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Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?

11 Aug 02 - 08:00 PM (#763570)
Subject: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: Genie

I have very short fingers (which also don't bend every which way like some guitarists' do), so I play much better on a thin-necked guitar than on ones with wider necks (ceteris paribus). I have a Martin 00018 that serves me well, but a friend of mine had a guitar with an even longer and thinner neck, and I'd be interested in acquiring one like hers if I could remember what it was.

It seems to me its name began with a "W" and was a short name, but I don't think it was "Washburn." I just don't remember.

Anyway, do any of you folks know of a (full size or near full size) acoustic flat-top guitar that has really good action and a long skinny neck -- something ideally suited to someone with very small hands?

Genie


11 Aug 02 - 08:29 PM (#763575)
Subject: RE: Help: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: paul0

Try a Tacoma Roadking (RM6C). It's the thinnest neck that I've run across.


11 Aug 02 - 08:40 PM (#763580)
Subject: RE: Help: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: Genie

Thanks for the tip, Paul.

Glad it's "Roadking," not "Roadkill!" ;- )

Genie


11 Aug 02 - 08:55 PM (#763592)
Subject: RE: Help: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: Bee-dubya-ell

Genie

I have a Wechter Pathmaker Elite that has an almost-electric-guitar-feeling neck. It is an unusual double-cutaway design, with the neck meeting the body at the 19th fret. The body is about 000 size (less the cutaways) with the depth of a dreadnought. Plenty of volume. Maybe this is the "W" guitar your friend has. If not, check 'em out anyway.

Wechter has recently begun importing less expensive "copies" of their own guitars from somewhere in East Asia (similar to what Martin did with the Sigma line) and are selling those for about half of what the made-by-hand-in-America Elite sells for. They just call them "Pathmaker". I know Elderly Instruments carries them, but there are probably a lot of stores that are giving them a try. They're in the $500.00 USD range.

Bruce


11 Aug 02 - 09:00 PM (#763596)
Subject: RE: Help: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: Bee-dubya-ell

Oops...I forgot... here's a BLUE CLICKIE for Wechter.


11 Aug 02 - 09:56 PM (#763619)
Subject: RE: Help: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: Peg

I also have short fingers and I found a Tachamine was quite suitable (I had one of those lovely old "lawsuit" ones for a while--still trying to find another one if anyone sees one for sale)

peg


11 Aug 02 - 10:23 PM (#763629)
Subject: RE: Help: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: Genie

Peg, the Takamine I have is a Jasmine (nylon string acoustic/electric cutaway), and its neck is quite wide (like a classical guitar). What model is your Tak?

Genie


12 Aug 02 - 12:25 AM (#763658)
Subject: RE: Help: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: bet

Wow! I just had this conversation with my daughter in CA. She's wanting me to play more and I find it very frustrating with these short fingers. Glad for all the info, I'm going to look into some of them. bet


12 Aug 02 - 02:01 AM (#763685)
Subject: RE: Help: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull

Have you considered playing the mandolin instead of guitar? The neck is thin and most of the chords are played with only 2 fingers, the only big reach is for F.john


12 Aug 02 - 02:18 AM (#763692)
Subject: RE: Help: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: Genie

Funny thing, John, but the smallness of the mandolin neck makes it even HARDER to play than the guitar, given my osteoarthritis in my left hand. In particular, my left index finger does not like to bend at the 2nd joint--which gives me a preference for barre chords (which I never played for the first 20 to 25 years I played guitar) but makes playing teensy-necked instruments harder. Classical guitars are easier in one way, given their nylon strings, but they aggravate the arthritis by making me "overstretch" to adjust to the wide neck.

As I said above, the 00018 is pretty comfortable for my hand. But a guitar with a neck that is slightly slimmer than that -- I'm talking total circumference here -- would be even better.

I am, however, considering learning the dulcimer or banjo (with the banjo open tuned) as a "side" instrument. Either that or maybe a lap-style guitar.

In any event, I'd like to find a really narrow necked guitar. I'm told that Bonnie Raitt designed (an electric) one for herself, because she couldn't find one on the market that was the right size for her.

