- Sep 7, 2020
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From th a nut to the twelth fret on my 81 deluxe is. 12 1/4 so doubled is 24 1/2. Anyone else have a scale length like. This?
Exactly, the Gibson scale length is actually shorter than most people realize.Gibson uses 24 9/16" and 24 5/8".
They haven't used true 24 3/4" since 1954.
Did you measure to the center of the fret, or to the edge nearest the nut? Yours should have a 24 5/8" scale.
The trouble is that the bridge-to-nut measurement will vary slightly depending on which string (or saddle) that you measure. I guess that you could take an average of some kind, but I'm pretty sure that guitar makers double the distance from the nut to the 12th fret to calculate the scale length because of this.Measure from the bridge to the nut and see what you get.
Fret spacings are ratios, fractions of the octave, and there are several ways to calculate fret spacing -- which all give slightly different results.I was reading a guitar techs web page and he made a statement that Gibson Les pauls have different scale lengths before and after the 12th fret, never ever read or heard that anywhere before. Couldn’t be arsed to measure and check mine.