Topic: Classical Guitars

Why do classical guitars have wider, flatter necks than a typical folk/acoustic guitar? And second, why did acoustic guitar makers move away from the classical design towards a skinner, lightly rounded neck?

Re: Classical Guitars

A couple of reasons.  Wider, because classical guitars are generally played fingerstyle, and the additional space helps with that.  Flatter fret boards tend to be "faster" and it is more difficult to bend on them as well. Both of those attributes lend well to classical playing.

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Thanks Jerome . . . I'm still puzzling a bit though, cuz I thought a flat fret board would make it harder to barre, and of the videos I've seen of say, Spanish classical guitar, they're doing a lot of barring. Also, electic guitar (I don't know nothing 'bout electric guitar) . . . seems to me I see experienced electric guitar players doing all kinds of fast and furious fretting, and don't electric guitars have narrow and more rounded necks than classical?

Re: Classical Guitars

Electric guitars seem to have even thinner necks than the average acoustic.  I thought there was a lot less barring going on with classical guitars, however you may want to keep in mind that classicals usually have nylon strings which, even with a wider neck, will be easier to barre than an acoustic steel string.  Of course, that is my opinion based on the fact that I can actually barre that Bm on my classical and not on my dread.

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Re: Classical Guitars

Flatter fretboards don't fret out like more radiused boards. In other words it allows for more pronounced bends... They're generally wider to allow more room for fingerwork and also they need a beefier neck due to the fact that classicals don't have truss rods for additional support...  You are correct that (generally speaking) flatter fretboards are harder to barre on... But as MK says you have much less string tension to work with so that helps with the barreing.

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Thanks everyone--I've learned a lot!

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Actually not all classical guitars have wide necks. My Samick is a full sized guitar but has a neck very much like a 3/4 classical and is no wider than my acoustic and electric guitars. Although it is flat of course and, unusually, it does have a truss rod.

I find it much easier to play than conventional classical guitars when I want that nylon string sound.

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Re: Classical Guitars

Thanks M.B. for posting such an article about the classic guitar.
The question of “what is classical guitar