Genie


12 Aug 02 - 08:46 PM (#764115)
Subject: RE: Help: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: GUEST,John of the Hill

Genie, Perhaps you could try a cittern, an octave mandolin, or a tenor guitar as an alternative instrument. John


12 Aug 02 - 09:28 PM (#764128)
Subject: RE: Help: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: Genie

No offense, John, but I've spent too many years developing my 6-string technique to even consider a 4-string instrument (except for taking to the beach, etc.). As for the cittern or the octave mandolin, I'm not familiar with them.

I do still want to play 6-string guitar, though -- and it's not like I CAN'T play it any more --, so my main focus is on finding one that fits my hand. (Dulcimer, lap guitars, banjos, etc., all require learning to play all over again -- just as alternative tunings on the guitar do (at least for the left hand).

Genie


13 Aug 02 - 01:35 AM (#764206)
Subject: RE: Help: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: GUEST,mollificent

Baby Taylors are really fun, if you don't mind a 3/4 size guitar. They've got a neat sound. The all-mahogany (top as well as back and sides) is my favorite. Under $300, too. :)

Moll


13 Aug 02 - 11:22 AM (#764432)
Subject: RE: Help: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: EBarnacle1

Contact Nick Appolonio, he will make an instrument to suit your needs. At a fair price, too.


14 Aug 02 - 12:19 AM (#764935)
Subject: RE: Help: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: Genie

How do you contact Nick, EB? Is he a Mudcatter?

Mollificent, I'll look into the baby Taylor. I have a 3/4 size Ibanez and it is easy to play. But I really want a full-size sound -- especially a sound that's not too trebly.

One thing I have been considering is learning to play the electric bass, in addition to standard guitar. That's one 4-string intstrument I'd consider.

In this thread, though, I'm mainly looking for info on standard-size guitars that have thin necks. In fact, if someone made a thin-necked dreadnought, I'd be interested.

Genie


14 Aug 02 - 02:09 PM (#765286)
Subject: RE: Help: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: Gary T

I'm not sure how thin a neck you want here. I have an old Yamaha with a thick neck, and a less-old Yamaha with a thin(ner) neck. I have a current model Simon and Patrick with a neck at least as thin as the 2nd Yamaha, and I would assume that Seagull guitars would have the same dimensions. Don't know how much thinner a neck could be without breaking. Are you finding that the majority of new guitars available have thicker necks than you want?


14 Aug 02 - 02:34 PM (#765309)
Subject: RE: Help: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: Memphis Mud

I have an Ovation. It has a nice thin neck. The action is close to an electric's. The rounded back can let the guitar slip when I'm kickin' back, playing with my feet up on the back of the couch. Otherwise, I like it a lot.


14 Aug 02 - 11:33 PM (#765593)
Subject: RE: Help: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: Genie

Yes, Gary, most guitars--new or old--have necks thicker than my Martin 00018. That one has beautiful action and has a neck I can handle well, but I'm interested in adding another guitar with an even thinner neck but the same fret length.

Paradoxically, I once played a friend's D-35 and found it ALMOST as "user friendly" as the 00018. The neck is wider, but the action was superb. In other words, neck size is not the whole story.

Mud, I've tried Ovations, and they do play nicely, but even when I'm standing they tend to go "belly up," as though I were playing a lap guitar.

Genie


15 Aug 02 - 03:36 PM (#766061)
Subject: RE: Help: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: EBarnacle1

Nick's phone no. is 207-236-6312. A secondary good side is that for a really custom instrument, you will get the pleasure of travelling to Maine so that he can be sure of what you need. Then, you can go again to check the fit prior to acceptance.


05 May 03 - 03:30 PM (#946392)
Subject: RE: Help: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: Mudlark

Genie...Did you ever find the thin-necked guitar of your dreams. I'm on a similiar hunt, going to look at a Larribee tomorrow that the guy claims has a very small radius. My 016 Martin parlour guitar has a wonderful big sound and good action, but I have l. hand probs too and the thick radius makes stretches like G7, are getting harder to achieve smoothly. I also don't have much money to spend so I fear this is going to be a needle in the haystack situation.


