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I have ideas on what to build, just need to verify bridge to bridge length.
I have a 24.75" scale, which I understand will be length between bridges, however ,y box width us 11" which puts bridge in middle of box and 2-3" of fretboard overhang onto box.
Is this thinking correct? Would rather not cut into top of box for first build sync most have bridge positioned about 2/3-3/4 towards box end
Any guidance appreciated
Brent

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Comment by Ted Crocker on February 1, 2015 at 4:27pm

Hi Brent,

I usually determine where I want the bridge first, then make the neck based on scale length (nut to bridge distance).  Are you using frets?  Although I prefer the bridge about a third of the way from the edge, if yours is in the middle it should be OK.

Comment by Brent Kasl on February 1, 2015 at 4:35pm
Yes I did purchase one walnut with frets and one cherry without. The cherry is a build I had planned for my son since he plays bass professionally and frets don't help him. If it ends up around middle with an 11" wide box, any concerns with a top cutout about 2" to allow fret board to fit ok on lid top?
Thanks for reply
Comment by Brent Kasl on February 1, 2015 at 4:36pm
That is assuming I would have to remove hinges from lid for box top cutout as I don't think it would clear hinged
Comment by Ted Crocker on February 1, 2015 at 5:06pm

Something doesn't sound right about the measurements.  It seems strange that the bridge be located 3" from the end of the fretboard.  How many frets?  Measure from the nut to the 12th fret and double that, THAT is your scale length (nut to bridge) and should be 24.75.  If it's right, maybe you can just cut off the fretboard overhang.

Comment by Brent Kasl on February 1, 2015 at 6:03pm
My terminology may not be correct
22 frets
Fretboard length is 20" and I do have a blank space from last fret to end of board of 2 1/8"
Removing last 2" would allow the fretboard to come up to start of box for a 9 1/4" box which I also have and place it 1/3 from tail end and past half way point of 11" box
All types of options!
Comment by darryl.kernaghan on February 1, 2015 at 8:57pm

sounds like you have an un finished f/board Brent,,try measuring from the nut position,to the 12 th fret,then double that dimension,that is where your bridge should be,any un needed fretboard can just be removed if necessary

Comment by darryl.kernaghan on February 1, 2015 at 9:20pm

with an 11 inch box,bridge about 3 5/8 from rear of box,on a 24.75 in, scale,the fret board should meet front of box around the 21 st fret,you can cut it there,or take a few frets over the box,but it sounds like you just have too many frets on your board to get the bridge position you want and use them all

Comment by Brent Kasl on February 2, 2015 at 10:30am
22 frets total
Overall fret board 20" length
12th fret at 12.5" from middle of nut
I have about 2 1/8" blank space from last fret to end of board, maybe I can remove 2" to help on placement?
Comment by darryl.kernaghan on February 2, 2015 at 5:36pm

that is all you have to do Brent,plus you can take more off if you want,but you lose a fret or 2

Comment by Brent Kasl on February 3, 2015 at 8:38pm
What is the most common scale range and by removing frets does it limit the musical range possible?

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