#1
How long is your neck?
Does anyone choose their guitar based on the scale length? Did you know there was any difference? Below are a few of the common scale lengths. The longer the scale length the greater distance between frets of course.

Common Scale Lengths
Fender Strat/Tele 25.5 "
Fender Jazzmaster 25.5"
Fender Jaguar 24"
Gibson Les Paul/SG 24.75"
Gretsch 24.6"
Guild 24.75"
PRS 25"
Ibanez 25.5"
Wafer 25.5”

Did you choose your guitar based on the weight around your neck? Below are a few examples to compare.

Guitar Weights
Fender Stratocaster 4.0 kgs
Gibson Les Paul 4.1 kgs
Gibson SG 3.6 kgs
Epiphone Les Paul 6.6 kgs
Ibanez 4.0 kgs
Rickenbacker 330 3.6 kgs
Gretsch Electromatic Pro Jet 4.3 kgs
Wafer 2.2 kgs

Can you add some others to these lists?
#2
I chose my guitars based on their tone and capability. I have never bought a guitar based on its scale length or neck weight.
#3
If it´s in tune that is good enough for me.
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#4
Quote by KG6_Steven
I chose my guitars based on their tone and capability. I have never bought a guitar based on its scale length or neck weight.


+1

Although I HAVE purchased a guitar with influence from there being 24 frets over 22. So technically length does matter, but less than most factors.
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#5
what the **** is Wafer Guitars!? *looks at username* oicwutudidthar... why do they weigh so little? they must sustain like a ****ing mandolin! and i doubt anyone ever chooses based on scale length other than choosing like a baritone guitar.

Quote by Invert-blu
+1

Although I HAVE purchased a guitar with influence from there being 24 frets over 22. So technically length does matter, but less than most factors.


scale length and number of frets are completely unrelated.
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#6
The scale length makes a big difference in tone, the longer, the more twang.
The advatange with shorter scales are the wider intervals you can make with your fingers, but I feel it gets unfomfortable in the hifger frets, so I prefer 25.5 over 24.75.

PRS guitars are actually very interesting because their scales are between the traditinal 25.5 and 24.75

Find what scale length you prefer, especially comfort-wise.
#7
isn't scale length the distance between nut and bridge/tremelo/..? :0

I prefer 'tight' strings,so the greater the scale length the better,on a 24.75 atm.
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#8
long..hence the name
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#9
Quote by Invert-blu
+1

Although I HAVE purchased a guitar with influence from there being 24 frets over 22. So technically length does matter, but less than most factors.



Yeah, same here. I have a 24-fret PRS CE-24, but I wasn't all that concerned about scale length when I bought it, only that it had 24 frets.
#10
I don't like short scales, so I don't buy them. 25.5" scale for me, please.
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#11
My ML's a 24.75" scale but I prefer to use 25.5" scales, little bit more tension for the strings, which I really like. My biggest issue wth a neck is whether I can play it, nowadays most necks are either glossy, which I find sticky and hard to play, or thin/narrow, which due to my big hands and fingers I find very difficult to play. How Chris Broderick managed to use Ibanez all those years is completely beyond me, the guy's massive. XD
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#12
My basses are either 34" or 35" guitars 25.5".
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#15
I don't care about scale length. Tone and playability is king. Although weight does matter to me. A guitar should be light enough that it doesn't kill my neck/shoulder assuming I am using a relatively comfortable strap.
#16
I don't care about the weight, but I do care about the scale length. My RG2228 is 27" and I love it. Any new guitar I get wouldn't be any shorter.
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#17
For some of us scale length is a huge deal. I have a hard time with a 25.5 scale, I can get around ok on a 24 3/4 and I can tear it up on a 24" scale. I consider 24" short scale, 24 3/4 Med, 25 .5 Lg. You know Brian may (Queen) played a short scale all his life and he built it with his dad. Guy's like Ted nugent played a short scale on alot of his early stuff and I can go on. It doesent matter how expensive or great the tone if you can't play it. There are some people taking steps to make guitars for people at both ends of the scale. I am 1 of them

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#18
i have freakish arms and hands so 25.5 is very comfortable to me...i played a 27" baritone and that was pretty comfy too.
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#19
i have tiny hands and I can do a 28 fine. hand sizing has more to do with nut width.

