Narrow width shred guitars?

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  1. Mathemagician

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    My only experience with an M series is the KH bolt on ESP. It had a 43mm neck with a 42mm floyd nut. Such a smart decision.
     
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    That wouldn't fix the rest of the neck though. A narrower nut width normally also goes with narrower width at the 12th fret and heel. The entire neck is narrower, just not at the nut.
     
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    The E-IIs I have played, and all the LTD 1000 series and below are all 43mm. The only ones I have played with 42mm are old 80s Mirages, that I wish I would have bought at the time, lol.

    42mm nut on a 43mm neck doesn't really make sense, as I said in my last post. The neck is still wide if they haven't made the neck narrower at the 12th fret and heel.
     
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    The narrow nut width and flat radius have become important criteria for me. I just find those guitars a little easier to play and stress my hands and arms less. I agree with the above recommendations - Shask nailed it. Schecter is a go to. The ultra thin C or thin C has 41.3 Floyd or 42 hipshot. Necks are all prominent on their website. They will be 12-16 compound or 14 radius. Those are the most comfortable narrow necks I have found. Many EBMMs have 41.3 but not as flat - often 12. ESPs are often 42. Suhr's are mostly 42 and often have 10-14 compound, or I think 12-16 on the Moderns. Fender Mex's are 42 but not as flat. Narrowest Ibanez I think is the Talman at 41.3 but 12 radius. AZ/JS as Shask said are 42 I think. But AZ is pretty thick neck. Those are the ones that come to mind of guitars I have owned.
     
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    I was just looking it up, and it looks like current E-II guitars are 42mm, and all LTDs are 43mm.

    I think that has changed through the years, which makes it hard to buy used, but those are the current listed specs.

    I don't know why, but it seems like the M series is always the oddball one with them. Inconsistent from year to year.
     
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    It depends. Anything with a trem is going to have the same bridge spacing, same with most TOMs.

    You'd be surprised how much of a difference just swapping in the nut makes.
     
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    I was thinking Suhr also, because if I remember right, they are 1.65", which is right in between 42mm and 43mm, or 1 5/8" and 1 11/16" in Imperial units.

    I thought Kiesel was right in between also, but they are listed as 1.68", which is only slightly less than wide. I wonder if they changed in the last few years also, because I swear I thought they were 1.65" also.
     
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    Yeah, but I always figured the strings were more /\ instead of ||, if that makes sense. Like, if you look at a Jazz bass vs a P bass. Same bridge width, but the fan, or spread of the strings is different as they run down the neck. The width would only be the same around the 24th fret.
     
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    Keep in mind the guitars which most are recommending have the same bridge spacing as wider neck models offered by the same brand.

    It's $12 for a nut, give it a try.
     

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