I have a question about scale length...

Discussion in 'Luthier's Guitar & Bass Technical Discussion' started by guitguy28, Oct 11, 2008.

  1. guitguy28

    guitguy28 Member

    Jul 3, 2004
    I have a 25.5"-scale guitar tuned down a fourth, (B E A D F# B).

    In order to maintain a good tension in the strings I got the heaviest gauge I could find, 14 to 72. It feels like a nice set of 11s.

    BUT I'm wondering if just having the guitar tuned this low anyway is going to create major intonation issues?

    Is there a reason why baritone guitars have a longer scale than a guitar, other than to have a lower pitch at a certain tension with a set of regular strings?

  2. syxxstring

    syxxstring Member

    Jan 13, 2005
    Las Vegas, NV
    Fret each note and read them on a tuner and you'll see how bad it looks. Even the most basic tuner will tell you if your off. Check 12 then 15, 17, etc...

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