24.75" v.s 25" guitar neck

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  1. Brian Chan

    Brian Chan Member

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    I wanna order a Tele guitar (either Anderson or Suhr) with mahogany body, maple top and mahogany/rosewood guitar neck.

    Frankly, does the scale of teh enck neck really influence the tone? I wanted to get some Les Paul type sound with this guitar. If this is the case, is Anderson Cobra a better choice?
     
  2. jamesboyd

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    Imo yes..

    scale-length for me changes not only the string tension, but the mid-range/tone of a guitar. I find 24.75 more warm and burly, and 25.5 more scooped and thinner. 25" is in-between the two for me, but I'm not super familiar with it.

    If you want the les paul sounds, then 24.75 is a must imo.
     
  3. Crunchyriff

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    IMHO, the longer the scale the more 'snap' in the tone.

    LP sounds-24.5-24.75. Most Lesters aren't a true 24.75" scale, they are more like 24.6.
     
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    You really don't want to fuzz around with the scale.

    Just search for threads on the PRS SE245, which is a PRS which has 24.75 instead of 25.00 inch scale length. People get all gaga about it.
     
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    i agree with james

    25 feels different and i think teh 24 3/4 is more appropriate
     
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    LP is 24.625" scale.
     
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    The longer the scale the more string to string definition I hear, just to add to all the above.
     
  8. Brian Chan

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    Thanks all of your advise and comment.

    i guess I will go for the Cobra..=)
     
  9. stan p

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    Or Chapin:) I see him build alot of nice Tele short scalers.
    I believe set neck also adds to the LP sound.
     
  10. baimun

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    I'm not a fan of the shorter scale. It sounds more "warble-y" and loose. Part of a strat or tele's spank and snap is from the scale length (depending on your tuning).

    IMO, the 25" is just about perfect... the light, loose bends of a short scale, but the definition and clarity of a longer scale.

    I throw the thing in there about the tuning because the difference between 24 7/16 scale compared to a 25 1/2" is about one full fret.... so down tuning a strat 1/2 step reduces the tension by a similar amount. (although the sound is still a tad bit different because of the string gauge.) All are subtle things that probably have more to do with feel and tiny nuances the player can sense more so than an audience through a distorted amp.
     

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