I play a home built 8-string lap-steel, tuned E6th, with a 23" scale length.
I'm in the process of building a square neck reso, converting a 7/8 size guitar body and adding a home-built neck. Because of the slightly smaller body (almost parlour size) I'll be pushed to use 'normal' scale length (around 25"+?) without having to fit the cone fairly close at the other end.
I'm thinking of maybe using the same scale as on my lap-steel. I'll be tuning the reso to E6th anyway, it's the set-up that suits my style and musical preferences.
So, any reason why I shouldn't use this reduced scale length, if it works for me? Just asking!
PS I prefer the smaller body size, I just got used to it when I had a Gretsch Boxcar a while back.
Tony, I have built a 23" scale squareneck reso and am currently building 24.25" scale resos. (see pics). The 23" scale model has a body length of 18.5" and a lower bout width of 14.25". The 24.25" scale model has a body length of 19" and a lower bout width of 13.25".
( the two pictured together are the 24.25" scale models)
Thanks for the reply, Jack. It's always reassuring to read that something different has been successfully done before!
Happy picking, stay safe. Tony
With the 23" scale length model, I went with a slightly heavier string set to attempt to keep a similar tension that you have with the standard 25" scale using a .016 to .056 set.
Thanks Jack, I'll bear that in mind when I'm ready to string up the guitar. Would you mind if I asked the measurement from the nut to the neck/body joint, also the neck width and thickness you chose?
I'm concerned that the neck might look a little out of proportion on a 23" scale, even though the body size is the same as yours.
Thanks in advance, Tony
On the 23" scale guitar, the nut to the neck body joint is 11.5" (12th fret). The nut width is 2" and is about 2 5/16" at the 12th fret. The neck thickness, with a 1/4" thick fretboard, is about 15/16" at the nut and increases to about 1 3/8" at about the 9th fret where the heel transition begins.
Great stuff, all the dimensions I needed and more. Many thanks for your assistance, your work looks superb by the way!
Thanks, glad to help.
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