Philosopherguy wrote: ↑
Mon Oct 09, 2017 3:03 am
I don't think it is easy to assign the term playability to any one factor. It is a number of factors, of which scale length and neck thickness are just one variable in amongst a number of other factors. Some factors off the top of my head are:
-the flexibility of the top (I once had a guitar with low action and where all the factors were very good. But, it had a VERY stiff top and I think the guitar just about gave me muscle issues in my arm after playing it. I didn't enjoy playing the guitar, even though it sounded very beautiful. My opinion is that if the top "gives" a little as you depress the strings, the overall hand tension/string tension will be a little lower)
-the string height at both the nut and the saddle. So many people just think of the saddle and forget the nut height. I don't know how many guitars I have played over the years where people had adjusted the saddle and left the nut a mile high to ruin the lower fret action. And they wondered why they were getting frustrated with their guitars?!)
-string spacing (I think a very important variable)
-amount of space from the string to the edge of the fretboard/bevel on the frets (causes tension in the hands if it's too close for me)
-scale length(nowhere near the most important variable. I can easily switch between 650/640/658 the 664's I have played. The issue for me on the longer scales was the string spacing on the wider nut more than the distance between frets... I have very regular sized hands. But, they are very flexible from playing the guitar for so many years.)
-neck thickness (too thin isn't very comfortable to me, neither is too thick. However, my guess would be that 90% of all guitars fall within an acceptable norm. Every older 1A I have played I didn't find the neck overly cumbersome to play)
The old Ramirez suffered from a few of these things: wide string spacing from the 54mm nut(easily fixable), high action (debatable if you can fix it on certain guitars), and a long scale. If you can fix the first two, I don't think the scale will be too bad for MOST people, not all of course as there are always exceptions from people who have different issues.
I'm sure there are more variables if you keep breaking things down, but these are the most noticeable for me on guitars.