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    Ah, Many thanks Randi Gormely for the tip on holding the Mandolin. I have a Windsor Zither Banjo Mandolin No. 5, which is very heavy but the most beautiful action and a 1 1/4" neck . I bought an Ozark Navy to learn on and to have a Mandolin, It's very hard to play in comparison mainly because the other is so played in it's just comfortable but it's 1/8" smaller. So I thought I needed a larger neck but I tried the Ozark at the angle you mentioned above and found it much easier. I also realised that the weight of the Windsor keeps that angle easily. I'm looking to upgrade the Ozark but I now know that width might not be so important. I better mention that I have small square hands and play various Ukuleles Tenor, Baritone and a Guilele so not a large stretch.
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    Take a look at "The Loar" brand Mandolins, I believe all models come stock with 1 3/16" at the nut, at an affordable price.
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    https://www.bigmuddymandolin.com
    Big Muddy Mandolin will let you order a 1 1/4 inch nut width for a very small upcharge.

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    Many luthiers make wider nut mandolins.
    Or, perhaps get a mandriola and string it up as a mandolin?
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    you could string a mandola like a mando but the scale is usually 3-4 inches longer, I do prefer the wider neck I know this from mandola and octave playing.
    I let a nice Weber Yellowstone wide nut go this winter, and now I am having a hard time finding a wide nut - ( they are out there I just don't want yet another sunburst).
    I see the oval Yellowstone in the classified Mary Weber is selling but I am reluctant to purchase the oval hole, as I prefer the F hole sound.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tmsweeney View Post
    you could string a mandola like a mando but the scale is usually 3-4 inches longer, I do prefer the wider neck I know this from mandola and octave playing.
    I let a nice Weber Yellowstone wide nut go this winter, and now I am having a hard time finding a wide nut - ( they are out there I just don't want yet another sunburst).
    I see the oval Yellowstone in the classified Mary Weber is selling but I am reluctant to purchase the oval hole, as I prefer the F hole sound.
    Not a mandola, a mandriola. A 12-string mandolin (which hence has a wider neck) could be strung with just the standard 8.
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    Default Re: Wide neck Mandolins ?

    Quote Originally Posted by cc7 View Post
    https://www.bigmuddymandolin.com
    Big Muddy Mandolin will let you order a 1 1/4 inch nut width for a very small upcharge.

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    Yes, they do. I have a Big Muddy, great stuff at a decent price. Mine is a standard neck.

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    FWIW, when I came over to mandolin from guitar, I got a Kentucky KM-1050 with a 1 1/8" nut. Dennis at the Mandolin Store said I'd find the width helpful for the transition. It definitely helped. Not super wide, but a bit more. Now I can play anything.
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    I ordered a Stiver A in 1995 w/Natural finish, upgraded flamed maple neck/back/sides, a radiused fingerboard, AND a wider fingerboard...not sure of the exact number at the nut. I definitely helps with some chord fingerings.
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    Big Muddy's wide neck is 1 1/4 (as stated). They are fairly affordable too. Mike will make a primitive one if your budget is tight.

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    I've always prefered octaves and mandolas to mandolin and I'm pretty sure its because the 1 1/8th nut width is a challenge for my clumsy fingers, I did pick up a 1920 Gibson F4 which has a fretboard and bridge even wider then 1 3/8 and most of my mandola/octaves are at least 1 3/8.
    Well, I said if I see a wide nut in something higher end and not sunburst (Black or Blonde or anything else) on my drive back home across the state, and when I got home and checked the classified, there it was, a 96 blonde Collings F5 wide nut, it was a little above what I wanted to pay, but I did just say if I saw one I would get it so I did, and I do love the wide nut, not that a blonde Collings F5 is anything to sneeze at anyway. The concept of wish is strange in itself but stranger still when wish comes to fruition. While I don't think I will be buying too many more mandolins, pretty sure I won't go back to the 1 1/8 width.
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    I just bought a mandolin last November that has the widest neck Iíve ever seen on a mandolin. The builder, Bruce Brockman, said he made it that way for guitar players. Here is a short video of it and the builders website is listed in the description:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eh4wvfN5-oc

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    I understand the desire for a wider neck. I'm fine with standard size for mando (not sure why) but on guitar I sure wish I could get a Martin HD28 with a wider neck. I love this guitar, but despite having ordinary or perhaps even thin fingers, I just stumble due to width despite playing it since 1982. I don't understand the standard size! Sure, it makes a few things easier, but I can't think of anything I can do on the Martin that I can't do on my classical, including some thumb-overs that I admit are a stretch.

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