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Notes on Gibson Scale Lengths

The 24.75" scale length is commonly understood as a Gibson scale length. Gibson still advertises this scale length but it is an "abbreviation" of sorts. If you are working on an existing Gibson instrument the actual scale on the instrument may differ due to compensation and/or changes in their product line and production equipment over time. For example, we see instruments made in the early 50's cut to a 24.75" scale, in 1959 and after we find a 24 9/16", in 1969 it was 24 5/8" and after 1992 it was 24 9/16"! LMI offers a 24.75" (24 3/4") scale the 24.625" (24 5/8") scale and the 24.562" (24 9/16") scale.