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I get used necks from my local guitar shop for misc CBG/instrument projects. I can figure out the scale on most because I can simply measure them from the original guitar/bass etc. However, I just got a nice neck that I want to use on CBG, is there a way to figure out the correct scale on a fretted neck using only the neck and existising fret board as a reference. It is a 22 fret 4 string neck (uke?), unfortunately there are no manufacturing markings to try and research from.
In the standard fretting isn't the 12th fret half of the scale length? Should be an easy calculation.
nut to 12th fret x 2 = scale (saddle placement)
Ok, so I am slow, but I am seeing something to be learnt here as well.
I just always put my saddle/bridge where I wanted it ,ie, whether 24 1/2, 25 - 25 1/2 or whatever and assumed that was what my scale lenght was.
For fret placement I just used once, whatever I had at the time as a template, and have always used that to mark my fret placement on all other builds.
Now I admit I have only made 3 so I have much to learn and improve on.
SO, can anyone here not only explain the 12 fret is half and times 2 is the saddle/bridge placement of the scale lenght, but the why's and what happens if thats not followed and any other info that to those that already in the know, seems pretty simple stuff.
And I will give thanks in advance cuz I know there are a lot of SHARP/knowledgeable guys out there, and have been always willing to share and help out !
If you are making a new neck, you can fret it to whatever scale you have determined with your bridge placement. in that case the 12th fret will be 1/2 the total scale.
The poster was asking how to determine the scale of an existing fretted neck, in whch case the bridge will be 2x the distance from the nut to the 12th fret.
Is this not just the rule of 18ths?
Each fret position is an ever decreasing 18th of the overall distance left between the nut and the bridge
I have an excel spread sheet somewhere for this.
Hope this helps
But ascale rule sure helps... I want one!!
Hey Bug, you can make your own out of aluminum yardsticks for about 3 bucks a pop.
Now thats SWEET !!! Good idea :)