# Scale length with incorrect bridge position

## Can you change the scale length of a guitar by moving the bridge?

Yes you can fairly easily on an electric guitar with a bolt on neck and bridge. however you will need to move your bridge either forward or back depending on the scale length of the neck. The distance between the nut and twelfth fret should be the same as the twelfth fret to the saddle.

## Does bridge position matter?

On pretty much every guitar the bridge should be located so that the break point of the string will be exactly at the distance of the scale length, from the nut. The scale length of any guitar is defined as double the distance from the nut to the 12th fret.

## What is scale length for bridge?

Scale length is the measurement from the nut to the 12th fret, x 2. The reality is that the measurement from the 12th fret to the bridge is often about 1/16″ to 1/8″ longer than the distance from the nut to the 12th fret. The reason for this is pretty simple, and is key to the intonation and setup of your guitar.

## How do you determine bridge placement?

Quote from video: You can simply measure from the nut to the twelfth fret and double that so if I need to figure out if my pressure is in the right place.

## Does scale length affect intonation?

A shorter scale length will result in sharper intonation, while a longer scale length will result in flatter intonation. Finally, the scale length of a guitar also affects the action of the instrument. A shorter scale length will result in lower action, while a longer scale length will result in higher action.

## Are longer scale length guitars easier to play?

The only downside to long scale is as the scale goes up, the string tension does as well. This is what makes longer-scale guitars a bit harder to play than their shorter-scale cousins.

## How do you change the scale length on a guitar?

The best way to determine the scale length of a guitar is to measure the distance between its nut and the centre of its 12th fret. Once you’ve discovered the value, double it. And voila – you’ve established the scale length. Keep in mind that guitar scale lengths are typically measured in inches.

## What does adjusting the bridge on a guitar do?

The guitar bridge height adjustment allows to approach or move away the strings from the fretboard. Electric guitars can be equipped with bridges with saddles that can be fixed in the vertical direction or individually adjusted in height, adding a further step of setting.

## How do you move guitar scales?

You can slide with any finger, but I recommend sliding one scale tone with Finger 1 to start. It will move you to the new pattern in one go, and it is usually easier. Once you feel confident with it, try using other fingers. But you should start with Finger 1!

## Do you change scale with every chord?

All you need to do is switch scales with the chord changes. For example, if the progression was Dm7 – G7 – Cmaj7, you could play D minor pentatonic, G major pentatonic, C major pentatonic. You just need to shift the scale and play any note in the scale.

## Do guitar tricks teach scales?

Under the chords and scales section you’ll find a collection of lessons teaching all the different scales from major and minor to pentatonic scales.