05 May 03 - 04:22 PM (#946424)
Subject: RE: Help: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: GUEST,Perfesser Blue

I have seen so many stubby people play so many finger breaking chords with stubby little nubs that I have but one suggestion:
Quit whining and practice.


06 May 03 - 03:10 AM (#946760)
Subject: RE: Help: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: AKS

Quit whining and practice

PB, you haven't met with Art Hritis yet, have you?


AKS


06 May 03 - 07:34 AM (#946855)
Subject: RE: Help: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: GUEST

http://www.seagullguitars.com/specs.htm


06 May 03 - 07:43 AM (#946860)
Subject: RE: Help: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: Midchuck

Do you mean thin or narrow? I. e. smaller back-to-front or smaller across?

I have fairly large hands but short fingers; and I don't really have arthritis except in the end joint of my left little finger, where I bent it backwards to finger a barred "A" form for so many years. But I now find it uncomfortable to play a neck narrower than 1 3/4" at the nut (1 11/16" is usually considered "standard" width).

Some authorities advise a wider neck for people who have trouble fingering due to small hands and short fingers. Check out all sizes.

Peter.


06 May 03 - 11:48 AM (#947037)
Subject: RE: Help: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: GUEST,Martin Gibson

They are not full sized, but have fabulous thin necks and action. I'm talking about the Gibson LG series. Though they are out of production for a while, there are plenty of LG0, LG1, LG2, and some LG3s around.

These guitars are very sweet sounding and playing.


06 May 03 - 11:54 AM (#947042)
Subject: RE: Help: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: Cluin

A lot of Gibsons have thinner necks. Emmylou Harris's guiar-of-choice is a Gibson J-200 which she says has a "real narrow neck that works so well for me".


06 May 03 - 03:52 PM (#947190)
Subject: RE: Help: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: Mudlark

Thanks for the Gibson input...I've never played one. And there is a diff. betwn thick and wide...too narrow and I cant bunch my fingers up enough! It is the depth that bothers me...once I get my hand around the chunkiness, I've less power now in my fingers.

Practice always in order but past a certain point it makes things worse, not better.


06 May 03 - 05:02 PM (#947258)
Subject: RE: Help: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: Bill D

well, Norton1,(Steve) in Idaho, bought Ferrara's Gurian last year..it is a narrower, and I think, slightly thinner neck. I don't think you could get it away from him without an army, but there are occasionally Gurian's available.


06 May 03 - 05:50 PM (#947288)
Subject: RE: Help: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: Rick Fielding

Hi Genie. If it's your "work guitar" then nothing should get in the way of total comfort. Get a competant repair person to contour the neck to your specifications. My 0-18 had a very clubby neck. I had Bruce Dowd shave it down to where it plays like a dream!

About two hundred dollars.

Cheers

Rick


25 Jul 04 - 07:36 AM (#1233315)
Subject: sigma guitars?
From: GUEST,Allison

has anyone here heard of sigma guitars?.any idea of sound.quality,playability etc?.i saw a pic of one the other day and drooled over it,a dr 41.can theese guitars be purchased in the uk/ireland?any help greatly appreciated.
                                        ALLISON.


25 Jul 04 - 01:53 PM (#1233455)
Subject: RE: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: GLoux

Thread drift, but what the hey...

Sigma Guitars are a line of guitars brought to market by Martin a few years ago when they were trying to provide entry level guitars at a lower price point than their traditional line. If I recall correctly, they were made to Martin specificatins in Japan with less expensive materials. It is not clear to me if they still carry them, though...but you could probably find a used one.

-Greg


25 Jul 04 - 07:25 PM (#1233619)
Subject: RE: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: kendall

Taylor


25 Jul 04 - 10:52 PM (#1233685)
Subject: RE: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: DonMeixner

Guilds, F-20 or F-30 or M-20 with the short scale (24 3/4" or there abouts).

