Tidwell takes the Big Lou Wide Nut for a spin
Meltzer buys the Big Lou, as a gift for a 6'8" band member
Meltzer, Nashville band member
Big Lou wide nut guitar, gotta have it" (for my tall friend)
Nicholas, Nashville artist
love everything about this guitar"
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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
Louis Carroll - inventor
Kilpatrick reviews the Big Lou wide nut electric guitar
Wanted to let you know that I did get the guitar and have been enjoying playing
it.. I am playing a lot better with that wide neck and was told that I have
improved greatly since I got it, I actually have room to correct minor mistakes
now and nobody notices where before everyone knew when my finger placement
I already want another one....
from Tracy Todd, Charlotte NC
neck is very comfortable. I am a big man (6'8") with big hands. I have
been mainly an Acoustic player for 30 years and Bryant & I have an acoustic
duo,we recently started a country/rock/blues band playin all originals and I
needed a good electric to fit the purpose and your guitar has a good tone and
the neck is even making me play properly as far as hand position. The guitar
is very comfortable as far weight and balance."
the way, I forgot to tell ya how much I like the Roadster. Looks and sounds
great. A novice like me can even tell.
from Perry Powers , Hopewell VA
Louis, I picked the Guitar up from the international mail centre this morning,
have tuned it and had a play already, very impressed, a lot easier for me to
from David Moore, Aukland, New Zealand
I replied yesterday. It is awesome!! I haven't had time yet to compare it to
my acoustic yet. I need to add a guitar hanger next to the bed for it, it's
leaned against the wall right now. Thanks again!
from David Fengler, Wallingford CT
have received the guitar, everything seems to be in order. Width of neck is
great. Can't wait to see the difference after a few months of practicing on
this thing. Going to make a review of it because I didn't find one when I was
looking. I took a chance on an unknown name, and can say I don't regret it.
from Steve Waltman, Kalispel MT
I managed to fit the neck in the Stratocaster body and
finished to guitar. It sounds really great. I notice the guitar is more
sensitive/responsive than any of my other guitars.
from Michiel Broekhuijsen, Maarssen Netherlands, 2" Big Lou neck purchase
do Lou, I'm a ham after all :). Just got my new guitar and I cant say I like
it......I LOVE IT! Right out of the box I hit my first clean A Chord which is
a miracle for me in it self. What a comfy fit man! This is going to crank up
my learning curve big time! Me and my instructor thank you! My fingers no longer
feel like I'm trying to cram them in their! I do have a noob question for you
though, the plastic wrapping around the top an bottom pickups, does that stay
on or come off?
Big Lou Guitars are even better than advertised and I will be spreading the
word around the gorilla handed guitar guys around Wichita!
Thanks so much,
from Gary Eaves, Derby KS
I finally got around to fitting that neck I purchased
from you. Took a bit of time to re-model the fitting, but I got there in the
Very pleased with the result. Managed to get it to
play quite low and, having had a quick strum, it plays really well, much easier
to form chord shapes without buzzing. The maple neck looks very smart and
a nice variation from the normal rosewood.
I've enclosed a photo, sorry it isn't very good - I'll
try and get some better ones when I get the chance.
It isn't fully finished yet - I've not put all the
screws back because I hope to do some upgrades - better tuners and pups. But
that will have to wait until my contract ends at Xmas (it was extended from
Sept). I have, also, not given up on the idea of selling your guitars here
in the UK. I'd like to start off with a few to test the market. So, could
you give me a quote for 3 off of your strat style guitars, including shipping.
from Martin Dearlove, UK
from Steve Balestier, Paramus NJ
the guitar in perfect condition and LOVE THE NECK. thank you.
guitar is great! Here is a picture of Josiah and his Dad, who is teaching him
to play. Josiah's Dad is fabulous on the guitar, and has wanted to teach Josiah,
but Josiah is left-handed, and has the hands of a fighter. That has made things
challenging UNTIL your guitar came along. Thank you so much!!!! :-) Fran
(Hopefully the picture comes out. It was taken with a phone, and I'm not all
from Fran Rader, Booklyn NY
you Steve Waltman for these honest, impartial reviews of the Big Lou Cobra and
Thank you kindly for updating me, regarding the 2 guitars that I have ordered.
