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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Hanks View Post
    FWIW, I am rethinking my earlier statement about "too narrow". I have played some 1-3/4" since my post above and I'm liking it now.
    1 3/4" nut widths on nylon string guitars have become my favorite. 1 7/8" is still fine with me too. I do still have some 52mm nut width classicals, and I do still play them, but I now prefer the narrower widths.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Futurethink View Post
    20.27" is too long? For 19 frets? I don't think so.

    Yes, the neck will feel a bit narrow (for six strings) to an 'ukulele player, but it's a pretty common nut width for a guitar player.

    The Yamaha CG102A is a half-scale guitar with a 21" scale, and a 48mm nut.
    If you are talking about STEEL strings, which are significantly thinner diameter, and played with a different fretting technique than classical guitar, then yes 1.67"-1.75" nut width is common, but for classical guitar, a 2" or 52mm nut is standard, and even so, those strings are still closer together than on an ukulele with a 1.375"/35mm or 1.5"/38mm nut width.

    String-to-string spacing on the typical 1.67"/43mm steel string guitar is about 5-6mm, whereas on classical guitar it is closer to 8mm and on most ukuleles I own it is closer to 9mm-10mm apart.

    Any classical guitar type, guilele, gutarlele, kiku with less than a 48mm total span from E-to-E at the nut is going to feel cramped to a classical guitar player as well as feel cramped to most ukulele players.

    I started on steel string electric, then acoustic and then studied classical guitar and played ONLY nylon strings for many years before coming to ukulele.

    IMHO, it is painfully difficult for me to cleanly fret a steel string guitar now. Sure with practice I might get better, but I simply dont care for it now, and prefer my nylon strung instruments with wider nuts and wider string spacing, save for my tenor guitar, which has a 1.6"/40mm nut and only 4 strings and is a dream to fret, just like a baritone uke.
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    Yes, I said the neck would feel a bit narrow to an 'ukulele player.

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    I was curious, so I ordered a Hex Bumblebee BB100; it arrived on Saturday. Yes, the fretboard is very narrow for six strings and adult fingers. As was mentioned above, there’s a reason it’s pictured with five-year-olds.
    Kathryn

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    Quote Originally Posted by kvehe View Post
    I was curious, so I ordered a Hex Bumblebee BB100; it arrived on Saturday. Yes, the fretboard is very narrow for six strings and adult fingers. As was mentioned above, there’s a reason it’s pictured with five-year-olds.
    Can you give us a sound sample please ?
    Is this meant for strumming and singing
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    No, unfortunately I'm really not set up for that at this time. I will say that I prefer the sound of the Córdoba Mini R with the Aquila E-E strings, and the Mini R is definitely easier to fret.

    It's meant to be a small classical guitar, but the promotional material refers to it as a travel guitar as well as an instrument suitable for children.

    I haven't given up on it, and I'm not sorry I bought it. The gig bag is **very** nice.
    Kathryn

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    Muscle memory will eventually adapt to whatever one is playing. I too studied classical guitar for many years on both 52mm and 54mm (older Ramirez) nut widths. During this study period I was also a regularly performing musician playing electric and acoustic guitars with 1 11/16" nut widths. Needless to say I was switching back and forth on a regular basis with no troubles. Mind you, this was many years ago and my now aging hands may not be as elastic as they used to. However, I have no troubles with nylon strings and narrower nut widths - 1 7/8" and 1 3/4" nut widths. I'm sorry, but I don't agree with the this has to be this and that has to be that theory. Muscle memory will adapt. When one is used to only playing a certain nut width and nothing else, yes a change will feel foreign at first. But, muscle memory is a pretty amazing thing

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