6 Best Wide Neck Acoustic Guitars for Fat Fingers

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Wide-neck acoustic guitars provide those of us with bigger hands enough space to easily move up and down the frets. They are generally more comfortable and prevent your hands from tiring quickly.

In this article we'll take a detailed look at some of the best wide neck acoustics available, and discuss the points that makes them special.

You'll no longer have to squeeze your fingers into the frets of a standard acoustic guitar!

6 Best Wide Neck Acoustic Guitars

The P-240 memoir by Guild is perfect for singer songwriters. Paying homage to models from the early 1900s, this wide-neck acoustic combines ample spacing (1.75" nut width) with a clear, powerful projection.

The tonewood pairing of a solid Sitka spruce top with mahogany back and sides creates a rich, full-bodied output with outstanding clarity in the mid-highs. For finger picked style of playing, the bass notes are full of articulation, perfect for filling the low end while playing melodies on the higher strings.

The Guild P-240 Memoir isn’t lacking in the playability department either. The smooth mahogany neck is complimented be a pau ferro fingerboard which makes even the most intricate of chord shapes feel effortless. In order to further enhance the guitar’s tone, Guild have installed scalloped X-bracing as a finishing touch.

  • Parlor-sized wide-neck acoustic
  • Clear tone and projection
  • Extremely playable mahogany neck
  • Sounds great when recorded with a condenser mic
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The AC430 is a truly beautiful wide-neck guitar by Ibanez with a nut width of 1.771". With okoume back and sides and a solid okoume top, it produces a unique, resonant overall sound. Expect rich harmonics and clear projection from this Artwood acoustic. With a thermo aged bridge and bridge plate, more tonal diversity is added into the output.

Due to the increased size of the AC340, Ibanez has made subtle adjustments to midrange frequencies in order to ensure that they are apparent within the whole sound of the guitar. This makes it easier to slot into a band and find your spot within the mid range without getting drowned out by the other instruments.

One thing worth mentioning regarding the Ibanez Artwood AC340 is the genuine bone nut and saddle. This is a premium feature that greatly impacts the overall sound of the guitar, in terms of sustain and frequency balance. This is noteworthy as it’s quite rare to get a real bone nut and saddle on such an affordable acoustic guitar.

  • All-okoume acoustic guitar
  • Clear, warm mid tones
  • Thermo-aged bridge offers subtle sound improvements
  • Very comfortable to play
  • Lacks projection in the low frequencies

The Seagull S6 wide-neck acoustic (nut width is a massive 1.8") provides comfortable playability with a sweet tonal output. With a pressure-tested cedar top and three-layer wild cherry back and sides, this guitar produces a warm, articulate tone.  

The S6 also has a modified dreadnought body shape which combats unwanted low end frequencies and therefore, improves the overall clarity of the guitar’s sound. Whether you play folk, blues, country or any other style of acoustic guitar, the S6 is versatile enough to perform in pretty much any genre.

With an integrated set neck and curved top, you get improved stability where tuning is concerned. Seagull have paid great attention to detail, especially with the neck of this guitar. Their integrated neck provides stability and consistent action across the frets, also working to prevent warping from potentially occurring in the future.

This guitar, as with all Seagull models, was handcrafted in a small village in Quebec, so you know that there’s been plenty of thought put into its construction.

  • Bright tone, clear projection thanks to pressure-tested cedar top
  • Tapered headstock improves tuning stability
  • Modified body shape cuts unwanted low frequencies
  • Nut and saddle aren’t made from real bone

The Martin D Jr-10E is a junior sized dreadnought acoustic guitar which is great for those who want a resonant sounding guitar that isn’t too heavy or bulky. Despite being a smaller guitar, it's actually great players with large fingers, as the nut width is a generous 1.75".

With a solid Sitka spruce top and sapele back and sides, you get a combination of tonewoods that produce warmth, clarity and sweet highs in abundance.