Don


25 Jul 04 - 11:02 PM (#1233689)
Subject: RE: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: Mark Clark

I think the Bresh model by Leach has a thin neck. It's neck is a copy of the special neck Paul Bigsby built for Mrle Travis.

Bound to be an attentin getter.

      - Mark


25 Jul 04 - 11:14 PM (#1233701)
Subject: RE: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: John Hardly

Well, like peter, I too had heard that wider necks are often easier for shorter fingers to play cleanly. Has to do with angle of attack -- shorter fingers can't as easily come up an over -- they usually come across, thus the spacing allows for cleaner play.

But, like Don, my initial first thought was a Guild. Those Fs are comrotable in so many ways.

And, like Rick, who from the grave advised that a guitar can be modified -- even if not as drastic as a neck shave -- the "action" of a guitar is not a permanent condition. I would never buy a guitar for it's action -- it's not a shoe size. Action is a temporary, correctable condition. rejecting a guitar because of its action would be like saying you're not going to buy hamburger from the grocery store because it's not yet cooked.

And I agree -- mandolin is not a solution for arthritic hands. It's hell on arthritic hands.


25 Jul 04 - 11:16 PM (#1233702)
Subject: RE: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: John Hardly


26 Jul 04 - 01:41 PM (#1234057)
Subject: RE: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: burntstump

If you can find one an original Epiphone Texan, made in the USA, the best action and slimmest kneck you could wish for.


06 Aug 04 - 02:30 PM (#1241426)
Subject: RE: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: GUEST,Ron R.

I'm looking for a Travel Guitar that my son can take with him when he travels. Right now he takes his Gibson with him and he finds it a little combersome because its quite large.

He needs a travel guitar that has gret sound yet is a small package. Can anyone recommend a Great Travel Guitar? Doesn't matter if its custom mde or not. Price is secondary.

Also need someone who does great inlay work on a guitar.

Thanks

rrstudios@comcast.net


09 Aug 04 - 05:30 AM (#1243048)
Subject: RE: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: GUEST,DMcF

After 25 years of playing electric guitar in rock bands - then 'returning' to folk some four years back, I found far too many acoustic guitar necks too 'thick' for me (depth, front to back).
Our local guitar makers (Oakwood) here in Leeds (West Yorkshire, England) talked through my 'problems' with me, then made two guitars (based on a model of theirs where I liked everything BUT the neck) for me with neck specifictions of my own choosing.
I've ended up with two hand-made guitars with necks EXACTLY how I like 'em.
By working with a 'local' guitar maker, I believe I have superb quality and playability (to my specific requirements) at a slightly cheaper price than for similar quality materials and workmanship from the 'bigger name brands'.
I'm not on commision for Oakwood! - merely offering the suggestion that you can get as thin a neck as you desire - just go seek out your own 'local' luthier. Cheers! Duncan McFarlane


09 Aug 04 - 11:58 AM (#1243256)
Subject: RE: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: Mark Clark

GUEST,DMcF, I would be very interested in learning the dimensions of the neck you prefer and had built.
  1. What is the thickness, front to back, of your neck at the 1st, 7th, and 14th frets?
  2. What is the width of the neck, across the fingerboard, at the same points?
  3. What is the scale length, nut to bridge?
  4. What is the distance between centers of the two E strings at the nut and at the bridge?
  5. What is the radius across the fingerboard?
  6. What is the height of the strings above the 1st and 12th frets? And what weight/guage strings do you play?
  7. And, finally, what frets do you prefer? (i.e., thin, low, fat, high, etc.)
I'm very interested in people's neck and setup preferences and the sort of music they usually play.

I'm also interested in this same information from anyone else who knows and understands their preferences. Have people found commercially available instruments with necks that meet their desires and what makes and models meet them. How many people, if they could choose, would select a neck from one guitar and the body from another?

Thanks.

      - Mark


09 Aug 04 - 03:15 PM (#1243426)
Subject: RE: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: Nick

Different price range to much of what has been mentioned above but...

