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Jan 21, 2021 - 4:57:11 PM

tony boadle

Ireland

254 posts since 3/23/2011

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.


 

Jan 21, 2021 - 5:19:30 PM

jacknj

USA

213 posts since 2/6/2009

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)
Jack




Jan 22, 2021 - 2:15:08 AM

tony boadle

Ireland

254 posts since 3/23/2011

Thanks for the reply, Jack. It's always reassuring to read that something different has been successfully done before!
Happy picking, stay safe. Tony

Jan 22, 2021 - 5:30:02 AM

jacknj

USA

213 posts since 2/6/2009

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.

Jan 22, 2021 - 7:11:16 AM

tony boadle

Ireland

254 posts since 3/23/2011

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

Jan 22, 2021 - 7:54:27 AM

jacknj

USA

213 posts since 2/6/2009

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.

Jan 22, 2021 - 7:59:29 AM

tony boadle

Ireland

254 posts since 3/23/2011

Great stuff, all the dimensions I needed and more. Many thanks for your assistance, your work looks superb by the way!

Jan 22, 2021 - 8:06:26 AM

jacknj

USA

213 posts since 2/6/2009

Thanks, glad to help.

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