How Does Scale Length Affect Tone? Gear Gods Investigates!

Ever wonder how a longer scale length sounds compared to a standard one? I compared a 25.5″ scale 7 string to a 27″ 7 string, each with identical woods, pickups, and strings.


Amp sound is AxeFx II (Friedman HBE model for rhythm, SOLO 100 for lead) with VFE Ice Scream in front straight into Pro Tools, no post processing at all. Probably could have used some, but I wanted to give you the straight dope, no filter, knowadamean?

So what differences did you hear?

UPDATE: Get the DI from this video here to reamp through your own rig!

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