I am new builder. I have built 2 3 strings so far. They turned out ok. I want to build a two string. How far apart should the strings be positioned? Also how wide should the neck be? The first two i made the neck is 1.5 inches wide.
Here’s a kool video of Glen Watt building a 2 stringer:
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Hi, I had the same dilemma when I began making. I had an old guitar neck already first time, but it was way too wide. I chose not to actually finger the strings i.e. chords etc, but instead to use a slide. I reduced the width of the neck quite substantially from a six string down to a three string. It was still a tapered neck getting fatter toward the bridge end. At the nut end, the strings are about 3/16th" in from the edge, and about 10mm apart, at the fatter end, there is about a 3/8th" gap in from the edge, still 10mm apart though.
A parallel neck is different in this though, as long as you do not get the string rolling off the edge, then a 3/36th" gap is fine. I personally favour the 10mm gap between as that suits my fingers. Can I suggest holding down say, a conventional 'C' chord on a tabletop and measuring it to see what you need. There are no given measurements in CGB's really. It is all down to the designer... good luck with your constructs..!!!
Thanks for info.
I believe Shane Speal uses 1.25” wide necks for his Chuggers? Also the 2 string Portland Cowboy project from his book uses a 1” wide neck?