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Background: Been playing guitar for about 2 years...almosy exlusively on electric (but always had an acoustic (cheap POS) at my bedside for scales and such.
I have very large hands (XXL), and have always had trouble with open chords as I have a huge problem NOT touching the wrong strings. I can't play a "standard" open A chord with 3 fingers PERIOD...2 is no problem, just cover 2 strings with one finger.
Now I finally have a 1/2 way decent guitar (Ovation Celebrity I think). I like that the action is quite low compared to many acoustics I have played. I'm interested in finding an acoustic with wider string spacing (classical?) to help me out.

NOW, my questions:
1) What is considered a wide nut size for an acoustic
2) Are the wider guitars generally nylon string guitars
3) What are some suggestions to look at without spending a huge amount (thinking like $400 or less)
4) Are nylon strings less stable tuning wise?

I think I would prefer a steel string guitar based on my preconception that they sustain would be better, and tuning would be more stable. Also I'd like to get an acoustic with a pickup so I can plug in without buying something to stick in the sound hole

Again, I know VERY little about acoustics, I just think that something with a little more room between strings might be a big help. I'm not looking to get into acoustics as much as electics...I just couldn't afford that LOL! Just need something easier to play.

Thanx!!!!
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Last edited by Vinson at May 17, 2010,
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Quote by Vinson
Background: Been playing guitar for about 2 years...almosy exlusively on electric (but always had an acoustic (cheap POS) at my bedside for scales and such.
I have very large hands (XXL), and have always had trouble with open chords as I have a huge problem NOT touching the wrong strings. I can't play a "standard" open A chord with 3 fingers PERIOD...2 is no problem, just cover 2 strings with one finger.
Now I finally have a 1/2 way decent guitar (Ovation Celebrity I think). I like that the action is quite low compared to many acoustics I have played. I'm interested in finding an acoustic with wider string spacing (classical?) to help me out.

NOW, my questions:
1) What is considered a wide nut size for an acoustic I've seen some go as wide as 1 7/8"
2) Are the wider guitars generally nylon string guitars No. Classical nylon string uses a wider neck due to the thickness of all 6 strings and playing style of the instrument.
3) What are some suggestions to look at without spending a huge amount (thinking like $400 or less) Alvarez, Yamaha, Seagull
4) Are nylon strings less stable tuning wise? Oh hell no. Once nylons have settled in they are incredibly stable strings. No pre-stretching on these tho, or thin spots can show up, weakening the string.

I think I would prefer a steel string guitar based on my preconception that they sustain would be better, and tuning would be more stable. Sustain comes from how well built/quality materials the guitar is made with. True bone nut/saddle lends a lot to this over plastic. Also I'd like to get an acoustic with a pickup so I can plug in without buying something to stick in the sound hole

Again, I know VERY little about acoustics, I just think that something with a little more room between strings might be a big help. I'm not looking to get into acoustics as much as electics...I just couldn't afford that LOL! Just need something easier to play.

Thanx!!!!


Answers in red above. Also, a 12 string acoustic minus the octave strings would give you a much wider neck with more room to fret with large fingers. I've heard this done many times. As for getting a guitar with built in electronics, remember you can always pop in a soundhole pickup later on for cheap and it'll sound just as good. Or mic it. Hope this info helps.