I recently changed from playing a 30 year old Yamaha FG180 which had a neck that suited me. Tried various guitars which felt huge in my small left hand (my middle finger of left hand is about 3 3/8" from tip to palm). A friend lent me a Washburn which felt enormous, and I tried a number of Yamahas, a Martin 000M (I think) and others.

In the end I bought a Tanglewood TW28ST-Y which I was told was apparently one of 250 hand finished ones (could be salesman BS but don't think so - I can't however find info about the particular style on Tanglewood site or on internet). I have a friend who has a different model (a TW15ST) which feels totally different in my hand.

Mostly I bought it because I liked the feel of the neck in my hand - if anything it feels more like my electric guitar. Though it's measurements are not that different from the Yamaha it feels thinner. Both of them are about 5" across the fingerboard and round the back of the neck at the 7th fret if that makes sense - if anything the new one is perhaps slightly smaller (1/4"?).

Measurements -

Tanglewood TW28ST - Y

1 1st <7/8"
7th 7/8"         "
14th Unable to measure

2 1st 1 11/16"
7th 1 15/16"
14th 2 1/8"

3 25 3/4" nut to bridge

4 1 3/8"
2 1/8"

5 Unsure how to measure it!

6 Difficult to be precise 3/32" at 1st
                         3/16" at 12th
Light to medium strings

7 No preference

Yamaha FG180 by comparison

1 7/8" 1"
2 1 3/4"   1 7/8"    2"
3 25 1/4"
4 1 3/8"    1 15/16"
5 -
6 3/32" 9/32"
7 -

Strange to find out that the Yamaha was actually narrower and the strings closer together! The new one, however, feels smaller in my hand and is easier to play though I always found the old guitar had a very easy action and was little effort to play. The Yamaha has never been tinkered with and has kept it's neck pretty straight over the time I've had it.

The Martin I played was nice to the feel and had a nice sound but the additional hundreds of pounds were an off put!


10 Aug 04 - 09:43 AM (#1244019)
Subject: RE: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: GUEST,DMcF

Hello Mark C - I've returned a long explanation in answer to your questions by replying to the personal email you sent me.
Hope that'll do for ya. Cheers! DMcF


27 Aug 04 - 09:55 AM (#1258181)
Subject: RE: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: GUEST,lowellkosak@hotmail.com

I found a 1965 Gibson in South Bend, IN at Hoosier Dads a couple weeks ago. It may be gone. I don't know much about guitars but when I picked it up and played it I noticed the neck was much slimmer. Same length in the frets and dreadnought body. Not sure of the number. Beautiful sounding instument. I asked the clerk and he said that at that time Gibson made their 6 string acoustics and electrics with same neck width. I thought it would be good for people with short fingers but great for a full body sound. He want about $2000 for it. Great vintage guitar and I think rare.


12 Nov 04 - 11:20 AM (#1324633)
Subject: RE: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: GUEST

hi..not enough time to read all previous replies..
so appologies if this has already been suggested..

Fender Stratacoustic or Telecoustic..

electro acoustic guitars with
very thin easy to play electric guitar necks..

very reasonable guitars for the budget price..
decent enough active EQ / underbridge pickup..

But factory set string action/set up is variable
so best need to audition as many as possible to find
one with low enough action..
also best to use lighter strings to minimise string tension on bridge/soundboard..

Fener also do high price better quality up market version
with electric neck..


12 Nov 04 - 11:25 AM (#1324636)
Subject: RE: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: GUEST

oh..

not forgetting
Danelectro Convertible..

unique thinline acoustic with electric neck
and lipstick pickup..

the vintage 60's ones are collectors clasics
but the recently discontinued
pro standard korean reissues are excellent guitars
for all kind of music styles..


12 Nov 04 - 11:35 AM (#1324645)
Subject: RE: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: GUEST,Jim

Easiest acoustic I've ever played (with my very short fingers) is my Norman ST68 - very comforatble all the way up the fretboard, with easy thumb-over Bass (though Barre chords are so easy to play on it).


