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    All mine are around 1 3/8" with the string spacing slightly varying. To be honest, I even find that to be somewhat uncomfortably wide as far as my left hand fingers are concerned. But I put up with it, realizing that in order to fingerpick comfortably, the strings must be sufficiently widely spaced in the area over the soundhole. Life is full of compromises, and instruments are no exception to that!

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    36mm or 1 7/16 is my favorite. Splits the difference between the 35mm and 38mm. 38mm is my second favorite & 35mm is my least favorite, although not really a problem. Neck size & shape is more important to me.
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    I prefer nut widths around 36mm. I do also like 1.5".
    As long as it the neck isn't too thin I can play 1 3/8". I just hate it when it's advertised as 1 3/8" and then it's really 34mm.
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    Fortunately, I don't care about neck shape.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    Fortunately, I don't care about neck shape.
    That is fortunate... it’s a primary consideration for me. I like ‘em wide from side to side but slim from front to back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swamp Yankee View Post
    That is fortunate... it’s a primary consideration for me. I like ‘em wide from side to side but slim from front to back.
    Neck depth and profile are as important or even more important to me then width. I dislike and have sold uukes with a shallow neck and espiecally with a flat spot at the apex of the neck contour. Mya Moe is just like that.........but I have one of their baritones which I love the looks and sound of so I keep it
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    Quote Originally Posted by DownUpDave View Post
    Neck depth and profile are as important or even more important to me then width. I dislike and have sold uukes with a shallow neck and espiecally with a flat spot at the apex of the neck contour. Mya Moe is just like that.........but I have one of their baritones which I love the looks and sound of so I keep it
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    Hey, Hodge -

    I have both 1 3/8 and 1 1/2 in ukes. Both are fine. I agree that anything narrower than 1 3/8 on a uke is a no-go. I once tried a tenor guitar, which typically have banjo-width necks and I simply could not deal. Back it went!

    With guitars, I am finding I tend to prefer 1 7/8 width necks as 1 3/4 is just a tad too narrow for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DownUpDave View Post
    Neck depth and profile are as important or even more important to me then width. I dislike and have sold uukes with a shallow neck and espiecally with a flat spot at the apex of the neck contour. Mya Moe is just like that.........but I have one of their baritones which I love the looks and sound of so I keep it
    Yep. I agree.

    The neck depth can make a difference on how a smaller nut width (like 1 3/8") feels for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ubulele View Post
    For me, wider nut, definitely—or rather, wider string spread, since a wider nut doesn't guarantee a wider string spread; the two have only a weak correlation. On my 1.5" (38mm) nuts, the string spread ranges from 27mm—typical spread on a standard 35mm nut (and less than on some)—up to 31.5mm.

    The impact on reach of the typical 2mm spread increase, evaluated objectively, is negligible—you encounter a much larger increase in spread as you move up the neck, but how often does anyone comment on this? Rather, the advantage is that the fingers have a tad more room to arrange themselves in clustered chord shapes, and one can more easily clear adjacent strings when fretting.

    A more important but overlooked metric is the string spread at the saddle, which varies much more and dictates how the strings spread as you move up the neck. On my ukes, the saddle spreads vary from 36mm to 48mm, which is up to a 6mm spread difference at the 12th fret (in addition to the minimum 4.5mm spread increase from the nut, if you have the standard 27mm spread). Indeed, a wider nut spread decreases the spread differential as you move up the fretboard, for a more consistent playing experience.
    ubu,
    This is really interesting. I found this to be completely true during my en-devour to learn to play fiddle.

    There is a window of widths for nuts that works for me. 1 3/8" seems to be about right. I have another with a nut width of 1.5", which I am having difficulty making barre chords with.
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