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Les Paul Junior measurement needed

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Hi. i am building a replica/clone of a vintage single cut Les Paul Junior. I am planning to use an uncompensated stop-wrap tailpiece as used on the original mid 1950’s models. There is little room for error with the intonation...only the two small set screws to adjust...so I am requesting the actual measurement from any owners of vintage or reissue models that use an uncompensated stop-wrap unit. The measurement from the 12 th fret to each stud center would be easiest to use. If anyone knows of a drawing, that also would be very helpful. Thanks.

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12th fret should be 1/2 of 24 3/4" to the bridge break point. Where your studs go would depend on the bridge & studs you are using. Lots and lots of blueprints for juniors on the web. check

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Thanks. Yes I know the basic rule...sometimes there is a fudge factor...usually a hair longer...but visually notice the different angle on the compensated vs uncompensated stop wrap tailpiece.

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You are probably right. But I think if 10 people here measure their guitars from the 12th fret to the bridge studs, you will get way more than a hairs difference in measurements. I would be willing to bet that if 10 of us measured the same guitar our measurements would vary by several hairs. That's not fudge.  I think that there is a rule used to compensate for the heavier strings on the bass side that seems to say about 3 degrees longer. But it's the 'about' that would scare me. I think you would be much better off to search the available blue prints, find one that fits your plan and use a good ruler, rather than trust several people to use several rulers to measure several guitars. I just don't see that as having a happy ending.

Good luck.

 

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