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post #16 of 19 (permalink) Old 03-16-2013, 12:39 PM
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Re: How do you measure a scale length ?

Can't believe this is confusing as many people as it is.
As Darren Wilson posted back in 2001, measure the distance from the edge of the nut (or zero fret if your guitar has a zero fret) to the 12th fret and double the distance.

clintham, not sure where you read this as stewmack site says the same thing.

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WHAT IS SCALE LENGTH?
A guitar's scale length is calculated by measuring the distance from the front edge of the nut, where it butts against the end of the fingerboard, to the center of the 12th (octave) fret, then doubling that measurement.
http://www.stewmac.com/freeinfo/Fret...alelength.html
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Re: How do you measure a scale length ?

clintham, if you are building a guitar and are not sure where to place the bridge, place it so the edge of a saddle is the same distance to the 12th fret as the edge of the nut is.

Make sure your saddle is centred so you get as much adjustment travel each way as otherwise you may not be able to intonate some of the strings later.
I hope that makes sense.
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Re: How do you measure a scale length ?

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clintham, if you are building a guitar and are not sure where to place the bridge, place it so the edge of a saddle is the same distance to the 12th fret as the edge of the nut is.

Make sure your saddle is centred so you get as much adjustment travel each way as otherwise you may not be able to intonate some of the strings later.
I hope that makes sense.
Doing this has always worked out for me, never had intonation problems installing a bridge like this
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post #19 of 19 (permalink) Old 03-24-2013, 08:09 PM
 
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Re: How do you measure a scale length ?

thanks that very helpful
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