I shall gladly let you know when I am in receipt of my guitars. I purchased
a Cobra from you, some months back and I am delighted with this product! I feel
like I have spent years trying to play guitars, that didn't even fit me! Ha
Just to let you know, there is usually a 2 week delay, when the guitars arrive
in the UK. This is due to British Customs And Excise. It is necessary to pay
an import tax, before receiving the goods. Like I don't already pay enough taxes,
as it is! Ha ha! :0)
I would also like to mention, that the service your company provides is excellent!
You show a genuine interest in your customers and that is priceless! Thank you
from Colin Skiving, Flintshire, UK
guitar got here Louis and I'm delighted with her! Had to pay a bit of import
duty, but that's normal.....well worth it! I string heavy but this guitar soaks
it up beautifully. Couldn't be more pleased.
Many thanks. Nigel
from Nigel Connell, Kent, UK
received my new Roadster yesterday afternoon. It was in very good condition
from the shipping and was VERY nicely packaged. When I opened the package and
took out the guitar I have to admit it was every bit as beautiful as you describe
on your website.
I tuned it and started to play it, and it was wonderful. My fingers have only
a little landing properly, and that will work out with practice. I can't tell
you how pleased and happy I am with this guitar, this purchase, and with this
whole experience. You guys are very easy to work with and very responsive. My
heartfelt THANKS goes out to each and evey one of you. Bless you, and thank
you for helping me solve a long-time problem and realize an even longer-held
dream of playing guitar in a band.
With my most heartfelt gratitude,
from Ron Horacek, Austin TX
guitar (Magnum) you sent arrived last week. I haven't had time to do a complete
set up, but I thought you might be interested in my preliminary assessment.
So, the guitar looks great, feels great, plays great and sounds great. The neck
width is perfect. Finally, a man's guitar! Thank you!
from Bruce Allen, Angola NY
from Dave Weatherspoon, Arvada CO
It's not a vanity shot, but here I am with the strat
and the Big Lou neck mounted (look at those giant hands ;-)).
Plays pretty good, too.
Squier Bullet body (originally HH)
Dragonfire HSS pickguard
Wilkinson EZ Lok tuners (note the lack of string trees)
Ernie Ball Super Slinky strings
..and of course..
Big Lou 2" wide nut neck
Dave is 6' 10" and can easily palm a basketball .
Lucas from Mahopac NY bought this Big Lou Roadster for his good friend
(shown below), who also goes by the name "Big Lou". Big Lou reportedly
loves it. This is a pretty big man. If he doesn't play good, no one is going
to tell him........Sounds good brother!
from Bob Hannah, Lenexa KS
The Cobra arrived today. She looks good. Plugged it in all is working fine.
Love the feel of the neck. I think this is going to work out. I need to work
on electric guitar technique now. I'm an acoustic guy at heart. Anyway, I'll
give you some feedback in a couple weeks once I get to know her.
ordered Sunburst, and got an unexpected surprise. There was a beautiful gloss
black Roadster in the shipment. The only one of it's kind. The only gloss black
Roadster with a 1 7/8" neck in the universe! Don Napolitano from College
Point NY, was the lucky guy who bought it. His comments are below.
Louis, I have to tell you, ever since getting my Big Lou guitar, my guitar skills
have elevated. I play very fast and when we do that, we tend to make mistakes.
Since playing my wide neck guitar, whenever i switch over to play an ordinary
1-5/8 neck, my fingers and hands seem to lightning bolt across the fretboard
as if it was a toy guitar. I think this is happening because my FOCUS is already
there, since ive been playing the wide neck i hadnt been struggling with certain
chord shape changes and when switching over to a basic neck nut guitar, that
concentration and confidence switches over as well because the wide neck provides
this attitude...I noticed as fast as i play my mistakes are kept at a minimum,
because your brain tricks you into thinking your playing a wider neck. This
is absolutely awesome!....This wide neck should be introduced to beginers, because
the struggle would be less and confidence would rise quickly. Forgive my overkill
of this, but i feel like ive added years to my playing. We all know how patience
and skill level are achieved with years of experience. you can learn songs and
techniques, but only experience can make you methodical and accurate, it feels
like im cheating, battling certain techniques for years and finally i get it......Your
a Genius, Keep up the great work!...Faithfully Donny...
