Custom Dreadnought - Newbie Seeking Advice And Information

Discussion in 'Guitar Building' started by ParNT, Jun 15, 2017.

  1. ParNT

    ParNT New Member

    Jun 15, 2017
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    As of January 2017, I build guitars for fun or friends as a hobby. I'm an engineer in aerospace by trade. I've done kits and scratch builds. I've built a few dreadnoughts and a classical guitar so far, and I have this crazy (potentially stupid?) idea for my next project...

    I know someone who's been playing guitar for 50 years and loved dreadnoughts until an injury ruined his hands. He can't play a dreadnought anymore, but can play a classical with a 51mm / 2" nut. I want to build a dreadnought for him with a 51mm / 2" nut. I can't find any info on if it can be done, or has been done before. I'm curious if a D14 style, 25.5 scale dreadnought can be made with this nut size. If so, what should the string spacing be on the nut and the saddle/bridge? Same as a classical or something else? If it can't be done, I'd like to know why. Can anyone help?

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