A specifically selected hardwood neck and richlite fingerboard makes this acoustic guitar a joy to play. You can effortlessly transition around the fingerboard with very little pressure required from your fretting hand. The guitar has a stunning satin finish that preserves the wood and improves the overall longevity of the Jr-10E.

Most guitarists know the quality that Martin offer with their acoustics, and this beautiful little guitar is no exception to that rule. With Fishman Sonitone electronic implemented into the body, you can easily plug in and get a clear representation of the guitar’s tone through an amplifier. The JR 10-E is perfect for musicians who value mobility, tone, and playability.

  • Comfortable junior dreadnought body
  • Built in Fishman electronics
  • Resonant tone
  • Scalloped X-bracing for added durability
  • Smaller than most wide-necked acoustics

This Takamine guitar packs a mega-wide neck. With a nut width of 1.875", there’s no shortage of space between the frets – perfect if your fingers and hands are on the larger side.

The EF740S-TT has been crafted using Takamine’s thermal top technology. The response of this wide-neck acoustic guitar is quick, and it provides a reliable tonal balance across the whole frequency range. 

With a feel reminiscent of a worn-in vintage guitar, the EF740FS-TT doesn’t lose any of its clarity when amplified thanks to the built in TLD-2 line driver preamp.

With a deep OM body, the guitar projects all of the finer details of your playing in a clear, warm output. To go along with the sparkling highs, it also gives you full bodied power in the lower frequencies. This guitar is ideal for guitarists who enjoy playing intricate, technical finger picked styles.

This Takamine acoustic guitar is built specifically for the working musician. It’s durable, solid construction makes it feel like the kind of guitar a folk singer of old would travel with around the country stopping off to play shows.

The on board electronics are provided by an LTD-2 line driver preamp which is made up of a primitive circuit that boosts your signal. This effectively combats the loss of tone that can commonly occur with electronics on an acoustic guitar. The preamp is mounted discretely so as not to negatively affect the overall look of this Takamine guitar.

  • Spurce-topped sapele produces impressive dynamic range
  • Deeper body length creates powerful low-end
  • OM shape enhances articulation
  • Built in pre amp is discretely housed
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The Red Label FG3 is a beautiful acoustic guitar by Yamaha. There’s a good reason that the original Nippon Gakki Red Label acoustic guitars are so highly thought of among acoustic guitar players, and the FG3 builds upon that legendary vintage model with some modern improvements added in.

The appearance of the FG3 instantly takes you back to the 1960’s. The warm, bright tone is enhanced by Yamaha’s acoustic resonance enhancement wood torrefaction process. This process essentially adds vintage, broken in tones to a new guitar, making it sound like it has been played for years while still feeling brand new in your hands.

Yamaha has chosen Solid spruce for the top material, due to its well-rounded, articulate sound and powerful projection. The back and sides are composed of solid mahogany, adding more detail to the bass.

The bracing has been updated from the earlier models, and now has a scalloped pattern which improves the output further. The finishing touches are added by a semi-gloss finish. Overall this is a wonderful wide-neck acoustic (nut width: 1.75") to look at and to play.

  • Pays homage to the iconic Nippon Gakki Red Label guitars from the 60’s
  • Rich tone and clear projections
  • Aged wood creates vintage, worn-in feel
  • Classic V-shaped headstock
  • Lacking in mid-tone clarity

Wide Neck - Effective for Avoiding Unwanted String Muting?

The main reason some guitarists need wide-necked guitars is because they have larger hands or fingers, and the issue that this commonly causes us is that the strings are unintentionally muted on a standard sized guitar.

Wide neck acoustics are quite rare, but there are plenty of options out there which will make guitar playing easier for those of us with big hands. Usually, wide neck acoustics have a neck that is as wide or wider than 1 ¾ inches (1.75") in diameter.

This is generally enough space to cater for larger fingers, but it’s a good idea to measure your fingers to find out how much fret space is required for you to prevent the strings from being muted by accidently touching other strings on the guitar.

