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Radiused Fret board? 

I have seen a couple of guitar mfg's offering nylon string classical-style guitars with slightly narrower (1-7/8") fret boards, as well as radiused, like on the steel string guitars. I haven't been able to find one locally to handle and was wondering if there were any luthiers that could offer thier opinion about them. I have an Alhambra 5P (action lowered as far as can go without cutting wood) and find Barre chords difficult and some fingerings to be quite a stretch. Would the narrower / curved fret board be an advantage? Opinions please.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Aug. 31 2011 11:36:38
Gimar Yestra


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RE: Radiused Fret board? (in reply to GerryR

there are so called ''crossover'' nylonstringed guitars, wich are made for people who have been playing steelstring or electric guitar, and now want a nylon string guitar without having to get used to the wide neck etc.

I've seen some builders on the acousticguitar forum who were building them, though any luthier could provide that option if they want to.

the problem with a narrower neck can be (and this depends on personal preference) that you have less room for your fingers when playing compex chords, I have build a few electric guitars where the customers wanted a wider neck for more finger freedom, and I often get good feedback when it comes to playability, keep in mind all these things are personal preferences, and the best thing would be to play a similar guitar and feel it.

Try looking for some Godin nylon stringed guitars, they are not flamenco or even classical what so ever, but u can try them to get a feel for the narrower neck, wether it feels comfortable or not.

  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Aug. 31 2011 11:46:38
Steve Wright

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RE: Radiused Fret board? (in reply to Gimar Yestra


crossover'' nylonstringed guitars

Yes, the crossover is a very good idea for the electric and steel guitar players, so that they can widen the palette as it were. I would have regarded myself as an electric player, but the truth is, I tested a couple of Yamaha NTX series (Crossover type) and it hated them. I didn't like the sound, acoustically or over an amp. I've heard the Godin, but never tried it. It sounds good on recordings, but nothing like a classical or flamenco and of course they are not design for this. So, my thoughts on this is that they have basically come up with yet another type of guitar sound.

As regards the thinner body and rounded neck, yes, it is a nice option having the thinner body, but it is at the expense of the sound. My Martin Classical has a rounded off neck and I felt it was perfect - but perhaps that is because I came from the electric guitar to the classical.


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