#1
I'm in need of a guitar, preferably a Jackson/Mustaine style V, that's got 24 frets but with a 24.75" scale length. I play lead guitar in a thrash metal band and on my guitar with a 25.5" length it's very tough for me to play solos on it, on my 24.75" guitar I can play solos I can't play on my 25.5". It's pretty difficult finding something with 24 frets that's a shorter length other than LTD's EC series. Any ideas?
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Budget, location, new or used?
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Right now my budget is probably somewhere up to $600 used and I'm in the U.S.
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BC Rich has some guitars that might fight the bill. not sure about the V style axes but a Mockingbird would have 24.6" scale so that might work (dave did use one back in his metallica days)
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Used LTD DV-8. Had one, great guitar. Went broke and sold it, but miss it.

Try to get it without the active pup set.
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Older Carvins are 24.75" scale with 24 frets on their neck-through superstrat style guitars. After about '93, they bumped the scale slightly to 25" (not 25.5"), but the neck-through superstrats are still 24-fret.

Current versions are being built under the Kiesel/Carvin name http://www.kieselguitars.com/catalog/guitars/dc127 but older used ones will be Carvin. Extremely high quality if you buy them factory one-off custom-to-you new.
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BC Rich has some guitars that might fight the bill. not sure about the V style axes but a Mockingbird would have 24.6" scale so that might work (dave did use one back in his metallica days)

I don't think Dave Mustaine has ever used a Mockingbird. He was seen A lot with the Perfect 10 Bich, But I don't think I've ever seen him play a Mockingbird.

My Washburn WV16GBG1 Anarchy V is 24.75
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Used LTD DV-8. Had one, great guitar. Went broke and sold it, but miss it.

Try to get it without the active pup set.


I said NOT a 25.5" scale
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Why do you find playing on a 25.5" scale so hard?

There's only a 3/4" difference between it and a Gibson scale. That's really only a marginal difference. Given that 25.5 is by far the most common scale length you'll find guitars having, I suggest that you're better off getting used to it rather than using a shorter scale as a crutch.
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Why do you find playing on a 25.5" scale so hard?

There's only a 3/4" difference between it and a Gibson scale. That's really only a marginal difference. Given that 25.5 is by far the most common scale length you'll find guitars having, I suggest that you're better off getting used to it rather than using a shorter scale as a crutch.


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Those are all 25.5. He clearly stated he was looking for 24.75

Ack! Forgot to check.

Hmmm...24 frets at 24.75" scale is going to be a hard to find combo. Especially in a V.
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I don't think Dave Mustaine has ever used a Mockingbird. He was seen A lot with the Perfect 10 Bich, But I don't think I've ever seen him play a Mockingbird.

My Washburn WV16GBG1 Anarchy V is 24.75


looks like a Mockingbird on the cover of Megadeth Anthology Set The World On Fire
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I think the difficulty is in your head to be honest, I go from a 24.75 LP to a 25.5 Strat to a 7 string and don't really notice between any of them as long as I don't think about it.

The issues are more caused by the differences in neck heels and therefore upper fret access than differences in fretboard length and (in the case of the 7 string) width.
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I've played nothing but 25.5" guitars ever since I started playing and I play a 7 string 25.5" and a 5 string bass with like a 34" scale but for some reason I can reach everything better on my guitar with the shorter scale
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Ltd ex 400 explorer shape but pointy enough.
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Gibson v? Granted a little bit different looking.
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looks like a Mockingbird on the cover of Megadeth Anthology Set The World On Fire

Hard to tell from the cover art, But you may very well be right.

I was going to suggest the new Epiphone Brent Hinds V, but it's not pointy enough, and only 22 frets.
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#20
I think that the easiest solution to OP's problem would be simply using lighter strings on 25,5" scale guitars. A pointy King V style guitar would be hard to find outside custom shop.
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#21
Not 24.75 but the 90's Jackson King V's can be found hovering around $300 or so give or take depending on condition that would leave some meat on the bone for a pickup upgrade, even better the neck-thru "Pro" series, if you can find one would probably still be in your budget and not rquire upgrades.

I have a black 93 King V Professional series upgraded with an OFR and EMG's, it's not as nice as a neck-thru "Pro" but it is a thrash machine.
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24 frets. 24.75 scale. I jammed a set of active EMGs in it. Quite a nice little guitar if you can find one.

I bought mine used, mint condition. He was asking $500 cdn w/hardcase. I told him he was crazy, no one in this area is going to pay that for it. I offered him $250, which he declined. Six months later still for sale, I gave him $160.