The neck at the narrowest part needs to be 43 mm wide (plus or minus 1 mm) – that’s 1 . 7 inches (plus or minus 0 . 1”).
In fact, Chordelia will fit a bigger range than this, but we can't guarantee a fit outside these sizes. If you want to try it on your guitar, please do, but don't be too disappointed if it doesn't quite work.
It needs to be set-up for right-handed players too. (These are the most common guitars in the world so there’s a good chance yours is one of these.)
If you have a different type of guitar, you will need a different type of Chordelia to use on it. (We're working on one for nylon-strung 'Spanish' guitars - watch this space .. )
Is your guitar the right type for a Chordelia?
It needs to be a standard steel-stringed acoustic guitar, with 6 strings and a hollow body. Like this one..
Is your guitar working properly?
Old guitars sometimes get bent out of shape. That often means the strings are too high above the fret-board to play by hand and it might mean your Chordelia won’t work properly on it. They can often be fixed, though. A bolt can be adjusted inside the guitar body. Look online for advice if you want to try this yourself, or ask your music shop to have a look at it.
Is it in tune?
A guitar that is even slightly out of tune sounds terrible – but they’re easy to tune with an electronic tuner. Luckily these are inexpensive and available from your music shop or online. Chordelia uses standard tuning – starting at the thickest string, they should be tuned to E, A, D, G, B, and E
(If your guitar needs tuning often, it might mean your tuning pegs are not holding the strings properly, or you might need new strings.)
New strings really improve the sound of your playing. There are all sorts of strings available but just ask for the easiest ones to play (the thicker they are, the louder they play, but they hurt your fingers more, too).