Poll: Scale length preference?
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View poll results: Scale length preference?
24.75''
8 19%
25.5'''
19 45%
25''
2 5%
Other (Baritone, multi-scale, etc)
7 17%
It depends on the guitar (Explain in post)
6 14%
Voters: 42.
#1
Hey all,

Thought this might be a fun little poll. What is your general preference with scale length on your guitars? Feel free to elaborate in a post, or simply answer the poll only! Keep in mind that this is just about general preference, not following some absolute rule (who wants to do that?!).

I answered "It depends on the guitar". In general, I tend to stick to 24.75'' scale guitars, but I like 25.5" for 24 fret guitars.

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#2
I could care less,but i probably play more 25.5" if that is what you are wanting us to note.
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#3
It doesn't matter at all, with one exception. I have a 30" bari (OLP MM knockoff) that I tune to open D, on which I use a conversion capo to get open E lap steel. I even inlaid a secondary octave marker at the 14th fret.. It also sounds very good with 13-56 strings tuned very tight to open D - I feel like I should be wearing safety glasses when I tune it - with several different pickups I've tried. I'm not sure whether it is the long, tight strings that make it sound good, or something else, but it works for me.
#4
I will add that i don't like the fender short scale 24" guitars.
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#6
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I could care less,but i probably play more 25.5" if that is what you are wanting us to note.

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I will add that i don't like the fender short scale 24" guitars.


So you actually do care...more or less  
I would agree though. Some guitars just feel right and others don't. I don't like it though if it's too short  
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#7
I don't really have a preference of one over the other. It depends on what exactly I'm using the guitar for.

The only thing I care about is that the scale length isn't too short for downtuning without requiring absolutely massive strings that suck high end. Though anything more than 28" isn't really going to be of much use to me for the tunings I prefer to use.
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#8
I think all guitars should have one. Or multiples thereof.
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#9
I think I PREFER 24.75" w/ 24 frets, but mostly because quite a few of my favorite guitars have that scale, but not all. 
#10
I started with a 22 fret 24.5" which was fine and now I have a 25.5" 24 fret 7 string which is still pretty tight on the low B so I'd say 25" for a 24 fret 6 string
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#12
typically I go with the 24 3/4 scale 22 fret guitars. However I have found a definite affinity towards a 25" scale length. 
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#13
25.5 seems like a good balance to me. one of my guitars is 26.5 and it makes the guitar sound brighter which was a little weird to get used to.
#14
not super-worried about it, but probably 25.5 if pushed, for most of the things i play.
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#15
I'd have to say 24" Scale since my top 2 favorite guitars are the Fender Jaguar and Fender Jag-Stang, and both of those are 24" scale instruments.  I just find they work great for getting a bit more "sting" on the high end and a bit more "boom" on the low, with all the right mids missing naturally.  

However, I do like to switch to other scale lengths for variety in sound, sometimes I'll pick up something in another scale because of tonal difference.  I own 30 guitars, and I own everything from an 18" Scale FIrst Act to a 25.5" Fender style guitars.  I love em' all.
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#16
It wouldn't affect my buying decisions, because I'll tend to go for the "full package", as it were, so if I want something Gibsony it'll be 24.75" and if I want something Fendery it'll be 25.5" (other brands are available, I'm told), but I definitely prefer 25.5" in isolation. That said, I like guitars that are 25.5", but also guitars that are 24.75" and 24" and whatever else. It's not a huge deal for me. If it's 24" I need to have 12-54 strings on it, though, and I probably won't bend too profusely.
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#17
24.75 and 25.5 if its a 24 fret. I feel like strats and the like have their frets way too far apart, especially the first few. 
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#18
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I don't really have a preference of one over the other. It depends on what exactly I'm using the guitar for.


So then you wouldn't mind giving your preferred scale length for different uses? Here is what you will be using your guitar for:

1. Playing jazz
2. Playing rock down 1 step
3. Playing badminton
4. Picking up girls
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#19
I usually go towards 25.5" scale. I'm not usually too crazy on 24.75", though most of my experiences have been on LPs of some sort, and I've come to the conclusion, I'm not a big LP guy. All but one of my guitars are 25.5" strat-style. My lone 27" scale makes the low B tighter and the definition is clearer. I haven't had enough hands on with something past a 7-string and/or 27" scale length to give a more expansive response. 
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#20
I like all but preffer 25'5 for 6 string. As for 7 string 26'5 to have clarity of lower tunings. I cant imagine anything with 28' scale lenght or longer sounds like bass.
#21
I have tiny girl hands but I still use 25.5. I like the feel of it, even if I have a hard time reaching. Mostly because that's what I started on and I love my Strat.
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