dxpaintball8000
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So I've acquired some random guitar bodies from ebay. One is a strat, but it appears to be of a smaller scale than the others. Is there a way that I can find out what scale length neck I should buy?
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stonyman65
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#2
The body scale (size) or the neck scale?

The neck scale is the distance between the nut to the 12th fret, to the bridge saddles. If you measured it with a tape measure, it would be exactly 25 and 1/2 inches.
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#3
No you cant tell scale length with out measuring the neck (that I am aware of)

do you have another guitar you can possibly compare it to?
do you have a guitar with a bolt-on neck you can remove to check?
You said you bought several bodys, you can check with a 25.5 neck you would buy for the other strat bodys.
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Bodies can actually be interchangeable to a degree.

Depends on things like fretboard overhangs and things.
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This would be impossible since a body does not have a scale length. A body plus a neck has a scale length. The scale length of a neckless guitar is like dividing by zero. There's no answer.
dxpaintball8000
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#6
So if I bought a neck of the wrong scale length, What kind of problems would that give me?
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dxpaintball8000
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I guess what I should ask is how would YOU find out What scale length neck u needed to buy?
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So if I bought a neck of the wrong scale length, What kind of problems would that give me?


Certain spots on the neck wouldn't intonate properly. You would have to compensate by moving the bridge forward or backwards a little bit until you get the right distance from the saddles to the nut.

Usually on a Fender-style guitar (strat, tele, most of your "super strats"), the scale length would be 25.5 inch scale.

On a Gibson-style guitar (Les Paul, SG, V, Explorer), it would be 24.75 inch scale.

On a PRS Style, it would be cutting the difference between Fender and Gibson with a 25 inch scale.

There are some guitars that have different scale lengths than those do, but those are the big 3. I'd be willing to say 98% of all electric guitars are going to be made for one of those 3.

Another thing to worry about is fret overhang. If it is a 24 fret neck, it probably won't work with a body designed for a 21 or 22-fret neck. The neck wouldn't fit right in the neck joint and thus the scale length would be a bit off. (to fix this, you would have to have the neck joint/body cut to allow a 24-fret neck to work so everything lines up right)
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