#1
Is there a difference between extended range guitars and extended scale guitars?

My friend explained to me that extended range guitars are electric guitars with more than 6 strings (ex: http://www.rondomusic.com/interceptor727rntribalred.html), and extended scale guitars have 6 strings, but longer necks (ex: http://www.rondomusic.com/harm1natashextended.html).

I always thought the scale and range were interchangeable. Would anyone like to clear this up for me?
#2
Extended range is simply adding notes above or below the normal. Extended scale is often desirable for maintaining the tension on lower-tuned guitars, or for making easier shredding (slightly more room between frets)

Edit: Furthermore, you can combine the two- some 8-string guitars have an extended scale on the low-tuned side of the neck and a shorter scale on the high-tuned side. This massively improves intonation, and again helps with the correct tension. These are called extended range & multiscale guitars
Last edited by SilverSpurs616 at Oct 30, 2011,
#3
Ah, so they are different. Thanks.

Say I picked up an extended scale 6 string guitar...would I be able to play it in standard tuning without any neck problems?
#4
Quote by ProtoCosmos
Ah, so they are different. Thanks.

Say I picked up an extended scale 6 string guitar...would I be able to play it in standard tuning without any neck problems?


Maybe look at baritone guitars have an extended scale length, assuming I understand what you mean correctly. With the right set up/strings, it should be fairly simple to use it in standard. Never tried it myself, but there's no obvious reason that makes it impossible.
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Last edited by Carl6661 at Oct 31, 2011,
#5
Quote by ProtoCosmos

Say I picked up an extended scale 6 string guitar...would I be able to play it in standard tuning without any neck problems?


You can get extended scale guitars that are tuned for standard also, though the string tension will likely be a little different. This can be solved by swapping gauges, though
#6
Quote by ProtoCosmos
Say I picked up an extended scale 6 string guitar...would I be able to play it in standard tuning without any neck problems?


As long as your fingers are strong enough. Guitar necks can take a lot more tension than people realize (Dick Dale has used a .016 set on the same guitar since the 1960s!) and most extended scale necks are reinforced with graphite rods for people who want to really push it.
#7
Quote by ProtoCosmos
Ah, so they are different. Thanks.

Say I picked up an extended scale 6 string guitar...would I be able to play it in standard tuning without any neck problems?


Yes you'd be fine, you can use super light gauge strings too which is always cool.
#8
Your neck will be fine. It's the string that may need a bit of adjusting. How long will your neck be? My 27" neck can handle a high G above the high E well. A 30" will handle a high E well, as well. Just adjust your strings if you need to counteract the extra tension from the extra length.
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