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Scale Length, Bridge And Intonation Question

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So I had a friend of mine over this weekend and we came up with a question neither of us could answer...

If a bridge has a fixed (not adjustable) intonation, can it only be used with a specific scale length (24.5, 25, 25.5 etc)? Or is it possible to use a bridge that was designed for a 24.5 inch scale length on a 25.5 inch guitar?

Any thoughts?

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As far as I'm aware there is no set difference, the difference in width/string spacing will only affect the width of the neck.

Now not being able to intonate the bridge will will cause a bit of tuning problems, as different gauge strings require different lengths to tune up properly.

Hope that helps, but that's just the basics of it, I don't know the science behind it yet :D

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