- Dec 7, 2009
- Reaction score
- New England, USA
String spacing is more important than nut width. Koalaoha has edge binding that adds extra width outside the strings. Martin tenors have very narrow nuts, but the strings are closer to the edges. So, the spacing is exactly the same as Koaloha....
Agreed, string spacing is more important.
Yes, Koaloha/Opio/Rebel all have extra space on the edges of the fingerboard (and narrow string spacing) because of those bindings, and placement of the frets inside them. With that construction, and resulting 27mm string spacing, I just can't consider buying one, although I want one, for their excellent tone and reputation. I've heard that they were considering new neck construction to allow wider string spacing, for those who want it, but they went dark on me on this, after multiple email conversations stretching back 3 years, so I gave up on them. I hope they will eventually offer the wider specs I seek, we'll see.
As far as Martin tenors, their nut width is an inexplicably small 34mm, much like an Ohana soprano, while Martin sopranos and concerts have historically been/are around 36mm. However, Martin's tenor string spacing on those 34mm nuts is wide, at about 29mm, very close to the edges. More playable for me, but still not optimal. As always, YMMV.