As a newbie I fully understand that point of view. However I've been playing other musical instruments namely the dizi (Chinese flute) and erhu (Chinese violin) to a goodish level. I've tried buying cheap and working my way up and I wished I had bought the best I can afford from the beginning as it would have worked out far cheaper. I suppose it's cheaper than 20 Marlboros a day, a habit I've now kicked. It's also cheaper than some of my other hobbies I used to do.mmapag wrote:I think Susan makes a couple of great points here. I have medium size hands and slightly pudgy finger tips. I like 52mm much better than 50 and liked the one 54mm I played. In some ways it is easier to get to certain positions with the smaller nut width and narrower string spacing. But, for me, it is less difficult to play each note more cleanly without muting or buzzing strings with more space. I'm sure there gets to be a point of diminishing returns on that and I didn't play the 54mm for more that half an hour so I don't know if there would have been issues with playing it long term.SusanGRas wrote:I would personally think about what size I wanted for a bit before ordering. 52 and 50 are a big difference to me. I have small hands and do not like 50 mm. 51 is very comfortable and 52 works. As was mentioned they may have started thinner but then went much wider, wider than todays standard. Standard is always an interesting concept. I guess it fits the majority of people. I also find that 52 mm of one luthier can be different from a 52 mm of another because of the actual neck profile. Perhaps the luthier you are going with might have a sample or two to try out.
You mention that you are a newbie, yet are about to order a luthier built instrument. That is a significant investment in money. You may want to consider getting more experience playing different instruments with different nut widths and string spacing before spend a good bit on a guitar that you may find yourself dissatisfied with in a year or so as you know more about the guitar and what you really want in one.
I'm meeting with with the dealer on Tuesday with a lot of questions and it did occur to me as I opened the thread to email Stephen Hill directly for advice too. I played my friend's Yu Long Guo and it felt very comfortable and easy to play. A guitar built to the same dimensions as the YLG would suit me fine.