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Does anybody prefer shorter scale necks? (Gibson style, 24.75")

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  1. diogoguitar

    diogoguitar Senior Stratmaster

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    Hi all,

    after playing many guitars back to back I couldn't figure out why I liked the "feeling" of playing a Les Paul, despite the fact that the body isn't that comfortable to me.
    I realized that Les Pauls have a shorter scale, so the strings are a bit looser, making easier to bend and do vibratos.

    I was wondering if somebody else also prefers shorter scale necks?
     
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  2. knh555

    knh555 Senior Stratmaster

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    Usually no, but sometimes. I have an old Peavey with a Gibson-scale neck. It feels like a Fender o/w, which sometimes, is exactly what I'm in the mood for.
     
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  3. jeff h

    jeff h Senior Stratmaster

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    I've had my current fleet of 4 guitars for a few years. They are all 25.5" (2 strats, a Shecter Hellraiser and an Ibanez Prestige). I haven't had a 24.75" in so long I can't even remember if it feels different or not.
     
  4. StratMike10

    StratMike10 Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I really like them, in fact I have a strat with a short scale neck which is, as you say, nice and loose.
    But I wouldn't say I prefer it, I also enjoy the snap of a full scale strat.
    It's fun going back and forth, some music seems to "play better" with one or the other.

    BTW I did the short neck conversion because although I like my LP a lot, I prefer the body shape of the strat for comfort, so recently I had that guitar converted to dual humbuckers. It doesn't quite sound like an LP, but it has the looseness and the neck feel of one.
     
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  5. Triple Jim

    Triple Jim Senior Stratmaster

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    If you tune your 25.5" scale guitar down even a 1/2 step, it'll have the properties you like in the 24.75" scale. I like going down a whole step because it's easier to transpose and play with others with standard tuning.
     
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  6. Jimi Lightning

    Jimi Lightning Senior Stratmaster

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    I prefer the shorter scale of my LPs. I find them far easier to play but not as comfortable as a Strat. (4 of my 5 guitar heros are Strat players).
    This may sound weird but I find its a combination of the string tension and predominately the shorter length is easier on shoulder due to a shoulder injury. Yes I know its really not that much shorter, but hey it works for this player.
     
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  7. PCollen

    PCollen Senior Stratmaster

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    I wonder how different a short-scale Strat or Tele would sound from the standard scale-length ones ? Lots of specs might be affected..pickup placement for one.
     
  8. The Strat Dude

    The Strat Dude Sticker bushes and Posy rules! Strat-Talk Supporter

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    here is Pinky with it's Warmoth gibby scale conversion neck.
    Love it!

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  9. Dadocaster

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    Here is an interesting twist: 24.75 is preferable to my for left hand, 25.5 is preferable for right hand. :D
     
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    I had a telecaster with a 24.75" neck and I didn't like it, but I love my SG's.
     
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    albala Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I like that my Gibson necks feel different from my Fenders but I don't prefer one over the other
     
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    henderman Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    i have had a prs for over 20 years with a 25" scale i am still honeymooning with.

    i prefer the jumbo stainless frets i put in it, the 10" radius it has is my fave and the not skinny nut width is comfy so it is not just because of the shorter scale.

    but i can feel the difference in fret spacing and string tension when i switch back to my 25.5" scale tele and ibanez and takes a few seconds to adjust.
     
  13. Nate D

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    This is it for me. :)
     
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  14. Rastus

    Rastus Senior Stratmaster

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    Yo,

    I'm easy-going with either, & have no preference. It's always a good time playing the SG, but there's something about picking-up a Stratocaster again too.

    Ciao,

    Rastus
     
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  15. vid1900

    vid1900 Most Honored Senior Member

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    My #2 is a Jag with a 24" scale neck.

    Plays like a dream.
     
  16. Lone Woof

    Lone Woof Senior Stratmaster

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    I like a shorter scale for the looser string tension, shorter reach for the left arm, ease of playing chords with long stretches, and ability to run heavier strings without ia huge change in feel.

    If you like 24.75, you might just love 24".
     
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    Both my Strat partscasters have 80's Contemporary Strat necks, which are 24.75" scale. I find that works better for my arthritic hands than my Tele's which are 22.75" and 25.5".
     
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    jvin248 Senior Stratmaster

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    Are you comparing the two guitars with the same string gages?
    A Gibson LP/SG with 10s feels like a Fender Tele/Strat with 9s.

    The other couple of factors to note when playing different models:

    Where does your picking hand naturally rest on the guitar? I find a Tele it's behind the bridge so I pick near the saddles while a LP my hand rests on the bridge saddles, and a Strat it's between the middle and bridge pickups so I don't hit the volume knob while strumming.

    Where does the guitar hang on the strap and how far away does the nut seem to be? biggest difference is a Strat to a SG. 335 hollow bodies I feel like I'm playing to the left of myself.


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  19. Groovey

    Groovey Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Prefer? No . I like em both.
     
  20. IronSchef

    IronSchef Senior Stratmaster

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    you should get yourself a nice Mustang - 24" scale length. similar string tension to a LP w/ 11s, yet a much more "Strat-like" body shape :)
     
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