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Old 04-07-2013, 02:08 AM   #1
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Scale length?

Can I do a 25" scale length with 21 fret guitar?
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Old 04-07-2013, 02:48 AM   #2
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You can do any scale length with any number of frets, assuming you are making a neck and not modifying an existing one.
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Old 04-07-2013, 09:32 AM   #3
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You can do any scale length with any number of frets, assuming you are making a neck and not modifying an existing one.

I'm just using a Bolton neck
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Old 04-07-2013, 09:42 AM   #4
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measure the distance between the nut or 0 fret to the 12 fret.
this is the half scale! x2 is the scale length!
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Old 04-07-2013, 01:43 PM   #5
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The only thing the number of frets affects is your neck pickup placement. And even then, not so much if you're doing less frets.
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Old 04-07-2013, 04:01 PM   #6
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The only thing the number of frets affects is your neck pickup placement. And even then, not so much if you're doing less frets.

I'm not using a neck pickup but I want the scale length of the esp alexi with it turning into a baritone
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Old 04-07-2013, 04:33 PM   #7
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Uh, the Alexi models are 25.5" scale.

Anyway, to change scale length you need to get the distance from the nut to the bridge right (whether you do that by moving the bridge, the nut or both is irrelevant) and then you have to reposition the frets accordingly. If you have a bolt-on body, which probably takes a 25.5" scale neck, and you wish to use 25" scale, hit up USACG, as they are the only company that makes 25" conversion necks.
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Old 04-07-2013, 04:56 PM   #8
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Can I place the neck 1" farther from the bridge?
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Old 04-07-2013, 05:09 PM   #9
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Yes, but the frets have to be moved to match the new scale length, too.

Using common 25.5" scale bodies and buying conversions necks from USACG/Musikraft/Warmoth is the only practical way to change scale length.
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Old 04-07-2013, 07:49 PM   #10
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Can I place the neck 1" farther from the bridge?

Just changing the position of the bridge isnt what determines scale length.
Scale length is determined by the placement of the frets on the neck. Longer scales have the frets further apart from each other.

You cant just change the scale of a neck. A 25" scale neck is always a 25" scale neck. If you just try to move it or the bridge, then it will never intonate or tune.
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