Long, Or an entirely different length?

I have a correction to make. The post: Choose the Guitar Neck Scale Length That Fits.. has what I call an important omission. There are more than 2 lengths of guitar necks.



When I wrote another post about: What Is Better, a 22 Fret or 24 Fret Guitar?, this was pointed out to me in a comment. I was told that PRS uses 25″ scale length. I did not know this, but should have known it and it was pointed out to me by my friend Allan. The post shows my mistake and lack of knowledge on the subject. Thank goodness for Allan’s unreal knowledge. He has so much information and knowledge stored in his head that I would believe him if he was BSing me. Fortunately, he is a straight shooter. I think! lol.

We now know the three most popular guitar scales are 24 3/4″, 25″ or 25 1/2″ in length. However, I came across this site on guitar scale length’s and it shows how many scales have been used over the years in many different makes of guitars. I was not even close.

I am personally familiar with the three most popular length’s and I tend to like the longer of the two. Stratocaters have the 25 1/2″ scale length, and I now know the Paul Red Smith has a 25″ scale length. The beautiful PRS Custom 24 I tested has the PRS 25″ scale length. Briefly I wanted to say that the difference between a 25″ scale and a 25 1/2″ scale is almost nil to me. It may be one reason that the PRS and I match up so well. There are a lot more reasons than scale length that make a PRS a good match.

Guitar Players Center keeps saying this, “go to your local Mega Guitar store or Guitar Center, if one is close to you and play the guitars. Go back again tomorrow and make sure to play the one that possess you again. If you still love it, buy it”. Have fun and Enjoy.

3 Responses to Is Your Guitar Neck 24 and 3/4 inches, 25 inches, 25 1/2 inches..

  1. dale robinson

    i was curious what it would be like if you used a fretboard designed for a 25″ scale but made the actual scale 25.5″

    Any Thoughts?

  2. Dale- Doing so would cause your guitar to cave very poor intonation, especially after the 12th fret. I came across this problem while restoring a Fender Mustang (24″ scale). I put a Strat neck on it, and wondered for days why it would not go in tune. After doing some research, I found out why. I’m still looking for a 24″ scale neck LoL. They’re hard to find fretted without spending over $200

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