Electric style guitar with classical style string spacing?

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Electric style guitar with classical style string spacing?

Post by twistedblues » Tue Jun 13, 2017 1:57 pm

Are there any electric guitars like say a stratocaster type electric with a wider string spacing that matches a classical guitar?

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Re: Electric style guitar with classical style string spacing?

Post by twang » Tue Jun 13, 2017 3:19 pm

And a flat (not radiused) fret-board?
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Re: Electric style guitar with classical style string spacing?

Post by twistedblues » Tue Jun 13, 2017 3:28 pm

Either or?

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Re: Electric style guitar with classical style string spacing?

Post by guitarrista » Tue Jun 13, 2017 3:48 pm

Look up Godin or Kiesel guitars.
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Re: Electric style guitar with classical style string spacing?

Post by twistedblues » Tue Jun 13, 2017 4:39 pm

I forgot to add "steel string"

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Re: Electric style guitar with classical style string spacing?

Post by hesson11 » Wed Jun 14, 2017 12:05 am

I've been looking for something like that for ages. In fact, I'd settle for a 1-3/4" nut width. About the only ones I can come up with are Eastman archtops and thinline electrics, which are 1-3/4".
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Re: Electric style guitar with classical style string spacing?

Post by SeanWinkler » Wed Jun 14, 2017 1:09 am

Warmoth makes a "super wide" neck with 1 7/8" nut width.
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Re: Electric style guitar with classical style string spacing?

Post by bear » Wed Jun 14, 2017 1:21 am

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Re: Electric style guitar with classical style string spacing?

Post by es335 » Wed Jun 14, 2017 8:02 pm

I had an ES335 type guitar custom made from a luthier with wider string spacing and a flat fingerboard to make switching between classical and electric easier amongst others. Worked quite well ! :wink:

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Re: Electric style guitar with classical style string spacing?

Post by Dave M » Wed Jun 14, 2017 9:11 pm

As an amateur builder I have made a couple of steel strings aimed firmly at the finger picking player - perhaps at the converting classical player also. I make the neck at the nut around 47 mm with a fretboard curvature of 16 inches. This is a bit of a compromise between the classical at around 52 - 54 mm at the nut and a flat fretboard, although I radius my classicals at 20 inches and find it more comfortable than the flat one.

The electric though really is a rather different animal. I am not sure that the classical style of neck dimensions would work very well. It may be though that the sort of figures I suggest for a steel string could work reasonably well. Bear in mind that the normal electric playing technique is worlds away from either classical or steel string playing.

In any case a guitar maker who does bespoke work ought to be able to make whatever you decide is worth trying.

Good luck and let us know how you get on.
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Re: Electric style guitar with classical style string spacing?

Post by Grooveman JS » Wed Jun 28, 2017 5:41 am

twang wrote:
Tue Jun 13, 2017 3:19 pm
And a flat (not radiused) fret-board?
I think not......if it's non radiused; it'll be difficult
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Re: Electric style guitar with classical style string spacing?

Post by rojarosguitar » Wed Jun 28, 2017 8:21 am

Grooveman JS wrote:
Wed Jun 28, 2017 5:41 am
twang wrote:
Tue Jun 13, 2017 3:19 pm
And a flat (not radiused) fret-board?
I think not......if it's non radiused; it'll be difficult
Back in the 1970s Travis Bean was making electric guitars with aluminium necks and ebonite non radiused fretboards; they were beautiful to play.

I once conveted a classical Aria (650/52) into an electric guitar. The top had been trashed by an angry person, and I could either use it for making fire or do something creativ. i chose the second. I had a piece of wood inside the open body (most of the top was gone) and one humbucker pickup I could slide on an aliminium rail to change the sound. I stabilized t neck with a steel rope from the tip of the head to the heel. Worked very nicely. Was fully compatible to a standard classical in spacings and had a flat fretboard as well. I even played some gigs with it.
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Re: Electric style guitar with classical style string spacing?

Post by jeffleet » Thu Jul 20, 2017 12:17 am

twistedblues wrote:
Tue Jun 13, 2017 1:57 pm
Are there any electric guitars like say a stratocaster type electric with a wider string spacing that matches a classical guitar?
I am affiliated with the company that makes this guitar, but it has a 52mm nut width. I was responsible for choosing the guitar's configuration and specifications:
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Re: Electric style guitar with classical style string spacing?

Post by George Crocket » Thu Jul 20, 2017 2:34 pm

Hi Jeff. That looks interesting.

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Re: Electric style guitar with classical style string spacing?

Post by bftobin » Fri Jul 21, 2017 3:39 am

Jazz player Lenny Breau was one of the first to do it in the sixties. He had a classical width neck with 24 frets made on a solid body.

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