Shorter scale guitars

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  1. Jchrisf

    Jchrisf Member

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    I recently picked up a Fender Duo Sonic and love it. I also have a Martin Dreadnought Jr. that is the same scale (24") and love it too. What other guitars out there are short scale that I should be on the lookout for? Right now I am looking to try a PRS SE 245, Fender Mustang and Jaguar. Are there any other electrics that are short scale and worth trying?
     
  2. The bear

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    Gibson Byrdland’s. 23.5.
    Just got to play this great one from 1958 the other day.
     
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  3. Black&Blue

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    The Byrdland models are great guitars!!! If you don't care for the body width and the price tag, you can track down a used Gibson Midtown Kalamazoo model, which is a smaller, more stripped down/less appointed 23.5" scale guitar. Or one of the Fenders, obviously, depending upon your bridge & sound preferences. Personally, I dig short scale guitars, and LOVE short scale basses. The only basses I own/use are short scale Fenders.
     
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    Fender jaguar
     
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    Les Pauls, SGs, and for acoustics a J-45 is a classic.
     
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  6. Neverwhere

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    Rickenbacker 320, 325 models are 20.75" inch, dunno if there are any electric guitars shorter than that, they are quite expensive and a rare model.
     
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    I had no idea this was a thing. Very cool!
     
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    G5135 CVT. The Gretsch response to the Gibson SG. Pickups are Mega'Trons, which are Filtertrons with ceramic magnets. Super lightweight, great upper fret access. 24.6" scale length.

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    I played a Fender Mustang many years ago and it sounded great.
     
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    I've tried.

    Owned an Epi Elite Byrdland I got for a steal when MF had their scratch and dent store in KC. 24 3/4" is as small as I can comfortably go.
     
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    I have one of the new MIM Duo Sonics. I love the way it looks & feels (got the white one with the mint green pickguard), but I quickly discovered that the stock pickups were quite wimpy. It was always work to get a half-decent sound out of them.

    I recently switched out the pickups with the Lindy Fralin blues special set for Mustang. I couldn't be happier. I knew it would be an upgrade, but it kind of blew my mind how much better it sounds. This guitar is my new favorite. I can get all kinds of tones and they all sound amazing. The new pickups turned a $500 guitar into something really special. It's a short-scale lightweight mini-monster! So fun to play.
     
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    I have a PRS SE Standard 245 (2017).
    I really like the way it plays and the wide/fat neck works feels great.
    I did change the pickups to Mean 90s and change the wiring to 50s style.
    24.5" doesn't seem like it would feel different that a Gibson, but it does feel a lot slinkier.

    Mark
     
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    I love short scale guitars, but not too short. Most Duo-sonics that I've played are the 22.5" variety, which allows for some cool stuff, but not ideal to me for most playing. I've owned and loved Mustangs and a Bronco, but for me the Jaguar is the ultimate short scale guitar. I'd recommend the American Professional Jaguar for a more versatile than vintage style guitar.
     
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    I have a few, a Byrdland with the 23.5" scale and a couple of the 22.5" Fender models. The Byrdland takes me a few minutes to adjust but it's a comfortable guitar once I'm refamiliarised with it. The Fenders feel really tiny and I find the trick with them is to tune a bit higher than concert pitch and try to trick your brain into thinking you're using a capo. They're still cool guitars though, with their own sound.

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    Which came out first, that or the PRS Vera? :munch
     
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    I think the Starla is a better comparison. It has the double Filtertron-esque pickups and Bigsby.

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    A Byrdland and a Jag here.
     
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    Except the Starla is a singlecut body. The Vela is a direct homage to the Gretsch Corvette.
    The Gretsch Corvette has been around since the 60's. It was Gretsch's answer to the Gibson SG.

    My S2 Vela Semihollow RL along side my CVT. The Vela has a Starla Filtertron style bridge pickup with a Dynasonic type neck pickup.

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