#1
I'm building a 7-string, and I was wondering: What would be the best scale length to use? does that extra three quarters of an inch make that much difference?
#3
I think it does. I used a 25.5 scale on the 7 string I built, but some prefer the 26.5 or 27" scale. If you tune it down any, I'd go with a 26.5. If you only use standard tuning, then i think a 25.5 would be fine.
#4
25.5" will be fine, but I wouldnt go any shorter. Longer is usually better, 27" is good, some Schecters are 26.5", 25.5" is used on Ibanez and MusicMans too.
#5
I personally prefer 27" as it helps to tighten the low B.




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#6
So it would be a complete mistake to use a 24.75"? Why?

This will be in standard, drop D, or drop A. no lower, though
#7
the ibanez art series used a 24.75" scale on a 7 string semi hollowbody... the bottom end is flabby and undefined because of the lack of string tension
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#8
Well I hate to be this guy, but technically, wouldn't a longer scale for the lower strings, and a shorter one for the high strings be best? Like one of those fanned fret boards? Just an idea.
#9
^ I wouldnt really say it was worth it for a 7 string, you can get away with 27" for both the high and low strings.

But yeah +1 to Phil, short scale lengths = muddy strings, which makes the 7 string sound like crap through an amp.




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#10
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So it would be a complete mistake to use a 24.75"? Why?

This will be in standard, drop D, or drop A. no lower, though


Terrible idea. My dean which is 24.75" (or 629mm) will not go any lower than C. The bridge just can't cope with the intonation. Obviously if you're building your own guitar then this is not as much of an issue but it's also the fact that the strings just feel really slack and you start to get tuning issues because of that.
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#11
Does said Dean have seven strings, or just 6? And has anyone played the Gibson 7-string explorer yet?
#12
The only time I'd use 24.75 length is when playing in standard. Anything lower would just be bad for me.
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#13
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Does said Dean have seven strings, or just 6? And has anyone played the Gibson 7-string explorer yet?


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