#1
This probably sounds like a retarded question to some, but what is meant by the "scale" on a guitar? I'm seeing 24.5 and 26.5 and even 28.625 scales, but what the **** does it mean? Cheers
#2
I'm tossing up between 6, 7 and 8 strings guitars, if that has any relevance
#5
Scale most probably means how much would the distance between frets be. Also, try to learn to use the "edit" button
#6
Scale length is the distance between the nut and the bridge (and is used to calculate the placement of all the frets), a very common length is 25.5"

When you increase the scale length you increase the tension in the strings for the same note, e.g. a low E at 27" will be tighter than a low E at 25.5" this is very useful for downtuning and 7 and 8 string guitars where loose low strings sound muddy and undefined.

So if you want a 7 string go with 26.5" or 27" if you want an 8 string the 28.625" you mentioned would be a good choice.




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#7
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Also, try to learn to use the "edit" button


this.

But the scale is (according to wiki) the maximum vibrating length of a string. So basically on a guitar that is from the nut to the bridge and it is measured in inches i believe. Hope this helps
#8
Quote by Absent Mind
Scale length is the distance between the nut and the bridge (and is used to calculate the placement of all the frets), a very common length is 25.5"

When you increase the scale length you increase the tension in the strings for the same note, e.g. a low E at 27" will be tighter than a low E at 25.5" this is very useful for downtuning and 7 and 8 string guitars where loose low strings sound muddy and undefined.

So if you want a 7 string go with 26.5" or 27" if you want an 8 string the 28.625" you mentioned would be a good choice.

This.

Exactly this.
#10
Quote by staceap
ok, would a 26.5/27 scale be ok on an 8?


For standard 8 string tuning (low F#) I think 27" would probably be about the shortest you'd want to go; even then you'll need a pretty hefty string to make the tension work.
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#11
Quote by staceap
ok, would a 26.5/27 scale be ok on an 8?

27" is fine. I use an .080 for a low E and it sounds great. I'd go down to Eb, maaaybe D with a .090 at 27".
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