My seven gives me trouble but my bari is easy as hell.
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#20
Quote by waferguitars
How long is your neck?
Does anyone choose their guitar based on the scale length? Did you know there was any difference? Below are a few of the common scale lengths. The longer the scale length the greater distance between frets of course.

Common Scale Lengths
Fender Strat/Tele 25.5 "
Fender Jazzmaster 25.5"
Fender Jaguar 24"
Gibson Les Paul/SG 24.75"
Gretsch 24.6"
Guild 24.75"
PRS 25"
Ibanez 25.5"
Wafer 25.5”


More number of frets than scale length. I find Strats with 21 frets. To be far less comfortable than a Strat with 22 frets. I find 24 frets with 25.5 scale to be the most comfortable.

Quote by waferguitars

Did you choose your guitar based on the weight around your neck? Below are a few examples to compare.



I can always get a wider strap for a heavier guitar. The size of the body and position of the strap pins (ergonomics) are far more important to me.

My Charvel is huge. I had to move the back strap pin closer to the center of the body to make it balance better.
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#21
I don't get these people talking about playability and scale length as if they have nothing to do with each other.
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#22
Quote by Mukersman
I don't get these people talking about playability and scale length as if they have nothing to do with each other.



huh?
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#23
Quote by Mukersman
I don't get these people talking about playability and scale length as if they have nothing to do with each other.

I believe you when you say you don't get it.
Scale length is definitely related to playability. Longer scale = more tension = tighter strings, meaning bends will be harder, but chord work feels stiffer. Short scale will give you a looser feel, so bending is easier, but having the lower strings too loose can mean chord work is more difficult as you can pull the strings out of tune easier if you have a heavy fretting hand.
#24
Quote by littlephil
I believe you when you say you don't get it.
Scale length is definitely related to playability. Longer scale = more tension = tighter strings, meaning bends will be harder, but chord work feels stiffer. Short scale will give you a looser feel, so bending is easier, but having the lower strings too loose can mean chord work is more difficult as you can pull the strings out of tune easier if you have a heavy fretting hand.


if you buy off the shelf strings tension could be an issue i suppose.
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#25
My LP and currently my only working guitar is a 24.75" scale. Gotten used to it since it's the only guitar I ever play.
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#26
Quote by AcousticMirror
if you buy off the shelf strings tension could be an issue i suppose.

Oh you go away with your custom string sets for optimal tension
Even with custom sets the tension will still be change depending on the scale length, so will the tone.
#27
Quote by littlephil
Oh you go away with your custom string sets for optimal tension
Even with custom sets the tension will still be change depending on the scale length, so will the tone.


i thought we were talking about playability not tone.

lol
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#28
I chose my 7 string because it was a 26.5" scale.
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#29
Quote by AcousticMirror
i thought we were talking about playability not tone.

lol

I never know what you're talking about
#30
I'm just saying of course scale length affects tone.

That's why you should have one of each.
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#33
Well, even between two of the exact same model there can be big differences in weight, and if I'm able to choose I wouldn't take the heavy one. Since I live in a small town with one small music store you have to order most guitars anyway - and you have no idea if you are going to get a Strat that weighs a ton, or a really light Tele.

I have been lucky that way, my brother hasn't - his Charvel So-Cal is the heaviest guitar I know. I wouldn't take that one if I knew I would be standing for more than a couple of minutes.

Scale-length then? 25,5'' all the way. They just feel better to bend on; even though I played a Les Paul for my first year of playing the guitar I instantly knew I had come home when I first tried a Strat. I have long and slim fingers and the neck of a Strat or Tele just feels right.
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#34
At least 25.5. But I've played lower and they're fine as long as you don't tune to low, and as long as you don't think you'll miss the few extra frets.
#35
Quote by 3lusiv3
At least 25.5. But I've played lower and they're fine as long as you don't tune to low, and as long as you don't think you'll miss the few extra frets.

Scale length doesn't affect the number of frets. Plenty of basses are 34" scale and only have 22 frets, and there are guitars with 24.75" scales and 24 frets.
#36
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So technically length does matter, but less than most factors.
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