Les Paul Scale Length

Les Paul Scale length

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What about it?
so i have a les paul that is made from japan and i want to change the neck but i don't know what is the scale length of it because when i measure it from nut to the center of 12 fret it has 12 inches, does it mean i have 24 Inches scale length?
 

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when i measure it from the nut to the saddle, i got 25 inches. which one should i consider? 24 inches or 25?
I am really confused because i have not seen a les paul with a 24 inches of scale before
 

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What Japanese guitar do you have?
 

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It is a burny les paul ls-38 bro, sorry for late reply

ok I haven’t seen one of those but in any case refer to the article from stewmac above.
A• Measure from inside of the nut, to 12th fret.

• take A and double it that should be the scale

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ok I haven’t seen one of those but in any case refer to the article from stewmac above.

If you want to be more precise;

A• Measure from inside of the nut, to 12th fret.
B• Measure from 12th to 13th fret and divide by 2

• Add A + B and double it that should be the scale
Where should i measure it bro? Up to the 12th fretwire? Or that dot inside of 11th and 12th fretwires
 

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From the nut to the saddle on the high E string is the scale length.
Many Fender’s are 25.5”
Many Gibsons: 24&5/8” or thereabouts.
Lower strings are a little longer to compensate for their stiffness causing the string excursion to start a little out from the ends.
 

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so i have a les paul that is made from japan and i want to change the neck but i don't know what is the scale length of it because when i measure it from nut to the center of 12 fret it has 12 inches, does it mean i have 24 Inches scale length?

Measure from the flat side of the nut where it meets the fret boad, to the center of the bridge, right down the center of the neck. Take you scale from that.

While there is compensation in a bridge, the center of the bridge (between the D and G strings) will have the least amount, giving you closest to the actual scale length.
 

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Let's walk through this, I've got a R8 sitting right here.

Tape measure says from face of nut to tip of D and G saddles, it's 24 5/8. Right on the dot.

Okay, break it down. Measured from the face of the nut to the center of the 12th fret, =12 5/16 or 12.3125.

Double that, eh?

12.3125 + 12.3125 = 24.625.

.625 to fraction is 5/8"

So, 24.625 is the same as 24 5/8"

Either way will do it.
 

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The MIJ guitars do use mm for their scale length. Some use 625mm, which is basically Gibson modern scale and others use 628mm, which is the old 24.75" or rule of 18 scale.
 

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Where should i measure it bro? Up to the 12th fretwire? Or that dot inside of 11th and 12th fretwires

The dot between the frets doesn't mean anything, who knows if the manufacture even got it centered between the frets. When something talks about the center of the fret it literally means the center of the fretwire like right down the middle of the fretwire.
 

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