Why did we do it? We know what we like......
The ultrawide 47.625 mm (1-7/8")" nut with 8 mm (.315") spacing between the strings is just easier to play. That generous room between the strings means that it's harder to accidentally mute strings while fretting around. If you're a big person with large hands and fingers, you'll be pleasantly surprised at how nicely your hand fits this fretboard. And there is still an adequate 3.81 mm (.15") of shoulder area to help keep the E strings on the board while working your vibratos. If you're a beginner with less than perfect accuracy, you'll be constantly forgiven by this wider fretboard. A little extra room can make a lot of difference.
With three models to choose from, there is a solution for all three camps. The Cobra features an HSH design which give the player a nice wide variety of sounds. The humbuckers produce the thick fat tones completely hum free, and the center single coil pickup can still deliver those crackling high tones when needed. By using the 5 way selector, any combination is possible.
The Rebel has the traditional honky tonk amazing highs that you'd expect from its dual single coil pickups.
The Roadster comes with dual humbuckers and produces the smooth mid tones, sometimes referred to as "fat". Humbuckers, by nature of their width, can "sense" a wider section of vibrating strings, which results in more lower harmonics in the total signal. This gives a nice full, "fat" sound.
Whatever your preference in sound, Big Lou has you covered.
Big Lou Sustain. Let's talk about physics. "Sustain" refers to the ability of a vibrating string to keep vibrating for an extended amount of time. A vibrating string has kinetic energy (1/2mv²). As this energy is transfered to the neck/body through the bridge, nut, frets and air, the energy dissipates, and the string vibrates less. The things that we can control are the nut, bridge, frets and wood. We can't control the air. Great stiffness and heavy weight (inertia) repel the transfer of kinetic energy better than lightweight components. Therefore, sustain is increased by using hard tail bridge, or a weighted bridge (heavy sustain block inside the guitar body). The neck is wider (1-7/8") so it's heavier and stiffer than a "skinny fast neck". The components chosen for the Big Lou Wide Nut guitar contribute to its good sustain. It's not an accident. Good sustain comes understanding physics and from using heavy duty components.
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Advantages of a wide nut guitar:
A wide nut electric guitar means that you can allow more room between the strings. The wide nut on the Big Lou electric guitar measures 1 7/8" wide. This wide nut allows for a full 8 mm between the strings.
The wide nut on the Big Lou electric guitar is much easier for a beginner to play. Accuracy does not count as much. Your playing will sound better, as it is harder to make a mistake on a wide nut guitar.
The wide nut guitar is also better for the larger players who have big hands and fingers. The 8 mm string spacing allows for more room for large fingers. This decreases errors, and enhances the sound while playing songs.
The wide nut guitar can still be an advantage for players with smaller diameter fingers. No matter who you are, the added spacing between the strings just make the guitar easier to play.
There are some acoustic guitars that feature a wide nut and more space betweent the strings. If you are used to playing one of these, then the Big Lou wide nut electric guitar will feel like home.
Some of the very experienced (15+ years) players who first picked up a Big Lou wide nut electric guitar said that it felt a bit strange at first. However, after spending several minutes playing on it, they said, it's really no problem getting used the increased string spacing. If felt fine. Additionally, if there is a complicated riff that you are having trouble with, chances are good that you'll be able to play that riff without mistakes on a wide nut Big Lou electric guitar. This happened with some players at the Summer NAMM trade show in 2010.
I can tell you from personal experience, once you play this wide nut guitar for a few weeks, going back to a 1 5/8" nut feels like a move in the wrong direction. It's like, you never noticed how difficult it was, until you got spoiled by a wide nut electric guitar. Getting used to a wide nut electric guitar usually means that you don't ever wish to pick up a skinny neck guitar again. The increased need for accuracy is not really missed or appreciated.
Louis Carroll - inventor
|Make / Model||Retail||Low E seconds||High E seconds|
|Big Lou Wide Nut (standard pickups)||$339||28||14|
|Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul||$399||21||11|
|ESP LTD Standard w/EMG pickups||$599||11||10|
|Fender Stratocaster HSS||$499||12||6|
|Gretch Electromatic Pro Jet w/Bigsby||$599||16||6|
|Hohner HR600 Tesla pickups||$399||24||9|
The results reflect what we expected. The wider neck on the Big Lou Wide Nut guitar simply has more "meat" in it. It is wider, stiffer and heavier. So the sustain is better. Many guitarist may not know what they are giving up by purchasing a guitar with a "fast skinny neck". A skinny neck will be lighter, more flexible, and can cost you sustain performance. The sensitivity of the pickups and internal resistance of the related components also play a part in sustain. However, even the best pickup's can't produce a signal, if the strings stop vibrating. This test was for the 1 7/8" neck. We have not tested the 2" wide neck, but it might be even better.
Of course, not every guitarist is interested in sustain performance since a good amplifier can provide the sustain using the electronics. However, for those who like this feature, the Big Lou Wide Nut performs well.