trying to replicate a smaller guitar....

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  1. funkymann1

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    I’m trying to replicate this guitar for my daughter & nephew….im going to take some ¾ mdf & make a template of the body….no problem….the neck is pretty much just a smaller version of a strat…no problem….my issue is on all my builds they are all 25.5 scale & I buy my fretboards from stew mac….I do not have access to make my own….the fretboard on this guitar is obviously not 25.5 cause the fret slots do not line up with any of my loose fre tboards when I put it next to it….the distance from the nut to the 12 fret is 11 5/16 which tells me the scale length is 22 5/8?? The guitar is intonated according to my Peterson…any idea how I can get a fretboard like this?
     

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    You buy a preslotted fretboard from stewmac with 24 frets and saw off the first couple. A 25.5" scale sawn at the 2nd fret slot will make the rest of the scale 22.625 or in the ball park.

    Use this:

    http://www.stewmac.com/FretCalculator?gclid=CLOl_LbmtMQCFUlp7Ao dGC0AHA

    fret 2 to fret 3 is 1.275 on a fender scale.

    nut to fret 1 on a 22.625 scale is 1.270"
     
  3. Jupiter

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    what about chopping the S-M fretboard behind the 2nd fret, and then widening the 2nd fret slot into a nut slot? That would get ya pretty close...
     
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    wow....i just lined up my fretboard to the guitar after the second fret & thats it!!
    how the hell did you know that????....dude...you guys frekin rule!
    thanks you thank you thank you!
    i guess im still a newbie understanding scale lenths....
    again, thanks so much!
     
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    Glad I could help! :D

    edit: Ha, I just noticed Marty got in while I was typing! :lol:
     
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    How they knew? Experience...

    And knowing which fret the nut corresponds to on a 25.5" scale will also tell you how to tune it.
     
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    And the p bass scale is the same spacing going in the other direction from fret 6 to the nut being larger. You set up one gang saw system with properly spaced circular saw blades and they can cut the slots on a variety of scale lengths, based on where you put them in front of the blades.


    http://www.luthiertalk.com/forums/off-topic/325-gang-saw.html
     
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    That's a cool little charvel!

    Ps the poster above is telling you to tune the guitar to G if you want it to play well and stay in tune.
     
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    This is the same concept as putting a Capo on a fret to "relocate the nut". I recently saw an interview of EVH that he did this last year where he said and demonstrated all his "tapping" came from seeing that one finger acted like a capo while his other fingers on both hands could strike the string and he could keep track of the right notes.
     
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