#1
I am a believer that scale length does influence tone, but what I came here to ask was if using a 25" scale (a middle ground between Gibson and Fender) would be enough to keep the good qualities of a coil split humbucker. Is this scale length able to maintain the wool of a humbucker, but keep stratty chime when split? I know there are other factors at play, but does the 25" scale length help?
#2
I'm sure others will chime in here as well but I wouldn't look at scale length while changing pickup types - compare the scale length with the same pickup types.

My example is with an EMG 81. I have a Jackson Dinky with a 25.5" scale and it's brighter (under heavy distortion) than my LTD EC-1001 with a 24.75" scale length both running the same D'Addario 10's. I think of longer scales as brighter than shorter scales with the same tuning.

Think of it this way too - an E5 chord on 6th string 12th fret is duller than an E5 chord on the 5th string 7th fret. Longer strings come across as brighter.
Guitars:
Jackson Kelly KE3 - MIJ (Distortion/Jazz)
Jackson DKMGT Dinky (EMG 81/85)
ESP E-II Eclipse Custom (JB/'59)
ESP LTD EC-1001FR (EMG 81/60)
Fender MIM Strat

Amps:
Mesa/Boogie Dual Rectifier Roadster 212
Peavey Vypyr 30
Peavey ReValver Amp Sims
#3
I completely understand, but what I was wondering if changing the scale length and nothing else, if it would provide a better tone split while maintaining a good sound when both coils are on. Or if it would be neither here nor there. It's for a warmoth I'm making.
Last edited by 70001407 at Oct 19, 2016,
#4
Quote by 70001407
I completely understand, but what I was wondering if changing the scale length and nothing else, if it would provide a better tone split while maintaining a good sound when both coils are on. Or if it would be neither here nor there. It's for a warmoth I'm making.


There's really not a lot of difference between a 24.75" and a 25" scale when it comes to tone. In fact, you can do pretty well with both pickup configurations when you move up to a 25.5" scale. Where you hear the difference mostly is in the clarity of the bottom two strings.

If you want to experiment, walk into a piano store and ask if you can play the bottom four keys on a small spinet piano. Then immediately go play the bottom four on the longest grand piano they have. That'll tell you what you need to know.
#5
until you push it to the extremes, scale length is irrelevant to tone. from 24" to a 27" it is likely noticeable.

playing is a different story, as well as tuning, and string gauge.
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