For this article, I’ve compiled a list of wide neck acoustic guitars from the guitar makers’ catalogs and web sites. 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 are looking for general discussion of what is called “wide neck”, which necks can be called “standard” and how to measure them, you might check the Acoustic Guitar Neck Width Comparison on this site.
Which Wide Nut Guitar is the Best?
The best guitar is 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.
Top 3 Guitars with the Widest Necks
- Seagull Artist Peppino Signature CW Element dreadnought guitar has the widest neck in this review – 1.9″ or 48.26mm. It’s wider than 1 7/8″ necks and just 0.1″ below the classical 2.0″ wide neck. You rarely see such a wide nut on acoustic guitar. It’s a nice guitar for fingerstyle with solid spruce top, solid rosewood back, mahogany neck and high-gloss finish. It’s hard to find guitar, but you might see some new or used sellers through the link below.
- The next guitar in this category is Washburn R320SWRK parlor guitar with the neck about the same width as the Seagull guitar above. 48mm or 1.89″ wide neck provides a lot of space for people who prefer such wide necks and parlor body style. As many parlor guitars, it is a short scale instrument – 47/75″. It uses all solid woods – spruce for the top, rosewood for the back and sides, and mahogany for the neck.
- Washburn R314KK is another parlor guitar from Washburn’s vintage series with 48 mm wide nut. It also has body-to-neck joint at 12th fret. It’s about 30% cheaper than the previous model, still uses spruce for the top and mahogany for the neck, but its sides and back were maiden from exotic trembesi wood from Indonesia.
The Best Value for Your Money
- Seagull 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 Seagull S6 Original QIT with embedded Godin EPM Quantum acoustic guitar system
I had an opportunity to play two Seagull S6 guitar models: Slim and Cedar – Wild Cherry. Event they have a narrow 1.72″ (less that 1 3/4″) neck, I’ve decided to check them from playability and sounding prospective. Out of these two, I liked the first one (Slim) the most. Surprisingly, it was very well set up right from the factory: string action is reasonably low, frets are smooth, the neck is convenient and guitar was easy to play. It projected very well with good volume, and all strings sounded good and well balanced.
One thing that was unusual for me is relatively small tuning buttons (but not too small to call them inconvenient). From setup prospective, I’d also polish frets and edges of the frets, but any guitar can benefit from that. In my opinion, it’s an excellent guitar for an intermediate player. S6 Original with 1.8″ wide neck should be the same quality, so it would be difficult to make an error by buying this guitar. You can check the pictures below I did with my phone in a local guitar shop.
3 Least Expensive 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).
- The next several places (not just the 2nd and the 3rd) in this list are occupied by the same Seagull S6 guitars as listed above in the Best Value for Money category. If you want to see all of them, just check the table below.
ANY of the inexpensive wide nut guitars mentioned 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. Note that in their specifications some guitar makers 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.
Midrange Wide Neck Acoustic Guitars
Into this category, I included more expensive guitars with estimated street prices between $500 and $2,000. Don’t get me wrong, $2,000 is a lot of money. I believe I still can call it “midrange” because I saw a bunch of wide neck guitars priced well above $5,000 or even $10,000. So, let’s see which guitars fit this category.
Who makes the most wide neck acoustic guitar models?
The answer to this question is simple: it’s my favorite Seagull again. In this price range, I found 19 (!) Seagull guitars with 1.8″ (45.72) mm wide necks and one with 1.9″ neck. The lower range in this category includes a bunch of Seagull S6 models, then continues with Natural Elements, Performer and Maritime modes in the middle, and then completes the list with three higher-range Artist models, including the Seagull Artist Peppino Signature CW Element guitar with 1.9″ wide neck I mentioned in the beginning of this post. Here is the full list with one model from each range linked to Amazon so you can compare price levels and guitar specs yourself.