12 Nov 04 - 09:24 PM (#1325186)
Subject: RE: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: Terry Allan Hall

In the mid-60s, Gibson made a lot of J-45s and J-50s with very slender, easy-to-play necks...A bit pricy sometimes, but they sure sound great!


12 Nov 04 - 10:10 PM (#1325228)
Subject: RE: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: mousethief

Tacoma Chief


12 Nov 04 - 10:42 PM (#1325253)
Subject: RE: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: mousethief

darn; link didn't work. Tacoma Chief


12 Nov 04 - 10:44 PM (#1325259)
Subject: RE: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: Bert

Oh GUEST! Telecoustic indeed. They may have a thin neck but they sound bloody awful!


13 Nov 04 - 10:13 AM (#1325618)
Subject: RE: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: GUEST

strat/teleacoustics are usefull tools that are a very practical solution for clearly recognised individual performance requirements..
and no they dont sound 'bloody awful'

they sound ok..

and can be made to sound pretty good by any reasonably accomplshed
player and/or sound technician..
in fact the potential of these very keenly priced
and intelligently designed guitars
is only limited by the prejudices and lack of immagination
of a very conservative and insecure guitar consumer market..

next..


17 Nov 04 - 06:32 PM (#1330454)
Subject: RE: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: GUEST,wolfmaiden

Hi I am looking for an acoustical with a narrow neck as I have small hands and short fingers. I enjoy playing but I have a had time with a standard guitar. Do you have any suggestions. wolfmaiden50@yahoo.com thank you


17 Nov 04 - 06:39 PM (#1330463)
Subject: RE: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: Cluin

You could try an acoustic-electric type, like a Godin; the necks are thin like electrics. They are meant to be plugged in but you can still play them acoustically. The sound is pretty thin though...


26 Nov 04 - 06:15 PM (#1340066)
Subject: RE: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: GUEST,Guest

Try a Zager from http://zagerguitar.com they have their own line now and for a solid top Dread under $500.00 the neck is smooth and shallow and the sound is very good. Action is low and the customer service is excellent. 100% money back if not happy with it and they mean it..shipping and all.. They also have a cedar top with rosewood sides and back (laminate mind you) for under $800.00. I bought one just to see how they sound... they sound and play nice and easy...


11 Dec 04 - 10:12 AM (#1353937)
Subject: RE: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: GUEST,Dianna C.

I had the same problem and I happened to stumble across an old 1965 Gibson J-50 and I LOVE it! I cannot put it down and I'm having a hard time opening my mind to other guitars now. So, I would check out some Gibsons.

-Dianna :)


27 Jan 05 - 02:46 PM (#1390380)
Subject: RE: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: GUEST,lg0 hardshell case?

what is a good hard shell case to get for a gibson lgo? (in the up to hundred dollar range)

--thanks!


23 Jul 05 - 11:22 PM (#1526734)
Subject: RE: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: GUEST,William Bell

Check out the Alvarez Artist Series - many sizes and shapes to choose from but the necks are all pretty shallow and of the 15 or so guitars my daughter and I have, the Alvarez we have is the only one that we didn't need to send to our luthier to have set up. Three cheers for proper post-factory set up here in the States for these Asian made guitars.


27 Oct 06 - 12:24 PM (#1870097)
Subject: RE: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: Y_Not

I have had a Washburn accoustic (Woodstock) for 20 years and I have looked for other guitars with a slim neck but never found any as easy to play as the Washburn. Good Luck!


27 Oct 06 - 03:25 PM (#1870215)
Subject: RE: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: Richard Bridge

NOTHING is as shallow front-to-back as a Hagstrom - I know the J-45s but Guy Davis plays an H-22.

For narrow, try the Fenders - they sound nothing like a guitar, but the neck is electric-narrow.


