Short scale Mustang

Discussion in 'Luthier's Guitar & Bass Technical Discussion' started by 80tiger, Jan 26, 2015.

  1. 80tiger

    80tiger Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2009
    Northwest Louisiana
    Hi folks, forgive me if this is an old question but I couldn't locate any info in a search. I am wanting to try out a 22 1/2" scale Mustang and I know they come in 24" and 22 1/2" scales. It is my understanding that the best visual way to determine the scale length is the number of frets. Fender put 21 frets on the shorter scale and 22 on the longer. I realize the number of frets do not per se need to be a particular number to change a scale but that Fender just did it that way. Is this correct? Otherwise, how would you know visually what the scale length is without measuring it? When I look at ads I want to be able to visually tell. I'm wondering if that is even possible.


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