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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-22-2002, 08:18 AM Thread Starter
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Switching between different scale length guitars.

I'm having a hell of a time switching between my Jems and a shorter scale length (24.75") Hamer Artist that I recently acquired. It just doesn't feel right and I'm having trouble just playing it well. Everything seems scrunched up. Do any of you guys have any experiences switching from Jems to smaller scale guitars? Does it ever get any better? I couldn't possibly gig with it now.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-22-2002, 08:47 AM
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I can't do the switch thing easily either But I'm not one for looking where I'm going, I kinda let my fingers decide how far away the note they're after is, unfortunately they only know their way around a 25.5" neck
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I regularly switch between my JEMs/J Customs & my Strat, PRS, and JS models. I have no problems at all, but I think it just comes down to doing it for years. It's all in what you're used to. Spend equal time on both guitars, and I'm sure it'll get much easiers over time.
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I switch between my 25.5" RG421, my 25.1" SC420, and my ??" scale 12 string acoustic all the time, and it really doesn't bother me, but I can see how it could bother some people.
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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-22-2002, 12:25 PM Thread Starter
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I guess I'm like Jono - I seldom look down at the guitar as my fingers seem to know where and how far to go - this is of course subject to how many beers I've had prior to playing
I suppose if you switch back and forth equally it would get more comfortable over time, it's just that moving from a Jem to a 24.75" profile seems really strange. I have a much much easier transition switching between neck thick/thiness i.e. DBK to VWH to Strat. As for moving to an acoustic, what's that?
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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-22-2002, 07:14 PM
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I don't get that bothered by the difference in the scale/length between my Jem and my Les Paul, but the difference in string bending and vibrato as a result of trem vs. no trem takes me a while to get the hang of. After playing my Jem I have to be very careful not to bend every note sharp on my LP and my vibrato sounds like Steve Lukather after too much coffee.
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I had been playing a Fender Strat for 3 years before I bought my first Gibson, a Flying V. Although the Gibson was easier to bend on, the change in scale length took a while getting used to.

20 years later, I still only own 1 Gibson - a Les Paul. The transition from my 25.5" guitars to the 24.75" is no problem now though.

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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-19-2002, 01:15 PM
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Originally Posted by vaijem777
I regularly switch between my JEMs/J Customs & my Strat, PRS, and JS models.
My understanding was that these were all 25.5" guitars... Actually, the prs might be a tad shorter, but we're talking a slight difference... I think that'd be too slight to really feel.

now, someone switching between an ibanez 27" scale and a gibson 24 3/4", now THAT would be a rough transistion.

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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-01-2002, 10:03 PM
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i am strange - i actually enjoy switching between my 25.5" guitars to a 24.75" one & back to the former. it's like i suddenly play better upon switching. the reason why i play more than one guitar at any one time
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