How to Know if You Need a Wide Neck Guitar?

A lot of guitarists, especially beginners, might struggle playing guitar and not realize that the issue isn’t with them, but rather with the guitar they’re playing.

To know whether or not you’re playing on a neck that’s too small, ask yourself these two questions:

Are there a lot of dead notes in your chords?

If you find that you’re hearing dead notes (notes that sound muted) while trying to play open chords, try adjusting the positioning of your hand and fingers.

If you’re still hearing dead notes, your strings might be too close together, causing you to touch other strings unintentionally.

Do barre chords cause your hand to cramp?

The second indicator that you might have too large hands or fingers, is if barre chords cause your hand to cramp.

You might not have enough room on the fretboard for your fingers, causing them to be squished to tightly together and making your hand cramp.

Get a Guitar with a Longer Neck

Sometimes the issue might be with the length of the neck, rather than the width.

A longer scale neck means that the frets are spaced out a bit more. For example, Gibson necks are normally 24.7 inches long, and Fender neck 25.5 inches.

The more space between frets can give your fingers enough room so that it isn’t uncomfortable.

Look for guitars that have ‘jumbo frets’, these frets are larger and should be more comfortable for larger hands.

Try Different Neck Shapes

Another possible solution could be to get a guitar with a ‘thinner’ neck. It might be that you’re playing a guitar that has a U shape neck.

These are pretty thick and could be stretching your hand too much, making it harder for you to get proper finger positioning.

Try a guitar with a C or even D shape neck. These are thinner and could give you enough reach on the fretboard to be able to play comfortably.

Can Your Hands Be Too Big?

This is a reasonable worry to have if you’re really passionate about guitar.

But I’m willing to bet that even someone like Andre the Giant would be able to play guitar.

The great thing about guitars is that, just like people, they come in all shapes and sizes, and the right one for you is out there somewhere.

It’s simply a matter of trying out different guitars until you find the one that is right for you.

Final Thoughts

This list of the best wide-neck acoustic guitars available included some models of exceptional quality. Hopefully, it has pointed you in the direction of the ideal guitar to suit your needs and hand size.

Having larger hands shouldn’t hold you back, and in fact some would argue that it is an advantage for guitarists; as you can generate more power and stretch further around the fingerboard.

About Ross McLeod

Ross McLeod is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer. His most recent project is named Gold Jacket, and he is the frontman and bassist of the garage rock band The Blue Dawns with whom he has released 4 EPs and toured extensively.

3 thoughts on “6 Best Wide Neck Acoustic Guitars for Fat Fingers”

  1. IMOH the 1 3/4” or 1.75 nut width is now pretty much an industry standard. Of the 6 guitars listed only two have significantly wider necks: the Seagull A6 1.8 = 1 13/16” and the Takamine EF740FS TT 1.875 = 1 7/8”.
    I have three Taylor’s and all are 1 3/4” nut width. As someone who has large hands and big fingertips, I have been looking for a wide neck guitar for 2-3 years. Unfortunately, there is a dearth of truly wide neck guitars available. I took a chance and ordered a used EF740FS TT on line since it was impossible to find one in a store near me. I was very surprised and impressed with the playability, sound, and quality of the instrument. However, the deeper width lower bout takes some work getting used to. Jury is still out on that.
    Other options not listed are: Eastman makes a couple models with 1 13/16” nuts. Washburn makes two parlor size models that have 1 7/8” nuts. Although it’s harder to find these since the pandemic hit.
    Finally, there’s custom shops (Martin & Larrivee) and small bench luthiers, but you’re going to pay a much higher price to get wider nut option.

    Good luck on finding the right guitar for you.

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  2. You list these guitars as “wide neck” but they all appear to be 1.75″ wide at the nut (plus or minus a tiny bit), which is pretty standard. I don’t get it.

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