Zarley Wide Neck Guitars introduces the Reserve

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Zarley Reserve brown maple body detail

Zarley Reserve brown maple - body detail

Zarley Wide Neck Guitars introduces the Reserve


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Zarley Reserve blueburst body detail

Zarley Reserve blueburst - body detail

Zarley Wide Neck Guitars introduces the Reserve


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Zarley Reserve midnight body detail

Zarley Reserve midnight - body detail

Zarley Wide Neck Guitars introduces the Reserve


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Zarley Reserve cherry sunburst body detail

Zarley Reserve cherry sunburst - body detail

Zarley Wide Neck Guitars introduces the Reserve


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Zarley Reserve brown maple

Zarley Reserve brown maple

Zarley Wide Neck Guitars introduces the Reserve


Those big mitts of yours might be great for some things - opening super-tight pickle jars, palming basketballs, hiding your face from paparazzi - but when it comes to guitar playing, they're a pain in the butt. Sounds like Zarley Wide Neck Guitars are for you - and perhaps their new line, the Reserve.

The Reserve, like all Zarley guitars, is designed for players with large hands - or those who simply appreciate a wider neck. The width of the neck is increased to 1 7/8" (47.625mm) at the nut, providing an increased string spacing of 0.315" (8mm) for best execution of single-note runs. Players might also notice that all notes in a chord ring clear and bright.

The Reserve also features a dual humbucker setup, a stop tailpiece with bridge, two volumes, two tone controls, three-way switch, hardwood body, maple- top, rosewood fingerboard, a maple set-in neck and a 24 ¾" scale for ease of playability. Optional finishes include brown maple, midnight, blueburst and cherry sunburst.

Tracy Todd - a big guy with big hands - founded Zarley Wide Neck Guitars to give guys with his problem a break. He began playing off-the-shelf guitars, but he found that the size of his hands and fingers caused unwanted string muting. He tried virtually every guitar on the market until he came up with his own design.

In addition to players with large hands, the company notes that the wider neck and string spacing on Zarley guitars could be helpful to beginning guitarists.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Joe Bosso is a musician and journalist from New Jersey, USA. He is ex-Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine and ex-Vice President of A&R at Island Records