this video, Donny's son' takes the Roadster for a spin
have been playing a Les Paul for 40 years. I broke my ring finger on my Left
Hand back in 1976. I've been able to overcome that for most of those years,
but the last year or so my finger has gotten bigger. Seems to be stable now,
but I was looking for a guitar that would sound like a Les Paul with a wider
neck. I bought the Big Lou Roadster based on the reviews on your site. I had
some fairly minor work done on the frets, but I've had that done on my Les Paul
too. Anyway, I really like this guitar and I'm now able to play open chords
near the Nut again. I also like the fact that it's a couple of pounds lighter
than my Les Paul. Anyway, I really like this guitar. The tone is similar to
my Les Paul and I have gotten a lot of compliments on the looks of it. I would
recommend this guitar to anyone that needs a wider neck on their electric guitar.
Thanks. - Gary Ward
from Gary Ward, Flower Mound, TX
- It was a cold, grey, windy day at LaVonne Guitar in Savage, Mn today. My wife
got the best picture she could. Hope you like it. Love the guitar, everything
about it is excellent! The folks at Lavonne Guitar did a great job on the set
up, and were super to work with. Thanks again for all your help! - Steve Lamke
from Steve Lamke, River Falls, WI
am a 37 year old guitar virgin who has always wanted to play guitar like every
other member of my family. Over the years, I have tried and quit the guitar
more often then most people have quit smoking.
My parents here in Michigan recently purchased one of your units for me.
I can't begin to tell you how appreciative I am of your product. I may never
live my dream of being a country star, but for the first time in my life,
I can put one finger on only one string. My wife often says I need a hobby,
and thanks to your product, I have one.
from Dallas Linter, Owosso, MI
is Scott. Here is a pic with my new Big Lou.
All I can say is WOW, SWEET and it sure has heleped my playing!!! I can make
all the chords now! With this big lou wide fretboard it is a cake walk. If you
ever wanted to play guitar or have tried to play and just couldnt seem to get
it down try a Big Lou You will get it down and you will play!!
Thanks a bunch Big Lou. Humm I dont see a Les Paul Lefty Hint Hint
from Scott Peterson, Elyria OH
daughter Lily asked me to play guitar while she played the piano. She was going
for her "piano badge" at the Girl Scouts meeting. The Big Lou made
this "gig" easier for me. It's not about the skill level. It's about
having a great experience, with my kids. I absolutely loved playing for her.
I hope she keeps asking me. - Big Lou
Lamke, River Falls WI
I could not resist the temptation to "Hot Rod" my Big Lou Roadster.
I added Entwistle Nemesis AFG pickups, A Resomax Tailpiece, all new electronics
including 1-meg CTS volume pots, 300 k CTS tone pots, a Graph Tech nut, and
a set of Curt Mangan pure nickel 10-46 strings. I really liked this guitar before
I did the work, and now it's by far my favorite guitar. Unbelievable sound and
baby runs a 9 second 1/4 mile now- Lou
The guitar (left hand Cobra) arrived yesterday. It was well packaged, and
looked great right out of the box. It is a quality instrument with a beautiful
appearance and has great tone.
Everything you told me about your guitars on the phone and on the website
is true. I noticed the difference of the wide nut design immediately. It is
far easier to play with my big "mitts," and I know it is going to
be fun seeing what I can do with "a little more room." Many Thanks!
from Andy Coleman, Los Angeles CA
I thought I'd get back to you. I bought one of your fantastic Rebels this morning
from Evesham Music, UK.
Can I say that your craftsmen in China do a fantastic job? The instruments have
a real handmade feel to them. (Maybe it would be good to pass on the compliment
to them - they're hard working fellows!)
Also, I'd like to commend Phil and Nikki, the proprietors of Evesham Music.
