Short-scale Strat?

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  1. lpr9

    lpr9 Member

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    For the sake of personal playablity, I'm tempted to buy a short-scale neck for my Strat but I'm curious, how much of an impact does it have on tone? That wonderful airy sound of the neck pick-up...do you lose that when you go from 25.5" to 24.75"? Has anyone swapped to a shorter neck? Can you give me your opinions on the impact to tone?
    Thanks!
     
  2. Rampant

    Rampant Member

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    It won't have as punchy a fundamental, but it will mostly sound similar.
     
  3. EADGBE

    EADGBE Member

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    I haven't done it. But I'm guessing you would like it. If you try it let us know what you think.
     
  4. Lewguitar

    Lewguitar Member

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    24 3/4" MIJ Fender Squier Strats are pretty easy to find on EBay and the quality is high.

    Usually very inexpensive and you get the whole guitar for under $300.

    Just make sure to get one with a vintage style bridge/tremolo.
     
  5. swiveltung

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    I've done several 24.75 conversions and have 2 right now. The only thing I don't like is the low E string when fretted. Especially the further up you go. It just sounds strange , doesn't ring great. It's minimal though.
    I play 10-46 strings and maybe I should try smaller low strings..? I hear no actual pickup/tone change at all other than that .
    Seems what a person needs is a 25.5 scale neck with a nut at the first fret!
     
  6. aussie_owner

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    I think that's called a capo.
     
  7. swiveltung

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    Yep, although they kinda get in the way of my clumsy thumbs!
     
  8. Laurence

    Laurence Silver Supporting Member

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    I have one of Swiveltung's 24.75 conversations (actually a Jagmaster with a pick guard conversion for start pick-ups). It's a weird beast, but I don't dislike it. It has it's place tonally, but I miss that deep, tight low end because of the shorter scale. I think shorter scales lend themselves to humbuckers and a more mid-focused tone.
     
  9. mjtripper

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    The warmoth conversion necks are nice. I play an Anderson 24.75 scale strat now and love it. Sounds very 'straty' to me.
     
  10. kiwicanuck

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    Like tuning much? ;)

     

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