- Seagull Artist, Studio CW Element, dreadnought guitar with electronics
- Seagull Artist, Mosaic CW Folk Element, Orchestra Model guitar with electronics
- Seagull Natural Elements, CW Mini-Jumbo SG Amber Trail
- Seagull Artist Mosaic Element (Dreadnought)
- Seagull Artist Cameo CW Element (Dreadnought)
- Seagull Maritime Solid Wood Semi-Gloss QIT (Dreadnought)
- Seagull Artist Mosaic Dreadnought
- Seagull Maritime Solid Wood Folk High-Gloss QIT (Orchestra)
- Seagull Performer Flame Maple CW Concert Hall Burnt Umber QIT (Orchestra)
- Seagull Maritime Solid Wood Concert Hall Semi-Gloss QIT (Orchestra) (Orchestra Model)
- Seagull Performer Flame Maple Cutaway Mini-Jumbo Flame Maple QIT (Mini Jumbo)
- Seagull Performer Flame Maple CW Flame Maple QIT (Dreadnought)
- Seagull Natural Elements CW Folk SG Heart Of Wild Cherry T35 (Orchestra Model)
- Seagull Natural Elements CW Mini-Jumbo SG Heart Of Wild Cherry T35 (Mini Jumbo)
- Seagull Maritime Solid Wood Semi-Gloss (Dreadnought)
- Seagull Coastline Coastline S6 Spruce QIT (Dreadnought)
- Seagull Performer Flame Maple CW Folk Flame Maple QIT High-Gloss (Orchestra Model)
- Seagull S6 Original Burnt Umber QIT (Dreadnought)
- Seagull S6 Mahogany Deluxe A/E (Dreadnought)
QIT (or QI) suffix means that guitar is equipped with pickup and preamp. Also, you can read more about guitar body styles in the Beautiful Diversity: Acoustic Guitar Body Shapes and Sizes article on this site.
Other wide neck guitars in this price range
The next guitar manufacturer in this category is Alvares. Their Yairi Masterworks series is well-known among intermediate and advanced guitarists for their great sound, playability and quality and moderate price. Alvares makes three models of wide neck guitars:
- sunburst DYMR70SB – a rounded-shoulders dreadnought
- two very nice parlor-style guitars, PYM70 and PY70.
All three models have 1 13/16″ (1.81″ or 45.5mm) wide neck, and body-to-neck joint at 12th fret.
The next four guitar manufacturers make one model of wide neck guitar in this price category each.
- Eastman AC630CE is a Jumbo guitar with 1 7/8″ (1.875″ or 47mm) wide neck, solid englemann spruce top and maple flame back and sides, 25’4″ scale length. It’s a rare guitar – I wasn’t able to find a shop having it on stock.
- Recording King makes OM-style ROS-616 short-scale guitar with 1 13/16″ (1.81″, 46mm) wide neck, and solid African Mahogany top, back, and sides
- Takamine has an EF740FS wide-neck model in its Thermal Top (TT) series. As the previous one, it’s also short scale with neck-to-body joint at 12th fret. I owned and played it’s previous version, TF740FS, for several years and highly recommend it.
- And the last but not least in this category is again Washburn with another parlor guitar, R320SWRK. As you might expect, it’s neck is 48mm wide (1.89″), and is connected to the body at 12th fret.
Expensive Wide Neck Acoustic Guitars ($2,000+)
I found three guitar makers playing in this category: Eastman, Guild, and Martin. As I mentioned in the Acoustic Guitar Neck Width Comparison article, Taylor can add a 1 7/8″ wide guitar neck for free to majority of the standard guitar model they produce, but you have to make an order through one of the authorized Taylor dealers. I believe that many midrange and high-end Taylor guitars will be in this price range, but I’ll not list all of them here.
So, let’s go maker by maker again.
- Eastman produces two wide neck guitar models in this category: grand auditorium AC822CE-FF Fanned Fret, and Jumbo AC630BD. Both of them have 1 7/8″ wide necks (1.875″, 47.6mm), and, again, I haven’t found them anybody who sells them on the internet new
- Guild has one wide neck custom shop premium guitar in this category, Orpheum 14-fret slope shoulder mahogany dreadnought. Neck width on this model is 1.8″ (close to 1 13/16″, 45.72mm).
- And, finally, Martin Guitars. Martin has the most (13) guitars in this category, with majority of them in the Authentic & Vintage series. Others are in special order, limited edition and custom signature series and, as you can imaging, their price tag is quite high. It begins from almost $4,000 and goes all way up to $12,000. All models in this category have neck-to-body connection at 12th fret, either 1 13/16″ or 1 7/8″ wide necks, and parlor, O/OM, or dreadnought bodies. I am not providing an exact list here, you can easily find them on Martin’s guitar selection web page by setting a nut with filter.
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 an overview of different neck widths and guitar types that use them.