Poll: Preferred Tele Nut Width

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by El Tele Lobo, Nov 13, 2019.

What nut width do you prefer on your Tele necks?

  1. 1-5/8"

  2. 1-11/16"

  3. 1-3/4"

  4. Bigger/Custom

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  1. El Tele Lobo

    El Tele Lobo Friend of Leo's

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    Ordered a new neck recently. Was curious what you all prefer and how it matches up with my tastes...
     
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  2. Ricky D.

    Ricky D. Doctor of Teleocity

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    1 5/8 - 1 11/16 is good for me. No narrower, no wider, or the string spacing throws off my left hand technique.
     
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  3. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    I like 1 3/4 inch best.
    My Chet, Cabronita, Yamaha NTX700, and James Goodall RCJC all have it.
    I 11/16 inch is fine, too.
    I cannot bear anything less, though.
     
  4. Obsessed

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    1 3/4" minimum would be my preferred, but I'm an equal opportunity player.
     
  5. 2blue2

    2blue2 Friend of Leo's

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    got big hands so I like big necks

    1-3/4
     
  6. Mike Eskimo

    Mike Eskimo Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    And yet - the majority of Tele players have never even played an actual 1 11/16 wide neck (because the vast majority of Tele’s are 1 5/8) and Fender hasn’t offered a 1 3/4 wide one since the 60’s when it was a special order option.
     
  7. Chunkocaster

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    Mine are all 1 5/8 necks on my teles and strat. I struggle with dear prudence in a section where my finger mutes a string and really annoys me. I'd like to try a 1 11/16 neck to see if that helps. I don't need much more room, just a little to increase the percentage of pulling that part off without accidentally muting a string.
     
  8. MilwMark

    MilwMark Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Of the 4 (?) major neck attributes, I rank them:

    1. Nut width
    2. Shape/profile
    3. Depth
    4. Radius

    I used to think depth was most important but unless it's a baseball bat, I care about nut width and shape (C, slight V, or D, never U) far more.
     
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  9. -Hawk-

    -Hawk- Friend of Leo's

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    I picked 1-11/16, but I’m not terribly picky unless it’s really narrow.
     
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  10. wabashslim

    wabashslim Tele-Holic

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    But nut width and string spacing are two different things and the pre-slotted 1-11/16 you bought might have the same spacing as that 1-5/8 that's driving you nuts (har). IME...
     
  11. nojazzhere

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    Both of my Warmoth fatback conversion necks have 1 11/16" nuts, because that's the widest available without some crazy expensive custom order. I would like to try a 1 3/4" some day, just to see if that goes OVER the line. With my chubby little fingers, I have to consciously "arch" them often to get notes to ring "cleanly". While I have and can play a 1 5/8" neck if I have to, I just don't LIKE to.
    I noticed you've now asked about fret size AND nut width....AFTER you've ordered a new neck. SO....what DID you order? ;)
     
  12. El Tele Lobo

    El Tele Lobo Friend of Leo's

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    2-piece roasted flame maple, Fat C shape, vintage 6230 fret wire (stainless steel), 1-11/16" nut width, 7.25" - 9.5" compound radius. Excited.

    I've traditionally played 1pc maple or 2pc maple/rosewood with 6105 (tall/narrow) or 6130 medium jumbo wire on a 9.5" or 10" radius. I have one neck with vintage wire and radius though and reallllly like the way it feels/plays. And I don't bend much these days. When I do, I use a lighter touch...and if necessary, I can use another tele.

    I've played medium C, Fat C, U, Soft V and modern C shapes. I tend to prefer chunkier profiles. U is a liiiitle too much shoulder for me, but I can do a Fat C or Soft V comfortably. All my current teles are 1-5/8" nut width and I always wish they were a little wider. I have an acoustic with a 1-3/4" nut width and a soft V shape that is very comfortable to play...not sure if that would be too much for tele. I could probably do it though. Baby steps.
     
  13. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    I said 1.75 but honestly, when I ordered from Tommy, I got 1.72.
     
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    I prefer a 1 11/16" over a 1 5/8".

    I'd like to say I like the 1 3/4", however I'm not going to vote because I haven't had a chance to try it.
     
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  15. El Tele Lobo

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    Thanks for all the replies, guys. Keep them coming. I find it interesting that the vast majority so far (over 90%!) prefer a wider nut width...and yet most Fender Teles come with 1-5/8" nuts. Wonder if they're listening...
     
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    'zackly!

    I voted 1 3/4.
     
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    Nut width is not as important as most chase. The important part is how is the carve done?

    If you have access to them, compare a Squier Strat to a MIM/MIA Strat and a Tele. The nut widths are often within 1mm of each other but look at how the carve on the Squier cuts an acute angle to the back of the neck while the MIM/MIA leaves the fretboard sides flat and starts carving behind the glue line. There is a large change in the amount of wood on the shoulders -- and hence the circumference of the neck that your hand feels is vastly different.

    Publishing the neck circumference with strings on might be in the best interest of everyone as that sums fret heights and string gage in there too.

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  18. Mur

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    Nut-width? ..whatever Leo built. Can't go wrong there.
     
  19. nopicknick

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    Like them wide
     
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  20. ndcaster

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    I'd say 1-3/4," but they're hard to find.
     
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