I am building a cbg for order and the box is 12 and 1/2 " inches long I use a 24and 1/2" scale length so the fret board is running way into the box. So the Question is how do yall handle this?????
The box is what the customer wants and I am at a lose as to do I just let the scale length run over the box with unusable frets or just cut it short at the end of the box????
if you still can, .. use a longer neck , move the bridge forward and the whole scale (and fret board ) with it .
12.5 " is a big box, if you run the 25.5" scaled fretted neck in to the box the frets would be difficult to reach, I would cut the frets at the edge of the box, the bridge will remain in the best position down near the tail and chances are those ultra high notes will never be used anyway with fingers, but if you really need them a slide will get to 'em...(-;
besides scale length another key factor you gotta decide when designing a guitar is what fret do I join the body at ??
most acoustic guitars join at fret 12 or 14..
I gotta be honest, it boggles my mind that you have 6 replies here and yet you've not published this number and nobody has asked you for it.. (although AP gets it when he says move the whole assembly North a couple clicks...)
there is no standard number here..
I've just done 3 license plate builds with 12.5in boxes , 2 are fender scale one has 17 frets to the body and the other has 19 frets to the body and the last build is a Gibson scale with 18 frets to the body , I think it's down to how many frets do you use use .
it may be down to how many frets do you use?, but id say not really, no..
cos it moves the bridge, which is why we're talking about it! :)
also, some might consider it foolish to build around the parameters of how they currently play, because some may intend to work on improving / expanding their playing...
just my opinion, but the top 10 frets on a strat are not an optional extra like power windows. (although its true there are 21 and 22 fret models, which undoubtedly dilutes the argument and makes me look foolish lolls)..
if you're really hung up on wasting fret wire of course you needn't fret the whole way.. But hey throw Mr Gitty the extra 25c. Lord knows he earns it
oily heh sorry of course ur right and i know ur a smart dude. but who the fk has time to read all your stuff?? heh..
it is a neck through design like this.