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FDP Forum / All Other Fender Guitars and Instruments / Stringmaster scale length?

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Sep 26th, 2011 07:19 PM   Edit   Profile  

After much deliberation, I'm looking into getting a Stringmaster, probably a mid-50's.

Because some of the one's I'm looking at don't have enough info (or experts on-hand to find out - long story), I'm a bit lost on how to tell - just from photo's - whether or not the scale length is 22.5" or 24.5".

Any suggestions? They were all 22.5" and 24.5" is as rare as hens teeth?

Wikipedia: The original 1953 models had a long scale length, at 26". From 1954 the scale length was reduced, and two shorter lengths were available, 24.5" and 22.5", both with 31 frets.

(This message was last edited by barry.b at 07:20 PM, Sep 26th, 2011)

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Oct 7th, 2011 12:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've had a 22.5 and a 24.5. I much prefered the 24.5" Stringmaster. The upper octive has much more sustain, something you really need on a lap/console steel guitar.

The 26" model is the most rare if you ask me. Great sounding players but it takes too much bar movement.

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Oct 13th, 2011 08:54 AM   Edit   Profile  

thanks H101:

I bit the bullet: I'm getting a 1955 dual-8 stringmaster in great condition. Scale length is 24.5"

Suggested tunings are E9 and E13. I'll at least give it a go and see how it goes and if it goes crap, resort to what everyone else uses: C6.

I've never played steel before. I'm a bass player wanting to learn. I'm also not wanting to be shackled into convention just because Buddy Emmons did it - find my own style, in a Hendrix-upside- down-guitar way.

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