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    Default Size 0 or 00 with slightly wider string spacing?

    I am seeking a size 0 or 00 guitar, $700 or less, that has wider-than-average string spacing. Anybody know of one?

    BY THE WAY -- when I look at guitar specifications, they never give string spacing, but they do give nut width. Is the size of the nut a good clue as to string spacing?

    NOTE: I have 4 steel-string guitars & three of them have 1.75" nut size. I like & play those 3 but, when I flatpick, I would like slightly wider string spacing than they offer -- hence, this posting.

    The 1 that does NOT have a 1.75" nut is my Breedlove Stage Concert A/E. Its nut is 1 11/16". The string spacing on that guitar bums me out when I flatpick, so I'm going to give it to 1 of my grandsons who loves playing it. He's a finger-picker.
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    Nut width is a guideline to string spacing but not definitive. You may be able to have a new nut made that would give you a slightly wider string spacing. This could affect things like bends on the outer strings if the string is too close to the edge of the fretboard.
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    plenty of makers list string spacing at the saddle in their product descriptions but not many of those offer guitars for <$700
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swamp Yankee View Post
    plenty of makers list string spacing at the saddle in their product descriptions but not many of those offer guitars for <$700
    For right around $700, I have bought some used, all-solid wood guitars that were pretty nice. No offense but what's the difference beteen a $700 guitar and (for example) an $1100 guitar -- other than the $400, of course
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    I wasn't trying to convey the notion that <$700 guitars were inferior... but the makers of those guitars don't list specs like string spacing at the saddle in their product description as often as makers ( like Martin, for example) do.

    Thus, researching that spec puts you in a position of relying on the feedback from people that own the cheaper guitars and are willing to get their rulers out to check for you.
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    A nut width of 1-3/4" or wider in a small bodied guitar at $700 is few and far between. There is the Blueridge BR 341 it is an 0 size, solid spruce top solid mahogany back and sides with a 1-7/8" nut width.

    Google Maury Music they are a great shop and sell it for $760, cheap price for that grade of guitar. It does not state string spacing at the saddle but you can ask them. I own a Blueridge tenor guitar that is excellent in everyway.
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    Thanks to all. This is an interesting thread.

    I am still very curious as to what you folks feel are the main distinguishing advantages of an expensive guitar -- say $5,000 -- versus a $700 (used) Breedlove (for instance) with the same solid wood & same design as a much more expensive guitar (per reading the specifications & eyeballing the exterior which, of course, cannot see everything).
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    @ DownUpDave -- I put the Blueridge BR 341 on my short list. Thanks! Have you ever played one of these? If so, how did the wider string spacing feel to you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bellgamin View Post
    Thanks to all. This is an interesting thread.

    I am still very curious as to what you folks feel are the main distinguishing advantages of an expensive guitar -- say $5,000 -- versus a $700 (used) Breedlove (for instance) with the same solid wood & same design as a much more expensive guitar (per reading the specifications & eyeballing the exterior which, of course, cannot see everything).
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    @ DownUpDave -- I put the Blueridge BR 341 on my short list. Thanks! Have you ever played one of these? If so, how did the wider string spacing feel to you?
    Yes I have played that exact same model. Very good guitar with a nice sound but I don't do well with a wide nut, all mine are 1-11/16" or 1-3/4"
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    Bellgamin, in your opening post you spoke about difficulties flatpicking. To my mind, the string spacing at the saddle would have a bigger impact on your ability to flatpick comfortably while the nut width will have a greater impact on your fretting hand.

    As to differences in pricing, they are the result of many factors such as country of manufacture, quality of woods chosen, type of woods chosen, level of craftsmanship, the extent to which the guitar is hand made, the quality of fit and finish, amount of bling (inlays, bindings...etc.)

    While there are any number of decent guitars at lower prices, especially on the second hand market, it's still often a matter of getting what you pay for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swamp Yankee View Post
    ... ...While there are any number of decent guitars at lower prices, especially on the second hand market, it's still often a matter of getting what you pay for.
    More so, my goal is to pay the "right amount" for the quality I am actually getting.

    When it comes to pricing of guitars, I often wonder how much the price tag is affected by custormer biases or superstitions or legends with respect to:
    • Country of origin
    • Name recognition of the guitar's maker, or the guitar's seller
    • Pricing snobbery (If it costs $5000, it's got to be better than that $3000 piece of junk hanging next to it, right?)
    • Wow, this is the same model that's played by Joe Bananas, the world famous rock star!

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