String spacing at the nut on Tokai guitars

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guitarted
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Post by guitarted » Mon Jan 30, 2006 9:31 pm

My 1975 Gibson ES 335 measures 1 and 10/32" at the nut and my 1969 Gibson ES 175 meaures 1 and 11/32" at the nut. That's where they got the measurment from I guess. I find them them too narrow, especially the 335.
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Post by guitarted » Tue Jan 31, 2006 1:35 pm

Andy,

The necks on both of mine are really slim. The fingerboard (not counting the binding) is only at 1 1/2" at the nut. Assuming you need 1/16" from the edge of the fingerboard to the strings that doesn't much of anything left for recutting the nut. It does seems weird that they would have a narrow string spacing on a chunky neck. I have small hands so its not much of an issue for
me. I can't imaging a guy with big hands even being able to play my ES 335 and 175. I like a string spacing of 1 14/32"+ at the nut. That's what my Love Rock and Firebrid are. So your Ibanez sounds like it would be perfect.

Cheers, Ted

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