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Why the taper?

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I've always wondered, why are necks on guitars and violins tapered (ie thinner as you go further from the widest point) (btw the taper is 0.5 degrees isnt it?)?

i'm working on creating a 3D model on CAD, so it just reminded me of this; i thought about why it might be, like to compensate for slightly different scales required on each string, but that made no sense.....

so is there really any point in it besides having more space between strings as you go tonally 'higher'? have there ever been made string instruments where width between strings stays constant?

well fire away guys.......



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