Baritone scale vs regular scale?

METAL

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Other than the increased tension that longer scale lengths offer, do they offer any other benefits? Would the only advantage be that you wouldn't need super heavy strings to tune low?
 

zztomato

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Proper intonation, that's the main reason. You can intonate at a regular scale but fat strings tuned low do much better over the entire fretboard if they have a longer scale.
 

METAL

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What would you say is the lowest tuning (using a thick gauge of strings) a 25.5" scale can go to without intonation issues?
 

zztomato

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What would you say is the lowest tuning (using a thick gauge of strings) a 25.5" scale can go to without intonation issues?
Without any? Probably C#. After that things get pretty wobbly.
I have an old Silvertone 1303 that I use in D standard with a set of 12-54 strings and it sounds very good like that. With a low 58 you could get down C# or maybe C.
 




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