Fretboard width on an 8 string guitar

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Fretboard width on an 8 string guitar

Postby isaacfe » Sun Aug 07, 2016 12:05 pm

Hi everybody.Those of you who play 8 string guitars. What is the width of the fretboard at the nut you prefer? I have seen variations between 63 mm and 70 mm. The narrow width is obviously easier to reach across the strings but harder to play cleanly. I know it is a very personal issue but after playing for a while would you rather prefer to have a narrow or wide neck?
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Re: Fretboard width on an 8 string guitar

Postby Altophile » Sun Aug 07, 2016 12:48 pm

I have an eight string by Ibanez, and the fingerboard is pretty much in scale for what one would expect with two extra strings. It's a little too wide for my taste, and if I were to have an eight string custom made, I'd have the entire thing produced in the scale of a Cordoba C10 Parlor guitar, but with the two extra strings. I play a C10 now, and while some fingerings can get a bit tight, I have small hands and the smaller fingerboard makes other things so much easier!

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Re: Fretboard width on an 8 string guitar

Postby soltirefa » Mon Aug 08, 2016 2:51 pm

Michael Thames once told me he adds 9mm for each additional string. So assuming a 6-string is 52mm, a 7-string would be 61mm, etc.

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Re: Fretboard width on an 8 string guitar

Postby Jabberwocky » Sat Oct 01, 2016 5:01 am

2.75" nut width. 2.4" between 1st string and 8th string, centre to centre. This is on a Ramirez 1a 8-string, 664mm scale length.

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Re: Fretboard width on an 8 string guitar

Postby Steve Ganz » Sat Oct 01, 2016 5:59 am

70 mm nut

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Re: Fretboard width on an 8 string guitar

Postby gilles T » Sat Oct 01, 2016 4:23 pm


65 mm at the nut for my 8-string Orfea.

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Re: Fretboard width on an 8 string guitar

Postby attila57 » Mon Dec 26, 2016 9:47 pm

70 mm feels a bit too wide for me. It should be OK for bigger hands, though.
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