What Guitar Strings Should I Use? What Is Scale length? How Do I Know What Scale Length My Guitar Is?
How Does Scale Length Effect Guitar String Tension?
It's real easy to find out what scale length I should use. Just check the the guitar manufacturer's specs page or jut grab a tape measure. If you use a tape measure, measure from the nut to the saddle on the first string. It's that simple.
Rule of thumb is the shorter the scale length is, the less string tension there is. if you put a set of 10-46 gauge strings on a guitar like a Gibson Les Paul that has a 24.75 inch scale and install the same gauge set on a Fender Stratotcaster that has a 25.5 inch scale length, the 10-46 set will have more tension on the Stratocaster than on the Les Paul.
I know many player who use a 10-46 set on their Les Paul and either a 9.5-44 or 9.42 gauges set on their Stratocaster.
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