27 Oct 06 - 04:35 PM (#1870254)
Subject: RE: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: leftydee

Check out thin necks on Art & Lutherie Guitars. These are really quite extraordinary for the price.   Lefty


27 Oct 06 - 07:05 PM (#1870355)
Subject: RE: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: Darowyn

I have two acoustics with necks that are both thin and narrow.
My favourite is a 1962 Fender Newporter. It's a small bodied mahogany acoustic with a Stratocaster Neck bolted on. The sound is quite quiet and sweet, ant it records beautifully.
My good guitar is a 1957 Epiphone- from before they were cheap Gibson clones. That is a full-on jumbo and is the loudest acoustic I've ever found.

My advice- never buy a new guitar, they don't know any songs!
Cheers
Dave


27 Oct 06 - 11:09 PM (#1870487)
Subject: RE: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: Big Al Whittle

is this guy still looking from 2002?

if he is, you could try a yamaha cpx15cm. very thin neck. LR Baggs electric, but perhaps not quite as meaty in the low register.


27 Jan 07 - 12:29 AM (#1949365)
Subject: RE: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: GUEST,Stella

I wouldn't recommend Ovations for thin necks. I'm looking on this site now to see if there are thinner ones. I hate my ovation personally


27 Jan 07 - 07:19 PM (#1950010)
Subject: RE: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: Darowyn

If it comes to the crunch and the little fingers and the arthritis strike- learn TO PLAY THE STEEL GUITAR.
Lap steel, console steel, resonator or even pedal steel- the complete solution.
Cheers
Dave


05 Nov 11 - 11:42 AM (#3250839)
Subject: RE: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: GUEST,Jerry in Waldorf

FWIW, I know this is late, given that the last post was in August 2011, and it's now November 2011, but one of my guitars is a Guild GAD 30R (or R30), an OM style guitar available anywhere that the Imported Guild line (GAD)is available, and although the OM nut width is 1 3/4 inch, the actual thickness of the neck is incredibly narrow! This guitar has the thinnest neck I've ever encountered on an acoustic guitar, and it is uniformly narrow in thickness from the nut all the way to the body. In fact, the one great feature of this guitar is its flat, thin neck. As a finger picker, I find this guitar to be the easiet to play. However, it doesn't have nearly the tone quality of my favorite guitar, a Martin 000-18 Norman Blake, a 12 fret to the body OM with a 1 13/16 inch nut and a relatively thin V-shaped neck. This V-neck is considerably narrower than other Martin V-necks, and has a great feel, but the 1 13/16 nut width is 1/16 inch wider than the Guild, and therefore takes some getting used to...   The martin SOUNDS so heavenly, though... Unbelievably wonderful tone! The Guild sounds tinny and boxy compared to the Martin, but it IS easier to play because of its thin, flat neck.
The Guild is worth the money just to get a guitar with that neck.
The Martin is worth it's price because you'll never find another guitar that sounds so beautiful.


05 Nov 11 - 03:16 PM (#3250938)
Subject: RE: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: Big Al Whittle

Yamaha have a new thin necked model the Yamaha AC3R


05 Sep 13 - 04:59 AM (#3556226)
Subject: RE: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: GUEST,Peter Sloane

Reading the Gibson J200 (Emmy Lou Harris version) that is a 180 and is a slightly smaller version of the 200, a J180 or J185. The SJ200 however itself has a very shallow neck. You would maybe not associate such a big guitar with such a slim neck. It's almost as thin as the narrow necked Strats and Tele's. Shallow necks are not just for 'smaller' players it's something to do with the playability.


05 Sep 13 - 09:51 AM (#3556291)
Subject: RE: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: GUEST,Musket with huge hands

I once tried, in a shop, a Rickenbacker dreadnought acoustic. It sounded lovely but the neck was very thin with a very close string pitch at the nut. You couldn't put anything too thick at the bass end. The shop guy said they had put 011 set on as anything thicker might buzz if you were excitable when playing.

Too close a pitch for me, but they are known for thin necks in the electric world, bonding two timbers and good adjustable neck bracing.


06 Sep 13 - 03:32 AM (#3556500)
Subject: RE: Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations?
From: GUEST

Taylors have slim necks. Have you tried a baby taylor? Theyre very nice to play and have low string tension. Low tension string are also available called Heritage and are of help to people with arthritis!