In this article, I’ve compiled a list of wide neck acoustic guitars from the guitar makers’ catalogs and web sites, with street prices less than $500. The term wide neck acoustic guitar here refers to a guitar with a neck wider than 1-3/4″ (1.75″, 44mm), but I decided not to include guitars with 1.77″ / 45mm” nuts because they are just 0.02″ (0.5 mm) wider than the standard 1 3/4″ necks.
If you’re curious (or in a hurry):
It’s an excellent guitar with more than 120 customer reviews and 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon. It’s available in natural and black colors. It’s manufacturer suggested price is $540, so if you can get it for around $400, grab it. That’s one heck of a deal on a GOOD wide nut guitar! (check current price & read reviews here).
Which Wide Nut Guitar is the Best?
The one that satisfies your needs, your playing style, your budget. Here are three categories for them and three (actually, four 🙂 ) guitars fitting into these categories the best.
Guitar with the Widest Neck
- Washburn R314KK guitar with 48 mm wide nut. It corresponds approximately to 1.89″, so it’s a bit more than 1 7/8. You rarely see such a wide nut on acoustic guitar. As the most of parlor guitars, it has body-to-neck joint on 12th fret.
The Best Value for Your Money
- Seagul S6 Original is the one that is not the most expensive in this class of guitars, but collected the most positive reviews on Amazon. It is a dreadnought guitar with 45.72 mm / 1.8″ wide neck (approximately 1 13/16″), cedar top and wild cherry back and sides.
- If you are looking for a guitar with electronics, there is the Seagul S6 Original QIT with embedded Godin EPM Quantum acoustic guitar system
The Most Inexpensive Wide Neck Acoustic Guitar
- Recording King ROS-06 is nice triple-O (OOO), 12-fret guitar with solid sitka spruce and mahogany back and sides. Its nut width is 1 13/16″ (1.81″ or 46mm).
ANY of the 4 wide nut guitars in the list above are great instruments that you should be very happy with.
buying tip: watch that page above for deals on the Seagul S6 Original QI (QIT) – if it’s cheaper than its acoustic-only S6 Original sibling, it’s a GREAT deal.
List of Wide Neck Acoustic Guitars priced below $500
What’s In and What’s Out of Scope
The list below shows six string, steel string acoustic guitars only. Some of them didn’t appear in this list but will be included into the second post about more expensive guitars. Note that some guitar makers in their specifications provided nut widths both in inches and millimeters, but introduced a small rounding error. In such cases I left these numbers as is without modifications.
The list does not include the following guitar types:
- Composite guitars
- 12 string guitars
- Baritone guitars
- Nylon-string classical and crossover guitars
Wide neck acoustic guitars table
Here is the list itself. You can sort this table by manufacturer The links in the last column point to Amazon web pages where you can read more detailed descriptions and reviews, and see street price for each guitar.
|Maker||Series||Model||Nut, Mm||Nut, In|
|Seagull||Coastline||Coastline Cedar Folk QIT||45.72||1.8||View...|
|Seagull||Coastline||Coastline Momentum HG A/E||45.72||1.8||View...|
|Seagull||Coastline||Coastline S6 Spruce||45.72||1.8||View...|
|Seagull||Maritime Solid Wood||Concert Hall Semi-Gloss||45.72||1.8||View...|
|Seagull||Maritime Solid Wood||Folk High-Gloss||45.72||1.8||View...|
|Seagull||Natural Elements||CW Folk SG Amber Trail T35||45.72||1.8||View...|
|Seagull||S6||S6 Original QIT||45.72||1.8||View...|
|Seagull||S6||Original Concert Hall||45.72||1.8||View...|
|Seagull||S6||Original Concert Hall QIT||45.72||1.8||View...|
|Recording King||06 Series||ROS-06||46||1.81||1-13/16||View...|
|Recording King||Solid Top||ROS-16||46||1.81||1-13/16||View...|
If you see any errors or gaps in this table, or if you want me to add more columns to the table above, please leave your comments below.
Reference: Nut width conversion from inches to millimeters
You might want to use a table below as a reference for converting units of measurements from millimeters to inches and back for the most typical nut widths.
You might also want to take a look at another article, Guitar Neck Width Comparison for more general overview of different neck widths and guitar types which use them.