I have just started making my first 3 string cbg and am confused about the length of the neck. I am making mine 25.5" from the nut to the bridge will this be OK? Sorry to bother you guys with this but I just want to get it right. Many thanks John E Curley (UK)
John, if you want a 25.5 scale DO NOT cut your neck length 25.5 inches.....you need too know that if you want a 25.5 scale that is measured from the bridge too the nut. you need too consider the head stock...and the tail...now with that said....take your blank neck.....place it on your box.....leave an inch for the tail.....now place ur saddle...and measure your scale length too the nut....marked it and now measure another 5 inches for your head stock.....now you have your full neck length.... Here's a visual that may help....
Thank you for your quick reply. I should have said that I have the overall length sorted it was just the distances between the nut and bridge I wasn't shore about.
Thanks a lot for your help.
25.5 is a popular length and it is fine .
Thanks very much just wanted to make sure I'd got it right. Cheers.
I've made mine 25.5, just because that was the same as the guitar I had.
neck length and number of frets will depend on the size of the cigar box, not the scale length, 25.5" is from the bridge to the nut -
big box = shorter neck less frets
small box = longer neck more frets
overall from tail to headstock the through neck will be the same length on every build, around 35 inches (-:
Many thanks for your info. I think I have it right but we will see when it's finished. Thanks again.