#1
at the risk of seeming a noob i have a question id liek to get cleared up. how is the scale lengh of a guitar measured? iv been planning to make a guitar but id liek to have that cleared up befor i screw something up. thanks in advance.
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#2
I'm not absolutely positive, but i'm 99% sure it's from the distance from the nut to the front of the bridge. they usually range from 24 3/4" to 25 1/2" (Gibson, Ibanez)
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#4
Do you mean what defines a scale length?, a scale is the length from the nut to the bridge,

or did you mean how is a scale measured?

*edit* OH you mean your making a neck and you need to know how to measure a neck scale,

Here: http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Tools/Measuring_tools/Notched_Straight_Edge.html

also: http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Tools/Measuring_tools/Fret_Scale_Rule.html

Also..uh..also: http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Tools/Measuring_tools/String_Spacing_Rule.html
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#5
The easiest way is the nut to the 12 fret x 2
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#6
thanks for all that guys. and to spade, no im making a body and want to make sure i have the bridge in the right spot so it matches the necks scale
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thanks for all that guys. and to spade, no im making a body and want to make sure i have the bridge in the right spot so it matches the necks scale

Do you already have the neck (bolt-on I'm assuming) fit on the body? This might sound obvious, but don't place your bridge until the neck is snugly fit into the neck pocket
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thanks for all that guys. and to spade, no im making a body and want to make sure i have the bridge in the right spot so it matches the necks scale


OOOHHHH ok
#9
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I'm not absolutely positive, but i'm 99% sure it's from the distance from the nut to the front of the bridge. they usually range from 24 3/4" to 25 1/2" (Gibson, Ibanez)


wrong

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the nut to the intonation point on the bridge



also wrong.

The scale length is a theoritcal figure, used to determine fret spacing. The strings will ALWAYS be longer than the scale length, when correctly intonated.

You can measure from the front side of the nut to the centre of the 12th fret, but even then that is not necessarily a perfect way of measuring it, as a lot of luthiers (eg: small time guys who care, rather than sweat shop epiphone/squire type workers) tend to shorten the nut to 1st spacing for better intonation.

PS Gibson states incorrectly that their scale length is 24.75" its not, its 24.618". They measure the intonated string length, which is incorrect and misleading.

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#10
oops. Well listen to Ormsby, his guitars look amazin and he knows what he's talkin about.
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