Scale length, ergonomics and physiology

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Scale length, ergonomics and physiology

Post by asmodeus » Sun Sep 24, 2017 12:14 pm

Hello,

I was wondering if there's a way of find out the "optimal" scale length. 650mm seems to be the most common length used, but let's say I'm getting a bespoke suit - how would one go about finding out the scale length that best fits me? Apart from trying out different instruments with varying scale length of course :)

Besides influencing the sound of the instrument, what are the effects of switching/changing scale length? More space for fingers, easier fretting? Is this always a matter of personal preference or are there ergonomic and/or physiological factors common to all players?

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Achim

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dta721
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Re: Scale length, ergonomics and physiology

Post by dta721 » Sun Sep 24, 2017 1:13 pm

My apologies if this information is repeated, but it is the first for me to read up on scale length, and found so interesting to share:
http://www.lmii.com/scale-length-intonation

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Re: Scale length, ergonomics and physiology

Post by satanikoskioftes » Sun Sep 24, 2017 3:41 pm

Bigger scale lengths are used when you need more tension. For example if you drop your E to D or lower you will notice its more floppy/sounds more dull than the other strings. Thats why some people use fanned frets with different scale lengths on the basses or bigger scales in general for bass guitars

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Re: Scale length, ergonomics and physiology

Post by Big bird » Sun Sep 24, 2017 7:05 pm

dta721 wrote:
Sun Sep 24, 2017 1:13 pm
My apologies if this information is repeated, but it is the first for me to read up on scale length, and found so interesting to share:
http://www.lmii.com/scale-length-intonation
That was interesting. Thanks for posting it.
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Re: Scale length, ergonomics and physiology

Post by Dyingsea » Sun Sep 24, 2017 8:43 pm

I personally think players think about this a little too hard. I've played 650 instruments up to 665 instruments. There is very little difference feel-wise and honestly had I not known already I probably wouldn't have given it a second thought. I will say though I believe 660+ scales give more snap and piano like separation normally. Whether that's what you want in your sound is up to you.

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Re: Scale length, ergonomics and physiology

Post by dta721 » Mon Sep 25, 2017 12:26 am

Dyingsea wrote:
Sun Sep 24, 2017 8:43 pm
... I will say though I believe 660+ scales give more snap and piano like separation normally...
Would you, Dyingsea think the guitar Nicholas Petrou playing in this piece, has 660+ scale length, based on her voices "more snap and piano like separation"? I know Nicholas is a great guitarist but his guitar also sounds impressively!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUrugDn2g6s

Btw, does anyone know what guitar he was playing?
:)

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