I told my wife "if I had this guitar in high school, I might be Tommy Emmanuel now!"  Well, maybe not, but I'd be better...

So, I now want to get a Seagull Maritime SWS SG with no electronics to complement my Performer.  I want all my acoustics (steel-string, anyway) to have the same "feel", the same "playability".  The 1.8" nut is far better for me and, luckily, the Seagulls are, IMHO, the best value for the under-$1000 guitar set.

A sidenote to this - my lefty friend tried to form some chords on my Performer, found his hand didn't hurt as much with the 1.8" nut, and bought himself a Seagull S6 Left!  So he's trying to play again.  Maybe his health insurance should pay for the wider nut guitar - occupational therapy and all that?  LOL!!

 

 

I guess that's why I'm such a fan.  I am a strummer/flat-picker almost exclusively.  Trying to slowly learn finger-pciking.  I never play real barre chords (I barre with my thumb on F, etc.)
I have met a lot of players who look at me like I'm weird and ask why I don't do it "right" ... Barreing with my thumb has always felt very natural and easy for me, but I have very big hands.
I also am double jointed in my thumbs and can't practically fret w/ them but have from time to time.  I am always amazed w/ others who can do that.  My hands are rather average in size so I believe if I had something bigger to work w/ I could make more use of the thumb.  I've been a fingerstyle player most of my life and honestly can't flatpick at all.  It seems to out of sorts to use a pick and fingers for something I can do much easier w/ my fingers.  I do however grow out my nails on my picking hand and use those as little finger picks.

I'm not sure how they class my M12.  It measures 1.95 at the first fret and 2.05 at the third.  The actual nut is just a little wider.  I find it very comfortable with my long fingers, and as I learn bass runs it seems just right to me.  I think it is easier to play than my Yamaha FG160 where hammer-ons are concerned.

Lennie

@ Lennie ... I had a 12 string electric made in Sweden by Hagstrom when I was in high school.  I enjoyed it, but honestly, in those days before electric guitar tuners, I simply couldn't keep it in tune, and changing strings was also a real hassle for an impatient teenager, LOL.  Now I wish I'd have hung on to it.  It sounded just like Roger McGuinn and the Byrds on Tambourine Man!

Bought several wide-neck guitars (some electric) since starting guitar this Januray, learned the lesson hard way, that when it comes to selling, nobody wants them (online), lost more money on these suckers, IMO better buy regular-neck guitar, convert them to 5-string by replacing the nut.  Well at least that is for me lol.

I only strum, no picking, so the low-E string is not necessary.  Even when there is the low-E string, I don't touch it playing open chords.  For "G" chord, I only play bottom 4 strings, same for other chords unless it is "E" or related chords where the low-A string matters. 

Up to 195 songs...

Dean,

Have you tried an alternate tuning?  You can drop that low E string to D and it opens up a whole new way to play.  John Denver did a few that way like RockyMtnHigh.  I saw how to do it on youtube and it has been a lot of fun for me.

Lennie

"Drop-D" is my favorite tuning ... of course as a Neil Young disciple, I'd have to like "Drop-D".
Richard Thompson a bog Drop-D guy too. Does things with it John Denver could only dream of.
Thanks, I will check it out.

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