This is my first post here – I am one of those lurkers who loiters and poaches knowledge from you fine people, for which I apologise and am immensely grateful. I am stuck into my first build from scratch (F5 and its going pretty nicely!). I have been using Siminoff’s book as a base and adapting with the things I read here. I have finally reached a point where I am really scratching my head a wee bit – I am ready to slot the fretboard.
Roger Siminioff advises that you measure the scale length to ensure that you slot the fretboard accurately to achieve correct intonation. I have read a great deal about scale length, both on this site and beyond, but am still struggling. I can’t work out where exactly I am measuring to given the compensation of the bridge. For example, if I follow the concourse of the E strings from nut to contact point of bridge I measure 13 6/8”, whereas if I run down the G or A concourse I get 13 7/8” (Roger’s plans aim for scale length of 13 17/18” – so gone wrong either way!) Does this mean my scale length, and therefore fret slots should be worked out from a scale length of 13 7/8” or 13 6/8” – or have I missed something completely?
So essentially I am asking, at this stage of a build, when you can’t measure to the 12th fret, I am measuring from the nut to which point of the bridge?
Please forgive me if this is a silly question.
On a final note, I love this project, it will be the first of many, and I am grateful to this site and all who reside here.
With very best wishes