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Rick Abbott

 

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Indiana, USA
Post  Posted 25 Apr 2021 11:35 am    
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Is there a definitive way to tell the scale length of a Remington Steelmaster from a photo? Telling a Fender is easy with the number of markers above the 12th fret. There seems to be two variations with Remington, but which is 22.5 or 24.25?

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Frank Welsh

 

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Post  Posted 25 Apr 2021 4:07 pm    
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Hey Rick...I just "sense" the scale length from a picture of a steel based on my having played both short and long scale steels for many years although I might guess wrong from time to time. The intervals between the "fret" markers just appear to be bigger to my eye on the longer scale instruments. For what it's worth here's a picture of my 22 1/2 inch Steelmaster (which sustains for days by the way!).


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Bryan Bradfield


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Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.
Post  Posted 3 May 2021 5:58 pm    
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I believe that the same body was used for both short and long scale guitars. Therefore, there is more space between the end of the keyhead and the end of the body on short scale guitars.
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Allan Revich


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Victoria, Canada
Post  Posted 3 May 2021 9:27 pm    
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Bryan Bradfield wrote:
I believe that the same body was used for both short and long scale guitars. Therefore, there is more space between the end of the keyhead and the end of the body on short scale guitars.


So, would they ever have combined both scale lengths on a single instrument? I can imagine some utility to the idea. Putting a low, baritone one stretch type, tuning on the long scale, and a higher, close, tuning on the short scale
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Rick Abbott

 

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Post  Posted 4 May 2021 3:07 am    
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Bryan Bradfield wrote:
I believe that the same body was used for both short and long scale guitars. Therefore, there is more space between the end of the keyhead and the end of the body on short scale guitars.



I can see that now! Thanks. This also confirms my belief there are distinct fretboard markings above the 12th fret for each.
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Bryan Bradfield


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Post  Posted 4 May 2021 1:31 pm    
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Allan Revich wrote

[quote] So, would they ever have combined both scale lengths on a single instrument?

Answer - I'm unaware of Herb ever using 2 scales on an instrument.
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