You couldn't have chosen two nicer people for your UK franchise. I know he's
a perfectionist, and probably gives you some stick about quality control, but
he really does a wonderful job of promoting and selling your guitars!
On to the guitar. As I explained, I'm a little, scrawny old guy with small hands,
but I'm a finger-picker and the way one's right hand just falls onto the wider
string spacings is a dream. It's great to pitch your guitar range at the big
guy market, but to broaden its appeal I think you could emphasize the benefits
of the wider spacing for finger pickers, banjo-style frailing and clawhammer.
Finger picking runs are a dream, and after all you're based in the good ol'
US of A, the home of such styles.
A good thing would be to get some decent country player up on a video on your
site - yes, you'd have to pay him but well, you must have a marketing budget!
Anyway, I'd be happy to endorse your 'geetars' any time and good luck in boosting
your world wide sales. Phil will help you on the way!
All the best, scrawny old UK guitar picker, Johnnie Boy Dillon!
from Dillon "Johnny Boy" Desmond, UK
THANK YOU!!! I got the Big Lou's Friday night and it is SO nice to play a guitar
with out my hands cramping up. The guitars are just gorgeous and I think they
are made better than the new Gibsons they are putting out right now, total junk!!
I was even surprised how well the pickups sounded and I am a real stickler on
pickups, do you know what brand they are?
But again, Thanks!!
from Scott Carfrae, Des Moines IA
big lou guitar arrived to-day, (australia) plugged her in, and i am very happy.
so happy in fact
i am saving for another one. thank you so much for your help in getting me one
to aus. i really do appreciate it. i have a friend who is also interested.
thanks again. keith.
from Keith Pfaff, New South Wales, Australia
Hi Phil. Got the (Big Lou) guitar & absolutely
love it! The extra string spacing makes a big difference for me with chord
shapes. Would just like to say thank you to you & Evesham Music for making
the whole buying process so easy. Thanks. Colin J
to Phil at Evesham Music, United Kingdom. Big Lou retailer
Lou - Just wanted to drop you a line and thank you for
a fantastic guitar, I received my black cobra guitar a couple of weeks ago and
have not had a chance to write you with a boat load of thanks. Every time I
sit down in front of my computer I turn on a jam track and pick up my cobra,
then by the time I break away I tell myself I'll send you a note tomorrow. Well
you know tomorrow never comes, so I'll do it today.
This guitar has let me jump by leaps and bounds in my guitar journey, things
I didn't think I could do are easily learned on this guitar and I love the sound
I can get out of it.
Big lou has the BEST customer service, and stands solid behind their guitars
and I will tell you this. There will ALWAYS be a Big Lou guitar in my guitar
case. You said you would take care of a problem with my guitar and you came
through just like you said you would. THANK YOU
Larry Landtroop. Playing a Big Lou Black Cobra and loving it!!
from Larry Landtroop, Cleburne, TX
The guitars arrived today, in good condition, the packing is effective, I liked
the board protecting the bridge of the Hombre, strings loose as they should
be, the fabric packing and poly liner, tissue paper around the neck and strings,
all good. The Cobra in black, beautiful. Tuned up, plugged in and joy, what
a difference a few mm makes. Switch, volume and tone controls all properly protected,
working nice and smooth. Nice low action on the strings, this is going to be
fun, learning how to make it growl and sing. The Bad Hombre looks great, opened
the battery pack, turned on the tuner (nice display) and let rip, sounds good,
will sound better when the strings have stretched. Looking forward to jamming
The Hombre has a small scratch just above the nut (see photo), not an issue.
1. You could do a nice line in accessories, a Big Lou branded guitar strap would
be a good start, capo to fit would be my next choice.
2. Put a wide nut on the Bad Hombre. Having played the Cobra with the extra
space it felt good. You know it makes sense.
Thanks & Cheers
from Lloyd Owens, Hilton, Western Australia
you very much. The Cobra you sent me arrived without a scratch (packed extremely
well). I installed a Roland GK-3 thirteen pin pickup so I could connect the
Cobra to my Antares ATG-1 (autotune box). I attached a Pandora Stomp effects
device to the ATG output. WOW. The neck is excellent. The Cobra appears to be
very well built. I am impressed.