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Is my electric a 3/4 or 4/4?

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DylanBarrett
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Hi all.

I know this may seem an odd question (and a little bit late asking) but I got offered a very nice 6 month old Gibson Baldwin electric guitar in perfect condition. I was told it was a full size....

Now, as a relative beginner and only bought my acoustic mail order, I haven't been around any shops to see exactly how big an electric guitar is, or can be. This one just seem, well, small... :roll:

It has 22 frets and the whole thing is roughly 101cm tall - it's funny but it seems small but it's blinkin' heavy after only handling an acoustic.

If it's a 3/4 then I'll sell it again - hey, I only paid £50 for it with an amp so I'm not in for much...

Thanks and...

Rock on!
D 8)

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Measure the distance from the nut to the bridge. Full size guitars run between 24-1/2 and 25-3/4 depending on the maker (most are 24.75 or 25.5); 3/4 size guitars are about 22 to 23 inches.

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DylanBarrett
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Measure the distance from the nut to the bridge. Full size guitars run between 24-1/2 and 25-3/4 depending on the maker (most are 24.75 or 25.5); 3/4 size guitars are about 22 to 23 inches.

Thanks for the quick response - this one is 24.75 so it's a sorta teenager rather than an adult, but at least it's not a baby.

I'll just have to get used to playing it, but I really fancy an Epiphone... :wink:

Rock on!
D 8)

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24.75 is the length of the Les Paul guitars. If your Gibson Baldwin is a Les Paul or SG models, it will be 24.75.

I think all the Gibson guitars use that scale, so all the Gibson "copies" (Baldwin, Epiphone, etc.) are 24.75, too.

So, it is an "Gibson adult" :wink:


   
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NoteBoat
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this one is 24.75 so it's a sorta teenager rather than an adult, but at least it's not a baby.

I'll just have to get used to playing it, but I really fancy an Epiphone

Epiphones use a 24.75" scale length - so I think you'd better get used to it either way! :)

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Either way you got a gibson for 50, I think that I would hold on to it no matter what the size was.

Nice pickup!

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It doesn't matter what size it is, it's how you use it. :lol:

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Ricochet
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I've been struggling mightily not to point out that my guitars can play in either 3/4 or 4/4.

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24 3/4" scale is the norm for a Gibson instrument. Fenders are generally 25 1/2" ... there are exceptions. Your guitar is all grown up. Dylan, where do you live? By the cm reference I'd say Europe? I'm wondering if that is a name brand they are using there. Here we have Gibson Maestro guitars and they are low end ..... that seems about right for the price.

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Alan Green
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I've been struggling mightily not to point out that my guitars can play in either 3/4 or 4/4.

Groan.

Your guitars can play?

Wow.

Mine are lazy - I have to play mine

A :-)

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DylanBarrett
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I'm wondering if that is a name brand they are using there. Here we have Gibson Maestro guitars and they are low end ..... that seems about right for the price.

Hey, yeh, definitely a low end, but it's a lovely instrument - I think it cost about £150 new with amplifier, but it's immaculate so I'm pleased with the purchase - and yes, UK and Portugal.... 8)
I'll post a vid soon so everyone can see my new purchase, although I think I've sold it already... :cry:
It doesn't matter what size it is, it's how you use it. :lol:

I'll drink to that!

Rock on!

D 8)

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It doesn't matter what size it is, it's how you use it. :lol:
I think this sentence is universal!
I've been struggling mightily not to point out that my guitars can play in either 3/4 or 4/4.
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TRGuitar
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I hear you Dylan ...... they are nice looking instruments, least if they are the same as the Maestro line I can attest to it. I almost bought a Gibson/Maestro Les Paul Junior. It was purple and looked cool.

Note the Gibson headstock ... apparently they won't sue themselves. :lol:

Hey ... I found this little blurb online ..... I guess they are the same.
Gibson Baldwin is an educational series Les Paul Style Guitar. They have some budget features hence the low price, for example "bolt-on neck" instead of "set-in neck". Interestingly, they have the trademark Gibson "Open-book" Headstock design. Usually this design is reserved for Gibson USA models. Not even the Gibson Epiphone series has this style headstock. Made in China however Chinese instruments are gaining a positive reputation, quality from China is improving rapidly and the Gibson Baldwin is good value for the money.

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Ricochet
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Your guitars can play?

Wow.

Mine are lazy - I have to play mine

A :-)You must not have bought the Milli Vanilli & Ashley Simpson signature models.

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