#1
So. I've been given the okay to build an electric guitar over the summer. I've researched it quite a bit, and have a basic understanding of how its done. And my dad said he could help with wiring the pickups and knobs and such.
A couple problems though. I still don't really understand what scale length is, and how to find it. (Considering I'd like to build a 7-String) Can someone explain that to me? And inlays on the fretboard. I have no idea where I could buy them, or how to install them.

Any help would be greatly appreciated
#2
Scale length is the distance between the nut and the saddles. Double the distance between the nut and twelfth fret. Standard for a 7 string is 25.5", I think.

As far as inlays, you cut a shape out of the fretboard, cut a matched piece of some other material (such as mother of pearl), and glue that piece in place. If you buy a pre-cut inlay, you just have to cut the hole in the fretboard.
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#3
Scale length as I understand it determine the tension of the strings(which can effect tunings), fret-size and total number of those frets.

Don't ask me what the specifics are though, I was considering building a guitar over the holidays myself but I don't have the time or money at the moment.
#4
Google "Luthier"

go to stewmac.com and order a few books...

a start is that the scale length is the length between the bridge and the nut.
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